May 24, 2009

W/end walk/cycle

It had rained pretty much last week and I think it was wed or thurs that the bikeway was completely flooded and I could actually that the water had risen up next to the road. Fortunately, the road wasn't flooded and I could still pick up my kids from school. The next 2 days after that, it was lovely with sunny intervals and then it started to rain again on Saturday. I had lunch at the sushi train with the family and thought I'd walk back home with dd , which was about a mile. The only bad idea was that I was wearing heels and my feet were killing me half way home, I need to bring the trainers in the car next time.My painful soles just about canceled my plan to go jogging today so I went cycling instead. Needed to be consistent at cycling well, at least boost the mileage a bit otherwise it is rather painful for me going uphill (like it was today).
The bikeway was wet and puddly and I couldn't ride that fast since when I hit the puddles, the muddy water would splash all over my white Asics trainers and even on my bike shirt. Near the parklands , part of the bike path was immersed in water and I couldn't get through it and had to turn back. I met a group of bird watchers at one stage who were pretty keen looking into their binoculars, they didn't realized they blocked my path. Didn't want to startle them so I just rode through the wet grass. Hey I'm a birdwatcher too. :) I saw the usual birds that frequent there plus an egret and some grey looking birds flying at the parklands which I couldn't positively id, maybe they were herons? There were also sounds coming from the wet marshes sounding like continuous drumbeats which I suspect were frogs.
I then made my way to the other end of the bikeway to make a complete loop but didn't reach the end because there was a pickup truck blocking near the creek. I supposed they were cleaning up the mud there so I had to turn back . All in all, I managed to cycle almost 20km for an hour and a bit on a wet puddly bikeway which wasn't bad. :)

May 16, 2009


As I said in my previous post, it is a bit chilly in the morning now and I am not in a hurry to go out the front door until the temperature increase a little, nearing mid-day. However, older son was repeating for a few days prior, that he was going to the rainforest on Saturday. I said to him that there isn't any rainforest around here where we live, just maybe at the Botanic Gardens. It turned out they planned to go bushwalking in the Nature Reserve just a few kms away. I decided to follow too but nobody told me we had to track up a hill! It felt more like the song Miley Cyrus keep singing about these days, "The Climb"...
It was not a bad hike going up, down and around the hill. However, son was a bit disappointed he couldn't find any animals and kept expressing his disappointment . Maybe we should of taken him to the zoo instead of bushwalking. We did see some skinks though which he tried to capture but they managed to escape into the undergrowth. (You know, the skinks in our garden shed were much larger if he wanted to get them.)
I brought my camera along too and was a bit disappointed that I could not spot any birds most of the way although I could hear their calls. The only consolation was a kookaburra which I managed to spot a kookaburra deep in the reserve. It was probably the only I bird I got this time around. The rest of the photos I took were mainly of trees, a caterpillar, butterflies and spiders.
Dh didn't really know the way around the hill reserve although he had studied the map at the entrance and decided which one we were going to follow but I guess we didn't stick to plan. Thankfully, he borrowed my phone which had a GPS and we could find our way back to our starting point. Older son was moody and younger son was tired after maybe an hour , so we stopped at the top of the hill for some needed refreshments. Older son was still in a dark mood after that, walking grudgingly but when his dad promised to get him a toy after the hike, he was motivated to walk and even ran pass us. I was mainly left behind on this hike, taking my time to get a good shot even though there weren't anything much to take pics of. But it's all good.

May 05, 2009

Morning Fitness

I haven't been consistent with my exercise this year now that the temperature has dipped at this time of year as it is almost winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The early morning are cooler if not colder and I would rather prefer to stay under my duna instead of attempting to jog at 6 o' clock a few times on weekdays. However, I do try to jog or cycle on the weekend.
Last Saturday, I went out for a jog a little later at around 9 ish instead of the usual 7 ish. During the spring/summer, most people like to walk their dog around 8 am so I try to jog before that time. However, on this particular Saturday there weren't many recreational walkers or people walking their dogs. The only people I came across were the competitive athletes on their training run from the opposite direction. I think I recognise one of them from the sports centre where I go for my gym sessions (not very often these days). These guys are super fit and some of them even compete at a national/international level and they were running shirtless that morning. Gosh, I wish I can go shirtless for my morning jog, saves me a good 5-10 mins finding the right sports attire for the session.
There is also a squad practicing running/cross country at one of the fields I pass on Saturdays. I was probably a bit late that morning and they may have finished their training session already coz I didn't see them running like in the past weeks. Their coach really grill these high school/college runners into running around the field many, many times over. These youngsters have a lot stamina to be able to do this.
On Friday mornings, I sometimes observed a group of bootcampers wearing the same bright red tees displaying their bootcamp motto or something, will be exercising or training with a bootcamp coach somewhere on the open field/grassland around the bike way. They comprise mainly of women who are motivated to attend these sessions to lose weight and get fitter. The session are normally held a few times on weekdays and I sometimes wonder if I should enrol in these bootcamps for some group motivation. But then they probably have finished their bootcamp for this season...