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Special Family Moments created..

Supporting local community police run
Supporting local community police run

Friday evening, my sister was in town for a Ladies Church Conference. So, we met for a quick meal at home, before I had to take her back to her hotel. Her visit was so short, Continue reading “Special Family Moments created..”

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Our cold active weekend …

Son and Hubby making their way to the start
Son and Hubby making their way to the start

Early Saturday morning we packed our family car and made our way to Northern Farm. For the second year now, we opted to support the Winter Ride n Run hosted by the Redhill School and FedGroup. It was freaking cold, but our young man was super excited that we were for a change packing his bike into the car and making our way to the main road to ride it. I’ve not seen him this happy in ages. Smiling from ear to ear and kept confirming if indeed he was going to ride his bike. I was also very promptly told that I would have to wait for them while they went off on their bikes.

What are we waiting for...
What are we waiting for…

Hubby left first, I had to hold our young man back as he felt he needed to be riding off with dadD. It took some convincing that he too would be riding off soon.

When we eventually got tot he starting pen, he was like .. “What are we waiting for now..?”  We eventually left and the race was on! He road off and was loving every minute of the experience. 

I thought bottlenecks only happened in the big peoples races, apparently not! It wasn’t too long after we left that we hit our first bottleneck!

Bottleneck ... seriously
Bottleneck … seriously

If he had his way, he would have been pushing forward and bumping his front tyre onto the bike in from to get them to move out the way .. so typical of many adult MTB races! If I could read minds, I am sure his would have been screaming ..“Move it!” 

Roughing it
Roughing it

I really loved how they made the route “technical”, keeping it real in terms of what MTB is all about! The young man was loving all the ups and downs, even overtaking the slow bikes on his own. It really was too special to watch and just share this moment with him.

This was the first time we’d been back to Northern Farm since he joined the family. We loved that he was clearly having a fun time. I don’t think it will be too long before we make it a habit. I have no doubt, this young man is going to be MTB cyclist .. he loves calculated danger, this was very clear on Saturday!

Fellow Runners
Fellow Runners

So great to see both Lucy and Stevie supporting the Redhill School event as well. They both ran the 6km Trail run, while Lucy’s hubby rode the 45km MTB race.

Festive Time
Festive Time

The event itself was very well organised, number collection was quick and much better compared to last year. The public support was amazing. If the event was better communicated this year, then it is a recipe the school and FedGroup should continue to use, it definately works!

There was plenty of entertainment for the little ones, space for the riders to park their bikes post the race, loads of food  and fresh coffee to warm us up being sold to the public as well.

Next year .. try and give it a go .. 🙂

 

 

 

Later on Saturday afternoon it was time to support two charities via the Otter’s Annual 6.7km Fun Run Challenge .. we clearly enjoying these annual events .. well some of them anyway with great causes. The Otter’s run supports The Baby House in Lonehill and Lesedi Children’s Home. I would have loved to include a link to the Lesedi Children’s Home, but either I’ve lost my touch with searching for stuff online or they don’t have a page at the moment.

I’ve included the link to The Baby House above, so you can read up on them as well. Briefly here is an extract from their website

The Baby House Lonehill

The Baby House was founded in response to the need for 5 million children who will be orphaned by 2015 in South Africa. The Baby House is officially a place of safety for abused and abandoned babies and toddlers… our style of care however is far beyond what you would expect in a typical children’s home. We value one on one attention, loving touch and good quality nutrition, medication and therapies to assist our little ones in healing from trauma and returning to a safe world of self-discovery. We opened our doors in 2011, to date the destiny of 21 children has been radically and beautifully changed. We are based in Johannesburg and house 6 children at a time. Our vision is to create more homes, with medical facilities to accommodate victims of infant rape as well as abused and abandoned babies. In order to do this we need to increase our sustainable income and to form partnerships with corporations devoted to the care and development of our current and future generation of children.”

They will be hosting a few events from September this year to raise funds for their charity, one of which includes riding for them in the forthcoming 94.7 Cycle Challenge taking place on the 16th November. I need to chat to hubby about raising funds for our kit and entry, so that we can proudly cycle through the streets of Jozi in the colours of The Baby House and at the same time not only raise awareness of this wonderful cause, but also help raise much needed funds so that they may continue to do their wonderful work. 

Otter's Fun Run Challenge
Otter’s Fun Run Challenge

Now back to the run… having run the route last year I was in familiar surroundings and what to expect. I am happy that I managed to run more of the route than I did last year, and the “killer hill” wasn’t so deadly this year. I didn’t run all of it perhaps next year, but I did run more of it than last year…hope that counts for something?

It was well organised and reasonably well attended. As it was held on Mandela Day, I’m not sure if all the other number of events taking place across the city this year overshadowed it, as it seemed a lot more low keyed in comparison to last year.

