Sunday, 31 October 2010

Long runs and no-C days...

The big lap went well. Much better than expected in fact.

30 miles off road. 4 hr 26 mins. No blisters. Smiles for the first 20 miles. Some serious developments in my 'find the ultimate pain face' quest. 1st place! Happy days.

Great also to catch up with old friends on the start line (my old University tutor no less - I like the small world).

Big thanks to Deadly and Bex Potter who braved the rain to cheer and of course P and Mr C who found a bit of sunshine during the day.

From 30 mile black mtns challenge and holiday in rhayder

By the end I was more than a little shattered and was suffering from both severe leg soreness and a bad case of head-band-itis. Apologies to any followers of fashion!

From 30 mile black mtns challenge and holiday in rhayder

In the following week we've had a new, and odd, treat. My mum and P's mum joined forces to look after Mr C and we had 4 much needed nights in a Welsh B&B. We slept in till 8 am (for the first time in 10 months) and read a lot or newspapers. We did, of course, manage to sneek in a couple of mtb rides, a couple of mtn runs and a nice long walk.

From 30 mile black mtns challenge and holiday in rhayder

From 30 mile black mtns challenge and holiday in rhayder

It's odd to feel almost normal again... odd, but nice.

On a different track, Mr C has been practising for Halloween...

From 30 mile black mtns challenge and holiday in rhayder

BOO!

And... massive congrats to Freya - a follower of this blog - for passing her driving test! Zoom zoom!

Changing my mind..?

As someone whose degree was totally state funded and who received a not insubstantial grant from the public purse I used to be surprisingly flippant about the introduction of tuition fees. The recent huge cuts to the University budgets and this article have made me think again...

But should 'everyone' have to pay for an individuals choice to pursue a more financially viable career? Let's face it, most of the bankers who were responsible of the current disastrous state of the national finances got a free university education courtesy of the taxpayer.

And shouldn't all students have a responsibility to pay for their own fake moustaches & wigs??

From cycling peaks screenshot

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sometimes you eat the bear...

and sometimes it eats you. Shameless direct steal from Slowtwitch.com but originally from The Dude.  I've been ignoring the bike a bit of late as I prep for 30 mile mtn marathon.  I've never run 30 miles before, and it being off road might make it a bit trickier, but I felt like it was time to mix things up again and push out beyond the comfort zone.  It's worked, I've struggled a bit but it's meant a forced change in habits and made me get out to places I would have missed out on...

From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross

It's a week on Saturday... we will see who eats whom :)

Of course that's not the big news. Warwick's visit was brilliant and saw some trails ridden and beers drunk (7 bottles of Stella no less, more in 4 days than in the entire preceding 12 months). We were really lucky with the weather and hit Afan in perfect condition on Monday. Empty and perfect.

From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross

Charlie continues to be the most wonderful thing in the world, and no I don't have a problem with being an out and out 'happy dad'. He eats like me...

From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross

and smiles like Paula...

From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross

What of P? Well she's been doing the Cross I should have been fitting into the running (it'll come, don't panic). Clive has come up trups with two matching Euro-white Cube cross bikes. Ultegra'd up and speedy speed speed!

From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross
From charlie in the bath and Crickhowell Cross

What are you doing this weekend...?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

6 year cycle....

Every six years or so Warwick and I catch up. In 1996/7 it was Timaru (NZ), in 2003/4 it was NZ again & W stepped up to be my best man. 2010 see's Warwicks first UK trip... so we did what had to be done & went riding.

From warwick and charlie crawling and risca cross

All NZ residents please note the rear Crudcatcher mudguard. W almost died of shame when I pulled his loaner bike out of the garage with a 'mudguard' on. I think the fact that his brakes were on back to front took his mind off the humiliation!

From warwick and charlie crawling and risca cross

Guard your ankles...

and please excuse the 'Dad-speak', it's got the the point where I don't even know I' doing it. Want Charlie to do something... best to speak in a stupid voice!