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Reboot day 55 to 56: a weekend…

Day 55: Saturday… the day I did more yoga

This time it was yoga for hamstrings…

Because hamstrings are important and have a tendency to tighten up when running. It is a good sequence ( I think that is what they are called in yoga…sequences…) I will definitely return to it πŸ™‚

Day 55 done

Day 56: Sunday…riding a bike is harder than you think…

On Sunday we decided to explore a different part of the downs link, the part which starts at Shoreham and goes to Bramber… It turns out that if you stop at the edge of a path, tip over slightly, almost fall in a patch of nettles because there is a hidden hole at the edge of the path and then have difficulty getting going again because there is a hole and you can’t put your foot down, you get heckled by people on mobility scooters. There were several of them and they asked me if I was just learning to ride a bike. They were quite nice about it mind you…it wasn’t offensive heckling.

As it turns out, Sunday was one of those days where I forget a lot of things I used to know about riding bikes anyway, like how to turn corners and how to stop properly and how to ride down slopes. All of these things caused me to squawk, but not (thankfully) come to any actual harm.

I also learned that you are supposed to have bendy elbows when you ride bikes and not steer with your shoulders with your arms locked… Every one else it would seem already knows this, it appears to be some sort of instinct in other people. Apparently when you do this you can steer with just your arms and don’t have to move your shoulders at all. Apparently this means you don’t have to put your body off balance to turn a corner… I am pretty sure I have been getting this wrong for my whole life.

anyway…

It was a good fun ride even if I did have to try to adapt to a new way of riding which made things easier until I started over thinking it and nearly fell over…

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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˜€

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˜€

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