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Ironman 2014 Video

You will see me at 21s Registering at Ironman, Taupo, New Zealand. This video was made by Ironman NZ ūüôā

http://barbaramockford.co.nz/2014/03/10/ironman-2014/

This Week

For my Birthday Mum gave me  a tripod yesterday for my little camera Рthis huge 1.57m tripod for  an incy wincy little camera lol will look so weird lol  But with any luck this will improve my photos and not have crooked horizons anymore and inspire me to go on a photography day course now I have required equipment.  Hopefully there will be one to do soon but will be on the list to do next year.

Just lately my¬†mind is so much¬† stronger than the body. ¬†I am always getting in the poo as I forget my arthritic body is¬† frail and crippled and I treat it like an Ironman¬†………. it has to drag¬† itself along with a mind that really needs to adjust itself¬† and so I have¬† succumbed¬†to giving it a break from the gym and doing hydrotherapy workouts¬† which,,,,, I am really, enjoying!! and it is also making my body very very happy¬† as well, so for a change the mind and body are aligned in happiness with¬† exercise for a change.

Which reminds me I need to head off to the pool soon where I have met the most amazing people and hearing their stories which some¬†are¬†just as scary as mine and I have made some wonderful new friends.¬† The sun is shining and I think we are now at last going to get more sunshine than rain and I just think we are going to have a 70’s long hot summer as we have most definitely had a 70’s winter!

Pool Work

Day one at the pool was a wonderful experience!¬† Nice warm water, no pain and the freedom of movement was liberating.¬† As I walked into the pool a lady asked if I was an Ironman as she noticed my Ironman jandals and I was wearing an ORCA swimsuit from my training days. I have yet to get a fashionable swimsuit for my wardrobe, one day soon perhaps.¬† I then explained my non Ironman status to this inquisitive young lass and we soon forged a wonderful friendship.¬† Her name is Rebecca and she is training for her first Ironman.¬† My excitement upon being told this by Rebecca was just the¬†fillip I needed on this first day in the pool.¬† Rebecca’s enthusiasm was contagious and we were soon swapping stories and incidents that go hand in hand with the training.

Getting side tracked with Rebecca losing ourselves in the world of training I had to remind myself why I was in the pool and she had to get back to work.  Promising to catch up with each other I started my exercises and Rebecca left to get back to work Рwhat a brilliant start to my day, it was so nice talking about all the Ironman toys for the bike and the irresistable gear one needs to do Ironman and all the ups and downs of training.  I set off to walk a few widths of the pool with more than usual enthusiasm combined with some dog paddle to strengthen my weak right shoulder muscles and lastly some aqua jogging Рthe only time I get to jog!! 

What a fab invigorating day!

I have missed the pool, knowing how much goodness it will do my muscles in a weight free environment… my psychological dilemma of avoiding the chlorine has had to at last be put to the side and my fear worked out later.¬† I have had a continual fear of any chemical on my skin.¬† The vulnerability and insecurity I have gone through from surviving cancer has almost ruled my life.¬† The rule of thumb adherence to a 80/20 ration of good /bad things into our body is slowly being introduced to my life.¬† However at the moment I am about 90/10 at the moment.¬† Even though I have now officially been given the ALL CLEAR from my oncologist and need no more check ups, this fear I have will take a very, very long time to dissipate.

Book Signing Tour; Matamata, Thames, Whitianga

Driving into Cambridge

Driving into Cambridge

Double checking I had books in my car I set off for my first book signing on this tour I have included a map to give you some idea of my travel plan from Hamilton to Matamata, Thames, Whitianga and then back home to Hamilton below

My road trip

My road trip

I drove through Cambridge and the trees were so beautiful I had to stop and take a photo ! Arriving in Matamata my first stop was¬†a cafe for a nice strong coffee and take some photos of this lovely town and it’s fame for Lord of The Rings as Hobbiton ūüôā

My book signing at Paper Plus Matamata was just wonderful!  I met an old school friend I had not seen since I was a teenager and reminded him about our Primary School Reunion in October.

