30 August 2014

August in London

We have just under a week to enjoy London's perfect weather and all this vibrant city has to offer.

There has been more sightseeing, shopping and celebrating than training happening but hey, Challenge Phuket doesn't take place until the end of November!

Writing that is all the motivation I need to head out for run in Victoria Park!

Back to reality soon enough. 

21 August 2014

Twelve months later

This time last year our daughter & her husband were awaiting the birth of their first child.  

It was an exciting time for the family but one we had to share from the other side of the world as I was completing my final round of chemotherapy and cursing the cancer gods for not allowing me to be there on the spot. 

So it is doubly wonderful to be here in London to celebrate with this beautiful little person as she turns one.

The weather gods are smiling on us, and with Comeback Queen V2 in mind, I'm appreciating being able to run in the perfect conditions and being able to enjoy all the magnificent summer colour still on display. 

15 August 2014

Not racing just ringing cowbells

We have a new triathlon event happening here in Darwin tomorrow.  

The Darwin Long Course Triathlon is a revamp of our traditional NT Long Course and is based around Mindil Beach (famous for its Dry Season markets and spectacular sunsets).  

Conducted at various locations (Katherine Gorge, Berry Springs, Lake Alexander), for the past few years the event had recently been at Lake Bennett, some 80km down the track from Darwin so this is now a whole new course for athletes to enjoy. 

Previously a 2km swim, 60km bike, 16km run, tomorrow's race also ups the distance to 2km run, 80km bike, 20km run.

The field is small (to be expected with a new event) and everyone involved is hoping all goes well and the word spreads far and wide about this little gem on the Down Under tri calendar. 

The interstate competitors appear a little bemused at the smaller field but that's not to say the competition won't be fierce.  

Kilo for kilo we have some of the best age group athletes in the country right here in Darwin and the competition for category honours will be fierce.

Me? Not racing unfortunately.  Going into holiday mode for a couple of weeks after Hawaii 70.3 and then being knocked out not long after for another three or so weeks with the flu meant, with my lack of training, it would be very foolish for me to line up for this one.  Somewhat disappointing!

So I've spent the afternoon giving back as the Technical Official in transition for bike check in instead.  

In all seriousness, after four hours on my feet it feels as though I've already gone the distance so I'm looking forward to finding a shady spot somewhere tomorrow and doing nothing more strenuous than ringing cowbells. 

10 August 2014

Out and about

Somehow fitted in most of my swim, bike and run sessions this week which I'm happy about given it was one of those crazy weeks with lots happening.

Highlight of my week was a wander around the Darwin Indigenous Arts Festival.

Here's a little glimpse:

07 August 2014

What's happening?

My blog has been a little neglected of late.

I can blame being stuck in that limbo land where things are happening but my target event seems a long, long way off. 

30 November to be exact!  

That's forever away and for now it is a matter of staying motivated to get to the pool during the last of our cooler dry season weather (who would ever have thought I'd be huddled gratefully in a cosy SOAS Racing hoodie on swim mornings in Darwin?).

The temperature drop this morning had me shivering by the end of swim squad even though the water temperature was around 26 degrees C.  We mature Darwinites feel the cold!

It doesn't seem that long ago when there was a general rule of thumb here that most sane people stayed out of the water during the dry - at least until the 1 September!!

Riding is saddle time with a purpose each time I venture out on Ms Trek and I'm back to off road and beach run/walks to try to prevent my feet from protesting too much. 

So step by step I'm slowly building toward Challenge Laguna Phuket and also enjoying the long slow jogs on the beaches close to home as well as taking the opportunity to explore a little while out on the bike. Love where I live!

Military dump leftovers on the beach