Monday, 28 November 2011

Reflecting back...

I just did a bit of a comparison of photo's - from Taupo 2010 - to Taupo 2011 and the massive change in myself... the journey of endurance cycling has only just begun :)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

So excited...

What a weekend, the trip to Taupo on Thursday was rain and wind.  Arrived in Moutapa where we had rented a friends batch and it was still miserable.  Friday dawned really windy, the lake looked like Wellington harbour on a very windy, choppy day.  Registration pack was picked up, girls went shopping, sushi was had for lunch then we decided to go to Rotorua, for Chris to check out the CAT (heavy machinery) museum, whilst us girls shopped some more :)

Saturday morning dawned and it was beautiful clear blue sky from the bedroom window, went outside and it was WINDY - dang!  The starting marshall was warning riders of the 34knot winds and to be extra careful around the western side of Lake Taupo... all I can say is thank goodness with Gearshifters we have trained in all weather (including Wellington gale force winds)... The first 90kms are hill after hill and head winds that almost stopped you in your tracks or blew you across the road.  Stopped at the 90km mark to send Chris and girls the text to get ready to go to Moutapa (125km mark) intersection to meet me with the fresh cold bottles of drink, it was a very quick stop as I was on a mission.  Then 1hr 30 odd minutes later I came through the finishing chute and no family were there :(  They weren't expecting me to get there that early!  Chris was still driving into Taupo and the girls (and Kait's boyfriend Callum) were having  a cold drink at Subway... they were excited that I bet them, though guttered they'd missed the photo's of me coming through the chute (and I'd sprinted too!)

Anyhoo... I bet last years time (9hrs 4mins) by 2hrs 21 mins !!  My time for this year in that awful wind was 6hrs 44mins.  So very pleased - goal for next years event is to get under 6 hours :)

Race NoEntry NameEventRegionTimeSplit1Split2Split3Split4PlaceGenderGend PlaceDivisionDiv Place
191Julie ManuSoloWellington6:44:233:27:043:02:4314:362808Female28335-4492

And to top it all off, had a great breakfast with Rob and Kathy this morning, then Rob took us for a scenic flight over Taupo in his helicopter - such a buzz.  Will load photo's tomorrow :)

Hope you too have had an epic weekend.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

So its been nearly a year...

Hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since my first Taupo Cycle Challenge... the house is clean and tidy for the house-sitter (minding the cats), the bags and food are packed, am just waiting my turn for the shower, then its load up the van, and don't forget the bike... drop of Diesel to the kennels then we are off to Taupo :)

One year later, I'm nearly 15kgs lighter (completely revamped the diet), took my training a whole lot more seriously and included strength training to build up the legs (hence why there are hardly any crafty postings!), and alot fitter. I'm on a mission this year to get under 6hrs 30mins for 160kms around the lake on Saturday. (Last year it was a 9hr torture test). My trainers reckon I can do sub 6 hours - eek - will depend on the tailwinds I reckon!

Will load a post when I get home on Sunday to let you know how it all went :)

Have a great weekend.


Friday, 28 October 2011

Proud Mom...

Just home from UH College Year 12 & 13 media awards night (HOSCARS) - very cool night... and so VERY proud of my daughter Kait... her movie "KASSEY" (which she wrote, co-edited, co-screenplayed, directed, co-produced, as well as being main actress)... won best supporting actress; best edited; best cinematogrophy and BEST OVERALL Y12 MOVIE !!! So very proud of her and her friends Dan Henton (co-editor), Jacob Bly (co-editor), Heidi Filkins (co-screenplay, co-editor, co-producer, actress), Megan Eckery & Melissa Beyon (Actresses) and Callum Bircher (God). Oh and Kait designed the poster and DVD cover as well!

Heidi (left) and Kait

Dan, Jacob, Heidi & Kait

Well done xox

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Are you searching for a great peanut butter?

Forgot to tell you about a delish natural peanut butter I had read about recently .... I went in search of some today ... very tasty, very nice "Really Good Peanut Butter", made in Nelson. The girls have sampled and given it the thumbs up too :)

Great website, can even order online if you can't locate a store near you.

Hi dear friends... its been awhile ;)

You can tell when its full on training time for Taupo Cycle Challenge, time on the computer and at the sewing machine becomes a rarity and time on the bike becomes all consuming (along with going to the gym)...

All that said, training is going really well for Taupo - its only about 8 weeks away - eek - 160kms around the great lake. Gearshifters squad on a Saturday has kicked in and hills are the favourite training ground for the trainers to take us on... Am riding Sundays with the Cranks (a social group in Upper Hutt) or entering the fun rides. I've been training hard with a personal trainer focusing on strength training and refocusing the diet which is working a treat.

A little quilting is being done (not enough to show unfortunately) and a little hand-stitching is being worked, even picked up the knitting needles to make some more fingerless gloves as a belated birthday present (its still quite chilly here in the mornings).

I've found a couple of great blogs recently : Kitchen Maid has delicious recipes and Indiana June is a kiwi girl cycling around Europe at present with social media (Twitter, Facebook etc) followers selecting her next destination or activity (you too can participate and vote).

Hugs to all

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Dazzling in Gold...

Kait looking dazzling, ready for Upper Hutt College's ball, being held at the Deloittes Lounge at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Totally out of focus I know...however it still looks pretty cool!

Kaitlyn and her boyfriend, Callum. Made by Andy's mum (Kristin's Florist, Upper Hutt)

Kaitlyn & Andy, her ball partner.

Obligatory photo's...

And proud dad...(hard to get a smile out of him for the camera!)

Kait looked amazing, so hoping she has the bestest of nights!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Snowing in Silvy...August version

from front door
looking down driveway

top of drive where you can park if you can get up the drive

looking down subdivision

looking up subdivision

empty section next door to us

as far as i got trying to get up drive

our house in the snow

front lawn

oh my! what is this white stuff

freezing paws!

Hope you are safe and warm...

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Monday, 25 July 2011

Some of the roads I cycle (on a fine day)

This is the Whiteman's Valley side of Blue Mountains Road... Whiteman's Valley The beginning of the 'rollers' heading towards Mangaroa The "dip" at Maymorn Bring back the sunshine :)

Diesel in the snow!

Snowing in Silvy...

Snow this afternoon in Silvy at our house :)

The family's snow adventures... while I'm at work :(

At Kaitoke, Wellington Heading to Kaitoke Heading to Kaitoke Like ice candy floss! Cute! Mr Frosty Becky's snow angel :) Just past Te Marua Lakes heading to Kaitoke By Kaitoke Waterworks turnoffBrr don't you feel cold just looking at these pics?

Keep Warm