Thursday, June 12, 2014

Some Days it Rains Giant Lumps of Coal

But some days it rains diamonds!

Sooooo, a mixed bag of happenings since our return from Port Stephens. The best thing to up date is the fitness and knees continue to go from strength to strength.

Last weekend was a 3 day weekend which I extended to 5 days taking an extra day off work either side of it to get some R&R with Gazza. There were lots of plans made, but the weather decided to play havoc with the plans and we ended up seizing 2 days in the middle for an overnight camp out.

We chose a hike 2 hours away from home and a walk in, camp, walk out. We aimed for Corang Peak in the Morton National Park, Near Wog Wog (Nerriga), NSW. A beautiful spot with not a soul around.

We set out, for what we consider, an easy to moderate walk. 4+ hours later we chose a camp site. But before we did we hit the top of the Corang Peak on a beautiful clear blue day.

Corang Peak, about 3kms out

I enjoyed the day so much with Gazza, chatting happily about life, and loving the trail. I carried about 15kgs and Gazza about 18kggs in our packs and over 13kms and 4+hrs of hiking, I expected to be pretty shattered. Although weary, it wasn't depleting and I was very happy with our efforts.

After a lovely night in front of a raging fire and a few Cowboys and marshmallows and 12 hours of snuggled up sleep in absolute solitude, we struck out for home. The morning revealed a very different day, grey and wet. But we were ready for it and dressed in our dry gear we headed for home.

We arrived back at the car, stripped off our wet gear, put the heater on nuclear and smashed a block of chocolate on the way home. What an amazing couple of days.

Back to reality and it was Wednesday run group. Coach called for my attendance at run group so I was up at 4.30am and racing through the dark to arrive. I joined the group and we headed out. I was a little worried about the legs and how they might feel after the hike. The feet were a little sore in places, but the itbs are always in the back of my mind. I shouldn't have worried, I ran comfortably and kept up with the girls, although still at the back of the pack. I have to remind myself that I run with professional athletes as they race past me at a blitzing pace.

It is so dark in the morning now that we need to run along the bike track, but eventually it was light enough for us to hit the paddock for the rest of the run. I clocked up 9.16kmms and the itbs were just fine! So very happy.

I headed off to work, still happy, but I new today wasn't going to be a great day. Yep, 2 of my team were made redundant, while I was given a promotion to Southern NSW & ACT HR Manager.

It means travel. I am going to need to be creative and ensure that I find a way to keep my training going. Yes, they have pools and running tracks and riding trails in Canberra. It will be about finding a way. I also am not looking forward to being away overnights in Canberra and away from Gazza. He seems fine with the idea. hmmmmm time will tell.

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