Push Your Partner

Its often said we should surround ourselves with those who are successful as these people will challenge us.  Many blogs, books, and research states a good partner can separate a good athlete from a champion; A good training partner can push you, hold you accountable, inspire you, or tell you to slow down when you need recovery time.

I happen to be so lucky to have my skimo friend, Marg Fedyna, in my circle of friends.  The words fit and strong do not do her justice.  Marg is a machine that can push hard and soar uphill on skis, a mountain bike, a road bike, or by the power of her own legs.  Hands down- Marg’s the partner you want to train with.  And of course, she is ever so humble.

A big storm hit Southern Alberta last weekend, and after it subsided Marg and I headed straight for the mountains.  Not sure what to expect, we brought an array of clothing- I looked like a day hiker with my gaiters on and Marg was fashioned like an ultra runner.  Marg introduced me to a popular day hike- Prairie Mountain.  We had a great morning power-hiking and running up the mountain.  Snow covered the ground shortly after leaving the parking lot and continued to grow in depth as we climbed.  Into the alpine we faced knee deep snow and cold bitter winds.  Needless to say, we didn’t stick around the summit for long and made for a quick descent back to the trail head.

A big hurrah for all those outdoor partners who help us along the way!

Marg running back down to escape the bitter winds
Marg running back down to escape the bitter winds
At the summit- photo courtesy of Marg
At the summit- photo courtesy of Marg
Marg running in snow up to her knees
Marg running in snow up to her knees
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