Still, it was beautiful to see the streets crowed by both local residents and visitors alike. Everyone running the streets of the Lonehill suburb as families, including their pets. After the run there were a few stalls selling food and drinks, while the children could run around the park enjoying the late afternoon sun around the park lawns.

Again, if you’re not doing anything else next year .. why not join us and the many families supporting this great initiative?

I dropped off my boys at home and after I was sure they were both washed and fed, I was back in my car and headed back to the local gym. Saturdays as part of my #DareToTri training is made up of a morning run and a swim session in the afternoon. I did the run, now I ached to complete the swim too. The gym closes at 8pm on Saturdays, so I managed to get there with just over an hour to spare. I’ve never been to the gym and found it so empty and quiet, a pleasant change. Changing from running gear to swim was the fastest I’ve done in a while, and before long I was in the pool. It wasn’t quite a brick swim, but I was motoring through the warmish waters. A goal of 2.5km was set and I was determined to accomplish it. Just under 50 minutes later I was done! Goal under the belt, I hit the showers and was out of the gym with 10 minutes to spare before they closed for the day.

Sunday morning came way too soon for my liking. Again, I had a goal to achieve. My legs have complained that I am not giving them enough road cycling time, so that was what would be happening Sunday morning. At 6am when the alarm went off, it was still way too cold for my liking. We waited for just after 8am when we felt the outdoors was slightly much warmer and made our way to the Cradle for my “lonely” ride. Lonely, only because I wasn’t riding with anyone else I knew but there were plenty of other riders on the road. I was supported by my hubby and son throughout the ride and that made it fun. At 9h30 I was cleated and hit the road. In no time I was out of the main Lanseria road and in the slightly more quieter road of the Cradle. Having successfully ridden on my own through the worst part of the Lanseria road for me … the section of the road is narrow and there is NO bike lane! Get the picture?!

Halfway Point - The Caves
Halfway Point – The Caves

I was on a roll. My initial goal was to cycle at least 60km, but would be happy with 50km at least, but nothing less than 50! First 30km was fun and I had a great pace. Met up with son and hubby at the caves for a bit of a breather and I was back on the saddle.

For a change I was also riding past some other cyclists 🙂 and not me being left behind as per norm. At the 40km point I began to feel my quadricep femoris muscles hinting that they were tired, they let me ride past it and when I got to the top of the road I was climbing .. I stopped! Cleated off and put my foot on the ground … OUCH! I was on a major road with quite a bit of traffic and hubby with the car was a whole 5km away from me. I could have called him and asked to be collected, but I was too proud .. yes typical male. After a brief rest and water .. leg seemed ready, I cleated back onto the bike and rode past the car all the way to the 50km point! That’s when I decided it was enough….

Hubby secured the bike back onto the bike rack. I changed my cycling shoes for running and hit the road. This time for my brick run. Yeah, my friends think I’m nuts too! What’s a brick run you may be asking …well it …

…refers to training on two disciplines during the same workout.

Bricks are a very important part of triathlon (and duathlon) training, one after the other with minimal or no interruption in between, just as you would do in a race (I am sure you knew this).

Let’s just say that after that run .. my legs were begging for forgiveness!

Next week we attempt again and the weekend after until it is all very normal for my legs. Now if only I could find a way of ridding my legs of cramps …!?

HKL

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Weekend .. what weekend?

Triathlon Training
Triathlon Training

 “STRENGTH doesn’t come from what you CAN do. It come from OVERCOMING the things you ONCE thought you COULDN’T ” – unknown

What an amazing weekend it was! This was weekend 2 of training, since my June off month. Saturday morning we went off to Bishop’s Ridge for a group cycling session. It was really fantastic! My legs started off slow getting all warmed up, but they eventually got there.

Cycle Training in the Cradle - Photo Credit DadD
Cycle Training in the Cradle – Photo Credit DadD

We were an amazing group, the experienced and the not so experienced riders. What made it fun, was that there was never any pressure on any of us to keep up, but yes to keep pedalling and do your best! I am extremely happy that legs didn’t cramp once during the ride. Normally during the hills they start to complain, this time round, they just kept on giving and asking for more.

In total it was a 40km ride, so am hoping that we increase the distance next weekend just a tad more.

Later on Saturday afternoon, I hit the pool. Not quite brick swimming, but I hit the pool for a 2km technique training session. Pool was nice and quite, see picture above. I am enjoying the now bi-weekly pool sessions and my times are improving, so hope that means I’m getting pool fit 🙂

Sunday morning I chased hubby out of bed, to keep his promise to meet some of the members from the cycling group for some off-roading. They ended up cycling for 20km and by the sounds of it, loads of fun! It has been a few long months since he was last on his MTB, so am very happy he did it.

