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Saturday, April 01, 2006

You've been tagged - Oh have I indeed!!!!

Well Andy Green tagged me last week. Not sure if it's legal as he's not a blogger, but I've caved and given the "low down". So bloggers, here I go.

Four jobs you have had in your life:

1. Paper boy (Yes I blew away when it got windy).
2. Building Surveyor.
3. Professional plane-hopper for 2 years in TO.
4. Project Manager and Property Developer (current - more details to come over the next months).

Four Movies you would watch over and over:

1. The Matrix (Only the first one).
2. Ocean's Eleven (try to forget about 12).
3. The Bourne Identity (again, try to forget the sequel).
4. LoTR's (all 3 this time).
Bonus just for AJ 5. Dumb and Dumber (me and AG in Jamaica!).

Four Places you have lived:

1. Bournemouth - UK - great place to grow up - sadly that never materialised for me!
2. London - UK (The big smoke).
3. Toronto - Canada - Love Canada, TO's not bad - great people.
4. Taupo - NZ - great place to raise children - so there is still hope for me!

Four TV shows you love to watch:

1. The Apprentice - savvy DT with the hair piece.
2. Seinfeld - didn't get it for a long time, it's genius.
3. Ally McBeal (it took courage to own up to that one).
4. Alias.
(I imagine 24 will be on the list when I start watching it)

Four places you have been on vacation:

1. All over Europe - love Italy, Barca and Prague.
2. Kenya (great safari - LOVE Africa).
3. Seychelles.
4. Sydney - Australia - great vibe.

Four websites I visit daily:

1. BBC Sports - football (home page) http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/default.stm
2. Randomaneous (The best blog) http://randomaneous.blogspot.com/
3. Local weather page http://www.metservice.co.nz/default/index.php?alias=taupo
4. Mac website - why would anyone buy a PC now-a-days? It's like brushing your teeth with your finger - something else has been designed which does the job properly. http://www.apple.com/ (I hope Billy boy Gates does not read this and sue me).

Four of my favourite foods:

1. Medium rare steak and veggie kebabs on my BBQ with a glass of Wolf Blass grey label.
2. Indian - but only in the UK - The Indians need to branch out to Canada and NZ!
3. Thai (Royal Orchid - see you in a week baby).
4. Mushrooms with anything - except ice cream.

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. On a cruise somewhere hot. (although it is 24 degrees and sunny here).
2. Skiing with Shaun the sheep at Whistler.
3. On safari.
4. Anything when the adrenaline is pumping.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Put a smile on ya dial

Well I've grown to love the phrases that Kiwi's use. One of my favorites is "Put a smile on ya dial" which loosely translated means - cheer up ya grumpy bore. I Love it.

There are the usual expressions like "sweet as" and "good as gold" which are used all over the world but when someone tells you to "fill ya boots", I think they mean that you are to go away and have some fun - probably with excessive quantities of amber nectar - not quite sure about that one. Anyway you'd need to "stick another snarler on the barbie" (not the doll) to accompany the beer.

"Put the billy on" or "swing the billy" means "would you be so kind as to put the kettle on and make me a hot beverage".

But my very favorite expression to date is "funny as a fight". Most sane people think that fights are serious, but I have to disagree. I once watched a fight in Canada with some hockey thrown in for good measure. When I was 16 and still at school all my friends were buying mopeds (you know - hairdryers on wheels). One day in the bike park at school, two of them fell out and starting punching each other around the head - problem being that they forgot to remove their helmets first and ended up breaking their hands - a number of us just watched and laughed as the blows kept glancing off their helmets. Even the teacher who broke up the ruckus couldn't stop laughing at them - I have to tell you, it was as funny as a fight - hang on!!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The week Ironman

Well Bloggers,

I attempted the Ironman this week - yes the whole week. I started on Monday evening and set myself until Sunday afternoon to finish the event - that's a 3.8km swim (2.4 miles), a 180.2km cycle (112 miles) and a 42.2km run (26.2 mile) (a marathon). I decided to make it difficult for myself and cycle "hill" country, run mainly mountain bike (hilly) routes and swim in a 25m pool. It took me 12 hours and 49 minutes. So, how was it?

