Wow, I can’t quite believe it is Wednesday already! Weigh In Wednesday at that! Official weight is at 103.8kg. Inching ever so close to the magical 100kg mark!
Ever since Kokoda Grunt I feel like I can do anything given enough time and the right supportive people around me. It’s an empowering feeling that I hope sticks around!
On Saturday I was able to join Coco for her epic 32km walk. I walked around 6km with her, and then a further 2 or 3 while I made my way back to my car. It such a difference to last year, when I walked 8km and felt that it was a huge achievement (which it was!). And now I walk 8km so easily and just for fun!
On Sunday was my next challenge: to run more than 2km in the Twilight 5km event. Well, I failed at this one, but I’m not too worried. There will be plenty more 5km events in my future! Plus, I still got a medal AND a singlet!
Sunday turned out to be one of the most epic days I’ve had in recent years.
It started with an invitation from Kate to go to a boot camp up in Mooloolaba that started at 7:45am. Somehow I managed to convince Richard to drop me off at Kate’s house at 6am before he had to go to work. I think the shoulder massage may have been a good incentive!
Kate and I took off to Mooloolaba making it there a bit earlier than the boot camp started giving us a chance to take the all-important photos and selfies!
The view from our outdoor boot camp:
Before boot camp – notice the lack of sweat or red face!
The boot camp session was one of the hardest I’ve ever done, and I haven’t pushed myself exercise /cardio wise in quite a while – yes, even including Kokoda Grunt!
The workout was a series of running up and down a hill, and between doing some boxing drills, mountain climbers (dips for me due to knee injury), and situps as well as a few trail runs in between. It was the running that got to me! I started feeling light headed once we got to the hill running/dips exercise, and then the nausea started up, and yup…I threw up! It was quite mortifying but also a bit of a proud moment for me. I was proud that I had pushed so hard that my body had that reaction. There were some lovely ladies that looked out for me which was so nice! I got through the workout, recovered, and it was time to get something to eat! Oh, and managed to burn 680 calories for the session too!
Here’s the red and sweaty version, after bootcamp:
After a super yummy breakfast it was time for our next adventure of the day! Meeting Michelle Bridges and the Commando at Chermside shopping centre!! We got there at around midday and there was already a big line up. Some people had gotten there at 10am to line up! First up was a quick question and answer session. I found it really hard to hear what they were saying so was just happy to look at Michelle and the Commando! Then they both lead a select group of people in a small 15 minute group workout and gave out some prizes.
After a few minutes break Michelle and the Commando were back to start signing autographs and get photos done with everyone in the line. We were told that they had to leave by 3pm, and at 2:55pm it was our turn to meet them! I had Michelle’s new book for her to sign, and the Commando was giving out cards that he had signed, but personalised with each person’s name.
I told Michelle that I had spewed in my boot camp session earlier that morning, and she said “Keep Training”, and “Respect” so I was stoked. I bet she thinks I’m a nutter telling her that, but I don’t mind! I can’t remember what I said to the Commando, something about nice to meet you!
This is me telling Michelle about my spew!
The whole time we were waiting to meet them we had our eye on the clock as we had to get to UQ for the Twilight Run by 4pm when the 5km event started!
I wasn’t too stressed, and decided to leave the fate of the afternoon up to the Universe. If I was meant to be there, then we would get there on time!
As soon as we had finished meeting Mish and the Commando, we ran/walked through Chermside shopping centre back to the car, drove to Kate’s house so she could get changed and then sped off to UQ. Once we got the corner to turn down Sir Fred Schonell Drive, I could see bumper to bumper traffic. Luckily I grew up in St Lucia so we went a different way, and managed to miss all the traffic. Kate dropped me off around 200 metres from the start line, and as soon as I got there the race started! What timing! I was supposed to be there!
I was right at the back of the pack, but thought that I would either catch up to some of my friends or see them through the race as some parts of the course double backed. I managed to see the wonderful Rina sprint past me, then the spectacular Keryn powering along. Then I saw the beautiful Tracey behind me and waited for her to catch up. It was her first 5km event! We smashed along not stopping for a second, and even ran the last 50 metres or so where Kate and Nicole were waiting to take our finishing photos! We bumped into Rina again and also the magnificent Ange! Oh, and another 400 calories burnt!
Here is Tracey on the left, and me on the right. Champions!
Straight after the race I needed to get on a bus to go pick up the car to then drive back to UQ to hopefully see the end of the 10km race to cheer on the competitors.
Well, Mother Nature had other plans. On the way driving back to UQ I stopped to get petrol at a BP, and that’s when the storm hit. I was filling up, getting sprayed with freezing cold water and got absolutely soaked. After filling up, I parked in one of the parking spots to wait out the storm. There was no way I was going to drive in that kind of storm! Unfortunately, my phone was down to 1% battery! I thought about it for about 20 minutes, sent off a message to Richard to let him know my phone was dying, and then a brilliant thought hit me! Maybe one of the BP employees has an iPhone 5 charger I can borrow! I walked in and asked and turns out they sell them! Thank the universe!!!
Once I had the phone charging the storm was starting to move away so I decided to try and drive to UQ so I could meet up with Kate and get my things. As I was driving I noticed the front windscreen was completely fogging up, so I pulled over and had to call Richard to help me with how to defog the windscreen! While I was doing that, I had a knock on the passenger side window and a young chap told me that my petrol tank was open. Argh! I asked him if he could close it for me, which he did. Thank you young chap!
Finally… finally, I got back to UQ, met up with Kate, and it was finally time to head home to shower, get warm and get some much needed sleep.
What a day! I can’t wait for the next adventure!!!