Tuesday, August 27, 2013

4 Years

It has been 4 years today since our dear friend Chris took his life.  1 week & 1 day before his birthday – I honestly can’t remember how old he was then, but I’d guess it was just shy of his 45th or 46th birthday. 

I've been thinking a lot about how despite being good friends, how fleeting our relationship really was.  How much time do you need to spend with someone before you truly know them?  How well do you know anyone really?  I guess it’s fair to say I’m feeling a little melancholy; even more so after reading back over what I wrote back then.  

I wish I had something profound to say, but really while mostly I've achieved closure I’m still incredibly sad for him; for his family, for his friends.  Instead I’ll play some Tom Waits & leave you with the lyrics of the tune that reminds me of Hootch.  RIP mate.  You are truly missed.


"Tom Traubert's Blues"

Wasted and wounded, it ain't what the moon did, I've got what I paid for now
See you tomorrow, hey Frank, can I borrow a couple of bucks from you
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me
I'm an innocent victim of a blinded alley
And I'm tired of all these soldiers here
No one speaks English, and everything's broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me

Now the dogs are barking and the taxi cab's parking
A lot they can do for me
I begged you to stab me, you tore my shirt open,
And I'm down on my knees tonight
Old Bushmill's I staggered, you'd bury the dagger
In your silhouette window light go
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me

Now I lost my Saint Christopher now that I've kissed her
And the one-armed bandit knows
And the maverick Chinamen, and the cold-blooded signs,
And the girls down by the strip-tease shows, go
Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me
No, I don't want your sympathy, the fugitives say
That the streets aren't for dreaming now
And manslaughter dragnets and the ghosts that sell memories,
They want a piece of the action anyhow
Go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me

And you can ask any sailor, and the keys from the jailor,
And the old men in wheelchairs know
And Mathilda's the defendant, she killed about a hundred,
And she follows wherever you may go
Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You'll go waltzing Mathilda with me

And it's a battered old suitcase to a hotel someplace,
And a wound that will never heal
No prima donna, the perfume is on an
Old shirt that is stained with blood and whiskey
And goodnight to the street sweepers, the night watchmen flame keepers
And goodnight to Mathilda, too

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Biceps Tendinitis

As my trainer says, you still have legs!!  And they've been copping an absolute flogging over the past 5 weeks.  I'm now in my 6th week of no upper body work out due to a Biceps Tendon issue.  I've been seeing a Physio now for 2 weeks who says I have inflammation of the Biceps tendon which may or may not be tendinitis.

Treatment has involved 3 days of strong anti inflammatories & 15 minutes of icing 3 times per day.  Plus twice weekly phyiso visits where he does a few tests, then sticks his fingers into places that feel quite unpleasant around my shoulder & armpit (read massages) followed by laying back for 10 minutes with a Tens machine stuck to my shoulder with an & ice pack on top.

I asked him exactly what the Tens machine does to which he laughed & replied "Magic" before explaining that it gives electrical pulses which stimulate the nerve promoting recovery & repair.  

It is slowly getting better, but I am impatient & it seems to be soooooooo slow!!!!!!!!!  One more week before I can start back with the upper body stuff he said yesterday.

All that work I was doing towards doing pull ups I'd imagine will have dissipated & I'll have to start over.  Plus my push up ability will have declined.  Who would have thought I'd be upset by not being able to do a push up??  More than anything I'm frustrated at the strength I will have lost :0( 

One of my cousins told me on the weekend that my shoulders/arms look bony to which I flexed my arms & said NO I HAVE MUSCLE DEFINITION.  Well, maybe not as much as I did 5 weeks ago.  Sigh.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013


You guessed it, I've decided to have a crack at a half marathon.  It's something I've been thinking about for a while.  My options are to either stay at the same distance but improve the time, or try for a longer distance.  Truth be told, I'm afraid of failing both.  What if I can't run any faster than I can right now?  What if I can't make the distance or what if I injure myself trying??

My trainer of course tells me to just go for it.  No need to be scared.  I have the fitness base.  Just commit.  

I was talking to a mate of plumbing boy's a couple of weeks ago.  He broke both bones in his lower leg above the ankle just over 12 months ago dirt bike riding with PB.  6 months on crutches, 9 months off work, 11 months before he got back on the bike.  He was asking me how the last 10km fun run went & was most amused at me being disappointed I didn't make the time I wanted.

He used to run.  That is something he can never do again. He said he used to just go for a 20km run & had often though of training for a marathon.  He's disappointed he'll never have the choice to even try now.  PB thought he'd had a few too many beers......