Hubby informed me over the weekend that the Minion Characters would be at the local Toys R Us , all part of the Minions movies release last week Friday 10th July here in South Africa.

 

 

Sadly, we got there a few hours too late. I wasn’t impressed and felt really bad for our young man and friend that would have enjoyed the experience I am sure. Next best thing was Cafe Smile , our young man knows exactly where it is. He has the best time ever when he is there. I’ve mentioned them before, but I will mention it again. This place is super cool because of their outdoor play area. Yes, there are many more coffee places with Kiddies Play area these days. This one has the parents sitting out in the play area with the kids, feels rather secure and a host of activities for all age groups .. if you are still a children that is. Smile is always busy and making a booking before you go is a pretty cool idea.

It's all about that base - Photo Credit Ms T
It’s all about that base – Photo Credit Ms T

They also have a real Pizza oven, where your kids can go and make their own pizza. I’m still not sure if this is entirely just for their benefit or for the parents. It is however loads of fun, I know our son just loves it. Watching our young man and his mate top up the pizza base ..mostly on their own, was terrific fun. They are growing up so fast.

Parents socializing
Parents socializing

While all this is happening, the parents can play catch up. The restaurant serves a decent menu for both the little ones and the big people, best is that they have friendly staff attending to your needs.

Give them a try when next seeking a child friendly venue. As a last on them, they also cater for birthday parties for the kids .. themed too if you want.

Just us catching up - Photo Credit Ms T.
Just us catching up – Photo Credit Ms T.

When we eventually got home our young man was exhausted! He had just enough energy to help me wash our bikes, played a little bit more with his own trucks and asked to be bathed. HUH! Yep .. he had, had enough. He wanted his bath and bed… but first his milo…

Needless to say, I didn’t get to go for my run. Tonight I’m going to have to get active and not relax with Madam Secretary as I’d planned. I did however, get to watch someone that inspires me in my Triathlon journey, cross the finish line with his wife. Took them just over 14 hours, but they finished and that…. is what this journey is about!

This is Ironman - Sourced Online
This is Ironman – Sourced Online

More training this week, need to get my muscles used to all the attention they are suddenly getting! The cramps need to end…

I leave you with this final quote I sourced online …

HKL

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I need another day to recover from this weekend ….

Georgie and Derick
Georgie and Derick

Yep I seriously do! This weekend was jam packed with activity. If it wasn’t training it was us off to something or other that had been committed to our young man. I’m thrilled it all worked out well though and can’t wait for next weekend.

Group Training
Group Training

Saturday morning I was up at the break of dawn and hit the gym for their 90 minute Spinning class. I’ve not been for a Saturday morning session in a while, so was looking forward to a serious workout. Morgan our young instructor did not disappoint. She woke up on a mission and was determined to deliver or perhaps it was more a case of ” I will show them” because she was told quite late on Friday evening that she had been allocated the first call. Whatever the reason, she had us climbing hills, some endurance pacing and speeding periods.

I’m all about the music, so was very pleased that her music complimented her training really well and although 60% of the class left after 60 minutes, we all had fun.

This training session done, I had about an hour to basically get ready for my next session. My favourite discipline in the Triathlon, swimming. The #DareToTri coach Derick had organised a swim workshop for all us novices and the seasoned triathletes who wanted to participate as well. Off to the Eastrand I went, super glad that for a change the highway was sans accidents on either side of the road. Derick arranged for Georgie Thomas from Total Immersion to spend a few hours with us, sharing her experience in open water swimming and Triathlons. Following about just over an hour of valuable theory, sharing tips on how to tackle waves when swimming in the sea, we then hit the water for another hour fine tuning our swimming technique. Looking around during the theory session, it was a great sight looking at my fellow teammates as they were all so engaged by Georgies English accent and the informative information she was sharing. For me this session was just another reassurance for me that we are in great hands with Derick, for much of the information shared by Georgie is what he has shared with us to date.

Swimming done, I was pumped up to tackle the Pirates 10km Run/Walk today. I had been warned that their route was mainly hills for the bulk of the race .. 7/10km to be honest. Coach Derick is always pushing for us to face those hills when training, so I was following his orders.

