Janathon Day Six – Anyone got an Ark

Yep, you’ve got it, it’s raining again, I knew it wouldn’t last longer than a day. But whilst it was a bit soggy going to working coming home was more of a monsoon – a monsoon that started the minute I set off home. Still what’s a girl to do when there’s a Janathon to complete – granted I could have gone to the gym – but where’s the fun in that?? So yet again I arrived home completely mud splattered – so mud splattered that had I arrived home like that when I was a kid I would, to quote some of the kids I work with, have got ‘well done’. Looking at the forecast, the rains going nowhere – I may need to swap the bike for an ark – or cycle in a wetsuit – now there’s an idea!!!!

6.5 mile done

Walking tomorrow

Bring it on

  

Pool Rage…….

Wednesday is a busy day as it is, work, then 3 hours at College for my ever so exciting ( boring as boring can be!) science gcse course. Just to add to the fun, I’ve a Physio appointment straight from work meaning the only time to do any form of activity was before work – so I opted for an early morning swim. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the early morning swim, but I didn’t release we had an Olympic swimming team training in wakefield – we must do – no normal person swims that fast!! Just how many times can they swim over me!! I can’t win – I was told I was too fast for the slow lane but I’m not fast enough for the mega fast lane – after forty lengths I gave up and got in the spa pool – Olympic swimmers don’t do spas!!
I’ll go see what the Physio has to say
Cycling tomorrow
Bring it on!!!

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The Mud Monster….or me on a bike!!!

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So for Janathon day six it was back to cycling to work, something I haven’t done since the beginning of November -it was good to be back. Alas in my enthusiasm to get back on the bike there were a couple of things I forgot

  1. It’s very dark at 7:45, especially round the local country park where there are no lights – I was a little bit scared!!
  2. The evil killer gulls (I’m not a fan) refuse to budge from the path even when you’re hurtling towards them full pelt (well fast for me!). I was even more scared and screamed my way through!!
  3. It was as muddy as chuff – which is no problem whatsoever but I’d just forgotten how muddy – I looked like a swamp creature upon arrival at work!!!

Still I survived there and back and that’s another six miles logged and the knees holding up!!

Pre-work swim in the morning

At least I won’t need another wash when I get to work

Bring it on!!!

Janathon Day Two -Blistered

Well I could blame the blisters on the miles and miles I cycled this afternoon (well, not miles and miles but it was miles!!) but alas they are down to my much-loved new Dr Martens. Still, blisters or no blisters, I managed to squeeze in 30 minutes on the exercise bike in-between my not-so-big Asda Big Shop (which I did at Sainsburys) and meeting up with my fellow GCSE Science students to revise for our forthcoming mock exam (eek!)I was planning a full gym session but with the dodgy knee twinging a bit I was good (I really have turned over a new leaf) and stuck to my rehab advice (physio rehab not Amy Winehouse type rehab) and just did enough to keep the knee moving – I will get my fitness back, it’s just going to have to take a little longer than I was expecting.
11.9 miles cycled
Gym tomorrow (hopefully)
Bring it on!!

New Shoes!!

New Shoes!!

Alcoholic Assignments………………

images (2)So after three halves of lager and a glass of wine (its been a tough day, week , month, half-term) I’ve finally got an opening sentence for my first uni assignment. Strange really, when I’ve spent a sober 2 weeks staring at an empty piece of paper, with not a clue where to start – now I’m on a roll. Well I would be except I’m struggling to keep my eyes open! Still, at least I’ve started and I’m no longer filled with dread that I’m going to spend half-term not knowing what to write.

Yes, uni-life is now in full swing, it’s not easy. Juggling work, home, college and uni takes some doing, and my only means of survival seems to be running my life like a military operation. Everything we do is now on a list, calendar or random post-it note, so far it seems to be working, who knows with a little more organisation I might even get round to blogging a little more often – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since August – maybe its time for a quick catch-up!!

Half-term is finally here, and what a half-term it’s been, frantic from day one to the end -but I still love my job! If the degree is going well, the science GCSE isn’t – just my luck to get a science teacher who knows less about science than I do. First there was the negative/positive confusion, then the anti-bodies that she called anti-biodies, and this week she had us looking for calium on the periodic table -only to realise it was a typo – we should have been looking for CALCIUM!! Still, this week was her last, hopefully her replacement will be better!!

The cycling continues and we haven’t been lost for weeks, always a good sign. I wish I could say I’m back running but I’m not and not really sure if I ever will be -surgery looms and I’m hoping for a miracle!!

Quickest catch-up ever

but there’s uni work to be done

Bring it on!!

A Colour Run Catch Up

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The day after watching Le Grand Depart disaster struck. I’m not really sure why ,though I am mainly blaming it on dancing in a field, but my knee did its best dying swan act and gave up. Come lunchtime I was in agony, it kept locking and the pain was akin to childbirth (not that I’d know I had a section!) it got worse. Come tea time I was jumping out of my seat with shooting pains, hubby had heard enough and dragged me off to A & E -for once I didn’t protest! I  managed to avoid punching the nice doctor as he tried to bend my leg (just) the prognosis wasn’t good – he thought I’d torn my knee ligament again -joy!! It couldn’t have come at a worse time I was due to go on a school residential and I had a charity race to do. The residential didn’t happen for once I listened, the race, on the other hand did -I’d stopped listening by then!!!

