Posted in Cycling, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Training, Triathlon

Green does not suit me

I don’t know how to admit to this, or even who to tell.  I can’t tell my husband – I am too ashamed.  He would not understand!  I don’t think there is anybody who will really understand.  It is taking over my whole life, I spend hours on the internet, I can’t even watch TV with out thinking about it.  I can’t leave my house without it affecting me.

 

I suppose admitting to it is the first step in tackling the problem head on….

 

So here goes:

 

Hi, my name is Pamela and I have Bike Envy!!!!

 

Yip, that is right, I can’t look at a bicycle without looking at its various bits and pieces.  What parts does it have, are they 105’s, Ultegra, Dura Ace or something else?  Is it a full carbon frame?  Is it women specific?  Ouuuwww a Tri Bike.  Look, pretty, pretty, pretty.  Much better than mine… And then I turn a very nasty shade of green.  I think I cover most of the 7 sins with just one glance.

 

I like, I want, I need!!!! 

 

But unfortunately it is not to be.  I must be rational and think about this!  Would I like a full carbon, tri bike???  Absolutely!!!  Do I actually need a full carbon tri bike, or any tri bike for that matter? Probably NOT!  They are damn expensive, they are pretty limiting as you can only triathlon or time trials on them and did I mention they are damn expensive.

 

I have a entry level road bike which I used in my last Ironman and it got me to the end just before cut off!  The problem is now I have a bee in my bonnet about getting one!  I don’t do things in half measures, so when I decided I want something I investigate – ahhh, joys of internet!  I spend hours online and this is not very conducive to work!  I need to stop.  I DON’T NEED a Tri bike.  However if somebody should just happen to feel like giving me one I will not say no.  Please –please – please somebody put me out of my misery and give me a tri bike.

Posted in Cycling, Hobie Beach, Ironman, Ocean Racing Series, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, Shark Rock Pier, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Wetsuit

So I think I’ve remembered everything?

So I decided to get organized for this triathlon.  I set everything out on Saturday.  Last time I forgot my watch and a towel so this time I was determined that I would remember everything!  And I did – except to shave my legs….

 

I woke up on Sunday morning and debated it, but thought they were not too bad and nobody would notice anyway.  I mean I had shaved them on Friday so it was only a day and a bit.  I got down to registration, paid my fees and then went for body marking – oh crap I had forgotten about that!  They write your race number on your leg with black marker pen.  This meant somebody else was getting up close and personal with my prickly legs.  And it was cold and I had goose bumps which made things seem much worse than they actually were!  Embarrassment!  So after each triathlon you learn a bit more. 

 

Other than that – and something very dodging going on with bike computer all went well.

 

I got into transition after the swim and there were still bikes there.  Bikes – yippee, that meant I was not last coming out the water!  It was a novel experience and one I liked!  The rest of the race went pretty well too, although I am not sure how fast I went on my bike as the computer thingy went all funny on me, but I must have done pretty well.  My time for the whole thing was the same as last time – even though they had extended the swim.  I am very happy with it.

 

The only think I am not happy with is my shoulder.  It is still playing up and I think I am going to have to rest it for a week or so.  So no swimming for me this week!  It is also the start of the Ocean Racing Series on Sunday and I want to compete in that, so I will take it easy and see how I feel on Sunday morning.

Posted in Family, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Uncategorized, Windsurfing

I kissed a girl…

Ok, not really but that flippen song is stuck in my head!!!!

 

 

Last night I knew exactly what I was going to blog about!  I was so annoyed and wanted to write about it.  However, when I got home and told my husband the story it seemed a bit pathetic.  Why had it upset me so much?  It was not like I had been physically harmed, I had not been put in danger, I had not even been sworn at or anything like that.

 

I think it was because it went against the rules, both of the pool and of good nature.  And I am a real stickler for rules! 

 

Here is what happened, although now I just think it is funny and the guy is a complete arse!

