MY JOURNEY TO THE NTC TOUR IN SYDNEY: 5 WEEKS TO GO

Posted on March 28, 2015

Nike-LunarFlyknit3   My Nike Flyknit Lunar 3′s after my run today. I would’ve posted a photo of me but I looked terrible, so yeah.  

It has been one day and one week since I started my preparation for the NTC Tour in Sydney and let me tell you the honest truth, I am trying VERY HARD to stick to it. I actually wanted to post a picture of the training schedule I’ve been given but I don’t have a pdf of it at the moment. It basically is activity five days a week, including running which is good because I have also committed to trying to achieve a goal of running 5km in less than 30 minutes. That probably doesn’t sound very hard to most people but I am one slow mofo. I like to ‘walk-jog’. Anyway, back to the honest truth. So, I have been spending a disproportionately large amount of time envisioning myself in five weeks, rocking up to the NTC Tour in Sydney as this lean, mean machine that drinks like, green juices and eats those raw cheesecakes that are made out of nuts and coconut or whatever, and wears those Nike 3″ shorts aka hot pants. That has been my drive:

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My journey to the NTC TOUR in Sydney starts now

Posted on March 23, 2015

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Kirsty Godso – Nike Master Trainer and my guide to getting to the NTC Tour in Sydney without crashing and burning. 

In precisely 40 days I will be winging my way to Sydney. In my luggage I will have pretty much only gym gear. I will be taking a lot of deep breaths because the next day I will be taking part in the NTC Tour Sydney which involves approximately 5 hours of full on working out, and that is more working out than I have ever done in my life.

So that I don’t pass out the moment I start the event, I’ve been given a 7 week training schedule that’ll get me fit. This is all well and good if you are used to motivating yourself to leave the comforts of your bed and your laptop and the packet of chips on the side table to put yourself through a bunch of challenging physical movements. If you follow me on instagram or whatever, you’ll notice that I am not like that (YET). Some might wonder why I’m even bothering to commit to 7 weeks of training for what is essentially a trip to Sydney. The thing is, I like the idea of being ‘fitspo’ very much, but have never quite been able to achieve a consistent level of exercise that lasts longer than a few weeks. So this is my challenge. I can’t rely on my father’s genes forever. I am getting old. What better time to start than now when there are all these support networks in place to help me? For 7 weeks I will be running, jumping, press-uping, squatting, lunging 5 times a week, and I am telling the whole internet about it so now I have to do it.

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on March 22, 2015

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Maddy Budd for B Coops/Mi Piaci. Photo/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. On Wednesday I had a really great food day. Firstly, I was lucky enough to be invited to a G-Shock event which involved a really delicious lunch of duck and veal and fish and prawns and all sorts, and then for dinner the friendliest chef I’ve ever met named Stephen came over and cooked for me and Ben! It was dope, he cleaned up and everything. The whole chef thing was part of the promotion for NEON, which is a tv/movie streaming app made by Sky. The idea is that NEON helps you escape from reality. Anyway, you can enter to win your own chef for the night (or cleaner, or babysitter – it’s up to you) here.
  2. I started two Nike training programmes this week. The first one is a running one where by the end of 6 weeks of training I should be able to run 5km in less than 30 minutes (I know it’s not super fast, but it’s super fast for me!) and the second is something I will explain in a post tomorrow because it’s too long for this Highs and Low(e)s. The point is, I started doing fitness and I did 3 sessions in 2 days and I am hurting in muscles I never knew existed, BUT I’ve also got visions of me being super fitspo and being able to do heaps of press ups and stuff by the end of it so GO ME!
  3. Speaking of Nike - the Air Max Zero. Coming out on Air Max Day (26 March). Should I cop? Alternatively, what about these?
  4. There’s this Chinese restaurant kind of near my house and it sells what they call ‘Special Tofu’ and basically I think it’s tofu mixed with egg so it’s really silky, and they deep fry it so it’s crunchy on the outside, and serve it with this kind of soy-based sauce. Anyway, I had it the other night takeaway with rice because it is GR8 and in addition I had KFC chicken which I cut off the bone and put on my rice and yeah this sounds really weird but I put Japanese mayo on it and the whole meal was V GOOD.
  5. Tropical Juicies. Easily forgotten about, but super good.

