Saturday, 6 October 2018


Sunday 7th October 2018

The year rolls on, autumn has arrived, we have had to have the heating on twice! With temps down to 8.5 degrees! I have also had my yearly flu jab , which is ironic as I sit here typing with a horrendous cold, aching limbs, tired........  so no outdoor activity since last Wednesday.

I managed to run 70 miles in September all very flat usually along the beach, I manage park run most weeks and finally got under 26 mins at Burnham-On-Sea last week!! If only by 8 seconds ๐Ÿ˜€
I finally got the results from the Portishead coastal race and I came 71st out of 158 who finished, so pleased with that. I have got my entry for the Grizzly next March, so a bit of time to prepare, I am trying to remain positive about being on the start line properly prepared. In a moment of madness I entered the Exmoor stumble which is in two weeks, sadly this weeks illness might mean a DNS!
I am persevering with the local running club, I have now run with them three times, but! In my opinion still not very friendly, very cliquey!! I will miss this week because of my cold and it’s the local half marathon today, I should be helping but! Not in a fit state to hang around on a street corner for hours!

Cycling, 355 miles in September which was down on the previous month, but still good, my feet ascended though is limited as I still haven’t really explored the Mendips and most other riding is on the levels, for example I rode with Brent Knoll Velo on Wednesday last week and we did 55 miles with only 800 ft of climbing, but! We usually have a head wind coming back to Burnham and the average speed is always around 16 mph!! Which is approximately 3 mph faster than rides I did around Chard when it was common for 2000 ft of climbing on a 15 mile ride!

Next Sunday is the Grid Iron, an Audax in the New Forest, a lovely event, well organised 69 miles, I should be ok with that, the people I am riding with are not fast riders! I am hoping to make it a weekend in the van as it’s a few months since I have slept in it!

Still not managed any holiday this year, with the weather deteriorating now it probably won’t be until next spring, unless we get a call to go and look after Grandchildren, speaking of which the twins were brought down by dad for the day  last week , we had a lovely time on the beach followed by ice cream and a roundabout ride! Grand daughter spent the day with her mum.

It will be a couple of days before I get out again, reluctantly as I try to make sure I am recovered .

Friday, 21 September 2018

Moving on!

21st September 2018

It seems to get longer between posts! I note my last one was early August! When!! We still had summer, days were long, dry and sunny, that’s now changed and we are on our second storm of the autumn, today being particularly windy, not conducive to cycling or even running, especially as we now live on the coast. I have gone from over 100 miles a week cycling to 18 this week, quite depressing, even running I am down to short 5 km runs, but!! I did run with the local running club on Tuesday, even though my welcome was less than warm, I will give it another go again this week. On top of all this , the good old Plantar Faciitis is still there, nagging away when I think it’s gone๐Ÿ˜•

Since the last post I have managed to cycle ‘Sandra’s 100’ a ride in aid of Macmillan, I actually did 102 miles, I have been out regularly 40-60 miles 3 or 4 times a week, however not many hills as it’s so flat on the levels, I am finding my way round now in the triangle of Brent Knoll, Glastonbury tor and Crook Peak. The wind is always an issue as it’s always west on the return ride, making it hard work. My next cycle event is the ‘Grid Iron ‘ Audax in the New Forest in October.

Running wise, I did a personal best on the Burnham Parkrun of 26 mins 3 secs, not my fastest yet though. Only managing short runs of around 3-4 miles and no hill work, which made my entry for the ‘Portishead Coastal 10 k’ worrying! I did three 10 k runs in the week leading up to the event and I have to say the hills on the course were manageable, I still don’t know my position but did manage 59 mins 33sec so pleased with that. I have entered the Grizzly again, as I am assured a place, but at this moment I don’t think I will be anywhere near hill fit for it, even though it’s next March! I am trying to decide whether to go for the Exmoor Stumble in a few weeks!

