Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith? I guess I could be talking about my training?!

So its been pretty hectic the last couple of weeks. For me, Dec 1st marked the start of training officially and its been pretty simple..... Swim before work, run at lunchtime, and get on the bike after work. A few weeks of that steadily and I'll be back in shape to train properly.

Meanwhile Nic's collarbone is pretty much healed up, and shes punching out some quality training on the MTB ready to smash some people come National Champs.

We didn't race the Eastern Express on the weekend, instead cramming together a fairly hectic social/training/adventure weekend. Try this schedule

Friday arvo: 80m bungy (Sport Manawatu Xmas function)
Friday evening: Xmas drinks in Ohakune (Nics workmates)
Sat 6:30am: 2km Swim in Taupo 1/2 ironman
Sat 8am: 3hr MTB around Craters (Taupo)
Sat arvo: lots of coffee, hanging out, drive to Auckland
Sat Night: Xmas in the Park (Auckland)
Sun am: 'Rugged as' Trail run in Waitakeres
Sun arvo: Physion Rehab Group Xmas party/Tennis Tournament
Mon am: Fly home, and straight to work

Glad to be home for a rest and to recover from the weekend! For the record, I won 3 out of 3 matches at the work xmas tennis tournament (I'm not competitive at all!?!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Role modelling?

I can't help posting this. I work for a Sports Trust. Promoters of all things active and healthy. We should be role models. No? Check out the below pic of food in our staffroom this morning. 30mins ago the basket was full of chocolates.
Grapes, Rice Crackers, dried fruit still there now, barely touched....

Do as I say, not as I do.... ring a bell anyone?

So I guess we're training again. After a mint 3hr+ ride on Saturday with a group of 15-16yr olds I coach, Nic thought It'd be a nice idea to ride up nearby Wharite Peak. She'd never been up it, and it was over 2yrs ago I last was there. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Can I now say that my new 2 x 9 set up on the 29er hurts sometimes when you are trying to ride easy?!

Wharite Peak..... 12km & 1000m up
20 min into the climb. Still no where near the bushline....

35min in and the windmills are starting to look pretty small
Nearing the summit....about 60min in

At the top. 60min up..... and just 14min to get back down! It was loose! Even better, we found a tramping track off the top from this trig. Reckon its a pretty gnarly 8km or so rugged 'single track' down. Should make for a pretty epic loop. Can't wait to explore it.