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    Michael Giebler
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What a roller coaster of a week- I decided to go to this race last minute against my doctors orders. Wednesday I badly sprained my ankle. Wednesday I was barely able to walk, one doctor saying I may have broken it, after the swelling finally went down we decided on wrapping my ankle up in a brace and head out to the already paid for race and hotel with intention of just finishing and taking it easy. Saturday morning the ankle felt “okay” under the circumstances and as I headed out for the race. The extreme ascents were my saving grace in this race as I had done a lot of hill training and while I had to take it easy on the downhill my goal was to just finish. I eventually found my ability to climb hills gave me the ability to finish top in my age group and get on the podium in the competitive wave. I feel incredibly blessed and I will now listen to my doctor and take it easy to let my ankle heal fully. Thank you to @spartanracecanada for the great race! #spartankimberley .
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What a roller coaster of a week- I decided to go to this race last minute against my doctors orders. Wednesday I badly sprained my ankle. Wednesday I was barely able to walk, one doctor saying I may have broken it, after the swelling finally went down we decided on wrapping my ankle up in a brace and head out to the already paid for race and hotel with intention of just finishing and taking it easy. Saturday morning the ankle felt “okay” under the circumstances and as I headed out for the race. The extreme ascents were my saving grace in this race as I had done a lot of hill training and while I had to take it easy on the downhill my goal was to just finish. I eventually found my ability to climb hills gave me the ability to finish top in my age group and get on the podium in the competitive wave. I feel incredibly blessed and I will now listen to my doctor and take it easy to let my ankle heal fully. Thank you to @spartanracecanada for the great race! #spartankimberley  . . #spartanup  #teamneverquit  #ocr  #ocrtraining  #enduranceathlete  #athlete  #endurance  #spartan  #exercise  #fitness  #fitness  #obstacle  #training  #injury  #workout  #trailrun  #trailrunning  #trails  #run  #running  #beast  #strength  #climb 
This coming weekend is #spartankimberley for the #beast and super! A week ago I made the move from elite to age group- Because this race is a regional race the best of the best will be there, I know I am not in a place to hang in with the elite guys, I am incredibly humbled by there level of athleticism and it keeps me #motivated to keep pushing myself to be better. I am actually feeling very good about taking the step down to age group and I am very excited to see how well I can place. Taper is now in full effect! See you all on the mountain #aroo .
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This coming weekend is #spartankimberley  for the #beast  and super! A week ago I made the move from elite to age group- Because this race is a regional race the best of the best will be there, I know I am not in a place to hang in with the elite guys, I am incredibly humbled by there level of athleticism and it keeps me #motivated  to keep pushing myself to be better. I am actually feeling very good about taking the step down to age group and I am very excited to see how well I can place. Taper is now in full effect! See you all on the mountain #aroo  . . #yycrun  #spartanup  #spartanrace  #spartan  #fitness  #endurance  #enduranceathlete  #athlete  #ocr  #ocrtraining  #run  #race  #runningman  #trailrun  #training  #taper  #workout  #strength  #conditioning  #obstaclecourse  #obstacle 
🇨🇦 Out today enjoying the last day of #canada 🇨🇦 day long weekend! Hit up a triple #summit of #prairiemountain for #20km and 2127m (7000ft) of #climbing getting #beast ready! .
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HAPPY CANADA 🇨🇦 DAY 🇨🇦 I finally got to hit up the classic Mount Yamnuska! Epic skree run on the way down! 🇨🇦 🇨🇦 #happytrails .
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Just working on that #bucket carry! Doing hill repeats of bucket-run-sandbag-run-x3 totalling 6km. Getting ready for that #spartanrace #beast .
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**Edit!!! 2600 FEET not meters haha** Out for a #25km run at west #braggcreek today with @davidsharvey. We were too drenched to take a photo. Got a great #training #run in! .
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Last nights group run down by the river! With @calgary_trail_culture #yyc .
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#spartanracereddeer super from a week(ish) ago. These bars felt absolutely greased from the rain. My lesson learned from this race is I need to work on is my running speed. .
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One of my favourite #photos so far taken a few weeks ago. Can’t wait to hit the #mountains up again soon!!! Hope everyone has a great week! #happytrails 
Photo credit @jenelleycat .
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Had a great race at #spartanracereddeer ! Didn’t place as well as I had hoped but I learned what I need to work on and get ready for the #beast 
Had a fantastic time thanks @spartanracecanada .
Thanks for the photo @jordanpgfowlie .
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Had a great race at #spartanracereddeer  ! Didn’t place as well as I had hoped but I learned what I need to work on and get ready for the #beast  Had a fantastic time thanks @spartanracecanada . Thanks for the photo @jordanpgfowlie . #spartanup  #spartan  #ocr  #ocrtraining  #fire  #race  #super  #endurance  #enduranceathlete  #athlete  #run  #running  #runningshoes  #fitness  #exercise  #raceday  #runnersofinstagram  #spartanrace  #training  #trails  #trailrunning  #teamneverquit  #obstaclecourse 
Happy #globalrunningday everyone! Go tear up some trails! 7km done with @calgary_trail_culture up in nose hill park! #happytrails ! .
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Adventure day! Gap peak today! A great #hike! A good 1200m of climbing! Excellent!!! Photo credit @jenelleycat .
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Finally got to watch Where Dreams Go To Die! Amazing documentary/movie about @garyrobbins and the #barkleymarathons! Even the non-runner wifey enjoyed it!!! Well done @ethannewberry!!! .
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Easy day! Light run and then some light core and band work! Much needed after the 27km from the past two days! Gotta be strong as an 🐂 and fast as a 🦌...well ideally... week and a bit till #spartanrace!!!
#disciplinenotmotivation .
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Great day for a run in #nosehillpark! Had the realization that #spartanrace Red deer is in two weeks! Whoop! .
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The #rimwall! A great day for hiking! Some spectacular views and ran into our furry friends @zeppelinthetoller again! Next hike on Monday! Whoop! #happytrails 
Photo credit @darren_umb .
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