A catch up…

It’s been a while since I just posted a general “this is life in retired land” post so here it is.

Things are going well I have been out a bit more than usual and drinking a bit more than usual and eating a bit more than usual all linked in with this period of time and celebration we call Christmas and Hogmanay!

Carol is on holiday from her work  and she has been busy preparing for Xmas or rather Xmas eve meal at hers which was lovely.  We spent the evening together with her son and daughter eating and opening presents in the continental way.  While she was off we took the chance to visit the European market in Edinburgh and see the Virgin light display which was pretty good.

We went to a carol service with her mother, you don’t always know how things will go when you take Toni out and Carol was on tenterhooks but apart from a slight decline in table manners everything went ok and the carols, my first, were good as well.


Rupert the cat AKA as the Roopster seems to have settled in well,  since his little bid for freedom he is never far from my side even when he doesn’t want food.  Of course the penalty he has to pay is that he is constantly rubbed and played with especially with his new Xmas toys! I am led to believe from Carol the cat woman that this is the cause of his grumpy attitude and that if he wants to sleep I should let him.

The weather countrywide has been terrible but Fife seems to have escaped the worst of it so although there are bad spots we have had nothing like the North of England.  Training has continued cycling mainly on the turbo although I have been out on the 29er a few times and as far as running has gone its get wet or don’t go basically!

I have begun to set up a web site for the bike tours I intend guiding in 2016 so watch this space for news of that and if you are reading this and would like to know more about them or have friends that would like to try a guided tour in Scotland get in touch.

That’s all for the mo my next post will be just after Hogmanay a round up of 2015 and a look forward to 2016.


Quebec training week 19.

As I write this I have under a week to go until I toe the line for my Q marathon.

Week 19 training went as much as I expected except for the lack of yoga due to my shoulder problem.  An easy week was planned and that was what I had.

This close to a race I always get paranoid about my general health.  I wrap up well, stay away from long off road runs and limit time on the bike.

Running stats 14 miles run with 700 feet of climbing.

Biked 46 miles with 2600 feet of climbing.

Those of you following this blog for Quebec will notice that my training is not of the high mileage type.  This is mainly for two reasons:

1. To limit injury and overuse from runs longer than 2 hours.

2. With over 70 marathons and ultras to my credit I feel that intensity is the key.

Quebec training week 18

Not a great week at all!  I suppose it had to happen so I am not too concerned to have one bad week of marathon training in a 20 week schedule is pretty good.


Run an abysmal 13.5 miles with 1100 feet of climbing

Bike 105 miles with 6400 feet of climbing.

As I stand writing this my bad is on my bed half packed as this time next week Carol and I will be winging our way to Canada.

Bring it on!!!


Quebec training week 17

The second week of enforced rest due to a shoulder injury went quiet well.  I managed to get all my running miles in and some biking.  The rest seems to have worked with no pain at all during the last 10 days.  I go back to the doctors on Monday for the result of the xray hopefully there won’t be anything to worry about.


Running: 24 mles with 2000 feet of climbing.

Biking:40 miles with 1600 feet of climb.

No cross training other than that done at home.

Quebec training week 16.

Not a great week.  My shoulder had got worse from my bike crash a few weeks ago so in the end I decided to go to the doctors.  I was given painkillers, sent for an x-ray and told no yoga or pilates for 2 weeks.  I was to avoid anything that will irritate my shoulder.

Running miles 27 with 1700 feet of climb.

Biking miles 31 with 1800 feet of climb.

Heeding the doctors advice, apart from stuff at home, I did no classes or weight sessions.

Quebec training week 15.

Not a great week, training hampered by the shoulder injury I sustained at the Muckathalon.  Most disappointing was my failure to complete the scheduled long run for the week.  I completed 10 and not the 15 in the plan.  However I did get a wee bonus when I placed first in 60-64 age group for the park run.  Not a great time but you have to be in it to win it.  I have also been unable to do any cross training as supporting any weight on my shoulder results in pain!


Running miles for the week 22 wth 1500 feet of climbing.

Bike 13 miles and 1000 ft of climb.

Quebec training week 14

A very satisfying week culminating in an off road duathlon.

An easy week but I still got my Monday interval session in.  Apart from the race this was the most important session of the week.

Running miles 19 inc 2 x 2.8 miles in the duathlon (23:18 and 25:26 with 230 feet each time) Total climb 800 feet.

Biking 66miles inc 11 miles and 1500 feet in the duathlon total climb 4000.


Xtrg 2 yoga sessions 1 core, 1 weights and 1 massage.

Quebec training week 13

Unlucky 13 or just disorganised?  Not a good week still managed the most important sessions of the week and that’s what matters.  I am feeling lighter o my feet and running faster is becoming easier.

Running miles 15 with 600 feet of climbing.

Bike 29 miles and 1500 feet climbing.

Cross training completed 2 yoga, 2 core, 1 pilates and 1 weights session.