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Rest Day Musings (my version of ‘randoms’)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I’ve spent a little over a week here in Leysin, and today called for a rest day.  “Rest day?!?” I hear you all say.  Yep, that’s right, Doc ain’t as bad ass as you think he is.  For the most part, he’s smart ;)

Anyway, on a rest day in Leysin, you truly rest.  Just like the training here, you truly train and there isn’t any faking it in these mountains!  There are very few distractions here in Leysin- a perfect recipe for training and recovery and focus.  So today, I have had a lot of time with my thoughts- hmm, perhaps not the best thing.

-Leysin seems alot more busier than I remember it to be.  A lot more students- American students (there is an american school here).  Which got me thinking, is this like a place when they say on Gossip Girl, “I went to school in Switzerland for the year”?  Which means, some of these kids might be mega rich!!!  However, I am yet to run into Chuck Bass or for that matter, a Nate Archibald (unfortunately!!).

(Who would I be?  Blair Waldorf?)

-The air here is so clean, I love it. 

-I am suprised at the amount of people that smoke cigarettes, despite the lifestyle here in Switzerland to be very healthy in general.  The kids seem very active, playing on their bikes/scooters etc, the food here is also of great quality, and there is an abudance of outdoor activities accessible (such as trail walking).

-I have been here every year since 2005, with the exception of last year.  I think that year away from the mountains REALLY HURT me- the hills are definitely steeper than I recall.

-And despite this being my 5th visit to Leysin, I am still discovering great new places to run :)

-The recommendation by Wongstar’s ex number 1 fan of casttv.com has been invaluable!  I’ve been able to keep up to date with my two favourite shows- Gossip Girl and Glee. 

-I’ve spent the better part of my day researching macrobiotic diets, because that what Lea Michele (Rachel Berry from Glee) adheres to.  I concluded it would take a monumental effort to truly stick to it, and really, weight loss boils down to common sense and moderation!

 

Lea Michele For Women's Health Magazine

AND FINALLY!!!!!!!  TEAM ST BERRY! (Twilight was so 2009)

(I realise that by posting this blog, I run the risk of never receiving another rest day ever again, because clearly, I have a little too much time on my hands :) )

Square Eyes

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Did your mother ever say to you, “If you sit that close to the tv, you’ll end up with square eyes”?  Well, mine did, on numerous occasions.  Luckily this is not true, because following my trip to Leysin, my eyes would surely be square (or rectangle….). 

I flew again with Emirates.  They are one of the few airlines that allow you 30kg of checked baggage, which for me, is invaluable.  Another positive, in my opinion, is their OUTSTANDING entertainment system.  There is nothing worse than having a long haul flight with no little tv’s in the headrests in front of you.  And because I want to get my money’s worth, I make sure I’m watching that little screen from take off (and sometimes before take off), until the headphones get taken off you. 

First flight:  Brisbane to Dubai- 14.4hrs.  I really don’t think I’ve been on a plane continuously for that long before.  I think the longest for me before this was about 12 hrs.  Viewing:  “The Castle” (the Aussie movie); “Showmance- episode 2 of Glee”.  It was after Glee I started to weaken.  The eyes got heavy.  I tried to resist, but gave in to 3 hrs of very broken sleep.  This was all I needed to get going again.  4 episodes of Friends.  I then attempted to watch a new movie called “The Box” with Cameron Diaz, but couldn’t get into it.  Aborted “The Box”.  Hmmm, what now???  No matter how hard I have tried to resist the “Avatar” craze, I couldn’t say no anymore.  I hate Sci Fi with a passion.  I have refused to see Avatar, because of this sci fi hatred.  But I was desperate, I had to give it a shot.  2 hrs 40 mins later, LOVED IT.  I always cry when I watch movies on planes, and this was no exception.  I still had a bit over an hour on the plane.  How was anything going to live up to Avatar?  I accepted that nothing would, and moved on to a very cheesey, “It’s Complicated”.  Only got the first half in before we landed in Dubai. 

Second Flight:  Dubai to Zurich- 6hrs 20 mins.  After a great shower in Dubai, and clean clothes, I was ready and refreshed for round 2.  6 hrs is not a lot of time, so I had to get straight into it.  I boarded pretty early, and managed to knock over most of remainder of “It’s Complicated” before take off.  Next up-  hmmm, why not go for a favourite, you can never lose with “Twilight”!!!  And it didn’t fail me.  I forgot how much I love this movie (and Edward!).  Next up, of course it had to be “New Moon”.  Although I have to admit, I did skip through parts of this and watched only my favourite bits :)  (like the proposal!!!)   Time for a quick round of sitcoms-  3 episodes of “Two and a Half Men”.  And to finish off, I watched the first half of Avatar again, before landing in Zurich.

