Germany trip

July 21, 2010

Apart from the hype surrounding Ironman, Frankfurt was alive with world cup fever. We went multi-cultural and did the Aussie’s from Abu Dhabi in an Irish pub for the Germany v’s Argentina world cup game.

Loving the crazy hats the pub was giving away

with Aunty Fi

How much noise can we make?

Entertaining the crowd at half time

Too many? Just bored with the game.

But we come to life when we are allowed to dance on the bar after Germany won!

Bar top dancer at the age of 4!

Happy with Germany's win?

After 5 nights in Frankfurt, Clint left his beloved bike in storage and we headed south to a little town called Bagau for another 5 nights. There was no reason for chosing this town other than it’s proximity to Lego Land and Fussen. We had a 2 bedroom apartment that was nice and spacious, a little hot in the heat wave without air-conditioning at night but not really a problem. Although Clint and I managed to score the world’s most uncomfortable bed, I think sleeping on the kitchen bench would have been softer. That said no real complaints and it served our purpose well.

Lego Land was the highlight of the trip for the kids. They both love lego and I love the fact that they play with it for hours on end!

2 very excited children ready to go

calm rides first

Lachs at the wheel

Both passed their 'driving test' even though they fish tailed the cars along the track to make it more fun!

so many choices...

Up the creek... with a paddle

Lachie loved the fast roller coasters, unfortunately Charlotte wasn't allowed on them as she was just under the height

Clint and Lachs front row

Charlotte loved this ride... fast, spinning and water!

La's setting off water bombs at Clint and Lachie

It was a great day, the photos don’t do it justice. Pirate island and knights kingdom were the 2 favourite areas, the rides in Lego City were a bit to slow for my two adrenalin junkies.

Other highlights of the trip:

Lindau- Bavarian town/island in Lake Constance

Lindau

Carriage ride in Fussen to Hohenschwangau Castle

La's danced her way through Germany; bar tops, tree stumps, town squares, castles...

Neuschwanstein Castle

Rothenburg ob der Tauber- medieval walled old town. Amazing place!

Street entertainment in Rothenburg, this guy kept Lachie amused for ages as he tried to make the man laugh and move.

Crazy car outside the most unbelievable Christmas shop we have ever seen. All handmade wooden decorations and ceiling high, superbly decorated trees, Christmas may be 6 months away but the shop made you feel like it could be tomorrow... it has to be seen to be believed.

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Ironman- Frankfurt 4th July

July 20, 2010

After far too many hours spent in lycra in the company of only another man… it was finally race day!

Germany was apparently suffering from a ‘heat wave’ although for Clint and Matt having spent hours training in 45+ temperatures, the main downfall was they called a ‘non-wetsuit’ swim, and due to road works they extended the bike course by 5km, but really whats another 5k when you have already done 180km??

Joining us to cheer Clint home was his Mum (Denise), Hans, his brother Mitch, my sister Fi and her partner Steve- thanks guys for the support for Clint and the help with the kids! And good luck to Fi and Steve who are both doing their first half Ironman in September (we will be thinking of you from Borneo)!

Team Clint

Back of the supporter shirts (and thanks for the shirts Fi)

The kids and I did not make it out to the lake for the start of the 3.8 km swim; I could blame that on the fact that it was miles out-of-town and there was no organised spectator transport out there but the truth is, even if there was an easy way to get there…letting the kids sleep in ready for the long day took precedent. It is simple insanity to wake sleeping children at 4 in the morning! Clint was really pleased with his swim time- 1 hour and 14 mins, so even without the wetsuit it was faster than the Australian Ironman he did in 2008.

Our hotel was perfectly positioned overlooking the river that was the run course and only a couple of hundred meters from where the competitors rode in on the bike course so we were in position (with at least 2 mins to spare) to cheer Clint on as he rode into town, and out again, and in, and out and finally in to complete the 185km bike course. Clint kicked some serious butt on the bike leg finishing in 5 hours and 22 mins and smashing the hills even thought there aren’t any to train on in Abu Dhabi.

Bike leg

looking strong

Waiting for Dad

As expected, the kids needed some entertainment while waiting for Clint and Matt to come past:

Thanks Mitch- of all things Lachie needs to be taught how to make MORE noise!

Mitch spending quality time with the kids- the loud clappers quickly became swords.

Grandad took them for a play at the park

All that grass but Aunty Fi's lap is much better.

The 42.2km run course was really pretty, along both sides of the river (not that Clint got to appreciate the scenery) and with lots of spectators cheering the athletes on it was also a great atmosphere.

Out of transition and off for the 42.2km run

Go Clint

Happy to see his supporters 🙂

High fives

Clint was making great time for the first 2 laps of the run and looking good, unbeknown to us though, he had left his computer (watch face) on his bike and thus had no idea of his time but more importantly couldn’t monitor his heart rate he found this leg the hardest but finished with a smile.

nearly there

Crossing the line 11 hours and 9 minutes

Clinton Theil... you are an Ironman!

After he crossed the line, the very weary support crew headed for dinner and a beer while we waited for him to recover in the athletes section.

Cheering is such hard work!

Clint was happy with his time  and also thrilled with the support he got and the money he raised for the John Maclean Foundation, thank you to all who donated to this worthy course.  Matt did a fantastic job as well, finishing his first Ironman in just over 12 hours.

Overall it was a great day, no doubt there will be another Ironman at some stage, I never really believed the ‘just one’ line  was given a few years ago!