Monthly Archives: January 2015

Review:Book Vive le Tour

Subtitle Amazing tales of the TdeF and written by Nick Brownlee.

The second of my Christmas books and the best.  An amazing tome detailing the history of the worlds most iconic bike race.  Very easy to read and in chronological order begining with the 1903 tour.  The book is split into chapters each chapter with well defined sections such as Tour stars born in ****, Tour trivia and Legendary mountains of the tour.

A great read.


Review film-Theory of everything

A fantastic film the performance of Hawking is amazing he is such a well known figure and still alive, that if you wanted to compare the real life Hawking with the performance there will be no difficulty and you will see that a great deal of studying for the part had been done.  A brilliant movie.

Review Bands Indigo Velvet and Jamie and Shoony

Indigo Velvet are an exciting Edinburgh based quartet formed in 2013.  Thier sound is indy/punk and they give YoungKato as one of their musical influences.

The nights headliners at the Electric Circus were Jamie and Shoony.  A frenetic live band it was go go go from the start of the show.  Originally a duo the band is now a quartet with an excellent live show true believers in audience participation.  Watch both these bande they are destined for stardom!!!

Jantastic fantastic, Great wall training week 2, birthday treats.


Things are going really well with the Glenrothes Tri’ers Jantastic team at one stage first team overall of course it changes almost minute by minute as more workouts are logged but it has been a great motivational tool roll on Feb and March and see what they bring in the challenge. I am now the team captain of the Glenrothes triathlon Club and took them for two runs this week. The monday run was a nice easy run with some fartlek the second run was a cooper test which had a very good turnout and one guest running.

Jan 22nd 1958 a momentous day-My Birthday! Carol and I had a bar lunch with Janette my sister and her husband although the pub was cold the food was really good. The celebrations continued for Carol and I with a meal out on Friday evening after a visit to her mother. We got the train to Haymarket Saturday morning and hopped off for lunch at the Khukuri, a Nepalese restaurant near Murrayfield. We got back on the train to Waverley and walked down to our hotel, after booking in we headed to the filmhouse for The Hawking movie. As soon as that was finished we were heading back to the hotel again for a quick change and out to Electric circus for a gig (both reviewed on my reviews page). Sunday morning we spent wandering around the Carlton area of Edinburgh and headed back to Kirkcaldy mid afternoon.The weekend had gone well and Carol was feeling quite good having got a rest from thinking about her mother.


Week two of Great Wall training went really well:
Bike 3 bikes total of 25 miles in 2:25 with 542 ft of climb
Run 6 runs 55.27 miles in 9:22 with 2500 ft of climb
yoga 2 sessions
Gym 2 sessions.

Furniture removal, A southern visitor, Great wall marathon and Jantastic


The battle to get Carols mother to accept the home is where she now lives continued this week.  We hired a sackbarrow and moved her rather large lounge chair and footrest!  Luckily it was dry at the time but we must have looked rather strange manouvering this chair past parked cars and bins to Methven house.  However it was a success and she was genuinely happy to see it which hasn’t always been the case.  Carols brother made the journey up from dahn souf for a few days and spent time with his mother and helped Carol go through the mountain of paperwork in the house.


This week was the first week of my training for the Great Wall of China marathon and despite the weather I managed to get all the runs in and was only 2 miles short of my planned total.  Jantastic is in its second week and again I managed to get all my Jantastic sessions in.  I also managed 1 yoga session but unfortunately my gym required major repairs to the roof after the winds earlier in the week.

Runs 6 total 51 miles in 8:28 with 3112 ft of climb

Bike 3 in total 36.48 in 3:01:02 1212 ft of climb.

Leaks, Panto time, Jantastic, Jog Scotlandand Frostbite trail race.


The weather in the UK has been terrible this week with high winds and rain all over the UK.  Fife seemed to be pretty lucky in that it missed most of it but was still effected.  I had tiles torn off my shed and the roof began to warp!  Called the company out and had a repair team on the ob in a couple of days.  They could replace the tiles but I shall have to wait for another squad to come out repair the roof.

Carol and I went to the “adult” edition of our local panto I think it was just the thing she was needing after the trial and tribulations of putting Toni in a home.  Toni really is up and down and Carol never knows what o expect when she goes in.

The Glenrothes Tri Club Jantatsic team are doing really well they are  in the top 30 overall and top medium tri club team.  Go GTC!

The JogScotland thursday group went well with 6 people turning up 3 are total beginners with the other 3 having done some running before.

Sunday was the 3rd race in the Falkland trail runners Frostbite trail run series.  A different course due to the rain but wetter and muddier than before.  A great time was had by all!!


Managed to fit in all the training I had planned for the week although some not at the correct intensity.

3 cycles all on turbo 27.58 miles in 2h 42m

6 runs 25.76 4h 16m inc 1 race.

1 yoga session but no other cross training.

Book review-Cyclings strangest tales

A collection of strange but true stories involving cycling or cyclists.  Plenty crazy Guinness records and other stunts that are too crazy or dangerous to get in.  Each tale or chapter is 2 or 3 pages long making it an easy putdownable pickupable book.  Good read.