I hope you have all had a good week and for those who can make it tomorrow evening between 5-10pm, I hope you're looking forward to our inaugural Christmas Party at our new place, affectionately known as "Casa Alfredo" at 145 Alfred Road, Mt Claremont. Full details below.
But first, I just wanted to say a MASSIVE congratulations to those of you in the squad who raced Ironman WA last weekend down in Busselton - the conditions were far from great (especially on the swim) but there were some very commendable and courageous efforts out there. I was simply blown away, inspired and in awe (in equal measure!) by the four ladies from the squad who each had the fastest swim, bike and run in their respective Age Groups, with Lauren and Emily taking out the top two spots overall in the women's Age Group category. All four ladies earn a spot in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October 2016. Well done girls! Emily even had the fastest female swim split of the whole day (including all the PROs too!). They used to say you couldn't win an Ironman on the swim leg, but now I'm not too sure!! These ladies are all supremely "swim fit" as I'd describe it which allows them to get out on the bike in a good physical state and capable of doing real damage on the bike and run. In the past people used to neglect the swim (given that it only accounts for about 10% of your race day) but then never really did themselves justice on the bike and run…so yes, there's a lot to be said for consistent hard swim training sessions of the CSS and "Red Mist" variety in order to boost your bike and run prowess - just use these ladies as a prime example!!
So currently our system is showing 60 people have registered their interest in attending our party tomorrow night. I am not quite sure how many people will actually show up but I have accounted for ~100 people and have bought alcohol (beer (mid and full strength), wine (red and white) and some bubbly too) accordingly. By all means, please bring your favourite tipple along with you if you like too! We will have some cooling tubs and of course a couple of fridges. Every little helps!
The party will not be catered but some light nibbles will be available and we will have a couple of BBQs on the go if anyone wants to bring something to cook. If I could politely request you bring a dish of something (starter, main, dessert) that would be a big help!
The main idea of the party was to try to bring together the various groups to share a drink, a laugh and a smile over the happenings of the last year. We haven't formally had a house warming yet either and given that this year has been quite a big one for us as a family, we'd like to take the opportunity to invite you around and say thanks for your support over the year(s). I feel like we have totally found our perfect home as a family and I have you all to thank for that, sincerely. We are on Cloud-9 still! Please feel free to bring your bathers and have a hop in the pool with the kids - they'd love that.
Even if you get chance to just pop by and say hi for 15-30 minutes, that'd be great. I have no idea when the busiest times will be (nor if the house will hold that many people!!), but we'll play it all by ear with an aussie festive faith that "she'll be right, mate!" and just hope that the neighbours will be OK with us "rabble"!
Regards parking, there may be some available on Strickland Street when you arrive, but equally you might prefer the safer bet of parking a little walk away as per the suggestions below (Mt Claremont Village, at the end of Strickland Street is 300m away, Mt Claremont Oval is 600m away, Claremont Pool & Golf Course is 800m away and the Claremont Train Station is 1.1k away) - it'll be a lovely walk through the park if that's what you choose to do! Please do your best to respect the street frontages of our neighbours! Thanks in advance and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!