I is for Ironman! Ironman stands for triathlons held all over the world, which involve a 3.8 kilometre swim followed by a 180 kilometre bike ride followed by a 42 kilometre run. My husband loves endurance sport (marathons, ultra marathons, ironman triathlons and crazy ultra open water swims). It’s not something I’d ever be able to do though, so we are very proud of our Ironman.
Early morning before the start of Ironman WA in Busselton
Swim leg of Ironman WA (swimming around the Busselton jetty)
On the bike at Ironman WA
In the finishing chute at Ironman WA
Ons of the signs at Ironman WA
Some of our Ironman’s collection of finisher’s medals
Swim, bike, run = Ironman
I also stands for Indian Ocean and iron ore, which is mined in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Indian Ocean at the West End, Rottnest Island, WA
Train carrying iron ore to the port at Dampier in north west Australia
Last but not least, I is for interaction with fellow bloggers, which I’m really enjoying especially during this A to Z challenge where I get to see even more interesting posts.
In this week’s photo challenge we’re asked to let the alphabet be our inspiration. I realised I have heaps of photos of writing, letters and/or signs in one form or another and got a bit carried away with my gallery. Please feel free to click on the images and read the captions.
A sign in recognition of the engineering feats of CY O’Connor who also designed and oversaw the construction of a 500km long pipeline from Perth to the eastern goldfields to ensure a water supply for the towns. Sadly he never witnessed the completion. He had been the subject of criticism and derision by people saying it would never work. It’s still in operation today. This sign is in New Zealand (South Island) where he worked before moving to Australia.
Words of encouragement at the Busselton Ironman triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42.2km run) which my husband has completed twice.
Names of Australian soldiers who fought gallantly during World War 2. Photo taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Tropic of Capricorn sign in the Namib desert, Namibia.
Memorial for West Australian soldiers who have served in different wars. Kings Park, Perth.
Imperative to follow these instructions at Aus in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
Cool crisp wine at a picnic at Boschendal wine farm (est. 1685) near Cape Town in South Africa.
Probably my husband’s favourite mug. Taken at Mount Trio bush camp, southwestern Australia.
An old stone bridge in Tasmania, Australia.
Finish of the Australian Three Peaks Race
Last running leg of the Australian Three Peaks Race which my husband and a friend did: up and back down Mount Wellington, completing 131km of running in three days (and 335 nautical miles of sailing).
Taken at Port Arthur, first penal colony in Australia.
Someone else had this sign up as encouragement for their dad at the finish line of the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa. Taken while we were waiting for my husband to finish his 18th Two Oceans marathon.
Road train, a common sight on outback Australian roads. Taken at Minilya roadhouse, about 100km from Coral Bay in northwestern Australia.
Brandberg White Lady Lodge and bush camp, Namibia. Home of desert elephants and age old rock paintings.
“Lest We Forget”. Taken at the National ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Centre in Albany, southwestern Australia. (The Anzacs departed from Albany in November 1914 and fought courageously at Gallipoli during 1915.)
Voyager Estate, southwestern Australia. It has special meaning for me as it was built in the Cape Dutch style, used extensively in South Africa by early Dutch and French immigrants. “Werf” means yard in Afrikaans.
The old York flour mill (in the wheatbelt east of Perth).
Kings Park & Botanic Garden overlooking the Swan river, Perth, Australia.
Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, Australia.