The past couple weeks have been unreal wicked awesome. went to tofino with the chilliwack kayak club and surfed and ate crab and made smores. the next week was the bear mt race over in mission. I dont think I would have done this race but I had a free reg cause I won it last year and I also had the #1 plate so I should try and defend it. I rode my new 28lb trek ex8 bike with bike tires and plush suspension. The guys Im racing against are on 21lb bikes, they are spandex wearing pasta eating put my feet up all night, do intervals on the computrainer, and drink spinach smoothies till the sun goes down kinda racers. Where on the other hand I wore baggy shorts and t shirt rocked the hairy legs ate a&w uncle burger combos and kayaked the chilliwack river canyon till the sun goes down. I got second in the race to tom skinner who was climbing like a monkey. I led for 80% of the race but tom passed me on the last climb. I was killing the DH on my EX but in a XC race "killing" the downs can only get you so much time and you need to kill the ups and I was climbing like an hippo. then sunday I hiked mt cheam with Claire and Max and ended up driving the Tercel all the way to the cheam parking lot! 4X4 machine! hike was hot and after we found some sweet watering holes on the chilliwack river. I heart chilliwack.