A few short years ago, Dorothy Ball of Manitoba never thought of herself as an endurance athlete. Now, she is training for the Canadian Virtual Birkie, 55km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner. “The Birkie” has been on her bucket list, and with travel constraints, the Virtual Birkie option presented the perfect opportunity.
“I just turned 40 in December and decided to go for it!”, says Dorothy. “For the last two years, I have stepped up my commitment to fitness and I am in the best shape ever. My husband ski raced in the 90’s, so he’s my coach.”
“I wanted to show myself and my daughters that their Mama can do this, and have fun! Our oldest daughter, Anna, just turned eight. She’s been in the Jackrabbits program since age three. Our youngest, Astrid, is two and just learning to ski. I have been using a weighted pack on all my ski trips since I signed up, and can now carry Astrid!”