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Reboot Days 42 to 47: A Dorset advanture

Wow, a whole week happened without me posting!!

I my defence I was on holiday in a campervan and my nephews who are 4 and 8 were camping next door (with their parents…they weren’t just loose…). This didn’t leave a lot of time for blogging… it did give me a lot of exercise however…

Day 42: Sunday

Sunday I tried to run…I got changed and went out and looked at the time and realised that I had procrastinated for too long and we had a 4 yr old’s birthday part to get to…

So I did that, then did yoga πŸ˜€

Day 43 (Monday) Dorset Advanture day 1

Day 43 saw is pack up or stuff and set off in the little red van to a campsite near Poole in Dorset. Once there we met up with Marks brother and his wife and children, our nephews… I may have mentioned above that these guys are pretty boisterous and quite keen that Aunty Sam chase them and lift them in the air (weightlifting finally pays off!!) and play cricket and ball games…

so Aunty Sam did all of these things… for about 2 hours… then we went in a walk up a great big hill to find food… it was about 20 minutes of walking there and the same back… I decided this counted as quite a lot of exercise πŸ˜€ and certainly a good lot of activity!!

Day 44 (Tuesday): The one in which I strayed into a horror movie…

Well…not an actual horror movie, but there were several similarities. However, before that there were tanks! Lots and lots of tanks.

No, we are not at war… contrary to what it might feel like when you watch the news.

We went to the tank museum. There were a considerable amount of tanks there!! There was also, completely unexpectedly, my friend Karen who I haven’t seen in ages, so that was nice πŸ™‚ I would defintiely recommend the place if you like tanks. It is very interesting!

a lot of tanks!

a tank!

After walking amongst tanks, and more of the obligatory aerobie/cricket/etc playing I decided it was time to go for a run.

As it turned out it was about 1 hour past time to go for a run but I went anyway. I happily set off in the gathering gloom, up the hill through the woods and along the path that took us to the road the day before, I turned along the road and went along there for a while hoping to loop back to the campsite…no such luck, the road to get to the campsite was super busy (even at 9pm) and had no pavement so I doubled back along the road and the path to the woods. It was all going pretty well up until this point, I was pleased with my ability not to die running up hills and beginning to wonder if I was possibly starting to improve…then the pitch dark woods happened.

I took two paths, both of which seemed to lead directly into boggy mud which I definitely hadn’t seen before…

Once I had decided that I definitely didn’t know where I was, the glitch in my phone made scary shadows, that is when the crows started!! They were cawing and cawing there must have been 100 of them!! This was when I called for a friendly neighbourhood husband with a torch and a sense of direction!!

That much slower lap was when I was wondering about being lost and worrying if I was going to be attacked by crows…

Still at least I went!

Day 45 (Wednesday): Poole in the rain

That is Poole, not a pool, I didn’t go swimming, although it was wet enough that I could have done…

However, the main activity for the day was walking, along the seafront, around the harbour, around the town and that sort of thing. It wasn’t a very full on hardcore exercisey day, but there was definitely activity some rest because it felt like I was coming down with some sort of lurgy.

I wasn’t…but it did feel like that! So for that day walking was enough, after all there is this thing called common sense…also there is this thing called lots and lots of rain, which is an excuse unless you are in a tiny campervan with no indoor room to do anything…

the little red van made a new friend!

A fox, on a swing…

Day 46 (Thursday): Sunshiny bikes and trains…

On thursday there was sunshine, we could be outside and do energetic things πŸ˜€ we had already sourced a local place to go ant take bikes, with trails and such to ride around on…we had just been unable to use it until the rain stopped.

So we strapped the bikes on the van and went…

gruffaloWe did two bike rounds around this forest area which were about 8km each followed by a walk to find a gruffalo…these are intriguing creatures…

This here is a gruffalo, people who are not me read books about him as a child… he seems like a nice enough fellow and I presume that there wouldn’t be so many children going on trails to find him if he was horrible…

After this we went on a little train…because there was one and why wouldn’t you go on a little train if there was one!?

