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Today I rode 100km in a ride to promote cycling awareness and sharing the road. It was for the Amy Gillett Foundation! Amy was a cyclist who was killed on a training ride in Germany. She was from Adelaide. Her family set up the foundation to help the other riders hurt in the accident rehab, promote cycling education in schools and to promote cyclists and drivers sharing the road and respecting each other. Each year there are rides to help get the message across.

Today was my first attempt at the ride and I decided to go the whole way and attempt the 100km.

The ride started off by going along our great government initiative, the Southern Expressway! This road is the most expensively stupid road because it only allows traffic to travel in one direction. Halfway through the day it closes for an hour or so them reopens with traffic traveling the opposite direction!!! Anyways it was closed to vehicles today for the ride. Normally bikes can't go along the expressway, there is a bike track that runs parallel!

The ride continued towards the beach then back from the beach then to the beach again then back! Anyways there was lots of too and fro and up abd down and up.

After the halfway point there was a big hill climb. I don't know the exact distance or climb but I do know that cars break down trying to get up it so you can imagine what that might feel like on a bike!!! My quads are still burning!

By the end of it I was well and truly ready get off my freaking bike!!!

It took me 5 hours and I'm in all sorts of pain but the worst pain is in my hands from hanging on to the handle bars for 5 hours!!!

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May angels lead you in
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My Pop passed away this morning. He's been sick for a long time, on and off my whole life. I remember growing up many trips to the hospital to say our last goodbyes to him! Everytime he would fight back, I was almost convinced that the old bugger would live forever.

Despite it being a long time coming, it's still a shock when it finally happens. At least I know he's found peace now, he no longer has to fight.

I am lucky for the time I had with my Pop. As the oldest I was fortunate enough to know him when he was well enough to do things with. We used to walk to the deli to get the paper on the weekend and I would get a bag of mixed lollies. Then we'd walk home and on the way we'd stop at the play ground and go on the see saw and swings.

When he was younger my Pop was a cyclist and I know he was really stoked to know I had taken up cycling.

I'll miss my Pop like crazy.

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Going the distance
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I did it I did it! With 9 weeks till the marathon today I became a half marathon finisher! 2 hours 17 minutes and 47 seconds! Felt really good today, litttle stiff through the knees but so happy I made it across the finish line!

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Sail away
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Well the kayaking trip tools turn and we are stranded on Hook Island! We navigated 6ft swells for 2 hours yesterday which is fucking scary in kayaks! 3 capsized but all got back in and we made it to land! The good people at Hook Island Wilderness Resort have taken us in and given us hot showers. We are hoping for the wind to die down so we can start paddling again tomorrow! Today we can laugh about yesterday's adventure but at the time there was very little to laugh about.

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The simple life
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I am in my hotel room at the beautiful Matrinique Resort Airlie Beach and as of tomorrow I will be kayaking around the Whitsundays and camping on remote beaches for the next week! No phones ringing no Facebook beeping, just me and the other people in our group and nature and wildlife and simplicity! I cannot wait to get out in the crystal blue waters, fully self sufficient carrying everything in our kayaks!

So long, see you in a week!!!

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Motivation
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I have been putting this quote everywhere but it's so true and so something to keep in the back of my mind as i step up my marathon training...

Limitations are for those who have them and excuses are for those who need them.

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Winner winner chicken dinner
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I am the current CABL (Central Australian Basketball League) 3 point percentage leader. Sure I have only taken the 1 shot but it went in so my 3 point shooting percentage is 100% which is number 1 in the whole league!!!

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learning to fly
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I have been learning a lot about myself mentally and physically since i set my sights on a marathon. I have also learned that people will try and bring you down more so than they will try and lift you up. I have learned that's because people dont want to have to feel bad about not challenging themselves so rather than lift themselves its easier to bring you back down to them. I have learned that it's harder than it looks not to be brought down by them.

