Today we finished our unit on throwing and catching and used the target on the screen to score points.
In hot Gail force winds I embarked on my quest to become an ironman for 2014. I dream of these events, train for them and think about them every day but to wake up at 5am and see that the weather was already 30 degrees was tough.
I ventured down to the race start and set up my bike, running gear ready to grab. My wetsuit was the next to prepare. As I squeezed myself into this tight rubber I watched as other athletes warmed up. Some laid down and relaxed others pranced around beating their chest, my receipe pre race was to sit and ponder what was to come. It was time to hit the water. A gentle warm up swim was all I needed and as the gun sounded it was a flurry of arms and legs with swimmers going every direction. Two metre waves greeted me with every breath but I navigated my way round the swim course with ease exiting the water in 10th position. A quick change into my cycling gear and drink and I was tearing down the road at 40km/h. Rider after rider I passed wishing them well as I said goodbye. Early kms in the ride saw my enthusiasm sky high but as the weather changed so did my mood. I battled severe cross winds and extreme heat as I climbed with ease and descended with caution. A reminder to drink more fluids was always present and after 90km of riding my race was just starting. I hoped of the bike slipped into my kayanos and spent the first 1.5 km climbing a hill. That hurt. It wasn't long before I was able to find a good rhytme although not fast it was comfortable. Each aid station was like a banquet of food. I ate and drank like a king. All knowing that the body can shut down in an instant. A three loop course saw tail winds cross winds and relentless headwinds. Almost impossible to run into I found myself running, shuffling and walking parts of this. Finally the last 5km arrived. I knew I was almost done but with a calf starting to tighten I was running to protect rather than to conquer. Despite all the hardships a race serves up that last km gives you goose bumps, my supporters were present and with a final leap of excitement my day was done. The students I teach were on finish line duties and handed me cuddles, pats on the back, high fives and my piece of history, my ironman medallion.
Thank you all who were there to support me. It's not about the time is about the journey. My next challenge lies in front of me now. Ironman Melbourne...... 6 more weeks.
I had a family drop in a see me this morning to surprise me with a present. It's easy to forget how we as teachers inspire the students in our class to reach for the stars, aim high and achieve dreams. Thank you Sophie, Lilly and Max for allowing me to inspire you.
I am an IRONMAN. Words can not describe the feeling. Lifetime goal finally ticked off the list. Overwhelmed by support, exhausted body but energized mind. Reliving the moment doesn't do it justice. I can finally say I lived it, I raced it, I conquered it. 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run in 11 hrs 04mins.
Congratulations to the brilliant 8 tennis players who represented Leopold at the district championships today. You all did an amazing job. A special mention to Olivia who won the championships and to Matt who was runner up. They will both represent our school at the All Geelong championships.
Our grade 5s today played on the school 12 hole golf course in superb conditions. Whilst the course tested some others breezed through with ease. A energised PE teacher also may now hold the course record of a 2 under par!!!
Our grade 2 students this week are using downball to further develop their forehand strike skill. They are experienting with high bounce rubber balls and slow bounce hot shots tennis balls. They have also been using 4,6 and 8 square courts experienting with various names for each position. One thing for sure though is that there plenty of fun being had