Three weeks ago, I attended artist Cory Trépanier's book launch, celebrating the final stage of his 15-year "Into The Arctic" project that included long expeditions, oil paintings, feature films and educational modules. I wrote about the book launch here in my log. The event was outdoors and Covid-small but it included a number of important people and he was showered with honours and laudatory speeches.
Sadly, Cory passed away from cancer at age 52 less than two weeks later. His family published his obituary.
Last night 'Bent and I drove 4 hours to Sudbury (by way of Hammer and Etoile's place) so that today we could see the final "Into The Arctic" exhibition at Science North - the grand finale after 4 years of presenting his collection of Arctic paintings and films at different galleries, mostly in other countries. When the show was announced, I told Cory I would be there on opening weekend. It's hard to accept that he won't see his final Arctic exhibition but I wanted to keep my word.
Longtime AP readers may remember that Cory, his brother and I became buddies as we prepared for an adventure race - ESAR 2008. They were training for an Arctic expedition where their packs would weigh 100+ lb with all the painting and filming gear. They even logged their training on AP for a while.
Cory and his wife Janet did most of the filming on this short film of our race. 'Bent, Timato and Goose (particularly his rear end) are featured as well. A highlight for us was that we had to record our visits to some trekking checkpoints by copying simple drawings that were posted by the flags. We may have been the only team with a professional artist doing that! The trek in the film took place in the Kolapore Uplands, where we now have our chalet.
Cory's legacy will be his paintings, films and book, his two daughters, and all the honours he received over the years including a stone on the Caledon Walk of Fame and medals from The Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. But I'll remember him best as an enthusiastic, funny, skilled, ego-free, first-time adventure racer who helped us reach the top of the Coed podium, then retired from AR while he was on top. :)
Running (Country Road) 37:38  5.55 km (6:47 / km) +75m6:21 / km shoes: Speedcross 3 Coral-Cherry
Sunny morning run on rolling gravel roads around home. Since starting my physio exercises, I've been noticing how much I've been protecting my injured Achilles. That explains how I've kept my pain scores fairly low as the injury has continued but it has led to major imbalances. My right calf has become much weaker than my left, which is one of the things we're working on.
Today I worked on landing closer to my midfoot - not a change in running gait, just trying to land in the same place on my right foot as I do on my left. I realized that I'd been landing with more weight on my heel, as I did when I was protecting it, then I would consciously force a push-off in an effort to stop protecting it. It was better than nothing but it still didn't match the left side. Either I'll be on crutches tomorrow or this might have done some good.
Running (Country Road) 35:09  5.1 km (6:53 / km) +104m6:15 / km shoes: Salomon Speedcross 5 Red
Gorgeous morning! I was overdressed and felt slow.
Poor BazingaDog overdid it yesterday and wasn't really able to walk today. We're hoping it's just sore muscles. He also ran into a stick or thorny branch and cut himself around the eye and on the nose. He has antibiotic cream now - poor guy.