Friday, 24 October 2014

RIP Weirdo

My good mate of 21 years Adam Weir (Weirdo) died suddenly last night. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but hadn't told anyone but his wife Neen so his death has come as a massive shock to all who knew him.

He was one of those blokes I admired enormously for his passion for life, his commitment to his family, his entrepreneurial spirit and his amazing social network. He had incredible reserves of energy which he applied to his business, his clients, his family and building and maintaining his friendships. He was always organising something somewhere, whether it was a ski trip to Hotham or just dinner and drinks, he was always the one rallying the troops and making it all happen. Like his business, which he started, and which had been running for 14 years his energy and passion kept it going through all market conditions - something I was always in awe of.

He and I had some great times - Annual boys ski trips, where I usually followed him stupidly down the hardest runs the mountain had to offer, often cursing him all the way down. Once I even dislocated my shoulder in a crash at the bottom of Mary's Slide in Hotham but Adam helped me ski 5k back out and put me in the banana chair to go to hospital. We had dozens of big nights, big dinners, trips to the footy and beach with our kids and we were both founding members of the Warrior Crew back in 1997 so we did plenty of training together. He was a great mate and his passing has left a hole in my life that can't be filled.

Weirdo leaves behind his amazing wife Neen and 3 kids which is tragic beyond thinking about. The fallout from this will go on for years and I doubt the full implications have hit me properly even now.

We had an emotional memorial Warrior session for Weirdo (Hercules Hernandez Warrior calls him) which included the super circuit which turned out to be a massive outpouring of emotion as well as energy. I am wreaked.

Life is so precious and short, don't take a second for granted.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Man Flu

Struck down on Sunday which lead to me taking Monday arvo and Tuesday off work. Did a great 9k hike on Saturday from Little Beach to Maitland Bay and back. Excellent camping at Little Beach.

Today did an easy detox run over to Rushcutters and back. Did some strength stuff as well but otherwise went very easy.

Clear, warm spring day.

6k all up.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Easy does it

No strength today as I went surfing with Alec instead.

Luch was an easy run with MhO around Darling Point, down to Double Bay and back. Ran to Rushcutters with HuRTs and then ran back with them. Still felt a bit flat and happy with just knocking out 9k.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day

Legs felt heavy, gut was playing up, wind was blowing a gale, I was feeling depressed being nominated for the Serg award and frankly I don't like doing Corporate Cup. Wanted to get my legs and head in the right space with a 4k warm-up around the Opera House, Farm Cove and Art Gallery Rd. Was told by some dick that I was running off course - no doubt some busy-body will report me for it even though I hadn't started running yet. Now I really had the shits.

Started off with the feeling that I still had my morning toast in my gut. AM-B flew off leaving me standing still. Saw the HuRTS guys and was sincerely wishing I was running with them.
The toast feeling stayed with me until the stairs by which time I was running very slowly and I had no chance of doing better than 1 point. I did start to feel better though and I ran the final 2.5k pretty well overtaking heaps of people.

Finished with 25:40 or so (I'll have to wait for official results) which was very disappointing.

Had shocking stomach cramps soon after finishing which put paid to any idea I had of joining HuRTS at King St Wharf.

11.5k all up.

My favourite book as a kid was Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day. I may be having one of those.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Running in the rain

Burkey made the call before lunch to run home and it seemed like a good idea. Started out in relative calmness but then bucketed down at the top of Pirawi in Mosman. It was great fun! Absolutely pouring and we were drenched in seconds. It didn't take long before we saw no point on dodging those big puddles anymore and we splashed right into them. Had the hilarious experience I always joke with my kids about where a bus drove past down at the Spit and hit a huge puddle that sent a wave of water completely over my head. The bus passengers must have been pissing themselves.

A bit of lightning about Balgowlah Heights made things a bit tense but we manfully ran on regardless. Burkey was pushing the pace as he sometimes does. I remarked he is like a racehorse that always has to sit a head or so in front of his rivals. He said he didn't want me to miss any of the clever and insightful comments he would be making on the journey.

Picked up my bike at the wharf and started to freeze riding home. The hot outdoor shower at home has never felt so good.

15k all up in 1:18

Such a fun experience.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Good Ol' Boys

....and Gals

Reverse Cremorne point route was enthusiastically adopted by the crew of Jesse, Damo, Dr Skins, Joe, A-MB and Ness. Very easy pace and much chatter about nothing in particular.

12.5k in 65 mins.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Manly Strength

Just Iain and I today. Michael Hanavan turned up but decided women's yoga was more appealing(who can blame him?). Usual warm-up and then Phase 1 was side lifts (10 each side), 5 point hopping (which burned like hell) x 6 and high leg lifts (10 each side) all x 3. Phase 2 was the weighted lunges (10 each side), 800m run and 2 minutes of curtsey lunges all x 3. Some abs and stretching to warm down but was pretty wobbly at the end. Beautiful spring morning. No surf though.