Me on a bike

see…a bike!

Me balancing on a large log probably designed for children

A gruffalo with a nephew

same gruffalo, different nephew…

Little train!

Day 47 (Friday): A day of castles and attempted yoga.

Friday was the last day of our Dorset advanture and we decided to make our way home via Corfe Castle and the Corfe and Swanage railway πŸ˜€

I have never been to Corfe castle before, it is well worth a visit, it is ruined but really awesome! It was apparently pulled down after the war of the roses. There is a reasonable 20 or so minute walk up a large hill to get to the castle, but to offset that there is an excellent tea rooms at the top with scones! We walked around the castle and back to the bottom of he hill then went on another walk up a similar hill to get to a railway station and went to sea age on a steam train (or we tried but it broke and we ended up with a diesel train but still quite cool)

This walking up and down hills alone constituted about 15000 steps so could probably be considered a decent day’s activity its self, but when I got home, I decided I was going to try and fix my unexplained aches which I had developed during the week…aches which contributed to me thinking I was getting a lurgy. I wasn’t, I was just achy.

So I did some yoga when we got home, it was very hard! It was a yoga video I had done before…but it was extremely difficult this time…

I tried a different one first… Yoga for when You’re Sore… but I was too sore and I couldn’t do the balancey bits so I switched to Yoga for Tired legs…because I had those! It was hard but I managed it!!

Day 42 – 47 Done πŸ˜€

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Reboot day 34: Secret Nuclear Bunker…

Secret nuclear bunkers don't really count as exercise…but the do have walking around and they are very interesting…so I am telling you about it πŸ™‚

secret nuclear bunker

In Essex, quite near the outskirts of London, there is a "Secret Nuclear Bunker" I put it in quotes because it is demonstrably not secret…after all we drove straight to it and there are a number of famous roadsigns pointing the way to the secret nuclear bunker… They could have been an elaborate hoax designed to send the enemy straight into a trap…but it turns out they aren't. They take you directly to the bunker…well directly to the road just outside the bunker πŸ˜€

These bunkers were designed and built in the 50s just after the Russians had a successful nuclear weapons trial. The whole thing from land requisition to fully operational underground nuclear bunker  took 7 months. This makes you wonder why hoses take so long to build and why the government takes so long to do anything…but that's a different matter!

So this bunker, built in the 50s to be a rotor station then converted to be a regional governmental headquarters for times of nuclear threat, is well worth a visit. It is quite in insight into how the country would work in the event of nuclear war if you want more info on this place have a look at the website πŸ™‚ It is not a flashy commercialised place, and some aspects of it could do with a little bit of an overhaul, but it is fascinating, and a little chilling! I did quite a bit of walking about and I took some pictures…

So, as interesting as that was, it didn't really count as the days exercise. As I (again) left it late, I did a bedtime yoga sequence. Funnily enough, I am really startign to enjoy this yoga!! I am not sure if I am improving in any real sense but I am getting more comfortable doing it πŸ˜€

Yoga is beginning to be a thing that I do because I like it and I feel the benefits rather than because it is a stop gap or a thing I do in place of other things…

This is true, even though I always seem to do it late at night…

So in a secret underground way, day 34 is done

 

Reboot day 26: deadlifts and squats…

Deadlifts and squats were the story of this mornings gym session!

Sarah and I decided to do a superset consisting of heavy squats and heavy deadlifts… well why not do two massive compound exercises in one set???

We did five rounds of deadlifts 1×10@40kg, 2×6 @ 70kg and 2×5 @ 80kg, followed by squats 1×10 @ 40kg, 1 x 8 @ 50kg and 3x 6 @ 55kg.
We followed this up with some 50kg sled pushes and pulls πŸ˜€

Day 26 done 😁

A weekend of dance, walking and rain!!

This weekend started so well!!

It was Rochester sweeps festival which involves.. well… Dancing and more dancing and some waking about… all with fantastic people! So that was pretty damn awesome and is exactly what this whole fit enough to dance in a mask project was all about!!

