TPW Winter Gathering

TPW Winter Gathering
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Just do it!

For the first time in a long time, I walked with TPW on Saturday.  There was a group of 4 plus me at High Park. 
I am sure there were more on their way to the island for their walk and brunch.

It was nice to walk through the park down to the lake. We headed west to enjoy a peaceful walk. Lots of conversation between all 5 of us. I know I've been away too long when I was called by another name.  I guess I should show up more. 

Spending more time at our cottage is a reason but its not the only reason, life gets busy.

I just checked my training schedule for the Scotia half marathon in October and I have 13 weeks to train  - YIKES  
When I printed it I planned to start training at the beginning of June.  I couldn't possibly train with a cast on my wrist. Could I ??

I did walk at the cottage, very short  2 - 5km and in flip flops. There is something wonderful about meandering along a route and not being focused on pace or time.  Walking slowly was enjoyable and worth the effort of getting out of the Muskoka chair.  It also meant I would walk 2 to 3 times a day.

There is much pleasure in walking as we all know, no matter the pace, distance or location  - we can and do make it work.

So enjoy the week ahead and maybe take a stroll rather than a power walk - It may take longer but it might be worth it.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Synchronize your calendars...

TPW Summer Social Convener Diane here. Get your calendars out and ready to synchronize.

July 14 -  Toronto Island
NOTE: next week (July 14) is the Honda Indy so we will NOT be going to High Park but  will be doing our annual  Island Walk instead.
Let's aim for the 7:30 ferry  to Ward's Island and plan to have breakfast at the cafe near the ferry.

July 21 -  Rorie's Pool Party/walking at the cemetery
A brisk walk around our favourite cemetery and then swimming, food and the delightful Olivia! Please let Rorie know directly if you are planning to come.

Aug. 4 -  Brunch on the lakeshore
We will head east and stop on the way back at the cafe at the Sunnyside Pavilion.

Oh and there are races too. Several of the gang, including me, are registered for the Beaches Jazz 10K on July 29 (Sun).

Lots going on as we continue to combine fitness and fun - hope you can join in.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hot town, summer in the city

Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn't it a pity, doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city.  All around, people looking half dead, walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.  (Thanks, Loving Spoonful.)

Actually, it wasn’t that bad!  We had a small breeze off the lake for most of the walk and our stop for breakfast at the market meant that most of us were carrying parcels and were doing more of a stroll than a power walk on the way back to High Park.  For newcomers - this will not be standard!  We usually eat after the walk.  But on such a hot weekend, it was just the ticket.

We started at different times, owing to a misunderstanding about when we move the start time to 8.  Some thought it was the July first weekend, others thought it was the first Saturday in July.  Next week, the start time is definitely 8, except for those training long distances who will start even earlier.

Don’t miss Diane’s blogpost next week.  She will outline the social events planned for the rest of the summer.  You might want to let your non-walking friends know that you’re unlikely to have time to spend with them till the fall.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Long Johns in June

It is a rare thing for us to shorten our distance because of the rain. It was also very sensible given the climate .

Not permitting a chill to set in is all about self care. Rain and coolness are a deadly combination for my body.

I for one was a bit shocked that the weather – for my body – required two layers and I was still cool and yes I had on rain gear.  Who would think that such conditions would exist in June .

It had me wondering whether I should restrain myself from putting my long johns into the winter draw. Bit exaggerated I agree . Still…

Monday, June 18, 2018


We were very lucky to have good weather on Saturday morning as the rumoured rainfall held off entirely (which is a very good thing because I had been caught outside - defenceless -  during that torrential rain storm on Wednesday afternoon and it was NOT a happy experience!).  And it was such a fun race with lots of entertainment as we strode along the downtown city streets and out along Lakeshore Blvd;  DJs were playing, drummers were drumming, cyclists were spinning, people were meditating (okay, those people were very silly - this was a race after all) and the occasional laugh out loud sign being held aloft.  There were even some cooling fans spraying water mist at us as we went by,  lovely against the hot sun.
A bunch of us began the race together and even though we powered through the race at our own individual speeds (congrats to the speedsters among us!) we all finished upright and smiling (well, grimacing at the very worst) and then joined together again afterwards for refreshments at the local coffee shop.  It was a fun day, in aid of some very worthy causes,  and after an afternoon nap - I found I wasn't sore at all.  Bonus!
And one more thing:  we have a date of July 21 for Rorie's pool party so please save the date.  More social engagements to come.