Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Blogging and training

People are asking me if I am ok, and if I am still riding (!!!) because I am not blogging (here). It's been a big 6months, and the fires have just topped it off for me. I just don't feel like whinging about how tired I am, how I am struggling mentally with the bike at the moment, and how pathetic my legs have been each training session has been in the last two weeks. Here's an upbeat note: I am PBing in the gym. Hurrah!

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

More Fires

As most of you will know, the weekend just past was the worst bushfire incident in the history of Victoria, with 130 confirmed dead, massive property loss and destruction and lives torn apart. It's far from over and there will be more to come.

In our household, my housie and I have friends and acquaintances who have lost their homes and horses. We are both feeling pretty numb at the moment, so to blog about riding a bike seems inane, and pathetically self indulgent at the moment.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Fires Update















Photo from abc.net.au (http://contribute.abc.net.au/_Boolarra-Fires/photo/2564728/32422.html)
more here
and here

Where do I start?? It's been a very stressful few days, and I'm not even there!!

I received an sms an hour or so ago, saying my house appears to have no visible signs of fire damage. The fire was within 200m of the front of the house, and closer behind. This news, combined with a recent updates from X and Terri is the best thing I've heard in a long time.

X has been battling the firefront since Thursday, and finally got some sleep this morning. She says that whilst the danger is reduced, there are major ongoing issues with embers and spotting and the journey isn't over yet. She is exhausted, but I suspect her dreams won't be pleasant while she snoozes this afternoon, before she gets up and keeps going.

As for Boolarra, the immediate danger from the firefront has gone, but as with X's situation, embers and spotting are major dangers. Looking at the most recent fire map the fire along my road has grown since the map issued at midnight last night, and looks like it will cross the road at some point. It's about a 1km down the road from my house.

And when it comes to thanking people, where do you start?? For me, my friends have remained true and solid; the CFA, emergency services, support people looking after the those guys working to keep the fires contained and away from property, the list is endless. And thank you just doesn't convey the appreciation for the work these people do.