Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kings Beach activities

Standing at McArthur pool on Saturday during Ironkids I tried out the zoom lens on my new camera watched some activity on Kings Beach.  I was amazed at all the different things happening.  People swimming, a couple of kite boarders, two guys on SUPs, body boarders, knee board paddlers, kids building sand castles, people having a tan and a few folk just going for a walk.  All of that with lots of sail boats out in the bay. Truly a watersport activity paradise.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drinks overlooking the pool

On Saturday during Ironkids at the McArthur pool complex my eye kept on wandering to the folk having drinks on the deck at Cubana.  It must be one of the best spots for a drink with its view of the pools and Kings Beach beyond.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Witnessing the impossible on the Ironman running leg

After spending 5 hours next to the road supporting the Ironman competitors on the cycle leg and popping home to do a couple of things like mow the lawn, we headed down to the beachfront after sunset to cheer on the runners.  My mouth just hangs open year after year watching people who have already swum 3,8 km and cycled 180 km still run 42,2 km as if its just a jog around the block.  You can see some of the athletes are struggling along and won't give in, but then you get those who still give the supporters next to the road a smile and wave.  The best part last night was when I overheard a female runner at about 9pm tell the people next to the coarse, "You guys are awesome.  You've been here supporting us all day."  I tell you, on a day like this everybody is an Ironman doesn't matter if you're competing, organising, working at the event or supporting. 
This truly is an event Port Elizabeth can't afford to loose so let me add my voice in objecting to the proposed fish farm that government wants to put up off Hobie Beach.  I hope these idiotic government officials wanting to do this came and saw what an event like this means to the city and realize what a loss it will be if they put up the fish farm and events like Ironman starts pulling out. 
Congratulations to our friend Pieter Klinkenberg who did (and completed) his first Ironman yesterday. 
Pieter, I applauded.  You truly are an IRONMAN!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Supporting the Ironman cyclists

Today is Ironman Sunday, one of the biggest sporting days in Port Elizabeth.  We decided to spend most of the day supporting these inspirational sportsmen and women and headed out early to cheer on the guys and girls on the cycle leg on the intersection of Buffelsfontein and Walter Road in Charlo. This is the chasing pack of 11, a couple of minutes behind the first four on the second cycle loop.  We spent about 5 hours out there and got nailed by the sun, but it was so worth it.  We also headed down to the beachfront for the running leg after dark, but I will post about that on Monday.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Drama Princess, you're an Ironkid

It's Ironman weekend in Port Elizabeth and the vibe in town around this iconic event is absolutely mind blowing.  In addition to the main event on Sunday, there are also two events taking place on Saturday.  First off was the Corporate Challenge followed by Ironkids in the afternoon.  Drama Princess entered Ironkids after missing last year and this year had to do the slightly longer 100 meter swim and 2 km run as she just turned ten and thus moved up into the "senior" group.  Spur Ironkids South Africa is the biggest Ironkids event in the world and with 1 000 children between 6 and 13 years old taking part it isn't hard to understand why.

The swim took place at McArthur's Pool and then they ran along the beachfront promenade to finish under the same arch at Hobie Beach where the Ironman competitors will on Sunday.  The kids set off in waves of 20 which meant that we had a bit of a wait for Drama Princess to get her turn.  Swimming isn't her strongest discipline so we could see how she made sure she was close to one of the lifeguards accompanying the kids during the swim before the even got into the water.  Once in the water she quickly decided to take a breather and grabbed onto the floaty, catching a lift for a while before swimming the last bit to the transition area.  I meanwhile changed camera lenses and made sure I was in front of her on the running course by the time she had her shoes on and came flying up the ramp to the promenade from the pool area.

This year I'm a lot fitter (and lighter) than the previous time I ran this with her so I could stick with her without huffing and puffing like a steam locomotive.  Her run went very well and I'm starting to realise more and more that she is a middle distance runner in the making (in addition to her netball, cricket and now also tennis).  All in all it was an awesome day and we're all looking forward to watch some Ironman action tomorrow.

Drama Princess... You're an Ironkid!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ironman weekend in Port Elizabeth

It is Ironman weekend in Port Elizabeth and the buzz outside my office at the Boardwalk has been awesome over the last two days.  Tomorrow the day kicks off with the Corporate Challenge (or Corporate Ironman as everybody but the organisers like to call it) followed by Ironkids.  With Drama Princess taking part in the latter I will be down on the beachfront with my camera so look out for pictures on that in the coming week.  On Sunday morning its the big race with Ironman African Championship taking place with 2000 competitors tackling the 3,8km swim, 180 km cycle and 42,2 km run.  It is going to be epic.
I know I posted this stunning Ironman African Championship video a couple of months ago but I'm sure you won't mind it if I share it with you again.  Below are the new Ironman African Championship - Witness the impossible video as well as a SABC news item from this morning.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Otter droppings at Sleepy Hollow

I've visited Sleepy Hollow a couple of times now and the one thing I would still love to see is an otter.  How do I know there are some? Because last time I found otter droppings on the rocks around one of the river pools right up in the valley.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Maitland River at Sleepy Hollow

One of the pools in the Maitland River as it flows through Sleepy Hollow farm. 
Yes, this is right on our doorstep

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sleepy Hollow mines

One of the main features at Sleepy Hollow outside PE is the old abandoned silver and lead mines dating back to the late 1700's.  When we go and camp at Sleepy Hollow we normally take our strong torches along to go for a walk down the old mine shaft.  Last time I was there I didn't venture too far in though as I forgot my torch and there were a couple of bats sweeping in and out in the late afternoon.  Without a torch one never knows what else you'll encounter so I rather stuck around the entrance taking photos.