|Chicken in a cone.|
On Saturday we boarded the ferry and went out to Rangitoto Island. Its an interesting place to go see, but the next time I go there I would like it to be apart of the 5k swim. We got to explore some lava caves, see the crater, and sit on a idyllic beach.
|Was thinking of climbing it|
On Christmas Eve, the plan was to hike the Pinnacles and camp out in the 80 person tent. I had enough problems walking down the steps that I opted out of the hike. Beth and her parents did the hike and left early on Christmas morning to avoid the worst of the downpour that hit New Zealand's North Island. Prior to making our last moving trip up to Auckland with the camping gear and some other odds and ends, we hit up the first tour of the Thames Goldmine site. The site has been going under renovations over the past couple years however the battery stamper was not functioning. It was interesting to see the site as I had ran past it so many times over the last year, but it was behind a fence.
We then spent the following week in Akaroa on the Bank's Peninsula, SE of Christchurch. We were staying in a timeshare located on the edge of town. The weather didn't cooperate for us as it was pissing down. Beth and Betsy did puzzles and Bill and I read. I finished the 5th Jack Reacher, Inferno, and 2500 pages of Game of Thrones. I also got 3 chapters done of my T-SQL studying done. When it wasn't raining (at least not that much) we got out on the Fox II for a trip around the harbor and out into the ocean. It was nice to meet Captain Roy, from NY, who seemed knowledgeable about the area, but liked to repeat himself when describing landmarks. We got to see a bunch of dolphins, penguins, Cathedral Cove, seals, and enjoyed being on a boat. Well Bill got sea sick and Betsy and Beth got really cold.
|Over looking Akaroa|
After the week we jetted back to Auckland for the evening before heading to Tauranga. While in Auckland, we ran around town getting some things for Betsy and Bill to take back with them and I tried in vain to get my bike inspected. Who would have thought the 2nd would still be a holiday and many shops would be closed? Not this guy. We got to Tauranga about mid-day and our first stop was Koop's to get my bike and helmet inspected. It was good to see the guys again (Dan, Craig, Will, and Phil) who all gave me a little crap for becoming a JAFA. We then went to our old neighborhood in the Mount to check into the hotel and drop by the registration booth. We later went out to La Barca, a small Italian restaurant that was surprisingly not packed. It often is. A lot has changed in the Mount in the last year. There are new places on Maunganui Road and even a board walk on Pilot Bay replacing the foot worn path I was used to.
I could bore you with the race information, but I didn't do as well as I hoped, as I had some strange cramp/pulled muscle that made it very painful to breathe deep and I couldn't keep food down and I vomited 4 times. I did finish and my first 2 events went well. It was my first time racing with a wetsuit and it was too hot. The bike ride was easy and I averaged 21.5 mph,, but I realized that my stomach was starting to go pear shaped on the 2nd lap. I about lost it eating a banana so I stopped eating solids and kept trying to drink my nutrition but that still made me feel funky. I started the run feeling good but after about 2 kms I had what I felt was a stitch, but it never went away. It appeared to be something else as it continued to hurt after the race and hurt every time I breathed in deep, coughed, yawned, or tried to sit up from a laying position.
|My treat post race of fried Moro bar.|