Tuesday, May 29, 2007

An Ironman's Dream Birthday Cake

Check out Chris' birthday cake - it's very cool. It was made to celebrate his 40th birthday and the fact that he will be racing at the Western Australia Ironman in December (his surprise birthday present).

The typically understated Chris Wayman - come on Chris, cheer up, it's your birthday!

The coolest cake ever!




Monday, May 28, 2007

Chris Wayman made it to 40!

But will he make it past Busselton?

Chris (he's the one holding the bottle), is 40! It's official - Happy Birthday Chris.

Chris and I met in college days on the sailing circuit. He was at Cardiff University and I was at Kingston Poly. We started sailing together in a Team Racing team that he'd put together called the "Welsh Mercenaries" (later renamed "The Mercenaries"). We were both wild men although Chris managed to carry it off with a bit more charm than I.

I recall once when he enlisted a new first year student as a crew, rather than talk to her I just sprayed her with beer every time I saw her - It seemed rather funny at the time but you can imagine that it led to a long difficult reconciliation period when Chris eventually married her, sorry Chantal (in green on Chris' right).

Chris' birthday present as you can see is an entry to the Western Australian Ironman in December. I have also entered and so has Sam. Also KK confirmed on Sunday that he'd also entered with a couple of other Malaysian guys. Yeah ha!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sam's Birthday Party

Having completed the Pacesetters 15k relatively unscathed many of us made our way to Sam's new condo on Sunday evening to celebrate his 57th birthday.

As you can see Carmen organised an amazing cake for him with an edible picture of Sam having completed Ironman Langkawi earlier this year - the smile says it all. Sam loved his cake but was terrified that he would actually have to eat some of it (you're a bit too healthy for your own good sometimes Sam!). Anyway I told him he had to show willing which he did before running off before he was made to eat more.

Sam and Carmen. Sam cutting his cake and making a wish - he was definitely heard mumbling something about Hawaii!!!

We arrived early with the boys so they could go swimming and get a few beers in before bedtime - here's Sid looking as angelic as always.

And Seb eyeing up that water slide - he wasn't so enamoured with it when Daddy took him down it and submerged 3 feet under the water. Spectators are still not sure who had the biggest look of shock on their face when we surfaced - I know I was expecting words from Shilpa but she was remarkably calm about it.

The boys with Daddy, resplendent in his shorts and sporting very cuddly love handles. (I'm working on it - watch this space).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Little Fellas at School Already!

Check this out, our little chaps are going to school now

Monday, May 21, 2007

Paceseeters 15K (very hilly) Race 20th May 2007

The Pacesetters 15k race every May is one that some runners look forward to in order to test their early season form; others consider it with dread as it is a hilly mother of a race; and I, well I neither worry about form, speed nor hills - for this race to me is a jolly trot around with friends, smelling the flowers, taking in the atmosphere and if I can possibly squeeze under 1 hour 30 then that would be nice, but if not - oh well eh!

This year I ran around with Sheenie, (my ex swimming arch rival - she's semi retired now). There was banter and silliness all around and we must have really annoyed some of the more serious "back of the packers" but hey - SMILE!

She reminded me of a very profound piece of knowledge I imparted to her on this run the year before - "There are no hills!" It's a bit of a play on the words "There is no spoon" from the Matrix - At this point you will either understand or not, if not don't worry.

Here are a selection of pictures in no particular order (these are the pictures I have so far - if you have anymore then send them to me and I'll try to include them). First this is Petsy, one hell of a lady, she still does Ironmans, triathlons, duathlons and whatever else she can get her teeth into. Great job Petsy and may you keep racing forever - you are an inspiration to us all.

Here's Sam, the birthday boy, we went over to his condo later for his birthday party which was a really great get together. I even took the twins down a water slide there - not sure whether it scared them or me the most! Probably me!

Shen, plugged in and looking cool.

Hayley really wasn't well and had a terrible race "Going backwards from start to finish" was the quote I got at the end - She still came second over all - She is a phenomenon - amazing!

Julie looking like the cat that got the cream. She went out to the early hours the night before to watch the FA Cup final, got plastered on red wine and is carrying a long term injury that stopped her taking part in the London Marathon. We agreed by text message that she would take it easy and jog round with me. In actual fact I didn't even see her and in her words she "Took it easy" - In doing so she came third! The moral of this story is - go out, enjoy yourself, get lashed and ignore everything coach Simon has to say.

KK looking strong.

Ngae (of Marathon Des Sables fame), looks like the race started just a little too early for him. A bit more sleep needed the night before Ngae! And next time don't forget your shoes!

I've no idea who this bloke is but he looks like he's my sort of guy!

Dato Dr Tan (of Marathon Des Sables fame) tried to sneak past me when I was on my way home. You were caught Doc but as always with a big smile on your face - a Malaysian legend if there ever was one.

Goh, not sure what position he was but saw him getting a prize - well done dude.

Stephanie looking as sporty as ever.

Emma didn't let me catch her up this year - spoil sport! She's getting faster and stronger every week.

Carmen looking totally in charge.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day and Haircuts!

The boys insisted that we took Mummy out to Marmalade in Bangsar Village (one on Mummy's favourites) for Mother's Day brunch. As you can see the mountain of pancakes is becoming a bit of a theme.

Mummy looking very happy. Sid wondering how he's going to pay for brunch.

Sid chilling out after he heard that Daddy would take care of the check (this time at least).

Seb as animated as ever - but you'll note that his flowing curly locks have all disappeared - The boys got a "Number 4" haircut by the hands of Daddy on Saturday.

Hey thought it was Mummy's Day - The boys obviously like to take it easy on the bean bags.

Sid still having trouble with his hat selection!