2014 has been a full on year with many highlights and a few challenges, it’s been very busy to say the least.
For the first time in a while (sabbatical helping) I managed to train up and participate in a few triathlons. The 13/14 season had at least three – including coming 3rd in Auckland – and for 14/15 I managed to race 3 tris before Xmas, amongst them Hamilton Island where not only you get to cycle on the Airport runway, but you also get a goodie bag and the team packs your transition stuff into the bag by the time you come to pick up your bike – that’s what I call service.
Still a few more to come, I am increasing the distance and I signed up for a few duathlons (10k run | 40k bike | 5k run) in preparation for the world champs in Adelaide in Oct 15.
Being on sabbatical I started the year heading for Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. Well let’s put it this way, it’s a steel mesh walkway all the way to the top, this might be your thing, not so much mine. I did see snow in Australia for the 1st time… the day after having 45C in Canberra, we live in an odd place.
In July then I got the privilege of spending a week in South Tyrol, aka Kofler-land, with some amazing friends; mountains, good food & wine included. We managed to head down to Venice for a day trip (pic above) and spent the last night at a mountain hut in the Alps at 2,300m above sea level.
Following the trip to Europe was a quick skiing escape to beloved Queenstown. Even though the drive (in the bus) to Cardrona is a bit further out of town than the other ski fields, it is really worth it. Mind you, the new Express lift on the Remarkables is also worth mentioning.
In spring we had our work conference in Queenstown – sometimes you just have to be lucky! I went earlier to head up the Greenstone track and spend a night at Greenstone hut, which is a great track. Combining it with the Routeburn Track (great walk) it makes for an amazing circuit.
Speaking to the guy at the local outdoor shop, I learn that Mount Alfred out of Glenorchy at the Southern end of Lake Wakatipu is a spectacular peak giving 360 degree views. The lake, Routeburn, Paradise valley, Dart & Rees – the lot. Definitely one of the highlights of 2014.
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One of the inevitable things in life it getting older (but wiser – at least that’s what they say). Some head for a mid life crisis when they turn 40, we decided to have a big party in Europe instead. It was such a great event to share with family and friends. Especially those travelled from Australia and Asia, but also the locals coming in big numbers.
Needless to say we had a blast. The location was great and the food amazing. A monstrous “Thank you” to my cousin to put on such a great artistic performance.
We also managed to visit the wine houses in my home town – yes, there is a (grape juice) pattern here – and it was such a privilege to share the place and people I have been growing up.
2014 has been such a full on year, including the soccer world cup. Let’s bring on 2015 and see where it takes us!