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Triathlon in Pembroke Wanaka, New Zealand

Thought for the day….”Success with a negative attitude is called Luck.  Success with a positive attitude is called Achievement”

Next Saturday (18th February) is the day for the annual Challenge Wanaka triathlon.    This event is part of the worldwide Challenge triathlon circuit, and it has grown into a large competition.    The race comprises of a 3.8km swim  (the lake will be around 15 degrees), followed by a 180km cycle, and finally the 42.2km marathon run.   The fastest competitor will finish in around 8 hours 40 minutes.    Here are a few photos from previous years races….

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Around the Bend – Challenge Wanaka

Thought for the day…” Follow your heart but take your brain with you”

“Success is when preparation meets opportunity”

Every year in Pembroke Wanaka, New Zealand, the Challenge Wanaka triathlon competition is held.   As usual, this consists of a swim of 3.8km followed by a 180km cycle and finally a marathon run of 42.2km.  The photos today show the final turn on the cycle leg.  At this point, the competitors will have already swum the 3.8km and will almost have completed the 180km cycle leg.  It is only a few hundred metres from the final turn to the transition area.   The 2016 race was won by Dougal Allan in a time of 8 hours, 31 minutes and 53 seconds for the total race.    His cycle section (180km) took him just 4 hours and 36 seconds (and 45 km/h is an impressive average speed on a cycle).   The next Challenge Wanaka race will be on the 18th February 2017.

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Challenge Wanaka 2016 – the cycle leg

Thought for the day…..”  Well begun is half done”    (Aristotle)

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour”.

20th February was the date for the Challenge Wanaka triathlon competition this year.    The event includes the standard 3.8km swim, followed by a 180km cycle then the 42km (marathon-length) run.    Unusually, this year’s event was partly in heavy rain, which added to the challenge, as did the strong winds which hampered the cycle leg.    It was noticeable that there were far fewer spectators this year, understandably given the poor weather later in the day.

A few photos from the cycle leg of the race……

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Making the same mistake again (and again)

Thought for the day…” We cannot control the wind  but we can direct the sail”.

” If you want a happy ending, that depends of course, on where you stop the story”  (Orson Welles)

I should have learned my lesson before.   Having suffered the fiasco of Windows Vista, I ‘upgraded’ to Windows 8, only to be caught again by all the bugs and problems of that system.   So you would think that an intelligent person would learn.  Once bitten, twice shy, as the saying goes.   But no, along comes an offer from Microsoft to ‘upgrade’ free to Windows 10, and I again fall into the same trap.  Not only are there serious privacy concerns about the new operating system, but Microsoft seems to want to take control of YOUR computer and decide for you how things will run and which programs will run.   Perhaps worst of all is that there is a clause in the user agreement which allows Microsoft to monitor in real time your activity and also which keys you are using (a keylogger).   Even if you want to you YOUR choice of music player, the Microsoft own music player (called Groove) tries to take over instead.    And Microsoft even made deleting its Groove player difficult, needing a user to go to a command line prompt just to delete a program.   The more that you read about the loss of privacy with Windows 10, then the worse it becomes.  Somehow I just cannot accept that they would be watching every key that I press on MY computer, every webpage that I look at, and every program/game/application that I use, all in real time.

So Windows 10 had to go, and gone it has.    I regretted installing W10, hopefully this time I will learn my lesson.   Experiments with the LINUX operating system have been far happier.  It is a much simpler system, it works as it should, and its privacy policy is far better.    Windows 10 be gone !

Lakefront in the South Island, New Zealand town of Pembroke Wanaka for the photo today…..

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and another photo from the archives…the Challenge Wanaka triathlon competition, held each year in Pembroke Wanaka, New Zealand.

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North Norway duo.

Thought for the day…” The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow”.

“Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia”

Up to the Lofoten Islands in Norway for the photo today, and some typical Lofoten scenery.   These islands are situated at around 68 degrees north, and inside the Artic Circle.    Humans have lived in the islands for over 5500 years, despite the long, cold winters.  Fishing was traditionally the main industry here, mainly for cod.   The mountain peaks rise to over 1100m, whilst surprisingly, the sea here has a form of coral.   As Lofoten is above the Artic circle, then the sun does not set between 25th May and 17 July, meaning 24 hours of daylight.   It is also the home of the Lofoten Insomnia cycle race.

The photo was taken late evening, north of Svolvaer, Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

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And another photo from northern Norway, colourful houses by the sea…another triumph for the Fuji X-E1 camera.

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Challenge Wanaka – cycle leg

Thought for the day…” If you cannot do great things, then do small things in a great way”.

”  Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines”.

Four photos from the cycle stage of the Challenge Wanaka traithlon.  Coming around the final turn before the transition to the running leg, these competitors will have already completed the swimming leg and are almost at the end of the cycling stage.   Those doing the full triathlon will have swum 3.8 km and will have cycled 180 km, with ‘just’ the 42.2 km (marathon) to complete.   Some competitors enter the 1/2 challenge, with about 1500 people taking part in Challenge Wanaka this year.   The Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg holds the speed record for cycling, having achieved 268 km/h on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.   The next Challenge Wanaka will be on 21st February 2016.   Book now !

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New Zealand, now very much discovered.

Thought for the day…” Light travels faster than sound.  Therefore, some people appear to be bright until they speak”

” A bad attitude is like a flat tyre.  You cannot go anywhere until you change it”.

Travelling around the South Island of New Zealand, it is very clear that New Zealand now has more tourists than is comfortable.  Many buses are fully booked, some with waiting lists of passengers, accommodation is very heavily booked and in some towns (like Queenstown) it is now necessary to book so far ahead.      Same story with rental cars and domestic flights, all extremely heavily booked.   Feedback from tourists is also not as positive as before, due to overcrowding and the national parks and attractions being so busy.     Latest statistics show that in the year ended January 2015, that the number of international arrivals into NZ was 2.86 million visitors.   When you relate this to the number of people in New Zealand (about 4.5 million) then the effects of tourism become clear.   And the tourism numbers are growing by about 4% a year.    Not quite as bad as Dubai yet, where visitors outnumber locals by a factor of 4.8 to 1, but still high.  Also well behind  France though, which gets around 84 million foreign visitors a year.    But New Zealand is now well on the tourist route, and the strain is beginning to show.  No longer cheap, and also no longer so relaxed as before.    Book your place now !

Another photo from the Challenge Wanaka triathlon competition, held at the weekend.   Looks like this competitor was enjoying herself, about 40km into the cycle leg on stage 2.

 

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and another photo from the archives…street scene in Korea.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 9th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day..” Never test the depth of the water with both feet”

“Some days you are the dog, and some days you are the tree”

“Experience is something that you do not get until after you need it”.

Did you know that the record speed attained on a cycle on a flat, paved road was 133 km/h by Sam Whittingham in 2009?  That was unpaced (ie no vehicle in front to shield the wind off the cyclist), but the motor-paced records are quite something……Fred Rompelberg from Maastrict, Netherlands achieved 268 km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, cycling behind a dragster.   And Marcus Stockl has reached a speed of 210 km/h downhill on snow in 2007.

And the record for the distance cycled in 24 hours is also impressive.  Greg Kolodziejzyk set the land distance record at 1041 km in Eureka, California in 2006.  Pete Penseyres has cycled across the USA, a distance of 3107 miles or about 5000km in 8 days, 9 hours and 47 minutes.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 6th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” When you are in the light, everything follows you, but when you enter into the dark, even your own shadow does not follow you”.

“Brains are awesome, I wish everybody would use them”.

“Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, impossible to forget”

Did you see in the news that the French government has now overturned a ban that stopped women from wearing trousers in Paris?   Apparently, it had been illegal for 200 years (from 17th November 1800), and was originally to stop women from doing certain jobs.

Nice portrait photo here today, although not a very high-tech. cycle !!

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