A Month of Varying Degrees of Sunshine…..

The Rays have experienced varying degrees of sunshine this month.  We have all been flying solo as logistically it wasn’t possible to get together for any form of team training.  Ray 1 took longer than expected to recover from her injury, Ray 2 got married, Ray 3 enjoyed some biking and hiking in the South Island and Ray 4 had an extraordinarily social month.

Probably not an ideal scenario given we only have two weeks to go until Adventure Day.  Never fear the Rays will be there along with their trusty support crew.  Speaking of whom, we thought it would be nice to introduce you to them…


Rachel D 



Rachel D and Viv are part of the wider gym group and although they have no Adventure Racing experience they have all the attributes required of a support crew- they have a can-do attitude, great organisational skills and most importantly a sense of fun.  The role of the support crew is to assist you at transition zones throughout the course, keep you on track and help you stay focused, energised and hydrated.  That’s hydrated with water Rachel D, not wine 🍾🍷

Let’s now touch base with the individual Rays to see what level of sunshine they managed over the last month ☀️😎

Ray of Sunshine 1 – Vicky

This is our last blog before the event in just over two weeks. It’s time to bring you up to date with what’s been happening with me. It’s just over a month now since the mountain biking accident I had during the last team training weekend.  I’ve been unable to train apart from some gentle walking. My right hip and ribs took the major impact of the fall and I’ve learnt that as much as I would like to, I don’t bounce!

I am feeling completely undertrained but after some discussions with my fellow Ray’s have decided that we can do this.  We may not be as prepared and competitive as we could have been but the goal of finishing what we set out to do and having some fun along the way outweighs this.

Over the next two weeks I will work on building up my endurance, core strength (even though I still can’t lie flat) and my confidence.  I guess I should also get back on my mountain bike!  My final thought is how lucky I am to be in a position where I can paddle, walk, cycle and enjoy this event with such a wonderful group of exceptional ladies. Best of luck to you all and I look forward to seeing some of you on Adventure Day.  ☀️

Ray of Sunshine 2 – Renee

The sun was shining and the bride and groom beamed – congratulations Renee and Chris.

Renee and Chris are currently enjoying their honeymoon in Rarotonga.  Here’s hoping she comes back rested and raring to go on Adventure Day.  ☀️☀️

Ray of Sunshine 3 – Rachel

Since our last team training the sun has been shining very brightly in my world.  I have been to the depths of the South Island to do some biking and hiking.

Our annual bike trip this year was in Central Otago.  A group of 12 of us spent four days cycling around Queenstown, Wanaka and then along the Clutha River.  Day 1 saw us cycle from Queenstown to Arrowtown and then from Arrowtown to Chard Farm winery – this was all off-road on Grade 2 trails.  On Day 2 we cycled from the Lake Wanaka outlet into Wanaka and then did the Glendhu Bay ride.  The Glendhu Bay track meanders around the southern end of Lake Wanaka – there are a few steep climbs and downhills along the way and the views are awesome.  The wind had got up which added to the excitement.

On the last two days we did the Roxburgh Gorge Trail Ride (approximately 33km) and the Clutha Gold Trail (approximately 73km).  These two trails run alongside the Clutha River and the scenery is spectacular.  The Roxburgh Gorge Trail involves a 13km jet boat ride to join the two parts of the trail up.  Lawrence, our jet boat driver gave us a commentary about the gold mining history of the area and pointed out the Chinese settlements along the river.  Both these trails are mainly Grade 2 and I would thoroughly recommend them.  We also enjoyed a couple of refreshing swims in the river along the way.

After we finished the bike trip we met up with another group of friends and headed further south to Tuatapere where we did the Humpridge Track.  This track is set in the Fiordland National Park and is approximatley 60km in length.  We completed the track over three days, walking about 20km a day.  The first day is a gradual climb up to 880m above sea level, on the second day you descend back to sea level and the third day starts with an undulating bush walk before reaching the coast again and the end of the track.  Again the scenery was spectacular and we were fortunate to have great weather on the last two days which is when it mattered.

After some discussions with the Lodge Manager at Port Craig at the end of Day 2, we discovered that this walk is one of the more challenging in NZ at 20km per day.  It was no wonder when we all got up on Day 3 that we had the sorest calf muscles we have ever experienced!  It took us all a few days for the calves to feel normal again – although I was wondering if that was possible.

My marathon training is also still on track although my legs have not felt as fresh as before the biking and hiking.  Although I haven’t managed any paddle boarding over the last month I am happy that my other adventures have contributed nicely to the build up to the race.

I am really looking forward to Adventure Day – I am excited about the new challenge we are about to undertake and I am sure we will have a lot of fun on the day.  We all signed up for this race as we wanted to go outside our comfort zones, to challenge ourselves and to enjoy the team aspect of the race.  I can’t wait.  ☀️☀️☀️          

Ray of Sunshine 4 – Katy

With summer coming to a close the silly season has not slowed down for me.  Since the last team training weekend I have done plenty of socialising and not a lot of training.  I’ve been to Dunedin and Queenstown for a wedding and did a few big walks to balance out all the things that come with a wedding.  In saying that I did manage a trip out to Woodhill Forest to work on my mountain biking skills and confidence.  This is still the aspect of the race that I am most worried about.

I am starting to appreciate the importance of fuelling your body with the correct food regularly while you are out exercising for a couple of hours.  I have found that when my blood sugar drops I tend to fall off my bike more often compared to post fuelling : 0. Having something to eat helps me focus a lot better and I become more tolerant of my friends terrible jokes!

I have kept up my general fitness thanks to Ray 1 pushing me along – even with injured ribs!  The count down is on and my goal over the next two weeks is to get out on my bike as much as possible.  I am really excited about spending the weekend with my fellow Ray’s and our awesome support crew.  Bring it on.  ☀️☀️☀️☀️ 




This blog was originally set up to share our 9 month adventure around Europe and the USA with friends and family in 2014. On returning to NZ in January 2015 I decided to carry it on so I could continue to share any future travel adventures - it has become my electronic travel diary. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to visit some of the wonderful places we have visited.
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