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9-Nov-2013 Saturday Surf Lifesaving

Saturday 9 November 2013 Leave a comment

Today I did my 2nd patrol for Cronulla Surf club from 9am-1.30pm. I have had a really bad cough and like cold symptoms but decided to go anyway. Mostly it’s like a tickle in the throat.

I drove round and listened to the radio, the lyrics of one song stood out, which I liked and thought that maybe Michael Jackson should have listened himself – the Man in the mirror:

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make The Change

The day was hot and sunny, well over 30C on the beach.

Luckily no rescues but I did get to swim and go out on a board for practise. Although I swim at Bundeena most days, Cronulla is just better – the water is deeper and the waves add that extra element. A perfect day.

I also met a guy called Herman, who is 85 and pretty much a raw vegan with drinks a lot of fresh juices, runs, swims, walks and does like yoga deep breathing (pranayama) each day. He looks so fit and healthy and has an incredible sharp mind, just a great example of how to grow old !

After the patrol I had a coffee at Grind – a doppio – double espressso and bought some veges. I also had to get a new pair of sunnies as Dawn took my others ones – see photo of me modelling them.

In the evening I cooked a couple of veg dishes for me and Jaz and Dawn – snow peas and mushrooms with tofu chunks with soy sauce and omboishi vinegar. Second dish was cauliflower with mustard seeds in a dry indian spice.

19-Oct-2013 First Cronulla surf life saving

Saturday 19 October 2013 Leave a comment

I took Kody and Beni to Engadine pool for 10am to do their Nipper swim proficiency. Lucky it was pretty quick. Beni did it very capably, and Kody passed also, but I would say only just – she needs to do more training !

Then we went home and I dropped Beni off, just had time for a coffee then had to dash out again as I was on my first surf lifesaving patrol at Cronulla beach (South Cronulla to be more specific). I made it just on time (always difficult to park there). Everyone seemed very casual and quite young. The weather was very windy and quite cold, so I didn’t even go in the water.

I was impressed that we had 2 first aid cases on my very first patrol – a kid with a sea urchin spike in his finger and a girl who twisted her ankle. It felt that even my small role in these was more in that one afternoon that 2 whole seasons at Burning Palms!

Here is a photo of my beach:

First surf lifesaving patrol at #cronulla today

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12-Sept-2013 Lifesaving at Cronulla

Thursday 12 September 2013 Leave a comment

One of the good things with having a week off work is you do get time to do stuff you can’t normally squeeze in.

This summer I have decided to do Surf Lifesaving patrols at Cronulla (South Cronulla if you want to avoid confusion with North Cronulla) instead of at Burning Palms. The main reason is that I felt Burning Palms was under utilising us, ie not enough people on the beach. Anyway Cronulla prefer you to go into their office which is open like 10am-2pm during the week. So I had a run of about an hour and then drove to Cronulla to sort out my membership. Their office has a to-die-for-view of the beach.

Today was totally gorgeous & sunny so I went for a swim round the buoy. The water was absolutely crystal clear, but still cold, with the brilliantly clean sand and sparkling sunny day it was just stunning. The fact it was a work-day and I was off work added that extra special touch! There were relatively small waves but you forget just how flat it is at Hordern’s my home beach, however coming back in to shore you still got a decent lift from them. Afterwards I had a coffee at Grind, actually two – a doppio and a soy piccolo. Then I drove to Ikea at Tempe to pick up some stuff for Dawn, then got home just in time to turn around and go out to yoga.

busy busy busy …..

17-Mar-2013 Weekend Activities

Sunday 17 March 2013 Leave a comment

It was a busy weekend. On Saturday morning I ran for 4h 30m with Mikey from work. We started at Garie Beach at 06.30 – it was still dark when we arrived but got light almost instantly. It was a long run to Helensburgh and back in a big loop (map here) and we didn’t kill ourselves with speed. I felt ok but tired at the end when it was very warm. (Photo is of us both at Six Foot Track Marathon in the Blue Mountains).

At home, I had a quick 30min doze on the sofa and a strong coffee, then had to go out and buy Kody school shoes, soccer boots etc and then take Jaz out driving to get her hours up in the evening (taking Dawn to work).

