Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"In 2 Adventure" hold an off road triathlon series here in Queensland. It's a series of 4 events, each race gets longer. FYI, "A triathlon is an endurance sports event consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances"
The race I did today was the first of the series, with a 350 meter swim, 10km mountain bike ride and a 4km trail run. The last race of the series will be a 1km swim, 25km mountain bike ride and a 10km run, that race wont be until March 2009 (thank god)
I've always wanted to do triathlons, and I wasn't disappointed with my first one. I completed the race in 1hr 13 minutes, with a 7 minute 32 second 350 meter swim, 37 minute 10km mountain bike ride, and a 22 minute 4 km run, and maybe 3 minutes for each of the 2 transition's.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Steve making breakfast...
The photos posted a bit random. Here's more brekky and Dan...
Horses on the beach! We saw camels again too...
This guy was around a lot...he's a 'Gould's Monitor' and was quite long! Check out Rej's blog for more details...http://gecko-hunter.blogspot.com/ I think this is a different one...he climbs trees like it's nobody's business!
More glow bracelets for the campfire...thanks Rej and Clo!
A green tree frog who Steve found at night by using Rej's bright light to spot his eyes...it was pretty cool! We found lots of spiders too, some big and some small...
Steve was getting a little sunned out by this point. You really need to cover up here...that Aussie sun is strong!
Breagha enjoying the sand...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I didn't take very many photos (I was too busy chatting...I mean cooking...) but here's a few...
Everyone did a great job sharing what they were thankful for. It's too bad we only do that once a year...I think it's important to reflect on what you're thankful for daily!
~ Also, my old friends who even though I don't get to talk to very often, I still know they are my bestest friends and that we'll be there for each other when/if we need to be! I love that. True friends.
Clo also brought me this adorable plant which I was very thankful for! Hopefully, it survives a life in the Dickinson household! I'll do my best!
And, I just want to say once again how thankful I am for the friends that I have made here. It's tough being so far away from home sometimes and having friends to talk with, laugh with and just have fun with makes all the difference in the world!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I had to share a couple of pictures of the trees...Steve refers to the pedals that fall as "Australian snow" because they remind him a bit of snow. Maybe it's the way they leave such a pretty dusting on everything. I do miss seeing the first little dusting of snow all over everything at the beginning of the winter season. A snow holiday would be fun but for now I'll settle for the jacarandas...
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I've been trying to focus on my health again, as I think it's slipped dramatically since I started my new job. I'm tired all the time these days and have tension headaches daily. Sigh. I'm determined to find some balance in my life again and have been trying to make more time for me. Time to just relax, reflect and refresh. I think it's working already, but being the perfectionist that I am, I have a long way to go! Sometimes letting things go isn't so easy, especially when it comes to ignoring a messy house!
What else can I tell you...
Jesse ate a whole protein bar that Steve had left over from his endurance race. Luckily, it was only chocolate flavored and he seems fine. Really, what won't that dog eat...?
We're off for another camping adventure this coming weekend. We're heading back to Noosa (where we camped last time) on Saturday morning and coming back Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it. It was so peaceful last time. It'll be nice to unwind and get away. Steve's been super busy this week at work and has been staying late. I think we'll both be ready for some marshmallow roasting, wine drinking, campfire fun by Saturday!
Hope everyone is doing well. I think of you all so often, and even though I am absolutely dreadful at keeping touch, please know that you're all in my heart and I'm sending you positive vibes and love from here!:)
And just to leave you with a quote that I adore and found while browsing blogs (there are so many inspiring ones out there!)...
"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit quietly on your shoulder..." Thoreau
I just love that.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
The above pic is a view of the lake that part of the course went around.
My next race is a Mountain Bike Trialthon that is in 3 weeks. Its a short one, 350 meter swim, 10km mtb ride and 4km trail run. There's 4 races in the series and each one gets longer. The last one is a 1000 meter swim 25km mtb ride and 10km trail run. I've already started swiming at lunch to get ready for it, most of my runs now are in the evening, its starting to get really hot here during the day.