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Busselton Ironman

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Last weekend Phil participated in the Ironman Triathlon in Busselton, Western Australia.  This was his seventh Ironman, but it was by far the most crazy that we have been a part of.

We flew in to Perth and drove the 2.5 hours South to Busselton.  Phil checked in that afternoon and got his race bags and number.  Saturday morning he turned them all in, one for the bike, one for the run, special needs bags for each, and a street bag for after the race.  There is a lot of organisation involved in these races and it's always amazing when he doesn't forget something.  He did a practice swim to get used to the wetsuit and water temperature and claimed to be looking forward to the 3.8 km swim the following morning.
Sunday morning we got up at 4:30 am, which was a lot easier than it sounds because we were still 3 hours ahead on Melbourne time.  We got down to the transition area and it seemed like there were more people than normal in the way.  The athletes doing the half ironman were ru…

Guest Book - Vicky

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August 28, 2017

Dear Suzannah and Phil, 

Thank you so much for letting me stay at your home and also for driving me around to see everything!  Melbourne has been wonderful; it has such a wide variety of things to see and explore.  It is no wonder you left California and decided to call Australia home.  My favorite activity while here was Phillip Island - I loved the coast line, finding the Ocean Reach Brewery, and seeing the Penguin Parade.  I can;t wait to bring the family with me next time, and perhaps during a slightly warmer month.  The boys will love it and also help tire out the dogs (and vice versa).  I'm looking forward to seeing your new fancy customized house.

Ta-Ta,
Vicky

Shirley You Can't Be Serious!

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One month ago we doubled our westie collection with a sassy little puppy we named Shirley.  Maybe is such a good dog that we decided to get another one while she was still active enough to help train a new one.  We underestimated how much crazy a puppy brings, and every since we've been spending every waking moment trying to wear the puppy out so that she will let us sleep at night.   We named her Shirley as in Surely to go with Maybe.  We definitely couldn't name her Probably so it seemed like the logical choice.  We didn't realise until after we named her that the name pun doesn't translate well in Australia.  We were walking with some friends who asked about the name and I explained but they gave me blank looks.  When I spelled out S-U-R-E-L-Y they said "you mean Shore-ly?" and we all had a giggle at the different pronunciations.  They must not have seen the movie Airplane here either.
I'm glad we decided not to spell it Surely because then Aussies would…