Matamata

Kate & Graham (Paper Plus Matamata store owners) and I

Kate & Graham (Paper Plus Matamata store owners) and I

Gollum's statue

Gollum’s statue

Information Office, Matamata

Information Office, Matamata

One of the most humbling experiences I had was when a young lady came to have her book signed and gave me this letter which said:

Hi Barbara

My name is Patrice Stichbury and I was interested to read your article in the Matamata Chronicle.  I too had a bitter disappointment with the Ironman in 2006.  After waking up one morning a year before and deciding like you it would be a cool thing to do, I embarked on a year of training.  I had little experience and had not even owned a road bike before.  There were many ups and downs, but when the morning came I was read, only for the event to be half cancelled due to severe weather.  Like the majority I battled against the wind and ran down the finishing shoot after a cancelled swim, 90km on the bike and a 21km run.

I went on to complete the full distance in 2007.

With all your ups and downs you have certainly completed an Ironman distance and you had every intention in being in that Ironman line up at 7am so I would like to share my 2006 medal with you.  When you have fulfilled your dream which I know you will, you can send it back to me.

In the meantime keep up the good work and happy training.

Regards Patrice Stichbury

Patrice Stichbury and I

Patrice Stichbury and I

Matamata township

Matamata township

I graciously accepted her medal to share with her and will be catching up with her in a few weeks for a coffee and gossip ūüôā Patrice is now training for the Coast to Coast race in the South Island next year and I hope I am able to cheer her on during this race.

On the way to my next stop in Thames I travelled through Te Aroha on State Highway 26 and stopped at a quaint cafe at Hikutaia.

Driving into Te Aroha

Driving into Te Aroha

The Bridge into Te Aroha

Driving over the Bridge into Te Aroha

Coffee stop at Hikutaia

Coffee stop at Hikutaia

The Paddle Steamer

The Paddle Steamer

At Thames I drove around and took some photos of the town which has lots of memories as a child passing through every time we went to the beach.¬† It was a break for Mum and Dad from driving and for us kids to stretch our legs and get rid of some energy around the playground.¬† It was also a compulsory stop to buy a hamburger and chips and half an hour out from Thames, Gael, Allan and I would all think what we would have, a hot dog & chips or hamburger and chips and if we couldn’t decide there was a glorious menu to chose from.

Colette (Paper Plus Thames Store Manager) and I

Colette (Paper Plus Thames Store Manager) and I

I met Colette and helped set up my little table for book signings.¬† My Aunty Shirley and my cousin Robyn came in to buy my book and it was so good catching up with things and hearing about my Aunt’s trip to Holland seeing Andre Rieu in concert which will be just fabulous!

Robyn, Aunty Shirley and I

Robyn, Aunty Shirley and I

Below are some photos leaving Thames for Coromandel and over the hill to our holiday home.

Look back down the Thames Coast Line where I have driven

Looking back down the Thames Coast Line where I have driven

Driving into the sunset to Coromandel

Driving into the sunset to Coromandel

After my signing in Whitianga I relaxed the day away with a walk down to the beach watching Mike bring in his Electric Contiki Long Line with Steve & Jude and catching 3 snapper ūüôā the below photo is an image I found on google identicle to his Long Line and some snapper ūüôā

electric contiki

electric contiki

The Beach

The Beach

Whitianga township

Whitianga township

Whitianga's Buffalo Beach

Whitianga’s Buffalo Beach

The Coroglen Pub on the drive home, that  I must have a drink in one day

The Coroglen Pub on the drive home, that I must have a drink in one day

It was a brilliant weekend meeting the most amazing people!

Podcast with Kevin Koskella

        http://triswimcoachonline.com/tri/unshakable-beliefs-with-barbara-mockford-part-12-tsc-podcast-51/

Click the above link to take you to Kevin’s website and click on the little grey arrow button to listen to our podcast ūüôā

13th November 2007 – The Best News Ever

Well, as you may / may not of known two months ago I had a c.t. scan of my lungs to see if there were any secondary tumors in my lungs. Well, on September the 11th I had a consult with my Oncologist and she said “things do not look great with multiple nodules on my lungs”. As you can imagine my life turned upside down.