It got me thinking though.  Fear really is the only thing holding me back.  After chatting with my trainer & a few other people I finally decided last night that I would give it a go.  Came home from my PT session went to register before I chickened out to find the bloody event has sold out.  That was kind of symptomatic of my day.  Everything I tried to do yesterday was fraught with obstacles.

So.  I registered for the 10km & am hoping to get on the waiting list for the 1/2 marathon @ the Melbourne Marathon event in October.  It's 8 weeks away & I settled on a training program last night with my PT & have my first long run tomorrow.  I'll actually run less days than I have been for the past 4 months, but further on Saturdays & have 2 rest days instead of 1.

I've been doing a weekend 10km for the past 6 - 8 weeks so will be gradually increase that each week til the event.   I'm planning on 12kms tomorrow provided we don't have gale force bloody winds.  3 laps of the Maribyrnong river loop. Then increase by 1km each week until the event.

If I don't get into the 1/2 marathon I'll run the 10km -  all the events on the day finish at the MCG & you get to run a lap of the "hallowed" turf - and find another 1/2 to register for between now & Christmas I guess.

Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Looking for the bus stop??

I was stopped on my morning run by a lady this morning who I was sure was going to ask me where the bus stop was..........................apparently not.  She wanted to know where a certain 24 hour pokie venue was.  And I could smell the booze on her.  And it was 5.15am.  Meh.  The people you meet running!

My other fave people I see regularly out on the road at the crack of dawn are a couple of elderly gentlemen, who both originally walked with canes & we always yell out 'MORNING to each other on our way past.  Recently they have started walking together!!!!  I think one picks up the other on the way past.  Neither of them use their walking sticks any more; well, not to walk with, but they do have them under their arms & I suspect they are to ward off unsavory people or K9's that might take advantage of my lovely grandpa's. 

They make me smile every time I see them :0)

They can be what I was thankful for on Friday when I didn't bother to post because I was feeling a bit gloomy!!!  It's amazing what a quiet weekend in & a lot of sleep can do for you.

Happy Monday Peeps!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's all about the camera angle

A while ago Chris H from dietcokerocks asked me to put up some photo's to show off all the training I've been doing.  So I've been having a look at some older photo's of myself trying to find some similar comparisons i.e. body & head shots to show the difference.  I've come to the conclusion that it's all about the camera angle.

Jan 2007, body shot guessing around 63 - 64kgs below, same night head shot out & about in Melbourne town

May 2007, around 65 - 66kgs Denham WA - according to my 1st blog post I topped the scales at 69kgs in Nov 2007 

 July 2008 Crown celebrating a friends birthday, around 65kgs

May 2009, above around 62kgs, my cousin's 21st (shakes head at the comparative shot below, yuk!)

October 2009, around 62kgs hens night & below (my fave) same weight November 2009 

Jan 2010 both above, looking at the body shot around 65 - 67kgs... (that body shot is bloody awful!! - stacked it on after the wedding)

July 2011 65kgs - had been camping, looking pretty shabby!!

Nov 2011 63kgs after high school reunion, very hung over!

                                            March 2012 63kgs above & below in Hong Kong

Jan 6th 2013 61.5kgs post 10k fun run - this one I like!

Feb 1st 2013 Port Douglas 61.5kgs - this one is a shocker!!!!!!

May 2013 Black Cat Track PNG 57kgs

June 2013 beer garden Port Fairy 56kgs

July 2013 prior the age Melb 10km run a couple of weeks ago 56kgs - Plumbing Boy is not a photographer!

As you can see my weight has been up & down; I am currently the lightest I've been since my late teens/early twenties.  In fact I wore one of the 2 skirts I'd hung onto the other day to work!!  It was still a little firm around the middle; I don't think the other skirt will fit yet as it's pretty straight - I have more hips/butt now than I did when I was 19; & certainly more muscle.  

I recon I look fatter on my hens night than I did heavier in 2008, or even the head shot in 2010 - which proves it is all about the bloody camera angle.  

What I do know, is I'm fitter, stronger & leaner (which were all my PT goals) than I've been in years & am certainly feeling the benefits of it.  The anxiety I was experiencing last year has subsided.  I think I've escaped the winter blues this year.  I'm generally a happier person to be around & I'm taking less crap from other people - standing up for myself & others when they behave inappropriately!  That may sound a little strange by it's true.

So Chris, I'm not sure these pic really do show all my bloody hard work, but here they are.