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Interview: Anne Marie Hospod, Iron Lady, Type 1 Diabetic
Date: August 16, 2016

I have limited experience with triathlons, but I can appreciate the time and effort put in to training and competing. It’s a breath of fresh air to see Type 1s pushing limits and breaking personal barriers in any sport; Anne Marie Hospod is no exception. I’ve been following Anne’s Iron Lady blog for some time and it’s been a pleasure to watch her journey unfold. More recently, our paths crossed and we were able to connect and talk about her path to Ironman.

Anne is an adventurer and an optimist at heart. She has kept her mind engaged by studying medicine and becoming a doctor; she has kept her body active by training for and completing marathons, half marathons, and half-Ironman triathlons. She believes in living a healthy and active life, surrounding herself with inspirational people, and setting big goals that may at first seem impossible.
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June 11, 2016

Ryan and I planned for either a long day trip or a short hike, weather pending, somewhere along the Downton Creek road. With forecasts showing either rain or snow in most areas, we decided conditions on our drive up would determine what we would hike: Viola Lake.

Viola Lake is a gem of a lake reached by crossing an old cutblock, subalpine forest, and alpine meadows. It offers views of glaciers and steep slopes of surrounding peaks.


Distance: 6.8km (round trip)
Cumulative elevation gain: 587m
Trail type: Out-and-Back
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Trip date: May 21-22, 2016.

You know there’s a May long weekend coming up when your local MEC is jam-packed with customers, loading up on camping gear and supplies, on a Wednesday evening. May long weekend holds a special place in our hearts; it sort of kicks off the camping/hiking season and, like bears, we come out of our hibernation and head outdoors to soak up the warm sun and bright blue skies over the course of not two, but THREE days. Not this weekend though, forecast showed rain, snow, overcast skies, and cool temps for most of it.

Long weekends around Vancouver can be a little problematic. In my experience, they bring crowds of people to all corners between Manning Park and Pemberton (and beyond). If weather is the slightest bit iffy, you can expect crowds at all the major huts/shelters. Based on the combo of a location the regular crowd likely hasn’t heard of, a long drive, and questionable road conditions (possible snow, downed trees, etc.), Ryan and I decided to head to the Birkenhead area to check out Mt. Ronayne. Read More