News is, I had a c.t. scan last Thursday, visited my Oncologist today to be told no multiple nodules to be found. I have clean lungs ! Well, apart from one nodule at 3mm and one at 5mm and have not changed shape, size or form in the time period that, they would have over the past two months I have been going through hell. If anyone needs an excuse to have a beer and celebrate for me, this is it and do consume as many as you wish !! I will celebrate very soon I think. !

On the way home my friend and I played Queens Song, It’s A Beautiful Day and sang it at the top of our lungs ūüôā

 click on link below for youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=803lbq0JTrs

I now can look forward to working on some unfinished business back in Taupo and get across that Ironman finish line perhaps,¬†and perhaps one day hear Mike Reilly say “You. Are. An Ironman!”

The sad news (well it is all good news really l.o.l) is, I have to go and find a job for goodness sake !

On that note, I better go and do some research ! :))

But I want to leave you with this song by Louis Armstrong which encapsulates how I feel about the world right now and from this day on…

Brain-dump – May 2007

Isn’t it weird when something major happens in your life you see it on TV. in a programme, whether¬†your having an affair, you‚Äôre in a bad relationship and a similar occurrence and example is on a programme, a fight with your best buddie¬†– it just happens – I wonder what this all means, a co-incidence? karma? a sign? I would love to know what this is or just to accept it as c’est¬†la vie. Have just watched BONES on t.v.3 – a victim on there had Sarcoma in his groin/hip and was dead (they found his bones) – on Wednesday on CSI I am sure I heard the word Osteosarcoma, but definitely Sarcoma, and they mentioned the immune system….. (which mine was pretty run down at the time of getting this bug),,,,,, god, no doubt this person died as well – will have to watch this one to see where the Sarcoma was…….. ugly eh – ya just have to sit back and see what they say/find and compare notes ūüôā

I am finally feeling better, god you feel like pinching yourself to believe you’re not dreaming. That last stint in Hospital was god awful – I don’t think I will ever get past Day 6 each time I leave the hospital after my nuclear blast of chemo and always end up getting a lonely impersonal taxi back to the hospital. The body just does not take this chemo well in a nutshell, my immune system must say “what the hell are you doing to me! It knocks me for six each time, but it gets rougher and harder to crawl myself back to some semblance of “normal” each time!! “.

My oncologist said she gave me maximum dosage each time – these last three chemo blasts have been the full arsenal, guns blazing. She said she did not change or lessen the dosage simply to have the desired result. I appreciated this, as there is no point “tip toeing” around this critter, ya just don’t want it to turn round and bite you. However, my poor immune system suffered a knock the first time, a double knock the second time and on the third time, it just couldn’t fight back and has taken three and into the fourth week to slowly be able to breathe¬†fresh air for the first time. It is like I have been in the most never-ending¬†nightmare and not woken up, it is like your 33ft underwater where the greatest pressure is on your body while diving, and your slowly kicking to the surface – in my case fighting to get to the surface, which you can see the sun shining on the surface, but you never ever reach the surface and I am weighted down struggling and fighting to get there in slow motion.

Unfortunately in that first week out of hospital of the third round of chemo I was defenceless against any small bug, and of course I got a cold and the rest was history, despite fighting my temperature on the Thursday and Friday of 38.5 deg, knowing what they would do to me in hospital, the stabbing of the shunt or lure, whatever you want to call it, the failure of the lure, the pain of the flush when they try and push the fluid through my veins which have clotted or failed and so the flush is forced through my skin tissue which then makes you almost put you through the roof in pain, to then be stabbed again, to put up with the noise of ward 25, the incessant beeping of those god damn ivac machines that regulate the I.V. fluids or chemo. I fought my temperature for two days to avoid all that, but to my despair I had to give in knowing I should have been at the hospital at 38 deg pronto РI am one tenacious, stubborn female.

I am staying up tonight to watch Team NZ race Luna Rosa the first race I have stayed up for – it is quite important as the next one is Oracle. It will be a good race, just hope it is more than 10kts and there is plenty of action and NZ get some really good windward lifts.

Well, it is almost race time in Valencia and time to make a coffee – another reason I hope there is a lot of wind happening over there so it is a fast race.

A song that helped me keep inspired training for Ironman through cold southerly headwinds, rain and pain, followed by the following year with each round of chemo I had to go through. The words just cemented into me to stay strong and keep going despite my fear.