Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Eat, Pray, Love...

Last night went and saw Eat, Pray, Love with a large group of girlfriends. Was a wonderful movie, one of those ones where you feel like you are reading the story as you watch and absorb. There were parts where it was a little slow, though overall a lovely story of finding your inner self and being comfortable with who you are and believing in yourself.
What I like about Julia Roberts is that she looks incredibly natural in the movie, messy hair, not much makeup, she played a great part and her handsome devil of a co-star for the Bali (love) section of the movie, it wasn't just his accent, those rugged good looks ahhh...
I think the book will be one to seek out at the library as I'm sure there was more to the story not covered in the movie...
Hope you've had a happy day.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Tour of Waikanae...75kms

Woke to blue sky, cold chill, heavy dew and GUSTY winds - eek!

Left home at 7am to head to Waikanae and to pick up registration pack - the day not much better in Waikanae - thankfully NO RAIN :)

Met up with some of the people from GearShifters, time for loo stop and then join the start line - have a photo on my mobile phone I'm trying to download or email to self - not succeeding so far.
The event was great, well run, lots of marshalls to point you in the right direct as it was a street circuit would have been very easy to head off the wrong way without them. The wind gusts were a challenge at times... however am very pleased with myself - came in on my speedo at 2hours 58mins - will need to wait till later in the week (this is the hardest part as you are dying to find out how well you did and where you got in your age group).

Pleased with the body too, the bottom wasn't as sore, felt really good at the end and just starting to stiffen up a bit now - so will have to get stretching!

As I'm typing this I checked the website, and wow the preliminary results are up already!!

So it looks like official time is 2 hours 59 mins 39 sec's - am still mighty pleased with making it under 3 hours :)


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Lots of cycling...not much quilting...

Well not much quilting has been going on as it is under 8 weeks to Taupo Cycle Challenge now... training is going great with GearShifters on a Saturday morning, and Sundays have been rides with training buddies, or no rides cause the weather is too bad.

I've sold my SUB Lime 1.0 bike, and am now the proud owner of a spanking new Giant Avail 2011 model (above, pre-fly)- she's gorgeous - white and teal. She did grow wings after our 2nd outing (a couple of weekends ago when it was gale force winds - yes we biked in that!), where she decided she didn't like being tied to the bike rack on the back of the car and flew off on the motorway! I kid you not... anyway leaving out the stress and long story - I had an angel looking out for me as the damage was incredibly minimal and she's as good as new with a new black seat, gear shifter and a few minor repairs - incredibly only one tiny paint chip - not bad for flying off the back of the car at 100km - and thank goodness no damage to anyone behind me or no accidents caused.

GearShifters' focus is hills, Hills, HIlls, and more HILLS. For people who know Wellington - this morning we left Freyberg pool area, headed out to old Hutt Road, up Ngaio Gorge Road, up and around somewhere still heading up until we got to Makara, then through Makara and then up this long up, up and up narly hill road to Karori, through Karori, Aro Valley, city centre and back to Freyberg for restorative coffee! All up only 41.78kms - though god the legs felt it!

Tomorrow is the first real bike event for me... is in Featherston and classed as a fun ride, I'm doing the 64 km loop. Update: This was a fantastic first event the weather was gorgeous, with only a little head wind... here's the official time below:

The following Sunday is Tour of Waikanae which is a 25km street circuit and you do laps for the event you've entered - I'm going to do 75km. Then the next event for me at this stage will be early November for the Martinborough fun ride which I'll do the 115km event. This mixed in with the training should have me in good stead for Taupo on 27 November which is 160km !

I have done a little stitching and sewing - I made a gorgeous apron from "Leanne's House" apron pattern, and and used a metre of gorgeous Heather Bailey fabric from Sawmilller's Quiltery - this was for my lovely MumS for her birthday.

Let me know how you all are, and what you've been focussed on for the last month or so, as I'm still in catchup mode with everyone's blogs to see what you all have been up to :)
Love and Hugs