Horse Rescue

Last night Emma stayed home a bit under the weather while I went for a run with the girls. We crossed paths with two ladies on their horses on the first leg of our run. On the way back I could see a horse coming towards us and realized quickly that the rider was missing. I stopped, put my arms out wide and said whoa and the horse came to a halt. I called it and it started towards me nervously. I held the dogs leads out as far to the left as I could and reached with my right and was able to get hold of the bridle making note that the reins where not dangling on the ground so would not be a hazard. I started walking the horse down the trail the way it came and soon a rider came jogging towards us to fetch her horse. She made some comment about a silly horse bucking her off before she mounted up and headed down the trail. Got several thankyous for my deed. We ended up passing the rider again down the trail when she was stopped chatting with her friend.

The girls were really good around the horses, not making a fuss at all which sure made my job much easier.

Teched New Zealand

I am up in Auckland for the new few day to attend Teched. The keynote speakers were this afternoon. The first speaker was more of an infomercial and made me wonder if this may be a dud. But like many live shows they opened with the worst and finished with the best. The last two speakers were very good.

My co worker took me to this ice cream shop on Queen Street where I saw the following. I had a cookies and cream cone that was very good.


Back to Training

Tonight we did our first run post our trip to Australia. Was about 4.5 km which is just shy half of the 10 km we need to cover on the triathlon we have scheduled for early December. We have good base fitness so should not be too hard a journey to get out running back up to snuff. The dogs were very excited to get out running again too. Piper has been asking to running daily.

Swimming at least for me will be a bit more work. I did my first masters swim yesterday and put a good 75 minutes in, but will need to start swimming 2 or 3 times a week to get my swimming fitness where it needs to be. Cycling we have to start from scratch but not too worried about it.

Been doing so volunteer work for the pool setting up a basic website that will be easy for them to maintain. Need to get it found and indexed by Google so am putting a link to it on this page as Google already indexes my site.

Taupo Half Marathon 2014

Back home after running the Taupo half marathon this morning. We put the dogs in a kennel yesterday morning and drove to Taupo. We had a nice relaxing afternoon, picked up our timing chips for raceday, checked out the few vendors showing their wares. We each ended up pickup up a new pair of running shoes from Hoka who were the title sponsor of the event.

Rain and wind over night, at times heavy. We woke early wondering if the even was still on. The wind had died down and the rain was light. We headed over to the race start early so we could get parking near by. The field where the start was was very wet. I needed to make a last minute stop at the portapotty and to miss the line up where there was no water I went into ankle deep water to get to an unused portapotty. Was going to get wet feet anyways. One issue was that while in the loo one of my drink bottle ejected from my race belt and went down the drain. Left me needing to rework by hydration plan for the event.

At 9 a wave start was begun for 1400 plus runners doing the half marathon. Took about 10 minutes before we got to start running.For the first two kilometers the road was closed and we could see a sea of runners ahead of us. I ran with Emma for the first 9 kilometers at which point Emma needed to pee. I did not want to stop and wait for her so went a head on my own. We had talked before hand that I would not stay with her if I felt I wanted to go on my own. With only two bottles on my race belt I was now at the point that I had to refill a bottle at and aid station. I took the lid off as I came up to the station then grabbed a cup from a volunteer and pored it in my bottle. The way back to the finish went along the lake side quite a bit. Was really nice even on the rainy day to run along the lake. At one point the path was unpaved and in a dip a lady behind me tripped and did a faceplant. I turn to she if she needed help but many hands where out already to assist. The last 7 kms I passed a lot of people, some I recognized as runners that had passed me much earlier. I needed a refill at again and when i got to the past aid station a girl was filling glasses, so I held my bottle out and she filed it up for me. I tried to stay relaxed and focused over the last few kms as I was fading a bit. All was well until the final two hundred meters as there was a substantial climb which I struggled to climb then a shuffle through wet grass and some mud to the finish line. I ran the fence line to the finish which kept me out of the worst of the mess.

Emma’s time 2:37:54, John’s time 2:35:08.

Week 15 Long Run

The day started windy but cool but by the time we got out the door the wind had eased. As is the norm at the moment we do a one hour loop back to the house to drop off the girls then head back out. Jazmine was really good when I dropped her lead when I was rolling up up my shirt sleeves. I told her to wait and she stopped so I could grab her lead and get going again. It was funny when we were running up to Hickford Park I was a bit ahead of Emma, a cyclist went by and said your winning keep it up. I guess when we are each running with the same breed of dog it is easy for people to assume we are together. A bit later while I was still a bit ahead of Emma when she went by a little girl she said “look the same dog again”.

Two Tired Digs Post Run

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dogs post run

Treadmill Hell Part 2

Wind, rain, thunder and lightning this evening had us indoors running on the treadmill again. Funny how this happens on Thursday nights when we have our mid distance run planned. So we each did a 70 minute session on the treadmill.

After my run I saw Piper out of the corner of my eye take my running shorts and haul them away to have a good roll on them. Better I guess than Jazmine who found one of the little critter poos in the yard that look like little loose balls of black string and had a roll in it. Stinky stuff and needed a bath so not to stink us out of the house.