 

We are 3 girls that swim together twice a week.  We use the gym pool and although it is usually pretty full we can generally find one open lane and a lane next to it with just one person in it.  Two of us will then share a lane and the 3rd will swim in the lane with the other person.  That is what happened – or was meant to happen last nigh.  The lane next to the edge of the pool was open and the lane next to that one just had one person in it.  We stood at the end of the pool trying to wait for the man on his own in the lane to come to the end so we could ask him if one of us could share his lane.  We were blatantly ignored! Initially he just rested at the other end of the pool, but then when he did stop briefly at our side I asked him if we could share he swam off.  The next time he got close I asked – loudly – if one of us could share.  It looked like he was about to have  spasm!!!  He said “Absolutely not, I don’t like to be boxed in.  You can’t share this lane.!’ And totally started freaking.  A total over reaction, and against the rules of the pool.  We could have just jumped in and shared with him but thought we would be polite.  So much for that.

 

Anyway the 3 of us jumped in the open lane.  Two of us are a similar speed so we swam behind one another and then when we got to the end the one in front would turn and swim under the other.  The other girl just swam up and down next to us.  It actually worked pretty well, so in the end was not a problem. 

 

We saw other girl ask the man if she could share his lane as by that stage all the lanes had at least 2 people in them besides his.  He said no to her too.  Then a bit later a man just jumped in next to him.  He did not say anything.  So what – does he just not want to share with girls or is it because we are all polite and ask first?  It is not that he is a fantastic swimmer and we are going to mess up his rhythm as 2 of us swim better than him anyway???  If he does not want to share a lane then he should not come to the pool at the busiest time of day. 

 

Anyway, it was annoying at the time, and I am sure it will be again when he is there again on his own in a lane. But for now, I am over it!  And am just looking forward to the triathlon on Sunday, lets hope the wind does not blow.

 

Oh yes, and my brother came 3rd in the competition on Wednesday!

Posted in Cycling, Family, Hobie Beach, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Uncategorized, Windsurfing

There is no such thing as bad weather?

It is amazing how the sport that you do affects how you feel about the weather.

 

At about 4 am on Wednesday I woke up to very strong winds.  I lay in bed thing, “Damn it’s windy”.  I knew my brother on the other hand was probably also lying awake in bed listening to the wind, but he would have had the complete opposite thoughts to me.  He would have been rejoicing and hoping that it kept up.  I wanted to go cycling, he however had entered a windsurfing competition.

 

 

He is probably the more sensible sibling.  I mean what where my sister and I thinking – we live in PE after all, which besides being known as the Friendly City is also known as the Windy City. 

 

After my botched attempt a few weeks ago at trying to cancel on a sea swim I decided that this year I am not going to be the first one to bail on anything.  I will not be the first to cancel a ride due to the weather and I am not going to be the first one to cancel on a swim due to rough seas, an easterly or any other reason (besides maybe spotting a big fin gliding past).  So there I was lying in bed, listening to the wind howling and praying that someone would sms me and tell me the ride was cancelled.  There was NO way I was going out in gale force conditions; I just did not want to be the first one to cancel.  Well we were all thinking the same thing.  I waited for as long as I thought possible and then sent out an enquiring sms to see what other’s points of view were.  As I pressed send and sms came through saying the ride was cancelled.  So at least I was not first….

 

The wind was actually so strong that they could not hold the windsurfing comp in PE either and took it out to Canon Rocks near Alexandria.  Then I knew it must be bad!!!

 

My brother in Hawaii
My brother in Hawaii
A friend sailing in PE
A friend sailing in PE

 

My brother in PE
My brother in PE
Posted in Politics

All Change

Normally things around here seem to go on African time.  But not lately!  Just say you had been out of touch for week or so.  Not that impossible.  You could have been hiking, no cell phone reception, no TV’s, no newspapers.  Actually my idea of heaven….

 

But there you are minding your own business for a week, and when you come back it is all change.  We have a new president.  My word, talk about a quick turn around.

