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My First Video

I had a go at creating a video/slideshow sort of thinggy …….. What do you reckon?


November 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Half Iron Man Triathlon – Busselton

My husband Peter and I went down to Busselton on the weekend to see our friends, Justine and Anthony, compete in their first half iron man traithlon:

Swim Course: 1.9km A one-lap swim in pristine waters alongside the historic Busselton Jetty. The swim starts in waist deep water on the east side of Busselton Jetty, and heads out to sea for 850m then short straight at the top of the course is followed by another right hand turn heading to head back to shore to the swim exit.   Swim conditions were nearly perfect, except for the stingers in the water!!

Bike Course:  90.1km
Three-lap bike course on flat terrain through the Tuart forest and looping back to Busselton.  Bike conditions were excellent.  It was cool in the Tuart forest and there was almost no wind.

Run Course: 21.1km
Along a pathway beside the beach.  This was very picturesque, but quite warm by this time (12.00 – 2.00 pm) and there was no shade and very little cooling breeze coming off the water.  It was a hot run!

Justine and Anthony both performed very well:

  • Justine was 51st in the female 35-39 age group, achieving 32.37 minutes for the swim, 3 hours 12 minutes for the cycle and 2 hours 30 minutes for the run.
  • Anthony was 60th in the 40-44 year old male age group (a very competitive group) and did his swim in 37.43 minutes cycle time was 2 hours 40 minutes and run time was 1 hour 54 minutes.

A fantastic achievement for both of them to finish the event – Justine in 6 hours 24 minutes and Anthony is 5 hours 18 minutes.

I have learnt never to say never, but really I can’t see myself doing one of those any time soon!!!  It was fantastic to be there to watch and cheer them on.  Some pictures appear below.


May 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

What next?


Now that my triathlon is a thing of the past, a few people have been asking me – what next???

Well, I already have it planned. The Great Escapade is next. It is a 537 km, 9 day fully supported bike riding holiday! All meals and entertainment are laid on – you pitch your own tent at night. They are expecting around 2,000 riders to take part. Should be fantastic fun! My husband Peter and our friends Megan and David are coming with me.

The ride sets off from stunning Margaret River on Saturday 28 March and traverses the varied landscapes of this beautiful corner of Western Australia. The route goes through national parks, farming areas, winery country and Karri Country before returning to the ocean where it all began, back at Margaret River, on Sunday 5 April.

Here is a map of the route.ride-map1

These are the towns we will visit along the way.

March 4, 2009 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Triathlon Results


Triathlon results are now up on the web site

The Mini Tri was a 150 metre swim, 5 km cycle and 1.5 km run.

I was FIRST in my age group (50-59) and 12th overall for the Mini Triathlon!!

I am REALLY HAPPY with that!


March 1, 2009 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Triathlon Report

Hi There!

Today I competed in my first ever triathlon – a womens only triathlon at Hillarys Beach.   When I set off from home at 5.30 am there was thunder, lightening and rain, and it seemed that the weather was going to present a bit of a challenge.  Fortunately the storm was moving inland (east) and by the time we got to the beach (west) it was overcast but fine.   As you can see from the photos, it actually turned out to be a very nice day.

My friend Justine is my inspiration, adviser and encourager.  She did her first triathlon a few years ago.  I remember watching her and thinking “Why EVER would you want to do that?”.  It just seemed like really hard work to me, and not fun at all – although Justine insisted she enjoyed it.  At that time it was just beyond me to even think about doing anything like that as  I was still recovering from chronic fatigue.

My recovery took a boost when I did my first “Great Bike Ride” in November 2007.  I took a few months to train up for it, and the 53 k ride was a huge achievement.   I started training with Rob Cassian’s “Step Into Life” group at Swan View in May 2008.  Rob is a great trainer. The cardio classes really helped develop my running and the strength training built some muscle.  Then in August 2008 I did the 4km section of the “City to Surf” fun run – another achievement.  After doing a second  “Great Bike Ride” in November 2008 I was starting to look for a new challenge and enrolled in the 8 week triathlon training course, starting in January 2009.

I haven’t got today’s triathlon results yet – I will update this post when I do – but I really enjoyed it and was pleased with how I went on the day.  I felt I did my personal best, and I am very satisfied with that.

Justine is the gorgeous young thing in the white T-shirt and white cap that you can see in the photos with me.  My husband Peter was also there to support me, but there are no photos of him, as he was the one with the camera!

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All the best!


March 1, 2009 at 3:38 am 4 comments

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