I have had tests for Prostate Cancer and pleased to say I am clear, only an enlarged prostate to worry about!
I think I have about caught up with my activities, vanwise we haven’t been away yet!! Not sure now we will manage it before winter, a new kitten in the house and daughter starting a new job, along with living at the seaside, seems to be getting in the way, but! A trip to the lakes would be nice๐Ÿ˜€

Sunsets round here have been spectacular see the following photos

 Burnham on Sea
Classic low lighthouse again

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Hot weather continues

8th August 2018
The last few weeks the weather has been astonishing, hot and dry, each time you go out running, cycling or just a walk into town a hat and sunglasses rather than brollies, raincoats ........... shorts and a tee being the daily wear.

Cycling I am still discovering the area of the Somerset levels with a small group of local cyclists. I was introduced to the Mendips on the first day of August, 60.2 miles and 2917 ft of climbing, it was a lovely ride, climbing past Crook Peak, the ‘mountain’ next to the M5, it was a really nice road that runs parallel to M5, but!! The peace and tranquility of a lovely valley spoilt by the noise of the motorway. We dropped over to Banwell and headed down the valley to Churchill and beyond, before climbing once again round Butcombe( of beer fame, locally) through the lovely named village of ‘Thrubwell Nesbitt’ before round the top of Chew Valley lakes, beautiful views across the lakes before a welcome coffee stop at the ‘stables ‘ tea rooms . Refreshed with cake it was then the daunting thought of climbing back over the Mendips to home! It was a long climb, choice at the top, Cheddar Gorge or other, heading towards Priddy, past the Mendip Transmitter mast before a very long steep descent down to Draycott, it was then back to the flat country back through Wedmore, and back to Brent Knoll, a tiring ride, we both said ‘our legs ache’!

I now seem to have dropped into a regular evening run with my daughter, only short 3-5 miles, but in this heat plenty, it usually means a beach run which is lovely and fresh.

Cycling, I seem to be averaging about 80-120 miles a week, as miles around the levels is easy to do, I meet with the BKVelo on Wednesday, this week we headed over to the back of Wells, another lovely area, including a few hills, only 700 ft over the 50 miles, but! A stiff headwind was in our face back across the levels from Glastonbury!!

Weather is set to change this week, I hope it holds out till after Sunday when I should be riding the Yeovil CC ‘Sandra’s 100’ ride!

 A few photos locally, our low lighthouse, the local icon

 The display in Apex park Burnham-on-Sea, the local park run route

Sunday, 29 July 2018

A post at last

29 th July 2018
Well I am back! It’s been nearly two months since my last post. A combination of laptop problems, moving house, not using my camper, less cycling and running and little of interest to post.

The laptop problems still exist which means no photos( haven’t sorted how to post photos on iPad) we are settling down to our new house and new town by the sea, Burnham-on-Sea is also on the Somerset levels, we are only 5 metres above sea level, this is after being in Chard which was the highest town in Somerset!so we are getting used to no hills, but, Brean Down, Brent Knoll and the Mendips are on our doorstep all beautiful places.

I have resumed running and cycling, and July I cycled 513 miles and ran 41 miles! Which I am pleased with, running usually involves a run along the beach, which is lovely, and with my daughter who is currently back at home, the maximum distance is 10k and height climbed only 10-15 ft! We do the local Park run some weeks which is a lovely route through the park and along the river bank, but still haven’t got under 26 mins!! So my target is to get that down ! I don’t have any other running  events planned.

Cycling has been good, the weather has been stunning!  But very hot! I did ride the Devon Delight Audax, 106km round Newton Abbot and the edge of Dartmoor, it was a very hot dry day. I have done several longer rides as well, a very hard ride over to Dorchester from Chard via West Bay, a hard, hot 72 miles.

Cycling Burnham-on-Sea has meant easy fast miles, I can do a 50 mile ride and only climb 100 ft! I am still trying to familiarise myself with the area, although I have managed to be guided by a couple of local riders, I have noticed my average speed has gone up, most rides now average 15 mph.

