Sunday, October 17, 2010
Well, until Friday night, I hadn't really decided on what to do for the first of the mini milestone challenges. I had a few ideas, but that was as far as I seemed to be able to get. The idea of heading up to the Blue Mountains to do a couple of walks was very appealing, as was doing some of the walks around the neighbourhood. We ended up deciding on doing the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral walk. Turned out to be a good idea given the weather! Blustery winds etc. Was good for a walk as it wasn't too hot. Had we gone up to the Blue Mountains, I fear we may've just decided to turn around and head straight back home (snow/sleet isn't conducive to such events).
Anyhow, according to the link above, it would take around 3 hours to walk one-way (~6.8kms). I know from personal experience that these times don't apply to the average walker, so Wifey and I opted to do a return trip instead of grabbing the bus from Balmoral to take us back to the zoo (and the car). This also meant that we had to walk back up to the top of zoo to where we'd parked the car.
2hr 40mins later we were back in the car heading home. I should admit, we did stop the clock for about a quarter of an hour at Balmoral to meander along the esplanade and grab lunch (gotta have an energy refuel, huh?). It was only a banana smoothie, but still. Kept me goin'. By the end, I was well chuffed that I'd managed to burn off around 1850 calories (Wifey did about 1100 calories - but she's not as fat as me). I was also pleased that I was able to run good chunks of it (including up hills & steps). The biggest smile I had (in between gasping for air, of course) was when I ran up the steps on the way back from Balmoral. Go me! ;)
Had to stop off at Bunnings on the journey home - ended up getting a couple of sausage sizzles there. Didn't see the harm in that, especially since we'd really not had much since brekkie (ricotta & honey on toast). We were both a wee bit sleepy when we got home (not that I think either of us were expecting it) and ended up having a granddad nap. Oopsies. Went out and got groceries, came home and had a light dinner (with 1/2 bottle of beer) and that was it for the day.
A happy camper signing off.
PS: I feel that the next mini milestone, which I do have a plan in place for, needs to be improved on. The 10km fun run is paling in comparison to the first effort. May have to add a DVD or two to it...