Pirates 10km Run
Pirates 10km Run

It was super cold this morning when we got to the Pirates Club, and it was such a pleasant surprise to not have to wait to find parking. Leaving your car behind and praying that it would be intact when we finished our run. I had not pre-entered the race so had to still purchase my entry. This was organized coax, in a nice way. Coax in that it wasn’t immediately clear where I had to go in order to buy my entry, but organized because once I’d figured it out, the whole process was fast. Actually it’s thanks to hubby who standing on the greens away from the masses had seen a gap and let me know .. 🙂

When I started the run I had told myself it was a training run, not going for time or beating my personal best but more to get some much needed milage on my legs. Last time I had done some road running was back at the Colgate 15km race a few months back. I tried not to focus on the hills and running my own race, so after about 2kms with Lucy and her husband Daniel, they left me and I ran the rest of the race on my own. Looking at my pace with them, I was running way faster than I normally do. I found my groove and kept to it. Managed to run most of the hills and run/walk the others. The route was leafy and super scenic. Only downside was that hubby and our young man were not permitted to participate as prams were not permitted… or so we thought. Next year we know better as there were a few prams on the route. 62 minutes later I was finished. Super chuffed with my time, especially as already mentioned I didn’t feel fit enough for it. The added bonus is that I’d completed leg milage in all three Triathlon disciplines .. yes I am well aware that Spinning and indoor swimming don’t equate to the open waters and road cycling that I will be facing in the Triathlon.

Needless that was part of the active weekend …..

DSTV Kids
DSTV Kids

You may recall in my previous post that DSTV was hosting a Kids Xtravaganza out at VodaWorld. Most of it was a fantastic experience for our young man. The DSTV team had arranged for us to be picked up from the car park and transported to the main building where the show was taking place. First words out of our young man’s mouth were … “we going in a taxi dad” … yep this was one of those minibuses also known as taxis out here.

There was plenty of direction to where we had to go, and within the theatre we were ever so efficiently shown to our seats by the most polite usher. Just before the show started, the hostess asked us to all move towards the middle. We found an unoccupied bean bag and plonked our young man on it. He was in his element!

The show begun with Katy from the I Can Cook show, a show targeted and the little older children with a much longer attention span. The Teletubbies followed once her show was done, and by this time the toddlers were all a little fidgety and frankly bored. Surely the shows should have been the other way round? The songs used as background for the Teletubbies were not typical of the show, and once it was all over, all of 5 minutes .. the Teletubbies were off the stage never to be seen again. #disappointing

We moved onto a vibe Fun Zone, with much activity for the kids to enjoy of all age groups. Here we found a photo booth for those interested in to take pictures with mini Teletubbies. Really! You have the life size ones around and you make us take photos with these mini ones! We didn’t bother. Moved over to the carosel that was popular and the ball pits. Overall 7/10 experience.

Dads and our young man
Dads and our young man

At 10h30 this morning we made our way to Montecasino as they were showing Ed Jordan’s Beautiful Creatures. The air had a slight chill to it, and the sun was showing its face. We found our spot and that’s where we stayed through the show.

If you get the chance, do take you little ones to it. It’s currently FREE when at Monte. The performance deal with real life topics such as abuse and appreciating that we’re all different and that doesn’t make one set better than the other.

The performers had all of the children wanting to go on stage to come on and dance with them for a minute. It was such a warm sight as all the kids had a ball of a time on stage.

Once it was all over, it was home and to bed. Our young man was exhausted! Five minutes after hitting the pillow he was out.

Active weekend! But I loved it!

Hope you had a great one too…..It was amazing to see how our young man is evolving and growing.

HKL

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He’s an adrenaline junkie … he is!

#iceageSA
#iceageSA

What a weekend full of activity we had! I really didn’t think we would do all that .. furthermore that our young man would be enthralled by it all.

School is on mid-term break so the question was .. is what do we do with him so he doesn’t get bored? So last week I shared some of the activities taking place in our city that could keep your toddler entertained over the next week.

Saturday morning, we let our young man know what we were going to the #IceAgeExhibition. I’ve not seem him so happy in like …well ..ever! He kept asking all the way to the Sandton Convention if we were really going.

We arrived and he was loving the experience. Taking in his surroundings like only a child can.

He was taking in all the “creatures” around him and calling them out by similar names to what he knows in his world.He was initially taken by surprise when the one of the speakers blasted out the sounds the animal would make. He held onto my hand so tight .. it was too special a moment.

He wasn’t keen on the blizzard though, and screamed and kicked that we get him out of that tunnel. Maybe next time he will be fine… but I still don’t understand why though ….his reaction to water.

Done experiencing our past and the educational phase of our outing it was time for some some. Hubby went and purchased some tickets for a few activities we thought he would appreciate. While we waited we decided to spend some time in the sand pit.

Just look at that grin .. he was having a ball of a time! We waited in the queue to have his face painted as a tiger, but once we got to the front he wasn’t keen on the idea anymore. 😦 Fortunately, the kind lady doing all the magnificent work of face painting all the kids informed me that I could either come back later when he was ready or just go back to the paying booth and request a refund… What you say gurl? Was my first reaction. You for real? Yep she was. My hat off to the #IceAgeSA organisers! You totally understand this age group and that they will change their minds! I know it’s about making some profit, but just think about it .. I won’t spend R20 bucks on face painting .. but I may .. and did .. spend a whole R250 bucks on a sweater I may just not have done otherwise … you get my drift? Really hope of these events targeting children follow suit.

