Another weekend gone – so quick! This one was especially rewarding because Mikey and I really took a break. When you do a lot of side projects, enjoy what you do for work, and work from home like Mikey does, it can be hard to establish boundaries in your life and create intentional margins for your life. Work/Life Balance is a tough thing to find, and when social media, email and work can be taken right home with you, it’s easy to not give yourself time to recharge. More and more, I’m seeing Mikey make that time (it’s less of an issue for me since my work is away from home, save for all the workout research and planning I do) and this weekend was a great example of that!
We knew we were going out back country skiing with snowmobiles and our friend Ash (who owns the sleds!) but didn’t know if we’d stay in our car, do an early Saturday wake up and same day home deal, or if we’d get away the whole weekend. Last minute Mikey booked a weekend at Il Nido Country Inn in Golden, British Columbia and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the weekend worked out!
We were warmly greeted by Maurizio (his wife was away visiting family) and instantly felt like we were walking into family’s home. It’s a beautiful log cabin, close enough to Golden but far enough away that it feels only surrounded by mountains, complete with a friendly dog (that doesn’t shed! Hair, not fur = awesome) and outdoor-dwelling cat. We settled into our room and were so thrilled to be there, hitting the hay after driving in Friday after work and arriving about 10:30 pm.
Of course before changing into my PJs I had to slip off my Zensah compression calf sleeves – I had a great week of workouts but some tight calves and needed the extra compression! Glad I had these with me.
The room had this sweet (and comfortable!) bed and a small kitchenette. We were the only guests there until the next night, when another couple arrived (and even then, we didn’t see them at all). Breakfast was whenever we asked for it, which was 8 am – so nice to not get up early when you’re already out in the mountains rather than driving in from Calgary! We were meeting Ash at the trail head at 9, so this gave us time to eat and enjoy a made-from-scratch meal:
Freshly cut fruit with yogurt and ground flax, coffee, plus the main event of hashbrown potatoes, sourdough toast, bacon and a three cheese/mushroom/asparagus frittata.
Better than how we eat at home, and so not what we were expecting! We enjoyed a slow breakfast and then hit the trail, ready to roll and get out in the back country. Before that, I made sure to shot my last trial of X2Performance:
This was my first snowmobiling instead of hiking into the back country to ski, and I thought I wouldn’t like it…And believe me, I was nervous (ask Mikey how many screams I let out – so uncontrollable but those things go FAST!). But I loved the day, got tons of runs in and was actually proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new.
After an epic day, we came home happy and ready for some food (gummy bears, pasta and creamed corn, ohhh yeah!) and a hot tub!
We walked through the snow, past the cute Kelly pleading with us to throw her ball, and were the only ones in the log gazebo hot tub! Maurizio surprised us with some wine upon hearing we didn’t have anything to bring to the tub, which was a great way to end the day.
Breakfast the next day was another delicious one: a broiled grapefruit with brown sugar, ginger, a grape and a touch of mint along with homemade (and locally picked) huckleberry/red currant pancakes with homemade apple sausage patties… And real maple sugar, of course. 😉 We were loving this send off and hope to come back with friends or family another time!
Mikey and I took the next hour or so to read by the fire and enjoyed some quiet time before driving back to Calgary. We loved the common area, attached to which is a suite that holds 6 people – 3 couples or a family with kids. We checked it out and thought how fun it would be to be the family coming in after us who rents the entire place out every year for 5 days so it’s just their family!
It’s so important to recharge and to get enough rest so you can think better, workout harder, be a kinder person and simply live better all around! While that doesn’t always mean a weekend getaway (staying in a B&B was a real treat for us and not the norm), find what recharges you and do it! Maybe it’s not doing but rather sitting and reading, taking time to journal or walk solo, or be with friends and get out for a social run. We feel ready for the week ahead! I even did laundry when I got back post-Tiger Tailing it on the way home to soothe sore muscles…
but I can’t tell you for sure that the laundry pile is folded… 😉 Off to start the week!
Tell me about YOUR weekend! And how do you recharge when you need it? Live well & be well friends!
**Full Disclosure: I received samples of X2PERFORMANCE as part of a paid campaign. While I was compensated, all opinions are 100% mine and I am not obligated to share a positive review. “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.”