Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Exploring!

I'm giving myself until the end of February to live, rest, and explore the rest of Wanaka and the Otago/Southland area of New Zealand. I've got horseback riding, hiking, trail running, kayaking and canyoning as upcoming activities. Surprisingly enough, I don't like traveling much at all if it is in a "tourist" type of way. I prefer traveling in an active way - biking to see new spots of the country, hiking to the top of a mountain, swimming to an island or two. I've never been able to travel as my sister does. She's capable of traveling from country to country, and place to place visiting absolutely everything there is to see. I see far fewer countries, but hopefully that is compensated by the fact that I get to know where I am impossibly well.
For example, I visited this idyllic, absolutely isolated spot just outside of Alexandra on the South Island. To get there, we took an off-road path to the burn, then another even sketchier off-road path to our little rock. This isn't exactly in a guide book. I knew someone from the nearby town who found this place when he was a kid and had been coming here to go swimming, fishing and jumping since he was a wee one. It was the perfect day of relaxation; something I really needed after the race.

However, it hasn't been just lazy summer days since I finished Challenge Wanaka. I'm staying active although some days (especially if it is ugly and rainy, as it is today), I let myself be lazy. More often than not, however, I'm swim-bike-running or doing "alterna-tri" stuff, which I consider to be kayaking-mtn biking-hiking.

A friend and I have committed ourselves to a weekend of awesome fun and racing; it'll be the last weekend in Wanaka before I depart NZ and return to the big city: Melbourne, Australia.

Saturday, February 19: 14.1k trail run on the Upper Clutha River track, part of the Riverrun Trail Series. It's right by my home, so how could I not join? It truly is the most idyllic of spots to go running, with views like this:


It's going to be a great race, and I can guarantee I will see some familiar faces!!

Sunday, February 20: In Glenorchy, 40 minutes drive from Queenstown (and 1h30 from Wanaka), there's a picturesque OFF-ROAD short triathlon (500m-18k-6k), called the Paradise Off Road Tri. Having never done an off-road triathlon, and only been on a mountain bike oh, ONCE in my life... this will prove to be interesting. However, it's in a beautiful location - where parts of Lord of the Rings were filmed, apparently. And it's with a friend who, despite having never done a triathlon (off or on road), is a gold-medal winning Olympian in rowing... so she'll probably kick my butt not even trying. It's going to be great!!!!

I'll keep you posted, and in my next post, I do promise to outline my "real" racing schedule. In fact, this post was meant to be just that, but I must have gotten sidetracked.

2 comments:

  1. I found your blog via BT

    You have some GREAT training grounds, I am so jealous and I live close to good training.

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  2. You're doing GREAT on the blogging consistency so far!!

    Man, your back yard is most people's vacation spot!

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