 

The one thing I must admit though is that I have been impressed with Thabo, and I am not usually very impressed with Thabo.  He has stepped down quite gracefully and done it in the best way possible for this country.

 

Now we will just have to see what the future brings.  We will still have elections next year and I doubt the outcome would be any different to what it was going to be anyway.

 

So that is the end of my political talk.  I normally avoid it on my blog but this is pretty big.

 

In other BIG news it is a public holiday here tomorrow, it is National Braai (BBQ) Day.  Well not officially, officially it is Heritage Day, but some where along the lines it was decided that a braai is a very South African thing to do and can be celebrated by everyone so now it is Braai Day.  I can’t wait!  Not for the braai, because we do that at least once a week anyway, but for the day off.  I am planning on going for a cycle in the morning!  Lets hope the weather plays along, if it stays like it is today it would be awesome!

Posted in Office, Studying, Work

Studying!!

I am sitting in the office trying (unsuccessfully) to study.  In October I have two exams.  One of them work related and the other my final exam for my degree.

I am the last one in the office to write the work related one, my boss wrote this morning – and failed!  This has made me all the more determined to pass it first time (pass mark is 75%).

So best I get back to it.

Posted in Office, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Uncategorized, Work

Give to receive

You know sometimes when you hear something you think “what rubbish”, “yeah right” or “whatever”.  Well there is a saying somewhere that says “you must give to receive” or “the more you give the more you receive” or something like that.

 

I have heard this on numerous occasions and never really paid much attention to it.  Until now!

 

I have mentioned before that the company I work with has “adopted” a cottage at one of the children’s homes in this area, and one of the things we all have to do is “volunteer” there.  Once a month we are given the afternoon off to go and assist the children with their homework. 

 

Well I have been amazed at how much I have enjoyed this, so much so that I go quite a bit more than once a month.  In fact a couple of times I have been to their school functions and fashion shows on the weekends and so have built up quite a good relationship with the kids. 

 

Then yesterday I was in a bad mood – to say the least.  I was not a happy camper!  So what did I do, I went to the Children’s Home during my lunch break.  I knew that they would cheer me up. And they did.  There is nothing like feeling that you are appreciated.  When I arrive there they are happy to see me and smothered me in hugs and kisses.  There is no way that you can be in a bad mood or feel miserable after that.  So in this case I received!

 

Posted in Ironman, Ordinarylife, Swimming, Training

Happy again.

Last night I thought I did not want to swim.  It was cold and I felt miserable but I went to the gym anyway, however if my training partner had said she did not want to get in the water I would have happily complied.  But I am SOOOO glad that she did not.  She had worked out “a killer routine” and boy oh boy did she mean it.  It was 2km of swimming with not many breaks.  And I loved it!!!!  So much for not being in the mood, as soon as I got in the water I knew it was going to be a good swim.  

 

The only thing that could have made it better was if the hottie that was in the pool on Tuesday had been swimming – talk about motivation.

Posted in Uncategorized

Ego Boost of the day

I am going to be a real girl for a moment and giggle. 

 

Hee hee hee, somebody thinks I am hot!!! Yay, and it is the hottest boy in the school.

 

Ok so that was a bit of a delay, yes I finished school exactly 19 years ago!

 

This was the message I received on Facebook this morning:

 

HEY PAM. WELL, I CANT BELIEVE THAT YOU GOT EVEN BETTER LOOKING WITH AGE! WHATS THE TRICK? SERIOUSLY, YOU LOOK AWESOME.”

 

This from a guy at school who never even spoke to me and I have not seen since.

 

Ahhh, so sweet!!!  So now to be a girl and over analyse??? 

 

He said “even better looking” does that meant he thought I was good looking at school?????  Or does that mean he thought I looked like crap and the only way to go was up?  What ever, I am taking it that he thought I was reasonable at school and now I look awesome.  Freaken hell it took me long enough!  What can I say except that I am a late bloomer (and I have a fantastic profile pic on Facebook).

 

FaceBook Profile Picture
FaceBook Profile Picture