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The Willo MTB race

Continuing my trend for 2018 of 1 MTB race a month if I can, this month it was ‘the Willo’ a 50km race in Wingello near Bundanoon, 1:45 South West of Sydney.

I rode with my friend Ian again who had technical issues 1/4 way in and had to retire at the 25km mark. This delayed me quite a bit as  I waited for him at various points to see if he was alright, probably lost about 10 minutes overall.

Here I am at the finish line and I had used wet wipes to clean the much off my arms, look at the colour of my legs to see how my face and arms looked.

Well I finished at 2 hrs 47 mins,  42nd place out of around 150 odd in the 50km Male category. If it wasn’t for the 10 minute technical delay I think I would have climbed to around 20th place.

When I got home I had a parcel waiting for me from ChainReaction cycles in the UK. A new brake upgrade. Only a small size upgrade from 160 to 180mm, but this subtle difference will help me cope with the stepper gradients and longer downhills I’ve been getting into more as my skills improve.

Hot summer

Its been a hot summer as always, getting up as high as 40 degree’s for a few days, but hovering in the low 30’s quite  a bit.

Its great to take Zara to one of the local water parks or features where she can cool off and have some fun. This is the fountain in Hyde park 2 mins walk from our place. She had great fun running around naked.

This is Zara’a best friend Chloe, they have so much fun together, they giggle to each other, hug each other and Chloe says “my Zara, my Zara”. its lovely to see them making a friendship at only 2 years old.

Zara’s 2nd birthday

Thank you to all those that came to Zara’s 2nd birthday! We are glad we chose the Centenial Park Wildplay location, a lot of you commented how good it was. Here is Zara’s birthday cake that Sanna made and I helped decorate with her name.

Troy and Archer with little Archer.

We setup the birthday space under a nice shady tree.

This is with Bella and Victoria, Kat and Ivans girls.

On our big portable fridge rolling home.

Shimano MTB race Glenrock

I took part in a MTB race this weekend with my mate Ian. It was a team relay event where we each do a lap each in as fastest time possible. The winning team is who does the most laps in 4 hours. It was all setup in the bush near Newcastle, all the marquees are from the professional race teams with all their equipment.

I’ve never done an event like this before, their were more professionals taking part than other events i’ve been in. Normally you go from point A to point B getting across the ground in the quickest time possible, and its a long distance with no rest.

This event was good fun as you go as hard as you can for a lap and finish, eat and drink quick to fuel up, rest for 20 mins, then warm up and ‘tag’ the team mate coming in from their lap.

Sanna was our ‘team manager’ and she had to let us know how long till the other person was coming in from their lap by watching the clock. She did a good job but our transitions could have been a lot smoother! Good jump below:

Looks like i’m riding in a tropical rain forest doesn’t it, but this is just 2 hours north of Sydney.

Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Shimano GP round 1 at Glenrock

One transition, Ian went off to warm up down the road and when I got back from my lap he was not there, he came back and it was a 30-45 second transition, doh! oh well. Photo of me after a lap, I pushed myself hard each lap.

We didn’t train much and came 16th overall and 3rd in our age group, so very happy with that! I’m sure a lot of it is down to having such a good bike. I hope to do more events this year, I really enjoyed it, and i’m thankful to Sanna coming to support me and joining in.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017! Lots of love to all my family and friends around the world from Sanna, Zara and me. Zara is now nearly 2 years old now and she is still not very comfortable around the big man in the Red suit, maybe next year.

Here is a lovely photo of Zara that was taken at her daycare in Dec 2017 when a professional photographer visited. Isn’t she a beautiful little darling.

Its been a usual HOT December in Australia, temptation is always to have a cold beer when its hot, been having quite a few of them! Here we are at a brewery and Zara was having fun on a little bike.

Basima has been working at Cousin Jacks on the weekends for a few months now, we are teaching her more and more things and she’s now starting to serve customers. Here she is serving her sister Yasmin and friends.

Zara’s very own wall 🙂

Zara is our special Christmas angel for the top of the tree this year. If you look closely you can see her on the tree 🙂

I became an elf on the window sill in my office.

and there have been MANY Christmas work outings this year with all my work colleagues. I’m lucky to have great and smart work colleagues I can learn from, but are also great to socialise with.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Zara’s going to have a brother/sister!

Good news! Sanna is pregnant  with a 2nd child. Zara is going to have  brother or sister! The new baby is due mid June 2018.

Here is Zara holding a photo of her brother or sister, she wasn’t sure what to make of this picture, if only she knew what it represented.

You may remember during the birth of Zara I was updating this blog regulary to big you the news as it happened!

Good news is the 2nd time im going to step it up a level, I’ll be covering the whole birth with:

  • Live 24/7 web cams in ultra high definition!
  • Multiple cameras , probably 10 at least!
  • 2 way voice chat to Sanna all through the birth!

Its going to be great 🙂

Oh and happy Christmas from the top of our tree, the little Zara Angel sends her Christmas wishes!

Highland Fling 2017 – The Final Fling

This weekend I completed the Highland fling mountain bike race which is the 4th time i’ve completed this race I think. It’s either 3 or 4 times, I loose track from the other races I’ve done. This is probably my 2nd favourite race after the Convict 100.

The course is quite technical through farmland and forest with lots of rocky sections and 3 river crossings, 2 of them so deep you have to wade through carrying your bike.

I had a cold just 2 weeks before the event so my training stopped 🙁 So my plan was not to try and get a good time but just to complete the full 55km (34 miles) distance injury free.

Here’s my riding partner Ian who was leading me and came across the line a few minutes quicker than me in the end.

At the finishing line after a hard, hot and dusty 55km’s (34 miles). My finishing time was 2:51:59. I would be really proud of myself getting under 3 hours because I stopped all my training because of my cold 2 weeks before. so to get in under 3 hours with no training I  was VERY happy.

I think the new Ibis Ripley bike really helped me get a good time, it was the perfect bike for this type of event and gave me an advantage.

I really hope to do some more MTB race events with my mate Ian, we both really enjoy doing them. Its a real challenge, great fun, well run events and great exercise.

Kingscliff weekend Nov 2017

We had a lovely long weekend away to Kingscliff which is on the northern border of NSW and Queensland. You fly into Gold Coast airport and then it’s just a 10 minute drive south of the NSW border.

Being close to Queensland there are lots of strange tropical fruits to try.  Apart from the small orange coloured bananas, we didn’t recognise any of these.

Some of them look even stranger on the inside, the chocolate looking/coloured one didn’t taste like chocolate!

Its very beautiful scenery up there, and even though its only 1 hours flight north of Sydney, its a fair bit warmer on average.

We enjoyed the resort we stayed in a LOT, we would recommend it for anyone, very good for families too. It is called Peppers Salt Resort & Spa – Kingscliff, Tweed Coast

A bit expensive at around $350 night but it included an excellent buffet breakfast each monring and exlcelltn staff and facilities.

This is a cold Mai tai cocktail by the pool, yum!

This is Zara’s first time in a spa/Jacuzzi and she loved the bubbles!

Doesn’t Zara’s face look like a mini Sanna! I think so.