When we got to the slides, our young man could not contain the excitement. He didn’t want to wait for his turn .. he wanted to get on that rubber dingy and slide down. It was eventually our turn. We got in, I made sure he was snug and safe and we were off. I’m not really afraid of heights .. but these adrenaline slides aren’t activities I enthusiastically seek out either. Needlesstosay, if you were at the bottom of the ride watching my face .. I may have had the fear of hell look vs. one of “YAY .. I’m having fun” !

We got off and first thing little Mr. says to me is .. “AGAIN” … WHAT! Are you insane child!? was my first thought. I very promptly past the buck over to hubby .. and guess what .. he too had a very similar look on his face to me sliding down, while our young man had the biggest grin his face could muster out! Watching a few parent’s faces while I waited .. they all had the same look … while those smiling were on there for the second time and knew how much fun it was! Surprisingly, although many dads around .. it was mainly the mothers sliding down with the tods …hmmmm #justsaying

SA Guide Dog Association for the blind
SA Guide Dog Association for the blind

Sunday after a bit of a lay in .. we decided to go on over to The South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind, as they were hosting their annual Winter Festival this past weekend.

Our young man was having all his senses tested this weekend! I think he enjoys that he is able to roam around and explore all these different elements making up his world.

The event itself was surprisingly well attended. Many of the guests, I would bet were locals – read that as living in the area. They had a beer garden – no outdoor event is complete without one – and a quaint tea garden as well, for those who felt they would rather have something warm.

Guests at the SA Guide Dogs Winter Market
Guests at the SA Guide Dogs Winter Market

There were stalls scattered around the winter yard, all selling beautiful handmade wares. Stalls with goodies for your four legged mates, a stall with fresh biltong(aka jerky), fresh brewed coffee and our son’s favourite, a stand selling freshly popped popcorn! For those young ones not bothered by food, the #SAGuideDogsAssociation had setup a littler area with a jumping castle and merry-go-round /carousel for them.

Dog Friendly Entertainment
Dog Friendly Entertainment

Besides all the stalls selling their wonderful goodies, the SA Guide Dogs Association for the blind had another surprise for us too. They had a few performing dogs come out onto the arena and show us wonderful tricks with their mistresses .. I don’t know if we still call lady masters .. masters?

Then it was the turn of the Guide Dog trainers to come out and educate the public a little bit more about their wonderful work with their four legged friends – labradors mostly.

It was incredible to learn that for the first 12 months they form a relationship with their surrogate family, before they are sent to the association for training. It’s six months of bonding with the trainer before the serious work starts. They eventually leave the association knowing how to for example, but not limited to these, cross a road with their blind human, open cupboard doors for their humans and to disobey their human for their own and the human’s safety.

The market was one of those days that you can enjoy as a family outdoors. Roam around the stalls and purchase stuff you don’t need but buy because it’s all for a great cause. The  best part for me is that the event takes place literally outside our doorstep, so that petrol saving can be invested further in this association and the amazing work they for those with sight challenges.

If you missed out this time round, don’t sweat it .. I believe there should be a summer one in a few months. Entrance was a meer R20 and the delicious food being sold was all so reasonably priced too.

It was an active weekend but oh so much fun!

HKL

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I finished my first 10km!!!

Following much anxiety I actually ran and finished my first 10km road race this morning!

I don’t recall prepping for race like I did for this one. Last night already I had my gear out and ready to fit and run this morning! This morning the alarm went off at 4am and I was up and about getting the family sorted to hit the road within the hour…. and that sadly is where the organisation ended today!

The organisers of the SandtontoSoweto Road race either didn’t realise the magnitude of setting up 3in1 races or left everything for the last-minute, hence the poor delivery. First off there were no t-shirts on registration on day1 it opened! Told to come the next day and still nothing! I decided I would wait for the race day .. and perhaps .. just maybe I’d get one! Hmmm… NADA!

This morning as we made our way to Soweto at the crack of dawn, the coordinates shared by the race organisers just would not be accepted by my Garmin! Yep no matter how I entered the given data it would not be accepted! Never-mind, hubby has been to that neck of the woods in the past so kinda had an idea of where we should be .. kinda I say .. after much driving around we finally found the Soweto Rugby Field.

With 45 minutes before the start I went to the loo, only to have my privacy invaded by this gorgeous lady .. who later ended up being an angel in disguise. Although the latch to the door was clearly down, it didn’t lock the door. I’m not sure who was more embarrassed! Did my stretches .. no not in the loo man, lol .. and off to the start the three of us went. My Family

Race was scheduled and communicated to start at 7am! Hmmm … we eventually left at roughly 7:30. During the 30 minute wait, not one person from the organising committee came to chat to us or explain the delay. Turns out the wait was because there was no start gun … I read this online on their page this afternoon..post race from one of the athletes. It also turns out that the 21km race were merely told to go off .. no countdown, no gun send off … nix! At least while we waited I saw Sharon and Wayne. I understand from her blog here that she was also doing her first 10km.

