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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.


Winter base+week 8

Entering the “social danger” period now with Xmas and New year traditionally a time to eat, drink and be merry!  With that in mind I set myself a target that I thought was high but that I would be happy with getting 75% of the figure in. Just the way my mind works if I had put the figure I actually wanted I would have ended well short of my target for the week.  I had nursed my sore foot along for another week and did see some improvement which is just as well as next week is meant to be run hell I might just adapt and make it “run very hot but not quite hell week” see how the runs go.

I did have a few late nights and a substantially increased amount of calories having said that I did manage the following totals:

Bike: 112 miles in 6h 57 mins (target was 9) with 1695 feet of climbing.

Run 17 miles in 3:01 (1 min over target) with 1216 feet of climbing and 4 runs.

I was happy with both these totals especially 2 of the sessions I put in on the turbo.

A time to be jolly and boxing day run.

Pandemonium reigns but then again it is Xmas!  With shops opening every day I just can’t understand why there is this panic buying the last few days before Xmas. Supermarkets are full tempers are frayed and most likely wallets are empty and CC are maxed out.  All in the name of a big jolly man with a big white beard and a few pet reindeer!
I spent Xmas Eve with Muff and her son Rory. As Muff’s mother is German they carry out the European custom of opening their presents on Xmas eve. We sat down to a meal then opened our presents. Everyone was happy with the gifts and it was a bit emotional as Muff had done a booklet of photos of Eric the cat.
Christmas day was whats called “The full bifter” a full Xmas meal with the family sat around the table in this case Muff Zoe and Rory and her mother Toni. A good day but as the day progressed Toni got more upset and confused and ended up going home earlier than planned.
Boxing day I took my grandson the Fife AC’s boxing day run and ran alongside him. After I returned him home I went out for a 4 miler.
Saturday morning I woke up sniffling, coughing and wheezing and am writing this feeling slightly better but having not moved from home all day.

Sunday was a day spent lazing around doing Jog Scotland paperwork and playing with the TV settings.  Sniffing again all day no exercise.

Jantastic, Black Friday, Xmas is coming.

Another week gone, the GTC sign up for Jantastic has reached 12 members and hopefully some more will sign up before the deadline. I have logged on and filled in my planned trg for Jan-6 runs and 3 bikes and I have used this week as a bit of a gauge to see how that will go. I managed 6 runs and 2 bikes so well chuffed with that.
Jog Scotland put an advertising template on their page and I have used it to advertise my JS groups starting in January.  On Friday I went for a run and dropped copies of at the pool, surgeries and the college.  I will do more next week and drop them off at some community centres and more surgeries.

Carol and I spent an afternoon and evening in Edinburgh at the Xmas markets we never bought anything except food and drink we just wanted to have some time together and get into the  Xmas spirit, which Carol did by having her very first cocktail!  Edinburgh really has surpassed itself it has moved some of the attractions and changed the layout of the stalls making for a better experience. Carol has had another rough week with her mum and I think that the thought of her going into care although saddening her is all that keeps her going.
Friday I went out with some other retired workers from EM and spent a pleasant afternoon and evening with them in the Foresters Arms.

Jog leader, xmas pressies, midweek blog and another client!

Must be a slow week I have  time for a midweek post!!  Lol not really but if I wait till Sunday I will have forgotten half of whats happened.  Thursday morning and I have just completed a wee session of Hatha yoga at home.  Isnt you tube marvellous!  I must admit though I think the you tube vids are only good if you already have a grounding in Yoga.  So suitably relaxed I sat down to catch up and do an update on life as it is!

Having completed the JSL course at the weekend I have been using social media and posters to advertise 2 free sessions with the intention of starting a ten week block in January and hopefully catch people on the rebound from Hogmanay!  There has been interest on FB and twitter so it is really a case of turning up on the day and see how many people are there.

With Muffs mother being ill every day is a bit of a lottery luckily retirement means that I can help when required, even if it’s just cat sitting.

A new client has started with fitfifertraining aiming for a half marathon next March.

With retirement and house move my christmas shopping has really suffered.  Normally I would have started in July or Aug but didn’t get around to it till two weeks ago thankfully I now have fewer people to buy for since the separation so it is easier.  I have bought and wrapped almost all the presents and have only two or three left to purchase!

Training for Florence is going well(see stats page) I have at least one race a month between now and May and am looking at adding more, this year I havent raced much and my speed has suffered because of this.