December 30, 2011

summer for christmas

yes, this is extremely late for a christmas years is on the horizon..but im still in catchup mode..
for all the american's reading think this is CRAZY, but im used to christmas being hot...with backyard cricket, BBQ's, champagne breakfast outside, sunburn, dips in the lake..and jandels and stubbies. this year i was in the states again for christmas, and you can imagine the excitement to find out i'd be spending it in clearwater beach, florida..with 80degree days, beach and sun..its no new zealand, but it it was close enough :)
after a action packed three days in new york it was great to chill and relax in the laid-back beach town..
...and go for long walks to carlouel along the beach..
..and swim in the ocean and lay about in a bikini..this was not winter!
christmas eve we spent the morning on a pirate boat, traveling the sea's, drinking beer and seeing the beautiful island from the water! after the adventure we picnicked on the beach, swam and lay in the sun, counting away the minutes until santa arrived!
and he came, bringing plenty of gifts and christmas treats...and eating the cookies and milk we left out;)
florida is definitely the place to be for christmas, unless your american..and you want a traditional winter christmas..with snow..then you probably dont want to go to florida. just a thought. 
hope everyone had a great christmas wherever you ended up.
next post. new years. that came around way too fast!!

December 29, 2011


for what words cannot describe..i shall provide images and links..
but this needs to be experienced. an alternative, interactive show/performance where me and pj danced our faces off while we were drenched in rain..inside..without warning..a night never to forget...found in a basement theatre in union square, nyc..only ready to party (and don't wear smells really bad when its wet!)


first, check out their website here and get a feel for the craziness we were thrown into!
then check out this preview video here..and here..
then book flights to NYC and go see it..thats a must!

coast to coast

this holiday season was all respects...i flew from tulsa to san diego..for 3 days, then to new york city...for 3 days, then to clearwater beach, florida...for 5 days, then back to san diego..and it is here i now rest my head..after a whole bunch of partying, christmas celebrations and moving i am finally unpacked and starting to settle in!

heres the start of the the re-cap..
NYC is a must for better way to celebrate christmas than breakfast with santa, skating around rockfellar center below the massive christmas tree and wandering central park on a crisp winters day! we met pj's sister and her family there for an early christmas.
..this was all day 1..also included was the christmas extravaganza show with the rockets..
and am eveing show and a night i will never forget..this show deserves a post of its own..stay tuned..
day two was spent sight-seeing and acting a tourist..we saw a ton and finished the evening dining on sushi and going to the comedy cellar for a night of laughter..and a night of 2 hours sleep before our 3.30am trip to the airport :(  
NYC..the city that never sleeps. 

December 16, 2011

finally, the final last words

my last night with the team in tulsa was one of the greatest nights ever...the crew organized a surprise party...complete with balloons, beer pong, cake, dancing....and my amazing friends! fellow kiwi's..keeping it real in tulsa! speech..this one was not prepared..but i wrote some final last words a month ago..and now that im am gone, i shall leave them with you here:

I thought that while I drive the 8 plus hours back to Tulsa, reflecting on my last race in the NCAA system, I will share with you my thoughts as of now. I can’t believe it is the end. That this is it. As I write this tears find their way to squeeze out. Not tears because I am sad about my race, or my season, or any of the amazing accomplishments I have achieved while at Tulsa. But tears about what I will miss. I will miss this. This driving with you all after a meet..whether you are angry, happy, frustrated..whatever you are feeling. Knowing that tomorrow we all wake up that much wiser and knowing that each and every one of you will be there, come rain, hail or shine to go for a run and enjoy the feeling of pounding the turf, an enjoyment that we all share. That is why we are here. For all you who are still in Tulsa, don’t forget that. Don’t forget the enjoyment that running brings. And if you do momentarily feel that you have lost that, then find a friend, find a trail and just jog.

I have some pieces of advice that I have learnt the hard way, by failing to follow them. Let my mistakes make you stronger, better and more successful. First, listen to coach. If you don’t understand, then ask. If he tells you you can run 15.45 in the 5000m, he’s probably right. It won’t be the first time.
Secondly, advice I only now wish I had been confident enough to oblige to. Recover. Take your days off. If you are hurting, don’t go on a second run. Cause in the end, when you get to the big dance, nobody cares how many miles you ran two weeks ago. All that they care about is how well you raced. And when your breaking down, no matter how talented you are, you are never going to run your best. The runners who do well are those who are consistent. Consistent in training, consistent in racing. The NCAA system is grueling, remember that and keep your wits about you. Train smart.
One last thing. We all make mistakes. We all have bad races and great races. Learn to find something positive in every race, even if it seems the most mandane thing. If you can take each failure and turn it into a successful learning experience you will grow as a runner and a person. 

il miss you all and will be following you guys achievements..keep the tulsa name alive.

December 13, 2011

i shall miss these walls

this is it...last time studying in the beautiful library...last time surviving on coffee (this is a lie, but it sounded good)...LAST EXAM IN TULSA!! count down is on...2 hours til exam...3 hours til drinking...28hours left in tulsa!