There are jobs to do around the new house, but the consistent hot  dry weather over the last eight weeks has meant it’s easier and more pleasant to sit in the garden, cycling and running is hard in the heat, but lots of liquid is needed to avoid dehydration. We have been too busy to go away in the van, and now it’s children school holiday time there is no chance, so we are looking at a September break.

Well that’s my posting back again, I need to sort photos! Or my laptop, look at events I might enter, and find some hills to run up.
The weather has broken, but promises to return to hot dry weather, we will see !!!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Better weather!

Sunday 20th May
What a strange time of late! Weather and house moving!  The weather has been up and down since the last post. We have had hot dry weather and cold windy weather!! Making clothing choices for running and cycling difficult.
Over the past month I have managed to run and cycle, including a couple of Park Runs at Burnham on Sea, a lovely route by the park,river and sea! 26 mins still not a PB but also done a couple with my daughter 29 mins her PB.
This week saw the wobbly cycling over to Dorchester via West Bay and Hardys monument, lunch in Poundbury ( Prince Charles Toy Town) , unfortunately we picked the only day of the week it rained! So a wet ride home, but we did do 72 miles, my furthest ride this year.

We are still busy packing up for a house move, a step closer this week with moving planned for first week in June! Fingers crossed!!

So running and cycling still on hold but trying to keep fit, as soon as we have moved I hope I can get back into it and enter some events. I am also hoping the less activity is giving my Plantar Faciitis a chance to correct itself, but! It still nags away.
I can’t believe it’s a year since I was packing to cycle from The Channel at Carne to the Mediterranean only seems a few weeks ago.

Campervan time is minimal, only one very cold weekend in Cheltenham visiting Grandchildren ! Again when we have moved we need to get away for a nice holiday, away from boxes!

Monday, 23 April 2018

weather improvement, mojo improvement

23rd April
The last week summer arrived meaning our Wednesday wobble was a hot one! enabling a good ride over the levels to Westhay and 'Sweets' cafe a well known cafe used by cyclists, it was a very windy return ride with headwinds all the was a good week cycling wise with over 150 miles cycled. The same week my daughter and I ran the Burnham on Sea Park run, a lovely run on a chilly morning!! but she got a personal best under 30 minutes. I am running several times a week, 3-5 miles,but i did manage a 9 mile run. PF still nags in the background but the insoles definitely help, providing I weer them all the time.

The last month has had us in turmoil, clearing out lofts, garages and sorting things out for when we eventually get to move house, its been six weeks now and we hope to hear something soon!!!

Cycling and running my miles are down, weather and house buying and selling getting in the way,

March 2017  running 95 miles and cycling 194miles
March 2018 running 56 miles and cycling 170 miles

April 2017 running 42 miles running and cycling 576 miles
April 2018 running 44 miles running and cycling 306 miles

My motivation has improved especially when out with a group, I just hope the weather stays 'improved' I have not entered any cycling or running events, as I am unsure about when we will move!!

Monday, 26 March 2018

lots happening, but not running cycling, walking or using the campervan!

26th March 2018

Well over a month since my last posting! due to a number of reasons the main one being laziness !
some things that have happened since my last post

  • sold our house and had to find somewhere to live on the coast - we are heading for the Somerset Coast!

  • the Grizzly was reduced to the 10 mile Cub run with safety concerns about the 20 mile full run in the heavy snow !

  • didnt make it to the event as couldnt get out of the lane because of deep snow! our second lot in a month.

  • first snow of the year was on my birthday March the 1st! first time I have ever known it.

  • Planter Faciitis still nags away even with my £250 insoles!

  • new road trainers to improve, still waiting to see!

  • not a lot of running, short runs with my daughter, which is really nice to have someone to run with.

  • Not  lot of cycling because of poor weather and an injury where I put a hole in my head!!

  • Had a very wet walk on Dartmoor with my 86 year old friend, we cut it short as it was so wet and we couldn't see anything due to the heavy mist the next day was sunny!

  • trying to clear the house out, with several trips to the dump and the charity shops.
Perhaps my next post will be more postive and I can get back to running and cycling before we move house.