Streets of Soweto with the Towers in the backgroundThe route was amazing, as we got to run through the streets of Soweto, passing by quite a few home owners as we ran through their streets, and at time being cheered by the kids as they stood at their gates watching all the runners pass by. It added an amazing touch to the event.

It was only at the 9km mark that a few of the residents had buckets of water and canisters offering us runners some water. I’m assuming here, that those runners that had already passed them ahead of me had either requested for water or commented about it to the residents.

Surprise! Surprise as we’re about to finish, literally at the 10km mark, that is when the organisers had a water table for the runners! Really! Oh and throughout the route, no toilets either … for those that may have needed it!

It was at this point that two things happened as well, first the lady I mentioned above that walked on me in the loo caught up to me. As you can see from the picture I had stopped .. it’s not distorted or blurred, and then decided to walk a bit .. to catch my breath. She then says to me .. “move that ass! If you walk you gonna make me tired!” It was all I needed to get me moving again 🙂 … a little further I pasted a young man, probably early teens. He was one of the brisk walkers in the race. He was motoring it and passed me at the next uphill. Yes, the hills are still a bit of a challenge for me at this stage.

Me in the finishers tube

I made it to the finish!

Not too exhausted but honestly do believe I could have gone another few kilometers .. how many now is the question.

Having got my medal, next was the queue to get a goodie back and t-shirt!

An hour, if not more later we finally got to the front. No t-shirt and lame excuses for their lack. Funny thing is that we could see two of the individuals that were giving the t-shirts away actually pack a black bin bag with t-shirts and pack them away in their mini van. This all in front of a yet long line of runners!

We finally left, and to be honest I’m not sure I will be making the effort next year to run the race.

For now though, I’m thrilled I finished and have my medal to show for it!

Medal round me neck!
Medal round me neck!

Could a 21km be in the horizon … ?

HKL

 

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It’s the weekend Baby!

clothing april
clothing april

Yep the weekend is upon us once more. Do you too feel like it got here rather fast?

What’s on your agenda for the weekend?

For us it promises to be yet another one with loads of activities, I’m not entirely convinced it’s the best way. As lately all our weekends just seem to be hectic, and leaves me wondering if we achieved much really.

This weekend is the official launch for 4Kidz, I mentioned it on this post. I am looking forward to it and hoping that there will be something amazing for our young man.

biking april
biking april

There’s also my first road ride since June last year. With the arrival of JJ I stopped cycling last year and just haven’t seemed to gotten the energy to get back on the bike and hit a few miles be it on or off road. Sad really, as I was starting to enjoy it. Read that last comment as “I stopped falling too often ..” Hubby and I will be riding it together. He is great like that, and from all indications coming from his side of the world, it’s what he wants us to do going forward, that is ride races together! Sweet isn’t he ..

The other reason I need to get my cycling into gear is that I’ve officially entered us both in this years 94.7 Cycle Challenge .. so I need us to us .. actually me .. to start putting some serious mileage into these legs. This race will be the start I hope. We’re starting off slow, we doing the 41KM .. and will gradually pick up the mileage to eventual equal as close to 100 as possible. When we’ve completed these we hope to also add the Argus to the list of races we will complete together .. wish us luck .. more pray I finish please!

cupcakes april
cupcakes april

We then have Sunday afternoon, this is normally the time I bake and cook for the family. Roast for dinner and some serious dessert or two ..

I took note that this morning there was an order placed .. but rather sly about it too.. for cupcakes. I love a good challenge .. that I do. So this weekend I will be putting into good use the cupcake recipe and icing book generously given to me as a birthday present by Nadia.

Perhaps my post of the weekend will reveal a thing or two.

There definitely will be cupcakes .. and deep down am hoping I’m able to share with you my finishing medal and a decent time too.

What have you got planned?

HKL

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Airline, Fitness, Running, Weekend

Back home again ..

Delish cupcake from Charly's Bakery
Delish cupcake from Charly’s Bakery

The breakaway was awesome, less the wind. We managed to spend some quality time as a family, watched our little man grow and explore a different world to what he is accustomed to and much more. Importantly though, we all had fun!

During the break we got to visit places that I’ve been wanting us to see for the longest time, but there was always a reason why these could wait! Places like Bo Kaap and Charly’s Bakery. We managed to visit a few beaches, but JJ wouldn’t have any of it. It’s not the first time this has happened, so now I’m not sure if he has something against beach sand or the cold beach waters of the Western Cape. For some reason I think he just hates the sand .. we really hope he out grows this phobia as both parents love the beach.

