Monday, April 16, 2012

St George to Ancaster Race Day Bust

Yesterday was the Paris to Ancaster race and for the third year in a row, Tony and I entered the half distance portion of the race, the 35km St. George to Ancaster leg.
Last year, if you may recall, I never finished the race due to a mechanical breakdown and Tony went on to finish with a time of 2:37:00.
This year all I wanted to do was finish.
Things started off well.
We loaded up my car, thats right, who needs roof racks when your seats go down,

made it to registration on time, got suited up, loaded our bikes onto the truck that would take them to the start line for the 35km distance and then sat down to wait for the bus that would take us to the start.
As we were waiting for the bus to arrive we discovered that our bikes had been put onto the wrong truck and were waiting for us at the other starting line, the 70km full distance, Paris to Ancaster leg.
And just like that our race was over before it even began.
My car was parked at the finish line as planned. We were supposed to be bused with our bikes to the start line 35kms away and both races end at the same finish line, where all  the cars were parked.
We asked if maybe they could get hold of the truck driver to see if there was anything they could do on that end but that didn't pan out.
With no other options we hopped in my car and drove the 30 mins to the 70km start. Our bikes were there, but now we had a logistics problem.
We needed to be at the start of the 35km race with our bikes, but we also needed my car to be at the finish line as well. If we had driven to the start with the bikes and left the car there, then at the end of the race we would of had to wait in wet and muddy clothes to be bused back to the start to get the car with a fresh change of clothes and then drive back to the finish to get our bikes. There was also no time to drop the bikes off at the start, then drop the car off again at the finish and find a ride back to the start in time for the race.

We decided to pack it in and call it a day.
Will we be back next year?
At this point, its really hard to say...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

King of the Mountain

13 years old and still rolling the ball down the hill in an effort to get me to throw it for him.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I'm Back!

Hi, did you miss me?
I haven't blogged in a while because I've been thinking about ending this blog and starting a new one.
Originally this blog started out as a blog about my life and the adventures I had with my dogs. It quickly morphed into something a lot more than that. And over the years it became a place for me to show off pictures from my travels, family life and became a place for me to voice my rants and raves and showcase my passion for all things racing. 
There is a lot of things that I would like to change about this blog, a lot of things I would do a little differently if given a second chance now that I know how things work and what can be done and in time, I think this will happen.
But the thing that keeps pulling back to this blog is also the reason why I started it in the first place. It is a blog about the adventures of me and my dogs, Hobbes and Calvin. 
Hobbes is getting on in years, and it saddens me to think of life without him, but until that day happens, I've decided that I'm going to keep on blogging about our adventures here at The Adventures of Mad Mal and Hobbes (and Calvin too...).

Thanks for your patience.

Mad Mal and Hobbes

Hobbes Update

A friend a work recommended this medication for horses that helps with their joints; apparently some of the horse people also give it to their dogs and it is supposed to help with their arthritis and muscular problems as well. So we tried it out on Hobbes and it really seemed to help.
Hobbes is back out with us on our daily walks and seems to be in a lot better spirits these days as well. 
I think that the change in temperature and the indoor swimming were also big factors in his overall improvement, which makes me, very happy.   

Barry's birthday

Some shots from my brother, Barry's, birthday.

Summer in March

The weather was so good a few weeks back, the wife decided to get her summer car out of storage a few weeks earlier then normal.
Gotta love global warming!

Maple Leaf Gardens

Took a walk through the new Loblaws in the old Maple Leaf Gardens building.

Pretty cool.