Sunday, October 25, 2009


Back from holidays in Qld and Ballina, and back at work too...

Today was my first ever "two races in a day" effort.

SMC #1: great new system with pre-rego and timechip meant a leisurely drive down to Smithfield and a wander over to the start. Remembering to step on the mat when starting and finishing, the rest was just running.

Settling into a steady pace after 1k, no-one overtook me other than the first four 1/2 runners. I said "go Dave!" to D Criniti. Surely left him motivated.

Good negative split with 5k 27:15 and 10k 52:50 with a final km of 4:40. Felt good. Relaxing warm shower then a shortish drive to the Regatta Centre for the free 5k Activate fun run, organised by Nepean Athletics as part of Penrith Council's Activate Day.

About 200 entries for this flat, one loop 5k run. Well organised, with three manned water stations, photographer, large electronic timer clock at the finish, and friendly helpers. And did I mention it's free?

Managed 23:51 (54th), so very happy with the time, even without having done a 10k beforehand. The secret was to take those pesky orthotics out beforehand.

Met KatieR who put me onto the run; nice to finally catch up!

The new iPod 160Gb is great, and there's only a few more CD's to go before having all our music on it. Talk about mobile. With the little aux cable attachment, there's no need for CD's in the car.

Kindle discussions have been pretty heated over where I read stuff, but for me I'd rather a real book. The current one is Six For Gold by Mary Reed & Eric Myer. Another entertaining John The Eunuch 6th century Constantinople sleuthy romp. Great fun and highly recommended. It's wonderful how the internet allows much greater interaction with one's favourite authors than years ago. It's also great that said authors are gracious in their responses.

Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultra.

"Exit, stage left"

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A Tough Job But Someone...

Here we are at Buddina Beach on the Sunshine Coast, slumming it in the penthouse, thanks to the quirky gap between NSW/QLD school holidays. Everything is affordable this week.

Look, it's okay what with the spa, air con, DVD player, 2 TV's and about 20 squares of luxury, but I was disappointed to see they have only minor originals by Renoir on the walls.

Caught up with BB snr and the lovely Julia last night for a BBQ on our deck; a relaxing evening with a few cleansing ales followed by some Oyster Bay sav blanc. As I say, tough life...

Great spot for running. 15k today out to Mooloolaba (but don't start me on Mooloolaba runners - see CR post for details).This is just an ideal location. For a mature couple, Mooloolaba has to be given serious consideration as an "empty nest" option - for me, an apartment overlooking the water, with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants nearby, Maroochydore shops close by, brilliant running options, superb weather year round - it's hard to come up with better options.

I have one: Ballina. We'll be there later this week to rekindle the dream of moving there in not too many years..

Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutam

"Exit, stage left"