I’d never done a colour run before, it was in aid of the local hospice and we were running in memory of my workmates dad. It was great fun, you all threw paint over one another before you started and then, at various places on the route, the race sponsors threw more paint at you – bliss! Maybe it was the crutches giving cause for sympathy, but I got off quite lightly, though my hair looked like it had had a blue rinse for the best part of a week, most people were covered. Still it was great fun, we raised lots of money and I would definitely do it again, dodgy knee permitting!!

Great colour Run Fun

So Glad it Didn’t Rain

Bring it on!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Blogs Back -Part One

Le Grand Depart – Yorkshire

It was definitely a weekend of firsts, we’d never been camping before, I’d certainly never stood on a road side for what seemed like forever waiting to watch a cycle race and typically it was the first time in ages Wakefield had beaten the Rhinos and we missed it!!

So to the camping, after a week of glorious sunshine, come Friday it started to rain. Come the time we needed to put the tent up it was wanging it down -joy!! We were only an hour from home, wouldn’t it have been easier to get up ridiculously early the following morning and drive over… To be honest, when we arrived we did kind of wonder what we were letting ourselves in for, there were some rather strange characters around. My Facebook postings for the next 12 hours went something like this;

We’re here, the tents up, the inflatable pillows will be fab for dwarves, the self inflating mats haven’t inflated,it’s pissing it down, the locals running the camp have all got huge teeth, the girl next door thinks she’s come to Glastonbury ( short dress, fat arse, white legs n wellies) the rozzers keep walking up and down, a man keeps checking our blue bands to make sure we’ve paid, I have a lager in my hand, the rugby’s on the radio, Phil Bentham’s just disallowed a Wakey try (knob!). I quite like camping!!!

So after dancing in a field and drinking lots of beer (well lots for me!) I slept like a log. The rain poured down,next doors dog howled all bleeding night, and just how many planes fly into Leeds Bradford, I did sleep honest!! Thankfully the country bumpkins didn’t wake me to ask to look at my blue band. We’ve just had brekkie, the suns trying to get out, not long to wait now!!

All in all, everything went to plan, we got the tent up in double-quick time due to the rain, the live band was great and the actual race day was amazing, so good we did it all again the following day -minus the tent. We cycled there and then along some of the route, great to get cheered for pedalling ten times slower than the actual cyclist!!

It was a great weekend, and strange how those on the route varied from one day to the next. Saturday we were surrounded by lycra clad cyclists (SOME REALLY SHOULDN’T) with light weght bikes, heart rate monitors and more gadgets than an apple shop. Sunday was the mountain bike brigade, baggy shorts, baggy tops, muddy bikes and off road maps. Did it make me want to buy a road bike…. No thanks -have you seen the size of those saddles!!

A great weekend. So glad we went to watch.

The tent dried out eventually.

Bring it on!

Better Late Than Never and lost!!!

Image1So much for me starting Juneathon 8 days late, if only I’d realised just how ill food poisoning can actually make you. Not really what you want when you’re in the process of taking exams. Still I survived, just, and after two and a half weeks off work things finally got back to normal. Twenty one days later than planned I was back on the bike, Juneathon had finally started. Shame we got lost on the first ride back (nothing changes) but on the plus side we pedaled a lot further than planned, fast forward a week and we were lost again. It’s all well and good taking new routes but it would be extremely helpful if the arrows on the route actually pointed the way you’re meant to go. Still we were one step ahead this week -we took a map-great help that turned out to be. It was wanging it down, the map didn’t like the rain, it’s now in bits on the kitchen table. I know how it feels!!

Nearly seventy miles done in the last seven days

Feeling Human again (just)

Bring it on

 

Neigh Idea What To Write………………….

writers-block cartoonI think my doctor has confused me with a horse, he must have done, those pills can’t be for a human!! Yep, we’ve finally got to the bottom (no pun intended) of my mystery illness. It seems I have food poisoning, and as I have now had the same symptoms for eight days, it hasn’t been pleasant, I now need antibiotics to get shut once and for all -fab!!

Still on the plus side I now have a flat stomach in eight days instead of 30 -who needs the 30 day ab challenge? Though it has to be said, in one of my hours of boredom, there have been many. I read a very interesting article about the 30 day ab challenge, and there was me thinking my pot belly was due to my love of ginger nuts and hobnobs. But no, the fault lies with the challenge, according to the article all it creates is a bad back and pot belly, it did make sense, though it took a long time to get to the point!!

Another plus is I’ve had time to get my part-time University application filled in, all was going well until I got to the personal statement part, so far I’ve got an empty page, I think I may need another week off!!!!!

I’m sure I’ll think of something to write soon.

I’m sure my Juneathon will start soon

Bring it on!

Day Three -No change………………

 

Is this what the doctor meant!!!

Is this what the doctor meant!!!

So still no Juneathon activities to report, the trots continue. Thankfully  there was a nice trip to the doctors to look forward to, I should have taken a flask I was there that long. Mind you, I don’t know why they don’t open a coffee shop, I think some people go for the natter rather than to see an actual doctor. Take the woman sat opposite, she worked her way around anyone who would listen to discuss her ailments, she still hadn’t gone in to see the doctor when I left -I don’t think she’d any intention of seeing anyone bless her,she’d just gone for a day out.

The doctor decided to send more tests off for analysis -joy. Just how do they expect you to catch a stool in a bottle when its flying out of you at 100mph, give me a nice blood test any day!! So now its a waiting game again, hopefully the results can shed some light on my current predicament and I can catch up with mu Juneathon jogging,logging and blogging asap.

Still trying to look on the bright side

May need a cork soon

Bring it on!!

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