Planned – Australian Mixed Ultimate Frisbee Championships

By lukeo at 10:16 am on Thursday, September 5, 2013

25 October 2013

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Pants joins Dynamic Motivation for MTB training

By lukeo at 10:15 am on Thursday, September 5, 2013

I love mountain biking. We are lucky in Canberra to be spoilt for choice, even with the demise of Majura Pines. But there is only so much “giving it a crack” can do for your riding before you need some specialist help. So introduce the Mic from Dynamic Motivation. I have just signed up for his 5 week Mountain Bike Training. Stay tuned for the results and perhaps a few photos.

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Event: Majura Festival – This weekend

By lukeo at 6:56 pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Details are a bit sketchy on this one, but the Majura Festival kicks into gear this Friday 21st September 2007 in Woolley Street Dickson.  For all you drivers out there, you better find alternate routes because the road is closed from 3pm Friday to 8pm Saturday Night.

Drumassult will be playing Friday night at 10pm after battle of the bands.

I hope to get a few more details before Friday, otherwise see you there at 10pm.

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PANTaSk: Wander with thousands

By kaydo at 10:56 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2007

This week’s PANTaSk is a simple opportunity to wander around town with a few thousand others.  The Canberra Times Fun Run/Walk is on again this Sunday September 16th.

It’s $22 to enter in the walk, and a bit more for the run and they do take different routes.  There will be roads closed around the lake for the event, so it’s a great chance to see a different view of Canberra with a few thousand others.

Online entries appear to have closed, but you can still enter on the day.  Check the website for more details.

Get there.

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Review: City2Surf 2007

By kaydo at 12:28 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

So thanks to LukeO, you’re probably aware that I decided to dabble in a bit of competitive running over the weekend. Being otherwise unprepared for the event (i.e. I’ve never run anywhere before ever for any purpose) I thought that a completely sedentary build-up would be best. The way I justified this, is that I’d be ready to expend this otherwise unused energy on race day. This is one of many reasons I am not a scientist.

Here’s a photo of the people I was beating shortly after the start of the race:
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I was passed by most of these people shortly before the first km marker.

Due to city2surf onset laziness, I want to summarise in dot points. Antics I appreciated:

  • The 35 minutes it took me to cross the start line (kind of takes the urgency out of things)
  • Metallica cover band on the roof of a pub in double bay, complete with awesome wigs
  • The dude racing in a mexican wrestling mask. Sweaty.
  • Free gatorade given away by people with entirely ORANGE HANDS (I took this as a warning of things to come)
  • The people dressed up as ANZ ATMs on heartbreak hill. I hope they were paid well
  • Ice cream trucks along the route, brilliant.
  • Spectators with beer EVERYWHERE, especially in pretty precarious locations (the spectators that is)
  • The folks around the 9km mark who had a home-made sign reading “1km to go”. I think this is genius.
  • 60,000+ doses of zany, example: 2007-08-12-city2surf-05
  • As promised in previous posts, it’s time for more stats:

    14km – Distance travelled … city2surf (though whereis tells me an alternative route means 6km/2hrs by foot)
    7.0km/hr – Speed I was going on flat bits when I remembered to check
    4.6km/hr – Speed up hearbreak hill
    28km/hr – Max Speed achieved during the event
    100% – Chance that my GPS was malfunctioning at that point
    2.2km/hr Speed I walked after the event
    7.8km/hr Speed I walked to purchase a redbull & iceblock post event

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    [Update] Starting back of the pack means I should apparently take 20mins, 28 seconds off my finishing time. It took me an extra 20 minutes after that to cross the start line! Regardless, my official finishing position is 44,501st.

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Event: AFL – Melb vs Syd

By lukeo at 1:10 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2007

AFL comes to Canberra.  For those who like the short shorts code of football, get yourself down to Manuka Oval on Sunday 5th of August to see Melbourne face off against Sydney.  Game starts at 1:10pm.

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Proposed: 18-wheels-o-fun*

By kaydo at 9:07 pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Rotary Club of Canberra are organising a scenic cycle tour of Canberra. If you’re hyper-competitive or fit, you can do one of the hardcore courses, or if you’re lame you can do the one rated ‘easy’. After the Canberra Day bike ride was seriously rained on earlier in the year, this might be a way to get the same fix. Sounds like fun.

Hit us up in the comments if you want to join in, or we’ll see you there.

* I’ll need 8 other people to realise my 18-wheel dream. There’s actually nothing truck related as I may have implied.

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Proposed: Runs o fun

By kaydo at 8:25 pm on Monday, July 9, 2007

I’m not suggesting actually running, but some enlightened fun run officials have decided to allow other forms of competitive transport in upcoming events. Seems fun. Check it:

Scooters, Rollerblades, Bikes are all welcome.

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PANTS ski team makes a debut

By kaydo at 7:46 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2007

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Seriously, the photo above is of the word “PANTS” written in snow. Pretty poorly done, but it’s the thought that counts right? A few of us made the trip up to Perisher for a season kick off and to brush up on skills before the first hardcore full day. It was damn hot, sunny and fun. The focus for the day was on speed, and with the aid of GPS we learnt:

  • 5km/hr – Speed I walk. It’s slow, but it puts stuff in perspective.
  • 8.8km/hr – Maximum speed reached on the Mitchell t-bar on Front Valley.
  • 14.4km/hr – Maximum speed reached on the Village-8 chair on Front Valley. Disturbingly, it speeds up to this just before you get off.
  • 29.4km/hr – Fastest I could ski down front valley. The rest of the day was pure frustration as I tried to crack 30.
  • 30km/hr – Average speed un unnamed individual claims to walk downhill, after discussing my max speed.

Speed reports should now also figure heavily in future adventure reports. We have the technology.

Get ready for a barrage of snow related posts for the next two months. Yet to be scheduled:

  • Our first full snow day – Proposed for Perisher the weekend of July 7th/8th. Weather (i.e. SUN) and Snow permitting
  • Night skiing – It’s on. It’s just a matter of when. Keep an eye out.
  • Night Groomer rides – Perisher now offer hour-long rides on the snow groomers on Front Valley. They move at some pretty extraordinary angles, and it’s the perfect lead in for an evening night skiing. Again, yet to be scheduled.

Any other snow suggestions?

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Trikke day afternoon

By kaydo at 7:35 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2007

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The review has been a long time coming, but it’s still hopefully worth sharing. After a short but intense obsession in pursuit of a trikke, we were able to realise the dream a few weeks ago in the heart of the sunny CBR.

For those of you unfamiliar with trikkes, they’re a type of scooter. There’s three large rollerblade style wheels and you rock back and forth to generate motion. Once you get moving, the action is very much like rollerblading or skiing and they are rather awesome. So awesome in fact, that we did it two days in a row. It’s not a particularly taxing activity, hence our non-exercise garb in the pics.

The folks at real fun adventures hire out various size trikkes (amongst other equipment) down by the lake at commonwealth place every weekend. In the hour we borrowed them, we managed to get from there, to the yacht club and back with time aplenty to spare. The only hazards we struck were a few heckling fishermen and generally being a bit of a freakshow. Definately something to do with plenty of others around.

We’re set for another Trikke day in the future. Keep a watch out here for more details or, as always, let us know if you’re interested.

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