Another reason the break was pleasing is that our little man and hubby’s sister managed to spend some quality time together. See aunty Shaz for some reason wasn’t comfortable spending time alone with our young man. You know how there are some dads who refuse to hold their baby child until a certain age as they are not comfortable holding any child younger? They fear that they could cos harm to the youngster, which of course isn’t true, but hey .. so it was really good to see her make time for JJ and actually enjoy it .. although I fear she would never admit to that or perhaps she may. You see she has offered to babysit our young man when next we venture out her way … will keep you posted on that one.

Bo Kaap
Bo Kaap

During our stay in Green Point we went for regular walks along the promenade daily, and I was inspired to get me feet sorted by the experts at the Sports Science Institute by Podiatrist Chris DelPierre. It was a brilliant experience and Chris was amazing and I got to experience how the professional sportsmen such as the WP Rugby team players, and Bokke are treated when injured during play. He explained the pain I felt in the past and the cause, and his recommended treatment. Last night I finally tried it out. Started off well but after 30 minutes my worst fears became reality. Hubby reckons I need to give it a few more attempts. I shall …

While in Cape Town, hubby spent a good part of the day working and keeping up with his office. This was part of the agreement while we were away .. so I couldn’t complain much about that now could I ..

Following a week in Cape Town, it was time for us to move on to our next destination, Tulbagh. Here we stayed at beautiful old farm called Manely Wine Lodge. Quiet place out in what seems like the middle of nowhere. The manageress of the lodge a gorgeous young lady by the name of Dapheny was amazing. Super helpful and had her guests attended to by her staff who were ever so friendly and always smiling. I’ve become so used to not receiving this type of service back home, that I found it unusual … in a good way! The whole town seems like it has stopped in time. One main street with not too many of the fashion stores we’re accustomed to out here, and no competition among the large supermarkets either. Surprisingly a SPAR and their only competition being family run superettes or spaza shops.

The area has some really great wines being produced by the local wine farms, so much so we ordered ourselves two boxes shipped out to us here. Yes, that’s how amazing their wines are!

Cape Sunsets
Cape Sunsets

Sunday bright and early we made our way to the airport, arriving slightly late for our check in. It now seems that in the rush of dropping off our rented car and checking in we left a toy hubby bought earlier in the week for our young man. Very unfortunate, as JJ had literally hand-picked the toy himself and was becoming quite fond of the toy.

Funny we’re almost at the start of our first weekend post our break, and it feels like it was a while ago we were in Cape Town. Fortunately, this has been a short week for us, and one where I’ve concluded our bookings for our next breakaway! More on that later ….

While we enjoyed the pleasures of life other realities happened around us…. OP court case continues in Pretoria and Malaysia Airways is searching for a missing plane.

For the rest .. life continues as normal!

HKL

Argus, Father and Son, Love, Weekend

Fun and Games …

Argus 2014 Expo
Argus 2014 Expo

Saturday was rather busy for us, hubby had to go work at the Argus 2014 Expo as his company had a stand. For the few hours we were there, he did the meet and greet. I love watching him do his work, because he executes it with so much passion. His love to sell a brand he is supporting to complete strangers, he embraces the brand and gives it his all when working. I’ve never seen him working without giving it his all. I dare you who have worked with him to say different, because if you do, I don’t believe you’ve truly worked with him.

Hubby has been in the sponsorship industry for years now, with an impeccable reputation of integrity and passion for what he does. He gives it his 110% if not more, no matter the size of the sponsorship. His experience expands both as the client and the agency, knowing both sides of the border makes him an asset to whomever gets the benefit of working with him in their team. I, love watching him work. I admire the time and effort he puts into every project, the commitment to doing the job well no matter the timeline he is given. A rare commodity in today’s working environment.

Yes he is my husband, but for those who really know me, they will appreciate that I don’t issue compliments willy nilly just so you can feel good about yourself. When I say hubby is amazing at what he does, believe me .. he is !

Ok, lol, now that I have that out-of-the-way, let me have a sip of wine before continuing with the weekend thus far….

My sil came over to see us yesterday. The last two visits to Cape Town with our son, JJ hasn’t given sil the time of day. He would hold onto my leg or cower behind me to avoid any interaction with her. It was so beautiful to watch how the two of them made the effort this time to laugh and smile with each other. JJ has gotten a lot more comfortable around sil as has she with him. Between you and me, I think she has come to realize that he isn’t “breakable” like glass anyway. That said, JJ is also at that age where he responds to what you say and loves mimicking all you do, be it good or bad!

Quality time with aunty Shazster
Quality time with aunty Shazster

Our little angel is certainly in an amazing period in his life. He clearly understands all that we say to him, ok maybe not all, but a bit of it. He is VERY manipulative too .. but from those around me with experience already in the parenting field, I am made to understand that this is normal! Hmmm …. still I love spending these quality moments with him. Today I can honestly say I feel like I have finally been given the authority to be called a dad. He knows hubby and I are always there for him, he pushes his boundaries with us, but that’s all part of him growing and exploring the world around him isn’t it?

