The First Priority: Getting Some ZZZZZZs
Every time a body lifts heavy, micro-tears are made in the muscle fibres. Good food provides the material, then sleep to provides the opportunity for the body to re-build the tissue even sturdier than before. Sleep is required to get stronger, sufficient sleep is essential to getting as strong as possible. Sufficient sleep, 7-8 hours a night for me, is elemental to reaching my strength goals.
Autumn Festival Art Exhibition
My co-judge was Maurice Middleditch, a highly skilled water colourist who lives and works in Bannockburn. He was pretty nervous about the whole thing, whereas I have done it a few times. We worked well together, picking eleven different works across varied media and styles as the prize winners. The Awards evening, last Friday, was fabulous. I had brought a new outfit, got my hair done and had a beautiful new folded leather necklace made by Jessica Winchcombe to wear. The exhibition is pretty swish too. It's hung salon-style with many and varied artworks all over the walls. The works comes from all over the country, and with so many types of art there's something for everyone.
I found out later that he spent much of the night sitting on the footpath, in the cold and the dark, wearing shorts and bare feet. When concerned passersby (there were heaps, the Autumn Festival is on) asked him if he was ok, he would tell them that his mother wouldn't let him in as he didn't have any shoes. His story telling skills extend further than creative writing.
As a fun thing to do with the family, we got together with the other brothers and we had our family photos down at the Old Fashioned Costume Photography Studio at the Arrowtown Museum. It was so much fun, and we loved the results.
Nice to be Home
I've had a good session in the Forge and another at Remarkables CrossFit. We did Fran (always freaks me out a bit, this time no different) and front squats. I didn't do so well on Fran with 6:01, but got a front squat PR of 90kg.
I'm getting pumped for the Southern Classic CrossFit Competition at CrossFit Dunedin this Saturday, then the Otago Powerlifting Champs the next! Can't wait.