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Big xc ski day at Peter Lougheed Park

Sun, 30 Dec by Bryon Howard

Peter Lougheed XC ski day for Mito Dec 29 2012 Big 100 km xc ski day – click here for the video!

I think about 15 guys and gals showed up for the annual 100 km Cross Country Ski at Peter Lougheed Park yesterday … led by Team Mito. Big shout out to Brigid who prepared a wonderful lunch of chilli! Great day! “Best conditions in the 5 years of the big ski” – said Brendan who has done ’em all. (I arrived late during the 2nd loop … and skiied about 35 km.) Super beautiful & super fun – I made a movie capturing a wee bit of the day that I was a part off.

The Calgary Realtor Who Loves Cross Country Skiing

Wed, 19 Dec by Bryon Howard
The Calgary Realtor Who Loves Cross Country Skiing

Source: http://sports-zine.com/

This Calgary realtor is taking a very short break away from my usual research for clients who are looking for homes for sale in Calgary for a cross-country skiing weekend. Hopefully, I’ll get to catch the Alberta World Cup live!

Off the top of my head, I’m darn psyched about the World Cup because:

  1. The Alberta World Cup is the last of World Cup races before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia—that’s a good year and a few months between major contests
  2. I’ll have front row, center seating (or standing nearby is the likelier scenario) watching 200 professional cross country skiers from 20 countries compete on Canmore’s famed trails
  3. The race venue’s just an hour’s drive away—give or take a few miles—from this Calgary realtor’s home
  4.  I’m not spending for plane tickets or hotel rooms, I can watch the competitions for free!

 

A few things about the Venue

Canmore, where the Alberta World Cup’s going to be, is a charming little town at the foot of the Banff National Park. For you sports buffs out there, I have some interesting facts for you. Canmore was the site of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and, for this year’s World Cup, it has pulled all the stops. They’ve scheduled a lot of cultural events, sightseeing activities, and shopping venues for residents and tourists alike.

Still, the star of the long weekend is cross country skiing, which, I must say, is one of my passions and my best idea for burning calories every winter. If you’re going to attend (and I highly suggest that you do), bring your poles, skis and warmers and take part in the open-to-the-public cross country skiing. And if you’re in town this week looking for houses for sale in Calgary, please take time to mosey over to Canmore and watch the games live—or even in the many video screens that’ll be broadcasting the races.

Getting into the sport 

Even if you’re a complete beginner, don’t hesitate to take part in the cross-country skiing. There’ll be lots of groomed trails, I expect, and during the races the skiing will be free. If you want to practice before the big weekend, there are several groomed trails here in Calgary for your use. There are the golf courses (Shaganappi, Confederation, and Maple Ridge) and the Canada Olympic Park which are ideal for beginners. An alternative, if in case you want to learn directly from an experienced instructor, is to visit the Calgary Ski Club, Calgary Nordic Training Club, and Foothills Nordic Club—all of which have programs for children and adults that you might want to look into. It will only take you a day at most to learn the basics. And it’s an inexpensive sport in terms of equipment. You can rent everything you need from a gear store or on site.

Burning calories in the snow

I can’t extol the benefits of cross country skiing enough. Simply put, the health benefits are huge. You can burn as much as 612 calories for an hour of brisk skiing. Power cross country skiing will get you spending 1,122 calories but I suggest you stay off the hills and moguls while you’re starting out as they acquire intermediate skills. By the way, if you’re curious, the calorie burn for brisk walking is at 442. Cross country skiing also works all your major muscle groups, from neck to feet, so you get limber from the cardio workout.  And of course, post-exercise, nothing beats the endorphin rush it brings—you’ll be upping the happy and beating stress in an enjoyable way.

Forget hunting for Calgary houses for sale this weekend and let’s go see the Alberta World Cup! What do you know, you might stumble upon this Calgary realtor along the many cross country skiing trails in Canmore. And don’t forget to check out the shopping and live broadcast feeds downtown.

 

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Author Bio:

Bryon Howard is a top producing real estate agent with Re-Max House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He is in love with his high school sweetheart, an enthusiastic Dad & is crazy about endurance sports. To learn more about Bryon and his real estate tips, head on over to his website.

