Nicky Samuels update from Tri-mester 2!

Hello all!

Well it must be time for an update. This is a different update for me but just as fun with the new challenges coming up this year.

Starting with the obvious (especially for those who seen me lately), I am getting a bit on the fat side. 26 weeks has come around quickly and everything is progressing nicely. Bump seems to be happy and slightly bigger than the average bear of his “weeks” apparently, so everything must be going along ok in there.Hello all!Well it must be time for an update. This is a different update for me but just as fun with the new challenges coming up this year. Starting with the obvious (especially for those who seen me lately), I am getting a bit on the fat side. 26 weeks has come around quickly and everything is progressing nicely. Bump seems to be happy and slightly bigger than the average bear of his “weeks” apparently, so everything must be going along ok in there.

I must admit we’ve been active in full swing, I have fallen over running, knocked him around a bit doing the cleaning at our apartment in town, and certainly bumped into things unpacking and cleaning our new house, oh and also the gardening! However, all in all he has taken things just as I would, brushed them off and kept on trucking and I’m really looking forward to meeting the little wriggling fella.

Currently my training consists of just an hour run a day. I know I should and could be in the pool swimming however, I still go in to get my little chlorine fix a couple of times a week when I go in to do some coaching. It is nice when you have been doing that for so many years not to have to go in there every day and not have to go anywhere but just chuck on some shoes and sunnies (Adidas Eyewear of course) and head out the door to the awesome selection of trails Wanaka has to offer.

I have found myself sticking to certain running loops though because it seems that on a good day I can get through an hour jog with 2 toilet stops and on most days I need to go three times! This is the biggest noticeable affect so far (aside from my growing belly), the little guy pushing on my bladder!

But these calm cool sunny days at this time of year on the trails are so inviting.

We have recently moved into our new house built by BCB Builders in Wanaka. It 100% finished yet, but just the a few final touch ups to be done by the pro’s and of course a lot of landscaping, fencing and sorting of boxes, pictures on walls etc to be done on our behalf.

This has added another aspect to my training right now – it’s been great, I have been on the roller to put the lawn in, carting boxes around, got many a sweat up from cleaning and I am still experiencing DOM’s from “speed mulching” the other day - thanks Don at The Yard in Wanaka, good advice J and hopefully some happier natives over winter.

So, we are now feeling much more at home this week and even took time to sit on the couch and breathe a bit! Some of these boxes I actually haven’t seen since I finished at University and headed to French club Parthenay TCG 79, France 11 years ago! Yep winter clothes and some things from the flatting years were still packed away. We also have some good double ups because along the way we couldn’t find things always having things packed up each year or somewhere we forgot about- everyone needs 3 rice cookers right?!

I hope that we can see our garage floor more clearly in the weeks to come and I can start showing off the house and my beautiful Deda Rainbow bike. I will be having a local’s day open home to thank all those involved with the build and special thanks to those who have supported me along the way. This will consist of a talk about my career path, nibbles, with a few things I have collected along the way on show like my Olympic Pounamu and of course everyone will be welcome through the house.

I know a lot of people have been through already as they are building too and keen on ideas so that has been great but for others this will be their opportunity. So, watch out for a date coming soon to give special thanks to -

Blair Coupe Builders blairbronnie@xtra.co.nz

Placemakers Wanaka www.placemakers.co.nz

Design Windows www.designwindows.co.nz

Monk Architecture www.threefoldarchitecture.co.nz

Infinite energy www.infiniteenergy.co.nz

Wanaka Carpet Court www.carpetcourt.nz/stores/wanaka/

Fisher and Paykel www.fisherpaykel.com/nz.html

I have also had a busy social calendar lately, I have been lucky enough to attend a few cool events around the region as a guest or speaker starting with the National Jet boating champs held here in Wanaka. Altherm Glass were the series sponsor and also sponsor the current world champions in their branded jetboat. Design Windows are a local company that have helped us very generously with our windows in our home (they use Altherm glass in their windows) invited us along to their VIP tent. It was such a good day out, I only wish we could have made it there a little earlier! Definitely on the cards again another year though.

What Design Windows have done for our house is amazing – we have one big interlocking sliding door measuring just under 10m long and 2.6m high this is one of our favourite house features. The photo’s don’t do it justice so if you are in the area, make sure you come and check it out on our open day!

Last week I was invited to the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce women’s lunch to talk about how a professional athlete these days needs to operate like a business. I was delighted with the audience and have had some really positive feedback, I think they enjoyed it whether they were into sport or not and most were so interested in what makes Professional athletes tick.

Here is as link to the full national media article –

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/91716447/triathlete-nicky-samuels-shares-insights-with-wanaka-business-women

On Friday we attended the Central Otago sports awards, our regional evening where the local sporting achievements are recognised and awarded. I was nominated for sports women of the year and was very happy to take out this category amongst some amazing results from both summer and winter athletes. It was a great evening to catch up with all the local sports enthusiasts and every year I am blown away by the young and very raw talent that is coming from Central Otago. We have such a great environment here and join that with great people and we are getting some very amazing results. Bill Godsall from Sport Otago works tirelessly with groups around Central and highlighted that we had 3 Olympians from our community of just 100,000 people which is pretty amazing really. This event couldn’t be held without House of Travel supporting it so thanks’ John from HOT.

I have also been asked to join the organising committee for the Central Otago region next year so I look forward to adding to what is a great way to recognise sports people from across a number of different sports doing well on the national & international stage and of course seeing what everyone achieves in the next year!

Finally, I will be at one of two Olympic representatives at the Jennian homes Mother’s Day 5km fun run and walk at Lake Hayes in Queenstown on May 14 - Mother’s Day, so for those in the area, come along and support Women’s heart health and this great event and chat with me before, after or along the way!

Until next time, from the comfort of HOME, Nicky

One of my trail favourites - The Outlet track Wanaka


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