Lovely crazy friends!



Then came Sunday… a day where I was scheduled to walk 20 miles from shoreham to south water on the (infamous) downs link path. This walk was beset with disaster from the get go…

First the path was closed then the detour (as with all good detours) left me in the middle of nowhere then a dog attacked some sheep (not my dog…I don’t have one) then it rained for the next 5 hours!

So miserable was it that I stopped after 14miles… still in the plus side I did 14 miles πŸ™‚

Soggy but still sort of smiling…this wasn’t the end of the walk…I got wetter and less smiley!Β 

Optimistic and smiley at the start of the walk…

Monday involved more dancing…well a long procession and then a little bit of dancing at Hastings Jack in the Green festival… it would have been fun… but there was so much rain!! Still there was dancing and that is always good!!

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This was the view from the end of the procession…it looks nicer than it should do!

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Mythago, processing…look at the floor…so wet! (photo from Hastings Observer click for source)

Despite the weekends wet drawbacks, it has reminded me of something…I am a damn sight fitter than I used to be…I have turned into a person who can sandwich a 14 mile walk in between two days of dance without crippling myself!! this, my friends is progress!! πŸ˜€

Exploring the wilds…

Or an awesome walk in Northern Scotland…

We are currently mis grand ad-van-ture, and a couple of days ago we went in a walk…over some hills in between mountains to a beach which was inaccessible any other way (apart from the really wet way). 

The beach was Sandwood Bay and if you are ever in the area you should go on an expedition!

It was a windy cold not quite raining day in Scotland and it was totally worth it!!! The place was amazing!! 

And not only that it counted as 14km of walking training up and down some hills 😁


The pictures don’t really show the awesomeness of the whole thing… and my head is not 15tines as large as everyone else’s! 

More grand ad-van-ture news to follow 😁

More walking antics…

Well…walks anyway πŸ˜€

I managed to fit in a 20.2km walk again along the downs link path…this one went all the way to slinfold as I originally intended πŸ™‚ I also included a detour tonsee the wey and Arun canal which may well bear some further investigation later πŸ˜€ 

This one felt like hard work, for some reason all the way along, I got it done though which is what matters!


Following this I thought is would get in a faster more sociable walk… 

I headed down to Brighton and met up with my friend D who, coincidentally (ish) will be doing the marathon with me πŸ™‚

Wa marched along the seafront from saltdean and the back to saltdean where a beverage awaited us πŸ™‚

Walking and walking and walking like a hobbit on a mission

So…remember when I said I had signed up for a thing?

you know this thing: Moonwalk 2017

The one where I have to walk a marathon and wear a bra…

Well…I thought it was time I updated you on my training. That’s right, training…I have actually been doing some! Probably not enough, or possibly I have left it a little late as usual but still!!

I have worked out that the best way from me to walk a long way, especially if I am on my own, is for someone to drop me off a way away from home and for me to walk back. That way I don’t spent the first half of the walk thinking about turning back and attempting to make myself go further…I just have to walk until I reach my appointed pick up point πŸ˜€

My first one of these was 14.4k Β from Bramley in Surrey to Rudgewick in Sussex πŸ™‚

 

The second of these was last sunday and was 18.5 km long from Bramber in Sussex to Southwater also in sussex.

I am doing so much walking at the moment that I am beginning to feel like a hobbit! But it is quite good, these one way long walks where I have a fixed destination feel like adventures! I am even beginning to enjoy it! I suspect this is helped a lot by the lovely sunny spring weather that has been happening while I have been walking πŸ™‚

By the way…if you feel like sponsoring me for this escapade I would be very grateful! this is the place you need to go… https://moonwalklondon2017.everydayhero.com/uk/sam-19

 

Mountain bike mayhem

It has been a while since I have told you about a new thing I have been doing, so I am going to do just that now.