A Calgary Realtor’s View on Lance Armstrong

Thu, 13 Dec by Bryon Howard
A Calgary Realtor’s View on Lance Armstrong

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/tag/lance-armstrong/page/2

I’m a Calgary realtor and I live and breathe homes for sale. In Calgary, you might see me on my bike during spring and summer weekends. That’s because cycling is my passion and I use it to keep fit. (My Winter sports passion is another thing entirely, but that’s for another post.)

One of the cycling greats that I really admired was Lance Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, perhaps the most grueling race course in the entire world. A new development in the cycling world, however, has left me disappointed and saddened.

Recently, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France title–all seven of them. Moreover, Armstrong has been banned for life from competing in the sport, too. The reason for these extreme sanctions? The US Anti-Doping Agency has discovered that he was involved in what they call the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program [the] sport has ever seen.” Lance Armstrong is, moreover, alleged to have taken an active part in promoting doping to his team. The USADA accused him of requiring his teammates to dope because if they didn’t, he would replace them from the team. Reports said he “enforced and reinforced” the doping program and what reporters wrote about it gave me the picture of a rabid enforcer. It appeared to me that he didn’t only want to win, he needed to win. So much so that he had to cheat his way to the titles.

Now, this Calgary realtor’s heart twisted at this particular development in the cycling world. After all, Armstrong was one of my heroes, not only for winning the Tour de France several times, but because he won those titles while he was battling cancer. To receive news that told me, in no uncertain terms, that he used PEDs to dominate the race is simply unacceptable to me.

People like me look up to extraordinary people like Armstrong who have defied the odds. We gain inspiration and learn from their struggles. We apply to our own struggles what we’ve learned from theirs and we aim to triumph. But knowing that the victories of the people we look up to are a fraudulent is, in some ways, disheartening. While I’m not one to indulge in careless thought, there are occasions where a loose idea such as this would cross my mind: if we don’t cheat like they did, won’t we win our own battles, too?

For this Calgary realtor and sportsman, I know I still can win because I’ve done it in the past, fair, and square. There are ways to go about life and face its different challenges with integrity. Some would simply shrug their shoulders and say it is but one sport in a time when doping and falsification of medical results are a common occurrence. The problem I have with this notion is that if people find it acceptable to cheat or be less than absolutely honest in an athletic competition, I fear what the implications are for society. The idea that we are consenting dishonesty throws into question how we relate to one another, to our government and society, and to ourselves. The small things, to my mind, matter as much as the larger ideas.  

Final Thoughts on the Lance Armstrong Debacle

Armstrong has created a mystique for himself that, despite the recent series of allegations surrounding his once illustrious career, has to be given credit. He is a strong-willed man who did battle with cancer and won, all the while competing in one of the world’s most grueling sporting events. It is just a shame that his personal victory against cancer, which I believe was his most important one, was overshadowed by the doping controversy. In the mind of this Calgary realtor, I have less food for thought and more of a wish. I think it would have been better for him to have simply not have been so ruthless about winning and simply used his condition with cancer as fuel for him to compete. While Lance Armstrong would have garnered less of a celebrity status, he would have been an unblemished hero in the eyes of many and would have ensured that his Live Strong Foundation would continue today as his strongest legacy. Ultimately, beyond Lance Armstrong the athlete and man, the loss of his foundation’s luster and his shining example of grit and will is what strikes me as truly disappointing.

 

Know someone who is looking to make a decision in real estate? If you know any friends, family, or co-workers who are looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate within the next six months, would you forward this email to them or reply with their contact information? I’ll send them important information about the Calgary, AB surrounding area real estate market and politely ask for their business. I greatly appreciate your valued referrals; it’s the only way I build my business. You can reach me at this number: 403-589-0004

About the Author:

Bryon Howard is a top producing real estate agent with Re-Max House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He in love with his high school sweetheart, an enthusiastic Dad & crazy about endurance sports. To learn more about Bryon and his real estate tips, head on over to his website.

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