I said early into this thing that i wasnt gonna drink so much and i wasnt gonna drink beer. I learned there are somethings it's better to just moderate than it is to go cold turkey on. I dont look at me drinking beer as a failure because my friend did tell me it wasnt perhaps a smart idea to give up something like that given my lifestyle is still around it and i still like it. She said that giving up something like that would make me binge on it and thats worse. She was right. It's like with anything, moderation is the key. Any good personal trainer, or nutritionist or dietician or good weight loss program allows for "bad days" or "cheat meals" where you can have a little bit of something that isnt great for you. You see it on all the shows, and it makes sense, if you take away something somebody really loves and craves and cant get out of their mind, they will give into the temtation and eat and entire chocolate cake. If you give them the option to have a piece here and there they will have it when they want it, and they wont want it all the time. Thats me and beer!!! That being said i will be going completely sober from October till after the marathon. Maybe i'll get my naysayer friends to put their money where their mouth is and sponser me to 1. be sober for 2 months and 2. run the marathon and then donate the money to charity.

I have read alot of stuff about marathons, they are gruelling and tough on the body and mind. My body is already falling apart so i got a long road ahead of me. Apparently you are supposed to take a month off your legs after running a marathon because of the damage you do to them in 42.2km. I am A Ok with that. I am starting a training program this week, was meant to be last week but i had a set back when i got my legs taken out from underneath me at basketball and landed awkwardly on my back. I still dont know what to do with basketball.

When Kelly and i ran the 10km we were obviously surrounded by different levels of runner, from elite to casual to people who looked like they had never run before. What we discovered about those who were elite and even sub elite is their bodies compared to ours. As basketballers we do short bursts up and down the court. Our bodies, over the years have been designed to be powerful and strong. Runners are teeny tiny lean little things with well defined muscles, but that are not bulky. I am in no means "bulky" but i am a sprinter and i am built for that purpose and my thighs are powerful. The problem with this is the energy it takes to get them going over any sort of distance is killing me. I dont want to "lose" muscles, i just need to redesign my body a little over the next few months and lose a couple of kgs. I am not losing weight as such, but like i said, redesigning my shape for the purpose of being a distance runner, not a sprinter. At boot camp occasionally we have to run with backpacks on, I usually get a 5kg pack and you think, oh 5kg isnt that much. I tell you when you carry 5kg up and down a few flights of stairs and through soft sand, you are greateful to take that pack off. I want to drop a couple of kgs and a couple of centimetres more so that my 3kg fluctuations during the month arent hitting over the 70kg mark too often. My back and my knees will not get me to that finish line if i dont start thinking like a runner and looking like a runner.

Who knew there was so much to consider just to go for a really really long run!

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So this morning my housemate knocked on my bedroom door and asked to come in. She had in her hand a beautiful plant with pretty pink flowers and a card with my name on it. When i opened it i burst in to tears. Happy tears of course because getting flowers is a good thing. This beautiful and thoughtful gift to cheer me up because of all my injuries came from some of you guys.

To see it had come from the poolies made me squeal with delight. I cannot express my thank yous anywhere near enough but i am so sincerely thankful that i have you in my life and that you that you are thinking of me. I love my poolies so much.

I will take a photo of my pretty flowers when i can remember where i put my camera after last night.

Again thank you, thank you, thank you.

Happy Invasion Day
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Lamb and snags on the barbie, Triple J's Hottest 100, Cricket, beer and mates, fuck it's good to be an Aussie. Let's try and celebrate what this day is really about and not make it about who is more Aussie. Just because you drape an Aussie flag around your shoulders one day a year does not give you the right to declare such hatred to other races who also call Australia home. Australia Day is about acknowledging the differences that make this country the greatest place on earth, sharing a lamb chop, a snag and a beer with your family, mates, neighbours. We, as a nation, have been accused of some insensitive, racist actions this year and right or wrong let's not go proving people right by being intolerant on this Australia Day.

Happy Australia Day my fellow countrymen and women.

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