Almost back to work

Yesterday the Caldina sold and was picked up by a good younger fella who is a geology student. He’s been biking everywhere and has been looking for a reliable car. Seems he knows what he is on about with cars so think this one should be well looked after. He makes some awesome recycled wood furniture, check out his work here, here’s a free plug for him: http://www.fastdogfurniture.com/

Since that cars now gone, I’ve been tidying up things on my own one. I’ve just put in some new Nolathane front lower control arm bushes, fixed the radio aerial, painted the front bumper (had so much stone chips), fitted rear bump stops and strut boots (old ones were split badly) and replaced the fuel filter. I have some really cheap L.E.D. bulbs (T5 and T10 size ones) coming from Ebay to change with the dull incandescent ones that light up my dash too. They should be a week or so away. I also need to replace the rear speakers but a bit of modifying is needed there as the old ones are 4″ but I’m putting in 6 1/2″. I think for now I’ll take a break from car stuff once mines 100% as it’s so time consuming, It’s only a Caldina at the end of the day and probably isn’t worth as much as I’ve spent on it. The old crappy engine sold for $15 on Trademe tonight so that’s gone soon too and we’ll have our garage back.

I’ve been for some runs recently up the hills, running mainly the Mt Vernon valley track that starts at the bottom of Hillsborough Tce and works its way up to Rapaki/Summit Road. Its a great run, high intensity at the start but not so great first thing in the morning as most of the track is in shadow of the Rapaki Hill until 3/4 of the way up so the frosty mornings are a bit rough for the start of the run. I did go for a run around the whole of Hagley Park the other day and was impressed with the pace of an older fella who I caught up with. I was nearing the end of my run and targeting people ahead of myself to catch up and pass (my mental challenge while running). I took a while to catch up to this older fella but when I did he had a relaxed and quick running pace (11-12 kph at a guess) which I felt comfortable running along side him at. I didn’t have to push myself too much but it was constant. I don’t think many people out running at that time had a good pace like this guy, he would’ve been in his 50’s at a guess.

Tomorrow will be one of the biggest runs for me in awhile, looking at a half marathon type distance run but not sure where to run, I have some options like the beach/bottlelake forest but it gets annoying when the tides all the way in and the end of bottlelake looses the track into slush so you need to jump on to the beach to get to the Waimak River mouth. Weather looks good, not too hot and no rain or cloud according to Metservice.

Another option is running from home to Hagley Park and back, it’s about 19-20km but I like the peace of trail running better so… the best option so far might be a run from Sumner to Taylors Mistake up Godley head and back, just like the good old days but via some slightly different tracks from the start at Sumner as most of the awesome old ones have fallen in to the sea from the earthquakes. I need to start looking for more hill runs in Christchurch to vary my distances and add variety.

Lately I’ve been watching a Netflix series ‘The 100’, it’s a good Sci-fi series about some humans who abandoned Earth and lived in space for 100 years due to nuclear contamination on Earth. They’ve landed back on earth to see if it is inhabitable and found it now is but there’s other humans that are still on earth that cause them oodles of problems. To be honest, I’ve become a bit addicted to it and am going to watch some more of it shortly.

Alongside Netflix I’ve also been starting a bit of study of the CPK’s for work. I’ve just finished the first ‘Chapter’ for CYPFS Act and Family Violence. I’ve probably read it over and over about three times now because when I stop, I loose where I’m at and have to go through the whole document (on my laptop) again to find out where I got up to. Anyway… ‘Chapter 2’ here I come!! (Firearms, TASER, Sudden Death, Policing Act and Victims). I’d also better check that I have the latest exam study files because these are probably a bit outdated from last year now.

Plan for the rest of the night is Netflix then sleep. Onward with Netflix 🙂

First of the proper runs

It’s been -1 Degrees Celsius last night and I had planned a run up the hill trails. When I got up about 8am I thought that even my new trail shoes might not hold that well to the ground due to how cold it was so I thought I’d go running around the block. I was aiming for a 10km run to start things off. I have been doing the odd run on average about once a week but now the focus is on ‘upping’ that. My previous runs were with my German Shepherd dog Bella or my son Brooklyn so I haven’t had a decent chance to let loose as Bella would slow down drastically going downhill or near the end of a big run, Brooklyn does well but his legs are a little shorter than mine.

