So, to continue…
After our rafting trip and a raucous all-night New Zealand type partay in our campground, we enjoyed sleeping in and waking to…the music of the all-night New Zealand type partay. (These Kiwis are not kidding around with their partying). We had been invited the day before to join the festivities, but as the evening wore on, I fell asleep on the little bunk in the caravan listening to Sam, Laura, and Sarah chat, and the next thing I knew it was morning. Does it give anyone pause to know that these were summer staffies celebrating something or other…and that it was the entire staff from the BUNGY-JUMPING business in Mangaweka?? I opted out of visiting that particular offering today.
After a bit of tidying up at our campsite, off we go again on the road. This area is stunning in its beauty, and is very different from the agriculture of the southern part of the North Island, and the mountains of the South Island.
So here’s the greatest part of this post: on the road on the way here, we drove for miles alongside….Mt Doom!!! It’s at the southern edge of the race lake! You can see it from the swim, bike, and run course! Mt. Doom! The Mt. Doom! Who the hell put Mt. Doom in sight of my race?? I choose to see it as a sign of good fortune:
So I got my first view of Lake Taupo and it took my breath away. It’s a volcanic lake and it is GORGEOUS. I will attempt over the next few days to catch it digitally, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to convey its beauty. It is crystal clear, its banks are green, its colors are 40 shades of blue. I can’t wait to get in it.
And finally, here is my little haven, my accomodation for the week. Simple, clean, functional. It’s in a campground on the lake (they call them Holiday Parks here), about 3k from town. It’s peaceful and quiet and I’m so glad to be here. I’ve spread out all over the room, which will have to change when Jesse and Sam and Laura come back, but for now it works.
Tomorrow I’ll ride the bike around town, on the ride and run courses, and there’s a group Splash and Dash tomorrow evening (1k swim and 5k run) that I’ll join. I’m looking forward to exploring the town and swimming in the lake. I have to get the wetsuit dipped for didymo – sounds like a venereal disease, but it’s just an algae that is troublesome in the lakes in New Zealand.
I’m having the time of my life – my body feels great, I’m so ready, and I can’t wait for Saturday!
Thank you again for all the kind words of support – they are food and water to me as I prepare for this event. I’m trying to remind my Achievement Personality Disorder self that it really is the journey, not the destination, and your words constantly remind me of that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart….
…and thanks for reading!
February 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm
Can’t wait to get there….. I know love the 1st 10-15 hours of the TRI….. the rest you’ll just have to put up with…….
March 1, 2010 at 7:58 am
February 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm
May you have the endurance of Frodo and Sam; seems appropriate with Mount Doom looming over you.
You’ll have to remember to tell us all about the big celebration that you have when you finish the Iron Man.
March 1, 2010 at 8:00 am
There are gallons of Speight (New Zealand beer) waiting for me at the finish line…cept that finish line will be at midnight Saturday – guess it’ll have to wait til Sunday’s post-race Partay!!
March 1, 2010 at 3:03 am
GOOOOOOOOO GAAAAYYYYYLLLLLLEEEEE!!!!!! KICK THAT SH*T!!!!!!!! Love you!
March 1, 2010 at 8:01 am
I am kickin sister, as hard and fast as I can – we’ll just have to see who kicks whose ass – me or the Ironman!
March 1, 2010 at 4:49 am
I hope you don’t mind, but I just had to come onto your blog and congratulate you for your epic mission!!! (I came across your blog because I have a google alert on Mangaweka, where I grew up – and which is having its 125th birthday party in the main street this Saturday by the way).
I flew to Bimini alone in 2008 for a week to swim with dolphins for my 60th, and your blog responses remind me so much of my own mission.
Good on you. I so wish you well in the Iron Man event.
March 1, 2010 at 8:04 am
Sylvie – what a lovely comment! My son and his girlfriend simply adored their summer raft-guiding on the Rangitikei. I enjoyed Mangaweka – the people and the area.
I’m sure you had a fabulous time swimming with the dolphins – what a great way to celebrate your 6oth birthday!
Thanks for the good wishes – I got into Lake Taupo for the first time today – beautiful lake!
Thank you again Sylvie for your sweet words!