My eyes are very sore today- lack of sleep? Watching too much tv?  Probably both!  But what is someone to do when they have jet lag and can’t sleep when they finally arrive at their destination.  Well, in my case, I watch episodes of Glee on my computer!  Hair of the dog anyone?  And today’s mission?  I might just try and download the two episodes of Gossip Girl I haven’t watched yet.  And Jo, if you’re reading, can you buy some new dvd’s in Bali please!

Saturday In Pics

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Just few snapshots from my day today.

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Getting cold here on the Sunny Coast. 

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Some company on my run this morning.

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This one was very interested in me!!!

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Saturday morning at soccer, watching Jarva Efendi (2nd from right).

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Half time- eating some well deserved oranges.

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A quick stop at the farmer’s market for some yummy fresh organic produce.

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Sprung!!!  Mum found the chocolate tent.

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Some hill repeats on the bike……

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My cat glaring at me, “I don’t like photos!  Just brush me.”

'Jessica' in the sky, as the teen sailor makes her way to Sydney Harbour. (AAP: Treacy Nearmy)

And some of the day was spent watching the tv coverage of Jessica Watson returning home into Sydney Harbour (even though she’s from Buderim too!) after sailing around the world, solo and unassisted.  She’s only 16 years old (actually it’s only a few days short of her 17th birthday- lucky she got home in time).  Wow, I’m in awe.  Pretty inspiring stuff.

Bad Daughter? Good Coach?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Last week, I suggested that my mum should think about training and racing for a half ironman.  As I have previously mentioned, we are pretty similar in physiology, and she may go better as the race gets longer.  So one of my ideas for  her training was to enter a 160km ride which is being held at Noosa later this month.  The only issue was, that one must pay to enter the 160km ride.  Her response was, “I’m not going to pay to ride 160km”.  Hmmm, I thought.  My response, “Well, you can ride the 160km this weekend then”. 

So the weekend of training was all planned.  The thought did cross my mind briefly, “Am I a bad daughter, or a good coach?”  Probably both!!!

She couldn’t do her long ride on Saturday, due to Jarva’s (my nephew) soccer debut.  So Saturday morning was a long run in the trails at Ewan Maddock Dam.  Even though there was a whole week of sunshine on the Sunshine Coast, the trails were still very muddy and waterlogged.  I returned from my run, to see mum bathing in the dam.  “Oh, she must be doing that very trendy, cool thing- ice bath.  That’s what all the cool kids do.  She might want to do a motor pacing session next time”.  Nope, she informed me, “I had to wash off all the mud.  I fell over.  My feet got caught up in a twig, and next minute I was on the ground”.  My response, “HAHAHAHAHAHA”.  Yes, that’s defintely a tick in the bad daughter column. 

Sunday morning rolled around, and this was d day.  Mum’s longest ride to date has been 120km and god knows how long ago that was.  The sky’s looked omnious, but Mum has a dogged determination, that once the challenge has been set, she’ll complete it, rain, hail or shine.

The course I set was a looped course, so I could jump ahead, and loop back, with pre-determined drink/toilet stops.  I think this one belongs in the good coach column.

The weather and the scenery was great.  It’s also a great opportunity to see who else is out and about on the coast.  And like most times I head up Noosa way, I saw Belinda Granger, at about the 120km mark of the ride.  Belinda is out running along the road, facing traffic, and looking super fit!!!  As we pass each other, we shout a quick hello and continue on.  

I meet up with mum not long after, and I can sense she is getting a little bit tired, especially with the head wind home.  She then mentions that she might of saw Belinda.  I reply, “Yeah, she was out running”.  “Oh, well, I nearly ran Belinda over.  I had my head down, riding, and next minute, someone says hey, and I look up and see a brown six pack right in front of me”.

Yes, the best six pack in the business and she eats lollies!!!!  Sorry for nearly running you over, Belinda :)

With 30km to go, I said, “Okay, I think it’s ice cream time.  You need to get home”.  A soft serve cone at Macca’s went down a treat, and she made it home.  Ice cream = good coach, according to the Wongstar…..