Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Bike



17
Jun
09

seventee(n)th

Open Wide – Important Appointments – Passing The Baton

As I suspected, today was a bit of poor one on the Juneathon front. Starting the day with a trip to the Dentist AND the Hygenist is always going to take the edge of any enjoyment that may lay ahead. And why do dentists wait until they have their hands in your mouth before asking you questions like “How are the family?” (my reply “Hmmpppfff”) and “Are you going away on holiday this year?” (“Hmmpppfff” again.). At least I cycled there and once the trauma was over, was able to go completely in the opposite direction to make it count for Juneathon take the scenic route home.
The rest of the day was spent hurtling around from place to place trying desperately not to be late. I eventually arrived back at home just after 6 and said a quick “hello” to Mrs eatingtrees before she disappeared off to college.

Cook.
Read SonNumberOne & SonNumberTwo a story.
Kids to bed.
Jump in shower.
Blog.
And… relax.

Juneathon Stats: 8.7 mile cycle
Soundtrack to this post: Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb

16
Jun
09

you are feeling sleepy…

Go To Bed Eyes – Recycling – Nail Vanish

Hungry.
And tired.
All the time. Although, strangely, I worry that every time I sit down I am going to fall asleep but once I’ve actually dragged my sorry self up and out on a run or a bike ride, I feel OK. Today was the turn of the bike for a number of reasons-
1) I wanted to check out a cycle route and see how far it is and how long it takes.
2) I am trying, where possible, to mix things up a little bit to keep me motivated but also to give my running muscles a rest once in a while.
3) Lastly, and most unpleasantly, after I finished posting yesterday, I realised that the toenail on my little toe was hanging off so had to perform a bit of surgery on myself and remove it completely. I’m not sure why it has decided to fall off and it doesn’t really hurt although there was a little bit of blood, but thought it might be wise to not run on it for a day or so.
So, as I am one toenail down and have a stupid day tomorrow which starts with a dentist appointment at 8am and then goes downhill from there, I may have to get a bit creative with tomorrows Juneathoning too. I see a cycle ride to the dentist becoming my days activity…

Juneathon Stats: 20.51 mile cycle

Soundtrack to this post: Do You Wanna Funk – Sylvester

13
Jun
09

day 13 – joint juneathon

Unlucky For Some – Tales From The River Bank – London Calling

Today had been half-planned for some time. Hauling My Carcass and I had decided to do a joint Juneathon day but since his injury and subsequent lack of running, we had to re-evaluate what we could do. We’d discussed it and decided that today would, depending on the weather, consist of cycling, eating or just sitting around chatting.
As it turned out, it was a happy combination of all three.
We set off around 11 on the bikes, I’d planned to follow the river and start off on my regular 10k route and see where we ended up. In the end we followed the river through Lee Valley Park 8.11 miles to a little pub where we sat and chatted and ate and drank pints of Orange Juice and lemonade. It was all very civilsed and, apart from one clearly mad old lady shouting something at us about having bells on the bikes even though we’d passed her at little more than walking pace about 20 feet away from her, very peaceful. I’d also noticed that one can follow the route 26 miles through the Lee Valley Park and all the way to the Thames at East India Dock… Hmmm, now there’s a cycle ride that is calling out to me to be done – another day, maybe.

So, another day done, 16.22 miles in total. Hauling My Carcass told me he hasn’t ridden a push bike properly for approximately 10 years, so it’ll be interesting to see how it affects him over the next few days…

Juneathon Stats: 16.22 mile cycle

Soundtrack to this post: Zombie – Fela Kuti

08
Jun
09

lightw8?

A Man Walks Into The Doctors – The Story So Far – Not Going Out

Today I rang the Doctors Surgery to see if I could get the results of last weeks MRI scan. Firstly, when you ring my Doctors Surgery you are presented with a recorded message which made me smile as the first option is “If your enquiry is urgent or you have a life threatening condition, please press one now!”.