Low(e)s:

  1. Adult acne. WHYYYYY?
  2. My eftpos card declined twice today.

Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on March 16, 2015

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Me in some of the things I bought from Topshop last week. 

Highs:

  1. The frenzy that was Topshop‘s Queen Street store opening last week. I went to this media preview where I got to see the store the day before it opened and it was pretty flash, nicer than the Sydney one I reckon. Brighter, with nicer merchandising in my opinion. Thoughts for those who have been? People went absolutely mental at the opening (well, it looked like they did on instagram) which is kind of cool, I can’t remember the last time I felt like people around me were so enthusiastic about something (other than Drake).
  2. A few weeks ago I answered a bunch of questions about the internet for the new Viva magazine site and it’s always a bit weird when you do those things because you never really know how it’s going to come across but Zoe made me sound great, PHEW.
  3. Tried making one of those Farro Foodkit meals last night and it was a semi-success. I say semi because I couldn’t get the food processor to work so I had to transfer this raw fish and coconut cream and egg white and chopped garlic and ginger concoction into a blender with my hands which was quite gross. Other than that, ALL GOOD.
  4. OKAY ARE YOU WATCHING THE JINX NOW??? (NOTE: LINK = SPOILER ALERT!)

Low(e)s:

  1. When you agree to doing something and then as soon as you do, 5 things get added to the thing you were originally doing. So basically, just every job ever.
  2. Putting petrol in the car. I don’t know why but I hate it.
  3. The smell of coconut cream.
  4. House hunting.

I booked a last minute trip to Queenstown – this is what that looks like

Posted on March 10, 2015

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Me, at Auckland Domestic Airport, using the new booking.com app to find last minute accommodation.

For those who know me, booking a trip away for the following day is something slightly out of character. I’m usually a planner: organised, pedantic – some might say too pedantic – and prepared. But it’s not every Friday that you’re asked if you would like to go away the next day and try out a new app for booking accommodation last minute. It’s also not every day that it’s your six year blog anniversary either, so with those two things in mind, I nicely asked my boss for Monday off and dropped a bunch of cash on some flights for Ben and I to Queenstown for a spontaneous, celebratory weekend away.

A few things I need to talk about with regards to the app: it’s made by booking.com and it’s called Booking Now. It’s for spontaneous accommodation bookings, up to 48 hours in advance. It is incredibly easy to use. I think even my mom could use it and she sometimes forgets how to attach things to emails, so that’s saying something. (Sorry mom.)

Basically what you do is you set up an account, and it’s kind of like Uber, but for hotels. You go on and it uses your location (or whatever location you type in) and your preferences to find accommodation options available for that day or the next, for up to a 30 night stay. I have been thinking this would be very handy for people who like road trips – there are something like 600,000 hotels and B&B’s and hostels etc in the system. The functionality is great, and it looks nice too. There are pictures and most importantly, reviews, which is how Ben and I made our choice to stay at the Sherwood. Literally two clicks and it was booked (the app holds your credit card details (much like Uber) and charges you that way).

Anyway, on to the actual trip!:

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on March 9, 2015

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‘Call Of The Boys’,  from the series ‘Call Of The Boys’, 2012. Photo/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. March 6th marked six years of blogging for me.
  2. I went to Queenstown on a spontaneous getaway, more on this later.
  3. My friend Sarah has been hassling me to watch the HBO documentary mini-series ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst’ for days and days and I finally got around to it. I just finished the fourth of the six episodes. Holy. shit.
  4. Did anyone see the pictures from the Comme show?
  5. James had his first art photography exhibition in like, two years, and although I didn’t get to go to the opening (it’s in Wanganui) I did get to see the prints before he went down there and they are DOPE. I would post one of them but I am trying to write this blog post really quickly because it is a day late and James just keeps saying to me, “I don’t have it on me right NOW” and sighing so I have settled with an older photo of his (above).

Low(e)s:

  1. A whole lot of feelings were stirred up with the whole Ya Ya Club ‘multicultural dress-up theme’ ball fiasco. Usually I don’t get too vocal about things like this, not because I don’t feel like it’s important, but mostly because I feel like internet debates always seem to go nowhere and it’s hard to articulate yourself in a comments section full of anonymous people. But anyway, I couldn’t help myself with this one. I actually think I might write a blog post about it.