|Happy with a PB but really wanna go under 50mins one day.|
|Good gang that ran for the WSPA raising money for the animals.|
|Yes I did lose a bet with Hoppo and will be wearing this while|
rollerblading the promenade at Bondi at some point this summer. OH DEAR !!
I'll never be a podium athlete and it's something I'm totally cool with. I just really enjoy always trying to better myself. There are people on this planet that have to work really hard do well at their sport of choice and then there are people with natural ability. Unfortunately I am not the latter. Don't get me wrong, people with natural ability still have to work hard to achieve their goals but things like running and swimming, to name a couple, just seem to come easier to some than others. Take my good buddy Whippet for example. I've been working with Whippet on the beach now for about 10 years. Whippet is a natural athlete, full stop. He excels and slots into the "above average" bracket at anything he has a go at. Kerr Box is another one, must be something in the water at Bronte where they both grew up. I'll never forget one year, many moons ago, it was time for us to do our annual Lifeguard test and many of us, Whippet and myself included, had only just returned from Indonesia after filming the Bondi Rescue Bali spin off show. Now I'm not going to lie, we had more than just good time over there and training was replaced by way to many nights drinking bintangs and jungle juices in many of the island paradise's beautiful plunge pool bars. This act of treating our bodies like rental cars led us being "VERY" out of shape and nervous about the 800m pool swim we had to do in under 13mins. Oh and the M-Shape (run, swim & board course) we had to do down at the beach right after. That year, thanks to some ridiculous cram training I just scraped in swimming a 12:59 in the pool and I'm pretty sure I came last in the M-Shape with 3 seconds to spare before I would have failed and had to re do my tests a month later. Whippet on the other hand, jumped in the pool with, I think 1 light training session up his sleeve and swam a 9:55, then on his way to the beach for the M-Shape, wobbles through McDonalds drive through and orders a breakfast that even Fat Albert would've been sweating over. He then proceeds to beach and comes 1st in the Ironman course. Now I don't care what anyone says, without natural ability, you just can't do that...
I have set myself some new goals and am taking on a whole new sport... Look out Triathlon world, myself and some of the lifeguard boys are coming to get our asses kicked by you. This all came about when some of us went to IM Melbourne and raced in a team, we got a little taste of how amazing the sport of Ironman triathalon really is and we want more. There is 5 of us lifeguards that are signed up for Port Mac 70.3. It's only a half Ironman, but I have no doubt its going to put me right in my place at the bottom of the Ironman food chain. On the other hand, I'm really looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead. For most of us the bike leg will be very testing. I personally know I have a lot of work to do on the bike and in the swim but hopefully, thanks to the help of an Australian champion triathlete, Spot Anderson, I can improve on my weaknesses and improve. Spot owns Bondi Fit where he helps people from all walks of life achieve their lifelong swimming, biking and running goals.
New set of goals:
Port Mac 70.3 (half ironman) Oct - Lose my virginity to IM triathlon !
Noosa Tri (olympic distance) Nov - Enjoy the festival and have a crack at Olympic distance !
Perth IM (full ironman) Dec - Just hope to finish my first & get the Monkey off my back !
Melbourne IM (full ironman) Mar 2013 - Have a real good crack at it & try to go under 11hrs !
|Riding with Whip and Bacon... We are such lycra rookies...|
|Rookie mistakes: Bike riding in fingerless gloves in winter is one I will never make again.|
|My beautiful Giant bike is my new girlfriend... She sleeps in my bed and we never fight... ever.|