What a week! Hello social life, hello new flat, hello first guest. It’s been a busy one. Plus fitting in a bit of triathlon as well.
Never have we seen a country close down before for a horse race – whatever your views on horse racing may be – Tuesday 4th November – its Cup day – it’s a public holiday (we tried calling in a bank holiday – apparently that doesn’t exist here!) – and everyone watches the races. Everyone. It is bizarre! Now we’re all for giving holidays based on sporting events, but the feeling around Melbourne was electric. Glamorous outfits, fascinators galore, everyone with a gold cup in their lapel. Unfortunately whilst one of us could be a guest, the other one had to work at the event – but both soaked up the atmosphere, and even had a little winning flutter. Weather was perfect. The only saddening news being two of the horses unfortunately passing away on Cup day. Although we’re not new horse racing fans – you can’t argue it is an interesting day out!
The week continued with different racing days during the week – so every morning it was great people watching and outfit watching.
We also (following on from our free week) had personal training sessions at fitness first. Both of us have come out to Oz refocused and want to come out and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, in particular the triathlon and running lifestyle. Here is hoping for more of a work life balance. Therefore one of us needs a fresh new perspective on an ongoing injury (yes the hip still hurts) and one of us wants to continue getting faster and faster! We both had the same trainer (although separately) who really took time to understand our goals, our histories, and was all about training for function. As vain as triathletes can be….really we should be training to get faster…not to look hot in swimwear (although it is a definite added bonus!). We have another two sessions each, to try and kick start our Australian fitness goals.
We also had our first guest. Our first English guest! Very exciting, although they did have to endure the bombsite of a flat we currently live in. Unpacking is not progressing particularly quickly, with a lack of furniture as we slowly build it up. Anyone got a spare chest of drawers?! However it was nice to open the doors to visitors, and entertain, and also get a touch of home with a friendly face. The best part was we went on a wine tour in Yarra Valley and enjoyed a number of different wines – work/triathlon/life balance really coming into play here. We went with a company called winebus with a lovely guy called Paul (all singing all dancing one man band of a company) – who was great.
The wine tour involved firstly going to Chandon. Which is basically Moet and Chandon (same company) but can’t call it champagne where we had a tour round as to how they make sparking wine and then got to try and full glass of our choice. I went for XD (extra dry) and Calum went for red (guest1!)
We then went to Oakridge vineyard where we tried 6 wines (3 whites, 3 reds) and then had a beautiful lunch with another full glass of wine. (slightly tipsy by now).
Then onto two further vineyards which were slightly smaller and local but equally nice wine, including an amazing pink lady cider (definitely worth buying next time).
Other fitness escapades this week;
- Lunchtime running round the tan with work (WAY too hot!)
- Bioage assessment (again with fitness first)
- Being reunited with the bikes and getting to know Melbourne on two wheels. (Big tip – avoid the trams lines – they are death traps)
- Swimming in our pool (apologies, we had to get that in there one more time)
- Surfing in Torquay (Still freezing cold) – and AMAZING food at The Bottle of Milk – we will be coming back
Upcoming this week is a trial week with Tri Alliance – a local triathlon club – and hopefully a club we will want to join – so here is to a week of getting back into full on triathlon training and hopefully to some new friendly fitness faces.