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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Did we mention the Hills for the Ironman 70.3?
This is Amy Moritz, at the finish of the grueling Muskoka Ironman 70.3 last weekend.
Amy Moritz writes a Blog for the Buffalo News. She also runs triathlons... and last weekend she tackled her first Ironman 70.3. Now, while the Muskoka Ironman 70.3 is easily reachable from Buffalo, and so might sound like a great choice, it is noted for its tough course. Undaunted, Amy tackled the challenge, blogging her experience.
I left a comment on one of her posts, welcoming her, wishing her well. As she came past the checkpoint Peggy and I were handling, we met up. Luckily for me, we were stationed at almost the very top of the second highest point of land in the entire township. (Yes, there is one slightly higher, near Dorset, but the climb to get to where we were, at the junction of South Portage and Dwight Beach Road, is the longest uphill pull. If you can get up that elevation, you can get up them all!) She yelled my name, I yelled out hers, and ran alongside. If this had been a flatter piece of road, I'd never have been able to keep pace with her even for a few strides! There is something to be said for spectating a bike race from near the top of the biggest darn hill.
Amy was kind enough to mention me (and Bondi Resort!) on her blog post, as well as giving rave reviews to the hamlet of Dorset, where the entire village seems to turn out to cheer the athletes over the hump-back bridge.
Loud cheers for ALL the athletes that took on the Muskoka terrain, no matter where they finished. And extra loud cheers for you, Amy! What an accomplishment to complete this hilly, demanding course as your first ever Ironman 70.3!
We hope you'll be back again next year, so we can cheer even louder for you!
I did promise Amy I'd post the Elevation of the Lake of Bays -- this shows the hills, pretty dramatically, on the bike course alone. Never mind the run section, which is also pretty up and down. In fact, the swim is the only part that's flat (and we're working on that :) )
South Portage Road and Dwight Beach Road intersection is just before you slide downhill (and yes, Peggy and I did reassure the competitors that they were going to get a little downhill respite!)into the hamlet of Dwight.
For athletes who are wondering, the turn to Bondi Village is at the 20 km mark. We have an excellent place for you to come to train the terrain, relax a little with your support teams, and enjoy the beauty of Muskoka. Maybe we'll see some of you next year!
With March Break behind us and enough heat in the Sun to tempt us to sit outside and enjoy the melt, our thoughts are turned toward the coming summer.
On the way there we'll have Spring -- April and May virtually guarantee great moose sightings in Algonquin Park, and bird watchers swoon as new species arrive daily.
But Summer -- and claiming that crucially important Family Time -- takes a tetch of planning. If you are looking for an authentic Muskoka cottage experience, with the services and conveniences of a Resort included, we are your destination.
We have a selection of cottages still available through July and August, including one week at summer's start in our big LODGE which is ideal for a small reunion group of up to 18 people. We also have two, three and four bedroom cottages scattered through the season still available.
The water toys and boats will be in the water for the May Long Weekend. Algonquin Park is open, there is plenty happening in the area for those who want to be active... Or just hang out with us, enjoy the lake, watch for our wildlife, listen for our wolf pack, come out and meet our stars at night. There is lots to do, for all ages, plenty of room for kids to roam, games to happen, quiet spots to be discovered.
Give us a call. We've got your cottage waiting.
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You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
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Take a Peek at our Cross Country Ski Trails
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
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Stuff for Sale!
From time to time, we've got funky stuff that needs to be 're-homed.' Check HERE to see what Brian's got for Sale at Bondi!