46 and truly fucking fantastic. i use to worry about getting older. it was just depressing. but since i started this swimming and triathlon adventure i no longer care because most of the time i do not feel any older. i dont know what 46 is meant to feel like and i guess it is different for everyone. all i know is that this sport has given me back my energy and belief that anything is possible.
so in honour of turning 46 i got on my bike and rode 100k. i liked the idea that i could do it and i wanted to know what it feels like - forward planning for mission half iron. it was cold and took awhile to warm up but the day was a classic blue sky autumn day and no wind. i decided to do my 35k lap followed by a 30k lap and a repeat of the 35k lap. i need to take my nutrition seriously. all i took was a bottle of water, bottle of powerade and a protein/carb powerbar. a 100k ride gives you a great deal of time to think. i thought about the past, about family and about friends. i write blogs in my head. but mainly i thought about how happy i was to be able to do what i was doing. i did think about the future. i have decided that i am going to plan a trip to hawaii for ironman 2011. i want to see it. then i may take a side trip to visit my sister and family in portland. maybe they will meet up with me in hawaii. and maybe i will buy my next bike on the trip and spend all my time at the nike outlet store :) hopefully the aussie dollar will stop its nosedive. how did the bike ride turn out ? well my neck and shoulders hurt first, then my feet were friggin cold followed of course by the bum and bits hurting. the legs - which you think would hurt first - were the last to go. the last 10k was just plain fucking uncomfortable. i had to ride 500m past my house to make the bike speedo click over to 100k. avg 26k 3.5 hours. room for improvement. and i was STARVING when all done.
since there is just me (excluding great gifts from sister, bil and nephew) i always buy myself a birthday present (or two). turns out i am very good at it and also very generous.
i have struggled with a decent pair of goggles since speedo stopped making the opal range. i ordered these sable goggles from the states and while expensive i LOVE them. bonus - they look very cool.
the last time i bought a pair of ugg boots was in 1995 after my china trip. i had forgotten how awesome they are in winter. but beware. there are some crappy brands out there but i got the 'ugg australia''ones. they are the original 30 year old company and not only make the boot but also treat and prepare the leather and wool. no-one else does that.
and finally (i said i was generous) i bought the t-hub. this phone is very cool and i love it. it is more like a mini computer. it has access to the internet. check it out at telstra.com.au. it is the first non-triathlon thing i have bought in ages. i wear the uggies to the pool so they dont count.