November 28, 2011
Well after 6 months off the race track, it was nice to ease back into things at the Deep Water Point 7.5k last weekend. With a few ankle sprains on my dodgy right ankle and a slight calf twinge in the last few weeks before the event, I thought the universe may be conspiring against me and I may not make the start line.
Although the run itself was far from spectacular, it was nice to be out racing again and competing with some basic fitness. In the end, I managed to ease away from my protégé, Thomas Bruins in the last few km to win in a time of 24.17, to his 24.30.
Most importantly, the new Elite Endurance Project has now come together and we have an outstanding core group of 15 elite athletes training very hard together. The group has a mix of long distance runners, duathletes and triathletes and our work is predominantly in the running and cycling components. It is a natural progression that an elite group is formed to add to our existing Beginners, Women’s Running & Fitness, Personalised Training Options and casual training groups.
Looking forward, I will be continuing with a running focus until the new year and trying to spend as much time as possible with Emma and the family
Thanks for checking in
November 16, 2011
Well just three weeks ago, Lianne, Sebastian and I welcomed little baby Emma Grace into the world.
It is an amazing time, with a mix of awe and amazement at new birth and the raw reality of sleeplessness and nappie changes. That said, it is the most amazing blessing and we are all having a great time at the moment.
On the training front, my calf has settled so I am resuming full training on the running side through until the end of the year and will then pick up the bike again from January. With the extra running volume, I am hoping to increase my form for 2-3 months and then set up a proper crack at breaking 30 minutes for 10km in the new year. The barrier is one I have always wanted to break and with the Duathlon focus I haven’t had the chance to focus fully on a 10k track or AA certified road race in the past.
I will have some lead up races on the road/track in the next few weeks and hopefully some solid results to report
Hope your all fit and well
November 9, 2011
Last Saturday, Kari Rummukainen, Managing Director of Broad Construction, passed away suddenly during the annual Tour De Freedom charity bike ride. Kari had helped establish the 1000km ride 3 years prior and the event has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Teen Challenge Drug Rehabilitation facility in Esperence.
Kari has been my major sponsor for the past 3 years and I am greatly indebted to him for the encouragement and support he provided, both personally and professionally to my family and I. More than a sponsor, Kari was a great role model and mentor, who displayed strong values and ideals in terms of business, family and community. My greatest respect for Kari was that despite his outstanding success in business, he remained accessible and more importantly maintained his hands on, working class approach to business and life.
My sincere condolences to Pirjo, Danny and Janna and all Kari’s family and friends
He will be sorely missed