Blog March 2015 – Finding Our Way in 2015
Towards the end of 2014 Chris and I found ourselves loving our new home, the outdoor lifestyle and wonderful beach walks. Our lives and sporting loves during semi-retirement could have taken us in a number of different directions.
We bought a couple of SUP’s (stand up paddleboards) which we both enjoy, though mostly use when we have family and friends come to visit us. We plan on learning to surf, but that’s still on the bucket list. I bought a guitar and started to learn to play….but even in semi-retirement there still are not enough hours in the day!
Soon after settling into our new hometown in 2013 Chris and I started a small open water swim group, along with a few other dedicated locals we’ve expanded our swim group to an ever growing group of enthusiastic locals who also enjoy running and cycling.
In early October 2013 Chris and I participated in a local triathlon, Chris entered the “Sprint” distance event, which consists of a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run. I’d never attempted a triathlon before and along with my mountain bike, I gave it a tri in the 350m swim, 10k cycle and 2.5k run….um well walk / run actually. The next day found me doing a lot of holding onto banisters as I attempted to descend the stairs in our home. Fast forward one year and again in early October 2014 our local triathlon event held. Again Chris entered the Sprint distance and I entered the shorter event of “give it a tri” distance.
Our small beachside townships of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy boast a small coastal community of around 2,500 people. Of which nine of us, including Chris and myself have entered the 2015 Noosa Triathlon which is Queensland’s largest triathlon, where a huge eight thousand five hundred competitors participate annually!
“Noosa”, held in early November is an Olympic Distance triathlon which consist of a 1500m swim, 40k cycle and a 10k run.
While I must admit the 1500m swim should be a walk in the park for me, learning to ride a bike after not sitting on one since I was 15 years old, when I cycled a mile to school in a maxi skirt and six inch wedge heeled shoes. Not to mention learning to run, which I’ve never done before in my life! ….Ok, I was once or twice the school cross country champion, and I did run with my kids in a few fun runs while they were young…but I’ve never really ran!!
So, I guess that’s how we’ve arrived at this moment in time. 2015’s now looking pretty busy and challenging, as our calendar takes shape.
In March, after just a few months or training Chris and I participated in the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. We entered the Olympic Distance tri as a practice for Noosa as I’d never participated in a big triathlon before and it would be Chris’ first big one in over twenty years.
We had a wonderful weekend on the Sunshine Coast. We learned loads of lessons with regards to triathlon, especially me as a complete novice. Both Chris and I came away very happy with our results. Chris was placed 4th in his age group with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and I surprised myself with a 5th age placing and time of 2 hours 47 minutes.
Once back home it was time to continue training for our second challenge of 2015 – walking a Camino!
Our Camino, Camino Del Norte will begin in Santander in Northern Spain and take us through Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finistere on the western coast of Spain, a distance of over 700 kilometers over a month of walking approximately 20-30k’s per day. http://www.santiago-compostela.net/
Two years ago Chris walked a Camino from Lisbon in Portugal to Santiago De Compostela. At that time I watched the movie called “The Way” and was inspired to walk a Camino myself someday.
Now with thanks to our friends who are house and doggie sitting for us that time has arrived and I’m feeling very excited and a little apprehensive as to what lays ahead during the coming weeks.
Movie “The Way”. “You don’t choose a life, you live one”.