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Easy Rider

TIMES ARE CHANGING. Not so very long ago, we could go on holiday as a family and all three children would wholeheartedly join in the family fun on offer. Every suggestion was met with enthusiasm and a joyful, untainted childish sense of adventure. A much anticipated weekend to a Gold Coast beachfront resort reminded me we were slowly entering a new era – one where family outings were not necessarily greeted with hoots of unabated joy. A phase where, dare I say it, we were no longer cool, fun parents but the source of acute embarrassment. The sad part of the tale is that we were both blissfully unaware our status had changed at all. We would have remained innocently unaware of our shortcomings until we innocently suggested a family cycle on this fine weekend away. Surely it was a pleasant, bonding activity to pass a perfect Spring afternoon? All three children seemed quite keen on the idea and even the eldest, at 14, seemed to agree it would be a pleasant ride following the …

Our Bridge to Brisbane Glory

I’m not quite sure what brought it on. Perhaps it was turning 46 – edging towards a half century and a last chance to cling to a glimmer of youthfulness. The seed was planted by my gorgeous Kiwi friend with the toned, tanned legs and a penchant for Boot Camp. “Come on, it will be fun!” she enthused. Fun? I mulled it over for a few days and then an old spark of competitiveness was rekindled. Perhaps this old girl wasn’t so old after all. We decided five kilometres would not suffice – far more challenging was to commit to 10km in the annual Bridge to Brisbane run. There is nothing particularly profound about running a 10km race. Seasoned athletes regard the distance as a mere training run — a little jog to get the circulation going. And it’s not as though I’ve never run the distance before. I am not, what one would call, a complete novice. I have run the distance many, many times. In fact, if I should be so bold, in …