I signed up to do what? (Mates – Out and About)

Baz - Southern Alps, New Zealand
Baz – Southern Alps, New Zealand

It is been just over one month since I returned from my mountaineering training in New Zealand and I haven’t so much as touched a rope or any of my climbing gear.

 Mind you I need little encouragement to get “Out and About” in the mountains and with only eight months to go before I head to Nepal I need to be training as much as I can.

Unfortunately, my Achilles tendon remains sore although treatment is progressing. I’m working on the basis that rest is best, but it does test the patience!

I just need to get an adventure under my belt!

This past weekend we had a visit from Janet’s sister Leah, partner, Ray and their beautiful son, Aubrey. We always look forward to the time we spend together and usually it involves signing up for an adventure or two with Ray.

Ray, Leah and Aubrey
Ray, Leah and Aubrey

And we always have a good laugh as we dream up another adventure…

 But strewth, I’ve just been doing a list of the things I’ve agreed to participate in and it starts with a trip on the mountain bike this coming weekend. It will take us along a road built by convicts in the early days of European settlement in Australia.

 It is quite a pretty place, but there are plenty of hills and it won’t be any walk in the park. 

Although, Ray reckons he’s letting me off lightly because of my foot injury. I’ll be on the bike, he’ll be running the 50 kilometres (phew – I won’t complain too much about the Achillies any more!)

And hot on the heels of that we’ll be lining up for the next Tough Mudder Event in Sydney early April.  We completed it in September last year, twenty kilometres of running, tackling obstacles, and of course tons of mud, getting zapped by electric charges, running through fire – all good fun, seemingly!

Baz and Ray "survive" Tough Mudder
Baz and Ray “survive” Tough Mudder

Next, while we were out paddling on the lake early on Sunday morning Ray casually mentioned that I’d better be fit for the Coast-to-Coast Adventure Race across New Zealand’s South Island as he is putting our entries in shortly.

Ray - Beachcomber Kayak
Ray – Beachcomber Kayak
The Boys, Terrigal, Australia
The Boys, Terrigal, Australia

I don’t remember signing up for it, but it looks like I’m going next February. Actually, I’m looking forward to training for it; after all I need to be super fit for the Nepal expedition in November so I say, bring it on…

I made him do a 1-kilometre sprint in his kayak after that pronouncement!

 Whoops, note to self – tell the boss I need more time off!  Better still, with a bit of luck he’ll read this and come and pat me on the back and say, Baz, do you want a week off in February…

Baz crossing Goat's Pass - Coast to Coast Race New Zealand
Baz crossing Goat’s Pass – Coast to Coast Race New Zealand

But not to be outdone I raised the ante with all the finesse of a Mississippi River boat gambler and tossed in that we’ll need to do the 111-kilometre Hawkesbury Classic Kayak Race in October as preparation for the Coast-to-Coast race. After all the Coast-to-Coast has a 70-kilometre paddle down the fast flowing Waimak River.

Baz leads the field out in the Bridge to Bridge - 111 kilometre Hawkesbury Classic Kayak Race
Baz leads the field out in the Bridge to Bridge – 111 kilometre Hawkesbury Classic Kayak Race

You’d think he would have folded by now, but strewth, he’s still got those cards close to his chest, so I’m wondering what is going to get thrown into the pot next…

One thing is for sure; he’ll come up with something as there is plenty of free time on that calendar still, in between rock climbing in the Blue Mountains, of course.

But hey, you’ve got to love this stuff and doing it with mates is what it is all about!

Just go easy on me Ray…!

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and see what develops…

Baz and Ray, Tough Mudder, Sydney
Mates…Baz and Ray, Tough Mudder, Sydney
Ps: Oddly enough no alcohol was consumed in the planning of these adventures…
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23 thoughts on “I signed up to do what? (Mates – Out and About)

  1. Around the campfire! March 10, 2013 / 7:57 am

    Great stuff, Baz! I need to go and lie down, I’m exhausted just reading this! Can’t wait to hear the rest.

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    • Baz - The Landy March 10, 2013 / 8:01 am

      Thanks, oddly enough I should be up in The Shed training now…but Sunday morning, slow start.

      On another note, we’re heading out Tilpa way for easter, need to get Out and About!

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      • Around the campfire! March 10, 2013 / 8:11 am

        Long weekend here! Gone to the southern beaches myself! Can feel the ‘fuzz’ fading even as I type! Travel safe, Baz.

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  2. Deliberately Delicious March 7, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I’ve often wondered how you manage to get so much time off. Work to live!

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    • Baz - The Landy March 7, 2013 / 4:17 pm

      Well I must say I work for a great organisation that actually foster people taking time out…very forward looking in terms of productivity…

      Note to self: hope the boss reads this today!

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  3. AndrewGills March 7, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Looks like a big year. Can’t wait to read all about it.

    I’d love to do Coast to Coast in NZ. I haven’t quite got the confidence to travel across the ditch for it just yet … But maybe next year … If I learn how to paddle in white water (I think you need level 2 white water for it from memory).

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    • Baz - The Landy March 7, 2013 / 3:31 pm

      Hi Andrew, yes Level 2 Cert, but you can do courses for that, best way is to paddle on rough water if you can’t access white water….

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      • AndrewGills March 7, 2013 / 3:37 pm

        Yes. I think that perhaps next year I will do some courses. Time and money make it out of reach this year with my rather full race / travel schedule.. But perhaps next year, once I’ve done all the crazy local stuff, I might focus on one or two big events 🙂

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  4. vastlycurious.com March 7, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    Wonderful pictures..I feel like I need to go run around the block ! Awesome.

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    • Baz - The Landy March 7, 2013 / 1:49 pm

      Love it out there, might take Milo the wonder dog around the block tonight myself!

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  5. Cowboys and Crossbones March 7, 2013 / 4:15 am

    Oh and how was the Tough Mudder? A friend is trying to get me to do one but I don’t want to ruin my cute shoes!

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    • Baz - The Landy March 7, 2013 / 5:13 am

      Well firstly, running, kayaking and cycling our way across New Zealand’s Southern Alps, 243 kilometres in around 20 hours was the fall-out of a few (too many) beers!

      Tough mudder is a great event, there are many versions of it these days, but the original is fantastic. Take it easy and you’ll love it…! A few Captain’s at the end!

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      • Cowboys and Crossbones March 7, 2013 / 6:53 am

        As long as there’s a few Captains at the end, I suppose I can do anything, huh?!

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      • Baz - The Landy March 7, 2013 / 7:40 am

        Maybe one at the start, small one, you know, kick-start 😉

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      • Cowboys and Crossbones March 8, 2013 / 3:08 am

        Baz, I love the way you think and am going to start implementing this technique.

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  6. Cowboys and Crossbones March 7, 2013 / 4:15 am

    If you planned all of those adventures sans alcohol, I’d love to see what you guys get into after a couple of beers!!

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  7. Sas March 7, 2013 / 3:05 am

    Wow, and I thought the training for my lil’ ol’ 5k was gonna be tough! Good luck with all your challenges 🙂

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  8. kirisyko March 6, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    Reblogged this on SykOse.

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      • kirisyko March 6, 2013 / 11:07 pm

        You always have super posts! I look forward to them 🙂

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