Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Camp Christmas with Sam Warriner

So day three of catching up with some of our pros to find out what they have planned for the holidays, and we catch up with a Sam Warriner, who sounds like she'll be having a very Kiwi christmas. I think we might swing by for that xmas morning swim and breakfast too...

Are you Santa or the Grinch? Love Xmas or hate it?
I love Christmas to be honest, my husband tells me off 364 days of the year for buying pressies for my friends kids – Christmas is the one time I don't get told off! I just love giving presents to people so I get really into it!

Where are you spending Xmas this year? E.g. whose house, what country?
We're just over a week away and I don't actually know. We got back from a weeks camping in Taupo last night and loved it! We're trying to find somewhere else to go away to for Chrimbo but I have a very important training session on Christmas Eve that I need to do with the coach – so that will be either Auckland or Taupo depending on where he is.

Who will you spend it with?
My husband Stephen and our dog Bo. We'll prob be with my best friend Barts, and her husband Smithy who works with Stephen, and also their 3 kids.

How do you spend the day? Travelling around or bunkered down at home?
It really depends on whether we have people staying with us or not. Basically every other year we have family out from the UK so we spend it with them. But on the years in between (which is this year as they all came out for the wedding last year) we try and stay commitment free. So this year it's trying to just have a laid back day. We've talked about grabbing the kayaks and just paddling down the estuary at the bottom of our property and having a picnic at Patuau – we'll see.

What’s on your Gift Wish list this year?
I met Anabelle Langbein recently when I was on Good Morning TV and ever since I've been trying ALL her recipes, she's got a new book out called 'The free range cook' – I've dropped a lot of hints to Stephen about it so we'll just have to wait and see! To be honest though, I had quite a health scare at the end of the 2010 season and had to have major surgery. It kind of put things into perspective for me and I'm just happy to be making my first Christmas as a married woman, and I'll be enjoying our 1st anniversary on December 28th.
Best present you ever got? (Aside from your blueseventy wetsuit of course)
Haha besides ALL the Blue Seventy wetsuits I've had of course, well I guess I'd have to say my health – I've got it back for 2011 and I intend to keep it!
Worst present you have ever got? It’s socks isn’t it….
God we get some random stuff from the rele's over in the UK?! I can't understand why Stephen's parents send him underpants EVERY Christmas?! For me....I got given a vacuum once...needless to say I didn't end up marrying him and am very happy with the presents Stephen's given me since we've been together!
Got any traditions you’ll be upholding? Carolling? Snow Angels? Bit of backyard cricket?.
Bacon, Eggs n Champagne for brekkie and I love to get an ocean swim in!

What’s your training schedule like around Christmas?
Full on – I've got some catching up to do if I even wanna qualify for Kona – let alone win it!

Do you train on Christmas day, and if so, what do you do?
Yup, if we have no family over from the UK then we'll train. It will probably be limited to just a sea swim this year. 2 years ago was the last time we had it without family and we had just set the date for our wedding. So we thought it would be funny to hand deliver the wedding invites – on Christmas Day - to all our friends in Whangarei. We rode our bikes and ended up doing 7 hours. Stephen had a beer at EVERY house we stopped at, I was a bit more conservative, I still can't believe he made it over Mount Tiger after 7 hours of riding and maybe 15 stops at friends houses!?

Favourite tipple at Christmas? Do you allow a bit of eggnog?
I'll have a bottle of Sav Blanc. When we went down to Wanaka for the Sweat Camp in September we did a big tour of the vineyards on the last day and got some beautiful Sav's. We've done well to save them until now so I'm guessing a few will get drunk over the Christmas period.

We do nothing but eat from dawn to dusk at our place – what do you do? What’s on the menu for your feast?
We've got a REALLY fat turkey in the freezer that we raised from a chic and then gave him the chop about two months ago – I think he's on the menu to be honest.

Do you prefer Xmas in the Snow or the Sand?
Sand. Couldn't imagine going for a swim on Christmas day if I was back in Surrey!

We’ve got Dean Martin crooning Xmas songs in the office – who will you be singing along to this Christmas?
I'm sooooo into Glee at the moment and have been buying their CD's....I was hoping they'd bring out a Christmas Special? Does anyone know if they have.....
Got any tips for getting rid of any excess, er, “Christmas weight”?
That's easy – get Sweat'n.
Go to my website and I'll fix you up with a training plan to lose the lard!

Will you be heading off on holiday anywhere?
Every day is a holiday when you're sponsored by amazing companies like Blue Seventy. (Editor: oh you’re making us blush!)
What have you got planned for New Years?
We're heading down to Whangamata to support some of the girls in the Contact Series race on January 2nd. We'll be camping again. When I was in hospital they brought me a newspaper the morning I was released. It had a Kathmandu flyer in it about a massive sale they were having. When Stephen came to pick me up and they discharged me I said 'right we're off to Sylvia Park and Kathmandu and we're off camping this summer!' We've camped in Rotorua and Taupo already, and we're off to Whangamata and then probably Kinloch too....absolutely love it!

And lastly, what’s this year’s New Years resolution?
No more looking just gives me a sore neck!

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