On Sunday I ran down to Burning Palms as I was on Patrol but the beach was closed, grrr, although it was really rough. In the afternoon I ran back up, then went running with Dawn later. Unfortunately as so often happens, we went fast and I was knackered when I got home. A swim in cooler water afterwards was lovely.

I am considering using Instagram to publish photos on my Bangla-Dash run, so was fiddling around with that – here are some I took:

Beach closed at #burningpalms #kevintiller

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#burningpalms big walk to get there but oh so worth it!

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Me & my best mate in post-run euphoria #kevintiller #lovers

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17-Feb-2013 Sunday

Sunday 17 February 2013 Leave a comment

I was up approx 8am. Didn’t feel great as was still a bit tired from yesterday. Picked up beni & dropped her & kody at nippers at garie beach then I drove & jogged down to burning palms for surf lifesaving patrol – arriving just in time.
It was a perfect day but very quiet on the beach, few if any people. There were a lot of bluebottles. Eventually I tried a swim and it was fine (didn’t get stung).
For lunch I had 2 apples and a small bag of mixed nuts. Quite healthy.
Kody & Beni got dropped at the top of the hill & walked down & went swimming & played with a big blue ball (like an exercise you sit on). Eventually they both got stung by bluebottles. I also got stung on the lip when I went in the big waves.
After the patrol we walked out – always hot work. At hone I had a coffee & read the Sunday paper.
Approx 1830 jaz drove us all to Parramatta / Harris Park – Wigram St if you are interested – for dinner – we went to the Taj Restuarant – actually very authentic. Cheap & cheerful is our style but the food was good.  Very impressed that the kids ate quite a lot of spicy food & enjoyed it. Home then bath & bed.

16-Dec-2012 Weekend update

Sunday 16 December 2012 Leave a comment

Saturday by the time I got up (late – gone 9am) and did a heap of chores, it was approx 12 noon by the time I went for a run. 2hrs. to the burnt steps at the top of little marley beach and back. with a swim at Hordern’s beach. Was very tired & dehydrated, just like the old days !! Had a relaxing afternoon and went for a surf ski a bit later on (approx 5pm). I am getting much better and went around the buoy at the north end of Jibbon Beach. There was a biggish swell running so that was a new challenge !

In the evening I had put myself down as a parent volunteer at the primary scgool movie under the stars night – the Christmas Grinch movie. Its good to do the right thing sometimes.

Sunday I was on Surf Life Saving patrol at Burning Palms (10am-4pm). It was a hot & sunny day and I caught the sun. Went out on the boards a few times, and did a run-swim-run to keep a guy company AND was a rescue dummy for his proficiency. No real rescues though. I was well sweating by the time I got back to the car after the climb out. Lucky Jaz and Ko were going swimming just as I got home so that cooled me down.

9-Dec-2012 Weekend update

Sunday 9 December 2012 Leave a comment

Saturday I got up late, did some chores then swam at the beach. I had to go to Surflifesaving from noon till 3pm and dashed off approx 11.15am. At the beach I was delegated to ride the IRB to Garie to drop off some nipper equipment for Sunday – this was a rare thrill for me, and the sea was fairly rough although safe.. Whilst we were there the Westpac helicopter came past and circled back then flew low and hovered over the sea. There was talk of a body in the water. We drove back towards Burning Palms and saw the body of a dead whale – we knew it was dead as it really stank. Soon after the other beaches at Era and Garie were closed due to large numbers of sharks but thankfully it was all clear at ours. The  marine rescue boat towed the shark out to deeper waters. The day was pretty good, and I went out on a rescue board for the first time in months it seemed. I did ok by my own lowly standard.

In the evening we went to see the Twilight – Breaking Dawn film. That was mainly for Dawn as I don’t like that type of film. It was ok, just not my scene. The kids said it was “true love” to see a film you don’t want to see just to be with your loved one. yep.

Sunday Kody did nippers, but got a lift from Vitoria, so I did some chores, read the paper and went for a swim. In the afternoon I went running in Maianbar where I met Dawn doing her run, so we finished off together at a decent pace, much faster than I would have by myself. Then I went for a kayak on the surf ski.