Secondly, I can only, apparently, get test results between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. “If you are calling between these times, please press 4 now” Great, I think, I have to go to town this afternoon anyway, so I can pop in and see if the results are back. So I nip into the doctors, after 2pm and before 4pm like the recorded mesage said.
“Hello, I’ve come to see if the results of my MRI scan have come back”.
The lady behind the reception desk looks horrified and says “You can’t get results in person. Only over the phone. Because of confidentiality.”
“But”, I say, ” surely it’s safer to give them to me in person, I have ID and everything. If I were just on the end of a telephone line, it could be anyone calling, saying they were me. How is that more confidential?”
She looks incredulous. “Name”, she says. I tell her. She shuffles some files and envelopes and says, “They’re not back, try at the end of the week”

    Totals for Juneathon Days 1-7

Run – 28.3 miles
Bike – 20.4 miles
Press Ups – 695
Crunches – 400

As my knees seem to be feeling the strain of 7 consecutive days running / cycling, I decided that today I would only do press-ups and crunches and give my legs a day off. I also tinkered with the pushbike, pumped the tyres and lubed the chain in readiness for another outing later in the week. But I still couldn’t help feeling like I’d not really Juneathoned today.

Hey Ho. As a friend of mine is fond of saying, “A change is as good as a rest, just not as relaxing!”

Juneathon Stats: 4 sets of press ups – 60 / 50 / 50 / 50 (210 total for day), 3 sets of stomach crunches – 100 / 100 / 100 (300 total for day)

Soundtrack to this post: Fuss Fight – Nucleus Roots

04
Jun
09

26 to go

Clutching At Straws – Averting Catastrophe – On Yer Bike

Day 4, and eatingtrees is in the diary room…

One of the brilliant things about Juneathon is reading other peoples blogs and seeing the myriad of ways they fulfil the criteria laid down by the Juneathon Rules. Press-ups, sit ups, yoga, running, cycling, rowing, walking, drawing… the list is practically endless. So I decided to double check to see if any of my activities today fulfilled the necessary criteria for Juneathon inclusion.

1) Trawling through page after page of “jobs” advertised on employment websites safe in the knowledge that many of them do not exist but are a way for “recruitment consultants” to get contacts and fulfil their quota of new clients. Juneathon inclusion = NO.
2) Precariously balancing on the top of a wobbly ladder whilst trimming a very tall hedge armed only with a blunt pair of shears. Juneathon inclusion = NO.
3)Picking up SonNumberTwo from playgroup and then going straight to the shops carrying 1 school bag, 1 envelope containing details of next terms activities, 1 cuddly toy, 1 bag containing change of clothes made dirty by SonNumberTwo during the mornings activities, 1 wallet, 1 shopping bag and SonNumberTwo’s coat. Juneathon inclusion = NO.
4)Narrowly averting catastrophe in above supermarket by calmly “talking down” SonNumberTwo and getting him to put the bottles back on the shelf after he decided to leg it in the supermarket, find the booze aisle and pluck a bottle of wine in each hand to show me whilst I was carrying 1 school bag, 1 envelope containing details of next terms activities, 1 cuddly toy, 1 bag containing change of clothes made dirty by SonNumberTwo during the mornings activities, 1 wallet, 1 shopping bag, SonNumberTwo’s coat AND a now full shopping basket. Juneathon inclusion = NO
5) Voting. Junethon Inclusion = NO.

Arse… I didn’t want to run again, so dusted off the mountain bike and headed out. Actually riding off-road on the mountain bike is still a no no as it makes my shoulder hurt like a bastard so I just concentrated on getting some miles in. Oh, and I did some more press-ups, which, by the way, make me think that I am reaching my current threshold as the last few are killers and it will take a big push to get past this point.

Juneathon Stats: 20.4 mile cycle, 3 sets of press ups – 50 / 50 / 55 (155 total for day)
Soundtrack to this post: Welcome To The Terrordome – Public Enemy




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