Triathlon training. Step 1. Shave legs

Well after an entire winter of mostly eating and struggling to get off the sofa, I have at last been spurred back into action. This is for a number of reasons: Having gone for a couple of teeny runs over the winter, I am now struggling to finish 5K without needing a lie down (I am truly shocked how quickly my transient fitness has deserted me) I genuinely did feel better when I was exercising regularly, but even fully acknowledging this, I can’t seem to motivate myself to do it without a goal In a fit of euphoria after the…

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.

Sept 16th 2015. 22 miles. Last training cycle

I had to go it alone today as all my usual exercise buddies were otherwise engaged (mainly working – understandably. It is a Wednesday after all). I couldn’t quite face the Crow Road on my own (essentially in case I died and no one could find my body, or worse I was knocked off my bike into a field un-witnessed and couldn’t reach my phone to call for help due to full body paralysis) (these are the genuine fears I have before setting off for a cycle – running in my mind remains far less hazardous, and hence stressful). So…

Sept 13th 2015. 25 mile cycle. First time up the Crow Road (oof)

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t quite managed to catch my breath since the exertions of last weekend. On Wednesday night we hosted a careers evening at the Beatson for around 70 school children and I spoke to them about the work we do in terms of clinical trials and new drug development – it was great to see how interested, and indeed excited they were to hear about it. On Thursday night I attended the Beatson Ambassadors’ Event and had the privilege of meeting Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the hurdles for Team Scotland, Eilidh Childs, who…

August 24th and 26th 2015. Cycles 5 & 6. 10 & 22 miles. New cycling buddy, coffee and scone

On Monday night we thought it was a good idea to take Jamie out with us. He’s just got a new road bike for his birthday and is keen to get out on it as much as possible. However after crashing into me at the first roundabout we came to, it transpired he was having similar issues with braking as I was, and so we decided road cycling might be a little bit premature for him. So I was declared ready for an independent cycle and off I set, while Paul took a different, safer, route with Jamie. And I…

August 17th 2015. Cycle 4. 10 miles. Two pairs of padded shorts and some botty cream

Ooh MUCH better cycle tonight. Same route as Thursday but without the double back hobble of shame at the start. A few adjustments were made, mostly in the bottom area regarding amount of padding and application of prophylactic cream. I have been advised on all manner of specialist creams, but haven’t managed to get any of them yet, so made do with some 5 years out of date bepanthen (I’m sure these things don’t really go off). And I think maybe there was some improvement in that I am now sitting in relative comfort, but time will tell on that…

August 13th 2015. Cycle 3. 11.2 miles. Clips abandoned for the time being

Well it’s been a lovely summer holiday but not very much in the way of cycling preparation has been happening. We set off for Skye 6 weeks today and I have done two cycles thus far. Shit. So tonight Paul and I set off with the plan of heading off in the direction of Killearn – lots of cyclists seem to do this and it seemed like a good idea. And after the success of my foray into the world of clippy shoes during the summer on the cycle path it seemed sensible to try them for the first time…