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

8 comments:

Deb said...

Gosh Julz, where you get the energy amazes me although I suppose the more you do the more energy you have-you can tell I'm a slob. Have fun on your "fun" ride tomorrow hun. Lovely to hear from you.
Take care
hugs Deb

By Hoki Quilts said...

Julz, you are amazing. You do more exercise in one day than I do in a week. We know how busy you are and also know that when you do have time you'll keep in touch.I hope the next 8 weeks go by without any major hitches.
hugs Miche'le

Jenny said...

64km is a Fun Ride???? Well, don't know if it sounds like fun to me! Hope you do well in the Wairarapa.

Ali Honey said...

No wonder your legs Hurt!!!
You are sounding very fit! Don't overdo it; you don't want a last minute injury.

Dolores said...

Good luck with the rides. The apron is wonderful.

kiwicarole said...

Your training sounds way too tiring for my liking! Good on you!! My niece is going in the round Taupo cycle race too.

Yvonne & Kevin said...

Congratulations, we have missed you, but love the apron!
Love Yvonne & Kevinx

Chookyblue...... said...

keep up the great riding.......have seen some of the at the Comm games......crazy but have fun........