“Have you started training yet?” Everyone asks. “OW – yes.” We answer. Tania, always the most hardcore, kicked her training off with a 3 month canoe expedition through the North West Territories and Nunavut this summer with my equally hard-as-nails sister Kat. Thousands of kilometers of paddling, battling beastly headwinds, navigating scary rapids and loving it all (in that type 2 – type 3 fun kinda way). Dozens of portages, lugging 450 pounds of gear across marshy, wet, bug infested tundra. Getting bluff charged by muskox, visits from bears, vicious blackflies and so much delicious fresh caught fish. If that won’t toughen you up I don’t know what will. Check out this video of her training  regimen in the tundra:

Since returning from her northern expedition Tania has joined crossfit and is loving it so far. She also bikes or runs with the dog for an hour or more every day on top of it. She can’t wait for the nordic trails to open so we can start skate skiing again!

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I took a mellower approach; I went rock climbing, took up trail running, played lots of tennis, mountain biked, did lots of yoga… I tried to do at least a little bit of something every day. After a few months of this I decided ramp it up a bit and had a personal trainer/kinesiologist in Fernie put together a personal workout program for me. Suddenly I was sore in all sorts of new places.

workoutThe day after my 30th birthday it snowed to valley bottom for the first time this season. Like a swift kick in the butt it brought me face to face with the reality that we only have a very limited time left before we set out. I panicked and hastily threw a rope and some climbing gear in the truck for a quick couple of weeks in California. I needed just a little more sun before committing to a whole winter of freezing my butt off. The numerous wild hot springs in the area were the perfect fix for tired muscles.

dsc08675With only 6 weeks left now before we take our first steps into the Coast Mountains we feel both that we have come a long way, and also that there is still endless preparation ahead of us. Do we feel as strong and ready for hardship as the burly muskox of the north? Mmmm… maybe Tania does. At least we wont be too much out of our element thanks to our two new sponsors who have been absolutely amazing in their support of this expedition:

Rab
Keeping our exhausted muscles warm and dry this winter with world class expedition line sleeping bags, toasty down jackets, gloves, baselayers and more!

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La Sportiva
Ski touring for 8+ hours every day is hard on the feet and body – and boots are everything on an expedition like this. We searched far and wide to find the perfect ski boots and La Sportiva delivered!

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Thank you to everyone that’s helped us get strong and supported us along the way!
~ Martina & Tania

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