Week 14

Last week was week 14 of our 20 week half marathon training plan which gets us up to a13 km run. Sunday we went out on our mountain bikes for the first time in ages. I snapped a few photos around the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and else where on the coastal walkway.







First Day of Winter

First day of winter here in New Zealand. Bright sunny day in the mid teens temperature wise. Just warm enough mid morning for a small group of us to have post swim morning tea out on the patio at the cafe by the pool. After lunch Emma and I went out for an easy bike ride. I snapped a couple of pictures while we were out plus some shots of the dogs.

First Day of Winter

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Piper and Jazmine enjoying Venison bone.

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I have your shoe and dare you to take it back.

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Dreadmill training

We are in week 11 of 20 in our half marathon training. Last night it was blowing, cold and wet with a 50 minute run on the books. When I got home Emma was already on the treadmill having made an executive decision to not run outside. She had a recorded tv show playing on the tv while she ran to no where. Once she was done it was my turn. I passed on a tv show and played a podcast to help pass the time. 50 minutes on the treadmill staring at the wall goes by rather slowly. That was the longest time either of us has ever spent on a treadmill. It is a record I am not looking forward to ever trying to better that record.

Timber Trail

We we had quite the adventure on Thursday April 17th. Five of us headed up to the Benneydale area to ride the Timber Trail over two days. The plan was to do the first leg of the Timber Trial Thursday, stay at a lodge that night, bike the second leg Friday and get a shuttle back to our cars and head home Friday afternoon. Each leg as about 40 Km.

Thursday it was raining a windy. We saw branches and debris on the road on the drive to the start of the the trail. Emma was questioning if it was safe to do the ride in the rain and wind but the consensus was that in the forest we would be shelters from the elements which was true. We headed out with most everyone but me wearing everything they had clothing wise along with a rain coat on top. Me I was in a short sleeve jersey, sun sleeves and a rain shell. It was wet and windy on the road to the trail head. At the trail head Emma pulled one layer off while I raised the saddle on her bike. Then we headed down the trail. The trail was in good shape, about a meter wide and very twisty. We made a few stops early on to see how people were settle in and made a detour to see an old crawler tractor.





Was not long till we had to make the odd stop to go over or under a fallen tree or large branch. At times we were riding in the open where logging had taken place. At one point out in the open the rain and wind were so strong it stung your face. Then the climbing started and we zig zagged up and upl. At about the 7 km mark there was a shelter where we stopped for lunch. If 7 km does not sound like much, consider much of the time we were climbing a not much more than walking pace and never traveling in a straight line.


After lunch we continued on for anther 7 km of climbing. There were two much steeper sections that I chose to walk up. Not that I could not ride up, but I thought I was expending too much energy biking and needed to walk to slow my heart down a bit and save some energy. At the top we waited for the rest of our party of 5 to catch up then continued on, all fairly tired from all the climbing. About a 200 meters further down the trail there was a large tree down over the trail but we could just get under it but on the other side was another large tree down and laying along the trail. There was lots of very dense bush all around and with the tree down it was just not feasible to try and climb over with our bikes to continue on. We very quickly decided to turn back as going forward was not an option and we did not want to get stuck out on the trail after dark which was not many hours away.

So a short easy climb back to the summit and then a descent down the trail with gravity as our friend now. Part way down I had to make a pit stop and everyone got a ways a head of me. I got a good rhythm going and made good time working my way down hill and soon caught up with Emma. We worked our way along to the flats and found more trees down than when we had been through earlier. Standing water on the trail was also now making the trail look different and made us question at times if we were on the right trail. We caught up with Colin and Emma got a head of him and I was tail end Charlie. We worked our way along the trail and I guess Colin was getting tired as as he was entering a slight left turn around a tree he went down and banged his head against the tree. I did not see any injury so we continued on. Soon we were back at the road headed to the car park. Just nicely down the road we met up with Christine who had been to the office where the cars were parked and the office was closed. We turned around and went to the Doc (department of conservation) building and they were still open. They took a while but were finally able to get hold of the people who deal with the shuttles and the car park and they came to get us. While we waited some of the others were getting cold so they put us in and office with a heater and hot tea to keep up warm was we were all a wet to the skin from head to toe.

When the shuttle arrived they loaded our bikes onto their trailer and took us to the car park. They would have taken us to the lodge but by that time Emma decided she would not ride on Friday and others followed suit. We got our car, got everyone in it and drove to the lodge. Once at the lodge everyone hit the showers to chase off the last of the chill and get into dry cloths. Supper was ready for us except for the vegetables but did not take long to cook them Then we dined on home made beef stew, fresh picked mushroom, potatoes, and vegetables. It was all fabulous and I at more than my share just cause it tasted so good. After doing the dishes we did a little visiting then all called it a night.

Morning was a mix of sun and rain. We had a relaxed breakfast, loaded everyone’s luggage into our car and headed back to the trail head to pick up everyone’s cars and bikes.


The morning view from our door.





The warm and rested crew has breakfast



The kitchen stove


A few pictures in the yard





Our rooms in the converted work shed



A large bellows from the smith shop




Our bikes on the trailer



The view from Christine’s bach where we had lunch and killed time till we could pick the dogs up from the kennel