Nice Kitty…

Today, we fed lions.  
Out of the palm of our hands.
No joke.

Wellington Zoo offer ‘close encounters’ with some of their animals – opportunities to meet them up close.  Pat them.  Feed them.  Just generally make all your dreams come true.

Well, they don’t let you pet the lions.  200kg of teeth and muscle can be a little unpredictable… but you can pet the others.

The session was awesome – a once in a lifetime type of thing.
How many people can say they’ve been licked by a lion?! (It feels like sandpaper, btw).

And all off the back of a great Sunday morning session at the gym.  Endorphins!

My Sunday was great.  One to remember for a while.
What did you get up to this weekend?

A Good Day For a Stroll


Since getting back home in the city for New Years, I’ve been able to get back to the gym a bit.  It’s great – Wellington’s not really a summer destination so everyone clears out of the city and places like the gym are empty.  You’re almost guaranteed to get the gear you’re after.  No waiting.  It’s great.

But when the sun comes out, you have to make the most of it – get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

We’ve had a run of good weather recently (except New Years Eve, because this is Wellington and that would have been too easy.  See earlier ‘not really a summer destination’ comment) so we planned to have a walk around to the seal colony at Red Rocks.


There weren’t any seals – it’s the completely wrong time of year (we’d need to be there in winter).  But the walk was good.

Great company. Good views.

Nice start to the day.

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Learned a couple of things today, too.

  1. Bees like purple.  Don’t have purple on or around your crotch.  This can lead to very tense moments.
  2. Always wear sunblock.  Always.  And it you think you have enough on, put some more on anyway.
  3. You don’t have to sit down to get sand in your pants, unfortunately. (WTF?  Wellington, you’re a creepy kind of windy).  Also, bonus lesson: you never grow out of it.

Yup.  You learn something new everyday.

What did you get up to today?
What did you learn?




Summer’s here!

Christmas in New Zealand is great – sunny, and casual. BBQ dinners aren’t usual, and someone in the family almost always falls asleep in the sun after eating too much.  Sunburn isn’t usual.  Neither is a box full of empty beer bottles after lunch.

Like everywhere else in the world that celebrates Christmas, it’s a day of temptation, overeating, and self-medicating with alcohol – family, am I right?

I’ll be staying with my family for much of the break, at my parents’ place in one of the sunnier parts of the country at this time of year.

While they’re not ridiculously unhealthy, they’re not ones to prescribe to a off-to-the-gym-and-a-salad-for-lunch lifestyle.  My brother’s of the knife-throwing, archery, and upper-body training persuasion.  The rest of us… sit around and eat.

I plan on doing a fair bit of running.  Take the dogs out for a bit of an explore – they’ll love it.

But it’ll be a bit of a change for me – running on country roads, in the heat, with a companion.  I’m looking forward to it… but it’s going to take some getting used to.

I imagine it’ll be very different to the clean footpaths, overcast weather and cool temperatures here in Wellington.  Or the treadmill in an air-condition gym, surrounded by the buff and motivated.

Any words of advice for the changes?  Or am I making mountains out of mole-hills?

What are your plans for the Christmas break?

Something Crazy, Something I’ve Never Done Before

Yesterday I gave you the opportunity to guess my new fitness goal.  I said it was a hard one (it really, really will be), but not impossible.

A few of you guessed.  Some were close.  But Jay from over at On a Jam Hunt hit the nail on the head!

JayI’m going to run the half marathon at next year’s Round the Bays.  23 February 2013, just under 16 weeks from now.

All 21 glorious kilometres!
Talk about fecking crazy. 

Can I do it? 
Will I do it?

They’re two very different questions, both of which I answer with “Yes… but I’ll have to work my arse off”.

But nothing worth having is easy, right?

I’m working to cover the distance.  Not get an awesome time.  Not to win (like that will ever happen).  But to finish it, and know I can do it.

I’m doing it for me.  And that makes reaching the goal – keeping the motivation high – that much easier.

Here’s to an interesting few months!