I chucked on my running gear, beanie and gloves and went at it. Just out of my gate a young ginger guy was running in the same direction as me but about a block ahead…. my first challenge!!!

I could tell from way back I was gaining on him quickly, as I past him he wasn’t puffing and he had a relaxed but slow jogging sort of pace. For all I know he was probably near the end of a marathon run but I felt good passing him.

The first km was the hardest with the cold air hitting the back of my throat and my body working aerobically to start off. I thought, ‘why am I doing this!’ I began to settle into a good pace as I ran around the river and the redzone, running past some kayakers and people out walking and feeding ducks.

I ran around Locksley Ave where everything is still bare and un-cared for, there was one house still in the middle of the CERA land that appeared lived in. Continuing on I made it to New Brighton Road, the part where it always floods, looks like they’re fixing the road there.

I felt good from here on knowing that I’m sort of on the home straight, sweat and body heat had built up and my back of my throat was no longer cold.

Heading back on Wainoni Road I picked up pace as I knew I had more energy in the tank, I thought about the M&M’s I ate last night and knew there was more energy to burn if I pushed myself.

On the last road home I upped the pace again to an almost sprint to the gate. Brooklyn came outside to welcome me home (and unlock the front door).

I created a 4x weetbix and peaches breakfast with a hot green tea to chow down on while I figured out my pace on the computer. I’ve started a spreadsheet from today and recorded my results for the first proper run:

avg speed 12.39kph, distance 11.08km’s, time 53mins 40secs, pace about 4:50min per km.

Not bad for a first personal run. Now to push it further and stop eating all this sugary crap that I love so much.

Done and up for sale

Yesterday was the big vacuum out and polish the car day. The previous owner had left so much wood chips (think he transported wood for his fire in it) and heaps of dog hair and cigarette butts in it. It was a full day of vacuuming, armourall and cut and polishing to tidy it up. The rear bumper also got a bit of a spray paint to tidy up the paint that had seemed to react somehow making it look a bit orange peely.

Today was the last day of sorting this car out.

I took it in for a WOF only to find the rear brakes were imbalanced. After taking off the wheel and finding the wheel cylinder leaking I thought I’d have found the issue and whipped down to Supercheap to buy a new wheel cylinder. Taking it back in for a re-check showed it wasn’t the fault and the good WOF man (who I used to call on in my old job) let me put it up on the hoist to adjust the brakes in case that was all it needed…. wrong, it looked like the right side wheel cylinder needed replacing too, taking it back home I replaced the other wheel cylinder and drove it straight back (all within an hour). The second WOF re-check showed no different in the rear brake balance. The handbrake balance tested fine though so it had to be a hydraulic problem.

Drove it home again thinking the only other option would be a faulty brake proportioning valve which I picked up from All Cars Auto Dismantlers. When I got home I began removing the old one, what a mission!! It’s mounted on the firewall behind the intake manifold and you need double jointed arms with 6 fingers on each hand to make it an easier job, unfortunately I only had five fingers and normal arms so I persevered with it until I got it out.

The replacement valve was installed back in place just in time to pickup the kids from school. When the kids got home I got Brooklyn to help bleed the brakes by pumping them and holding the pedal down while I loosened and tightened the bleed nipples. Job done, the kids jumped in the car and I drove it back to the WOF shop to have it finally pass.

It’s now on Trademe for sale, some one will get probably one of the most tidiest and reliable Caldina’s of its age in Christchurch for a deal.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1119982416&ed=true

Now my brother has messaged me saying his Caldina (a bit newer than this one) needs a cambelt kit fitted. I think I could manage that. I also need to get rid of the old engine from the garage so if you know of anyone who likes scrap metal dealing they can come and take it for free and earn themselves some ‘squid’.

Once this sells I’m buying myself some decent running clothes and hitting the trails. Cars take too much time so this will probably be my last wee project for a good while. Will be looking forward to focusing on running, family, CPK study and work.

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