THE SWIM
Who out there has swum lengths since school. I don't think I've swum lengths for over 25 years!!!! I couldn't breath the first time I got in the pool. I was so slow that I may as well as been swimming in treacle - anyway I have got better and am working on my technique (oh and my breathing!!!!) Still, I can't swim more than 400m before stopping for a breather. The swim took 1:50 (with breathing breaks).

THE CYCLE
180km is a long way, but around Taupo, you have a load of hills to keep you interested!!! I got up to speeds of 70km (44 miles/hours) and realized that the wind can be your best friend (or your worst enemy). I averaged 26k/h over the 180.2km. It took me just under 7 hours.

THE MARATHON
OK, I am stupid, but I decided to do mountain running for the majority of my run which was hard work - especially the last 14km. The quad's were hurting by this stage which didn't help matters. The run is definitely the hardest part and I can't imagine starting the run after swimming and cycling for 9 hours?

Next week some weight training and cycling.

Friday, March 17, 2006

It fell off

Yes, my other toe nail came adrift tonight - a proud moment indeed.

COMING TO A PLACE NEAR YOU - we will be in LA from 3-5th April (the Father Forum), the big TO from 7th-11th and UK from 13th-17th.

Next post on being an Ironman. Come back in 2 days..............

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Chinese really can sing


A dear friend (Nicky Smith) sent me this link and I'm sure you are reassured to know that the Chinese really can sing (Let it buffer before playing it)

Not much else to report in on except I actually like the local paper "The Taupo Times". Sad but true. I look forward to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings when the "local rag" sometimes shows up. Top articles include "Dog falls into lake" "Toe nail falls off" "Ice cream melts in the sun". I love it.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

26/52 weeks to go

Well - our baby is due in 26 weeks - we are really excited - a baby in our capable hands. I for one feel totally out of my depth, but I'm sure I'll "catch on".

The baby is my number 1 priority, but it's only 52 weeks to the next Ironman NZ. It's one of the qualifiers for the biggest Ironman in the world which is the Hawaiian Ironman. Taupo hosts the NZ Ironman and this week was the 2006 event. Sadly, winds of 80km/h (50m/h) prevented the swim leg (3.8km - 2.4 miles) and because of the danger to the cyclists, they cut the bike ride and the run in half. So the contestants set off on the significantly shortened course. I saw the pro's off and raced out to the midway point (in my car!!!!). The guys got there in 55 minutes (average 50 km/h or 31 mph for you English). I missed the male leaders because they were too fast!!!! I saw some of the women because they started later but the wind was in their faces on the way back and it took them at least 80 minutes to get back. Then they changed to their running segment. Everyone seemed to be having lots of fun - apart from some of the "average" Ironmen (if there is such a thing as average Ironmen) who were cramping up.
The pro's seemed to be cruising through the event effortlessly but the average Jo were suffering after the cycle. Apparently the wind on the way back was a killer!!!! They only went half the distance and nearly everyone looked knackered.

So with 52 weeks to go, do I have the necessary resolve, determination and desire to do the full Ironman in 2007??? That's 3.8km (2.4 miles) swim, 180 km (112 miles) cycle and 42km (26 miles) run all in less that 17 hours. With the baby arriving in 26 weeks I am not sure if I have time to train for it. It's always been a dream of mine but if I am to attempt it, these image need to remain in my head. Anyone fancy being my training partner for the next 12 months?
REMEMBER PEOPLE - AIM FOR THE MOON AND IF YOU MISS YOU'LL END UP AMONG THE STARS.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

A tribute to Sarah Dalley



Well ladies and gentlemen,
It was with great sadness that we dropped the lovely Sarah Dalley off at the airport today. We were planning on keeping her and replacing her passport picture with a picture of Harley (our cat), but we resisted the temptation and returned her to the "Canadian family'.

Over the last 3 weeks we have had fun, fun, fun. We have swam in the lake, seen "beauty", been jetting, helicoptered, drank fine wine, sailed, eaten copious amount of steak/lamb, watch geysers and been the minions to the pregnacy diva.


Without pregnacy minion number 2 (although she really took first place ranking off me) I again have been promoted to one and only pregnacy minion.

Anyway Sarah Dalley, we love you and come and visit permanently.