Yesterday our little man finally learnt to appreciate the joys of ice-cream! Yes, although he has enjoyed an ice cream or two in the past, it was fabulous “watching the penny drop” and him enjoying sucking, he hasn’t quite mastered the licking process, as yet it seems. He had ice cream all over his face, t-shirt and hands. It was a beautiful moment! I think all three of us, hubby, sil and I enjoyed it as much as he did!

dadE and JJ lunching
dadE and JJ lunching

Race day, we were up at the crack of dawn, thanks to our little man. Before the first batch of riders were even in the queue to ride off we were up. However, even with this early wake-up call, we had the worst wind experience I’ve heard or seen in the time I’ve travelled to this city over the years. The wind spared nothing! We don’t really have any thing like it back in Johannesburg. So, when hubby heard it and taking into account many of the conversations he had the day before on the same subject, he opted not to risk putting himself or his bike at the hands of the might wind. What this meant, is that after the two hours fuss on the plane, and all the early morning spinning classes hubby attended, he did not ride his second Argus! Rather sad, but I respect him for it. He has his reason be it valid or not, they are his and we need to appreciate it.

Right now though hubby and son are fast asleep, as is sil, while I catch up with another blog entry. The wind has subsided some, and Cape Town is sharing a beautiful day with its visitors again.

I dare say, I think it’s time for another glass of wine, some ice cream on the promenade and more quality time with my little family!

Enjoy what’s left of this Sunday!

dadD and JJ Sunday afternoon snooze
dadD and JJ Sunday afternoon snooze
SIL enjoying Sunday afternoon snooze
SIL enjoying Sunday afternoon snooze
Me blogging
Me blogging

HKL

Family, Weekend

Fair Cape …

Traffic in Cape Town .. really?
Traffic in Cape Town .. really?

 Following a rather early start back home, we made it to the airport on time. We checked the bags in and headed towards our gate for a bit of a chillax before we boarded our flight. We left our home city with a bit of a drizzle and made our way to sunny Cape Town! YES! We landed in the fair Cape to find awesome sunny weather. A wonderful change considering we’ve experienced non stop rain for a week in Johannesburg.

Hubby went to sort out the car and we received the first shock! Our accommodation that was booked a while ago .. we stood to forfeit because of administration challenges on the renters side! WTF! Needless to say hubby was fuming, JJ needed changing and a place to relax a little. This news was not helping! Following a few … ok .. MANY calls to and fro between hubby and the renter, it was finally all sorted!

We arrive at the apartment and the woman is waiting for us on the street to show us the place. First thing she says is .. “oh you’re two guys! I thought you were a family with a baby?” to which hubby and I simultaneously responded .. “but we are a family! Baby is seated at the back and pointed towards our little man sitting in his chair.” She almost fell over .. laughing! Penny finally dropped, and she also realised she lives in fair Cape after all! At this point, all the earlier happening was forgotten and peace was back in the land.

Room with a view
Room with a view

We finally entered what is to be our home for the next few days. The apartment has really beautiful views of the city’s point of interests. From where I sit blogging I have a clear view of the new eye-catching stadium this city boasts and an amazing view of one of the 7 wonders of nature in the world, Table Mountain.

It’s a quaint little place, with all the amenities one really needs when seeking a home away from home. For a family of 3 its spacious enough to allow us all to feel free, and walking distance to the ocean. The local gym part of the chain of gyms we frequent at home is round the corner, and during the ARGUS race this Sunday, we will be able to walk and watch hubby cycle his way around the city sub 4hours this year.

As we’re here for a bit of an early year break, yes sometimes one needs to have these through the year. I’m sure it’s not only me that feels the work demands so early in the year this year? So, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us as a family to relax, and take in the fresh sea air, the natural beauty around us and spend some quality time with friends and family we haven’t seen in a long while.

I’m looking forward to sharing a few sites with the family this time around. Sea Point evening strolls, Charley’s Angels bakery for a bit of “forbidden heaven”, Bo Kaap and the local winelands to name a few interesting place out here. Yes, all this before we pack our bags and head on home to face our reality.

Our little man is now passed out following a well fought day against sleep. First he refused to rest through our two-hour flight into Cape Town, only actually catching a few winks as we literally landed. Weird right, surely this is when one would expect him to be all hyper and excited, but no he will be different! On that same note, I will add that there were a few toddlers and babies on this earlish flight, and not one of them slept! Hubby is at the Argus Cycle Expo 2014 .

While they all do their thing, I thought I’d drop you all a few lines.

Now for the rest of our time here…. where’s the wine!?

HKL

Blog inspiring view
Blog inspiring view