OK…technically this isn’t a new thing… it is an old thing that I haven’t done for a while…

By a while I mean about 8 years…

SoΒ it totally counts as new! Β especially when you take into account the shiny new toys that have had to be purchased to make it happen! In case you hadn’t guessed by the title, I got a new bike. I had a bike but it was too big for me and I was quite scared riding it… I was ok going in a level straight line but any bumps, lumps, hills, corners or other sudden change in direction caused a lot of squeaking and squawking and on one occasion crying and getting off to walk…

Consequently, once I had decided that mountain biking had the potential to be fun, and decided that it would be fun to do mountain biking with Mr Mark without being scared at him and shouting, we thought it was time for a new bike πŸ˜€

Looky look new bike πŸ˜€ I love it! It has lovely wide handle bars and is not super massive so I can actually reach the floor…yeay!!

Not all the time…I still have to lean my bike to the side a little to put my foot down when I stop, but that is ok because that no longer makes me feel like i am going to land on the floor in a heap when I do it πŸ˜€

Since getting my new bike, I am able to go up and down lumpy bits and through muddy bits without feeling like I am taking my life in my hands, so that is an improvement…

I haven’t tried it on a really hilly ride yet so I am not sure how that will be, but on the short hills I have done so far it seems ok if glad that i have a) gears and 2) strong legs from all the lifting πŸ˜€

We have been on quite Β few rides now, some of them featuring my Brother in law, Sister in law and my awesome (crazy) nephews :-D, some of them featuring cake, some featuring both.

Some of them also featured my awesome comic book superhero leggings and my dubiously coloured 1980s looking mountain biking jacket, which looks odd…but is very comfortable and doesn’t end up around my middle when I am riding πŸ˜€

A new thing!!

I tried a new thing the other day!! It is an awesome new thing and I am going to do more of it πŸ˜€

Yeay! New thing!!!

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yeay!!

Ok…I’ll tell you what it is. Although I was super tempted just to leave the post at that and press publish πŸ˜€ )

This new thing is Geocaching!

I know…not a new thing as such…more a really well established thing that I had only vaguely heard of and never tried…until now πŸ˜€ so new thing to me πŸ˜€

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Look…it is such a well established thing that it has made it into the OED…and my copy of that is 6 years old!!

This begs the question why haven’t I tried it before! It is such fun πŸ˜€ It also begs the question, why did I suddenly decide to try it now. We…first of all there is no limit to when you are allowed to try new things, but that is not the point. What actually happened was I was reading a blog written by a lovely lady in Wales who not only finds geocaches, but has some of her own which she maintains… and by some I mean lots!! You can read about it on her blog πŸ˜€

Go here and look!!

She mentioned it a few times and I was intrigued…so I on her advice downloaded the official free geocaching app and had a look around to see what was near me! It turns out there are a few near my work πŸ˜€ some are fancy ones that need you to solve puzzles or some such thing but you need the premium app for those, I am going to wait until I have got the hang of it on traditional ones first…

So one lunchtime last week, armed with my tracking app (just like a tricorder on star trek…honest…) I headed out to see what I could find…

Which turned out to be nothing… I found the locations of two but not the actual cache… I was slightly disappointed…but undeterred and I got a nice walk in the sunshine πŸ˜€

Look there I am looking pretty conspicuous searching for things in the sunshine…I really tried to look nonchalant but it is hard. It didn’t matter anyway, Horsham’s dog walkers are too British to ask what I was up to and probably just classified me as too odd to remember!

Anyway…as I said…undeterred I tried again the next day!! It was less sunny but more successful…partly because I read the instructions more carefully and discovered there was a hint as to location…that helped…

Look I found a thing!! It had small things inside and a little tiny notebook which I was apparently supposed to sign…however the instructions for that cache didn’t say I needed a pen…so I didn’t have one. It turns out, after some further investigation that it is quite common for little caches to not have a pen so you need to take one with you….well I know now πŸ˜€

The app gives yo a little smiley face when you tell it you have found it which is cool! I am definitely going to do more of this πŸ˜€ It feels a little bit like I have been let into a secret world…

Oh and it turns out that the little square colourful thing was a calling card from another geocacher…I might make some up at some point πŸ˜€

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