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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 11, 2012
Finishing is all
Give it a go: Sally Rasmussen urges
women to try a triathlon.
By SALLY RASMUSSEN
The Ladies Only Triathlon next month
is for all the mums, sisters, daughters,
aunts, nieces, and even grandmas, out
there -- no matter what your level of
fitness, age or ability is.
This means you don t have to have a
personal trainer, the best competition
bike, the latest fashion compression
suits or be able to run (or walk as I do)
the fastest lap on the course. Plus, you
won t be pushed aside by testosterone-
charged, lithe males dressed in their
tight compression clothes.
No, this is for all those women who
just want to have a try at doing perhaps
their first triathlon, just to be able to say
Yes, I am a triathlete , to feel the sat-
isfaction of completing.
I am speaking from experience -- the
rush of adrenalin, the endorphins
kicking in feels so great I go out club
race after club race just to get that feel-
ing of satisfaction.
For me, with two sore hips, one bum
knee and a bad back, just the thrill of
completing a short course triathlon is
more than I can say.
You have to experience it for yourself
to feel the buzz! Who cares if you aren t
the first to cross the finish line (I am
usually last), just being able to do it is
enough thrill for me!
The kids have the I Tried the Tri
series in February and March, the men
can usually do what they want when
they want, so this is OUR time just for
us. All finishers are acknowledged and
receive a medal, something to be proud
of.When I did my first Contact ladies tri
a few years ago, the Manawatu
Triathlon Club left a flyer on my car
windscreen. Well, that was the start.
club events (even some duathlons in
winter and because I can t run much, I
walk) and the encouragement, support
and friendship received from the rest of
the club keeps me coming back for more.
I am probably the biggest and defi-
nitely the slowest person doing the
races, but who cares, the club members
encourage me to participate in all that I
want to do (and even when I don t).
So, if I can do it, what are you waiting
for? Have a try. See you there.
The Manawatu Toyota Ladies Only
Triathlon, run by the Manawatu Triathlon
Club, is on February 12 at 8am at the Lido
Aquatic Centre. Duathlon option available.
Visit triclub.co.nz for details.
The Devil's Brew
By ELIZABETH KRAMMER
By LAUREN JANSSEN
Rugby pride: All Black captain Richie McCaw
with the Webb Ellis Cup.
Alcohol is an evil brew
as it makes us do things
that we don t normally do.
Itkills,itmaims. . .
causes havoc galore,
and still drinkers seem
to crave for more.
It robs us of loved ones,
work and health,
it stops us from living,
and deprives us of wealth!
It doesn t solve problems
they just become bigger.
Drink can make some people
reach for the trigger!
Drink is the link
in relation to crime,
it has no mercy
it s a waste of time.
How can one like
such a wicked thing?
When you look at all
the destruction it brings!
All the sports I like but rugby is the best,
My favourite player is Richie McCaw,
Lots of people shout and cheer,
I would shout the All Blacks are the best,
so are the Wallabies.
Delicious hot dogs, delicious chips,
Make you want to lick your lips,
Seats and posts are all around,
Balls get kicked high, higher and higher
Soon the ball can t be seen.
The crowd goes wild and cheers the
Excellent players kicking the ball so, so
Happy people sitting in seats, cheering
Non-stop, again and again they cheer.
Changing room doors open and close
As the All Blacks get changed and
Green grass, rough and tough.
Young people watch, old people watch
Some people watch on TV,
Some go to the games.
Lauren is a Palmerston North 6-year-old.
Handsome new book
selling like hotcakes
Te Hao Nui -- The Great Catch
Edited by Fiona McKergow and Kerry
Random House, $65
Reviewed by Mervyn Dykes
Every time a net is thrown into the tide,
those who cast it wonder what
treasures will be drawn to the surface.
In the case of Te Hao Nui, the tide is
the past and the great catch is a collec-
tion of priceless memories.
They are based around 40 items selec-
ted from among the 45,000 held by Te
The result is a most handsome book
that is proving a hot item at Bruce
McKenzie Booksellers in Palmerston
It is doing very well for us, Mr
McKenzie said on Monday.
We re down to our last copy and I m
in the process of ordering more.
We have not promoted it, because the
museum has a new bookshop and they
are selling it there. We did not want to
take away from that.
He said Te Hao Nui had obvious
appeal in Palmerston North, but he
hoped it would also do well in the rest of
Several of the people who had bought
copies had a connection with one of the
40 items featured, but the interest was
general and strong.
This big (294 pages), dark-covered,
lavishly-illustrated book which oozes an
aura of substance and significance, was
some two years in the making.
The introduction explaining how the
project came about makes interesting
reading, but many of the stories behind
the items are simply stunning. One, in
particular, moved me to tears.
There are Maori translations for the
stories of items drawn from that back-
ground. There are copious end notes,
brief author biographies and an index.
The whole represent the kind of book
that can be read with delight from cover
to cover by history buffs, or sampled in
sections like items on an exotic buffet
This is a book that readers will dip
back into, time and time again, and it
represents a most praiseworthy new
venture for Te Manawa.
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