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 way.it 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.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Grim weather continues.

14th February 2018

After the euphoria of the last post, it has now changed once again to despair! Having only cycled 31miles last week and none this week so far [pouring down and gales this morning so no Wobble].

Running,  I did manage a couple of 10 mile runs round the lanes, one went well and one I really suffered and struggled with the last couple of miles, But! I did a good 10 k run and felt really good and set a good pace, but the miles are just not being increased, the Grizzly looks increasingly likely that I will pull out, rather than struggle round the 20 miles, lack of training miles. Decision time next week to sell my place or not! The PF is not improving either when running, seems OK with normal walking and the insoles in my normal everyday shoes, but, having them in my running shoes does reduce the pain after but, its still there! And is quite painful. So disappointed with them. I have done a couple of short 3-4 mile runs with my daughter, which was nice to have company and chat.

So not feeling great at the moment, the weather is really getting me down, can’t seem to motivate myself to get out. This morning the weather is atrocious once again and I couldn’t face another wet ride on my bike. Running off road would be a mud fest and cant motivate myself with that either.
We did have a wander down to Lyme Regis on Monday or Wimbledon-on-Sea as we call it, this was a nice day, cold sunny and dry, but heaving with people, all smashing hell out of the rocks to get their fossils!!!! I think half terms are when the second home owners all descend.


Our house is no nearer getting sold, another time waster last week, who hadn’t even got theirs on the market, it was a cold wet day so I suppose it was something to do!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

At last!!

2nd February 2018

Wednesday Wobble in the last two weeks has been wet! The day after the last post[23rd] the forecast was for a wet day , but clearing later so four of us met up at mid day, it was drizzling a little after heavy rain in the morning,  but we were optimistic it would clear! As we set off the roads were running wet and by the time we were 10miles out the rain had set in again once again! We headed over Muchelney and back towards Kingsbury Episcopi and their community café, we were welcomed as even though we were dripping wet! business in the wet weather had been poor, by the time we had finished our cake and tea, the weather had cleared to patchy blue sky, but very windy, a good 35 miles covered and a very dirty bike!

Since the last post I have managed to run 42 miles and cycle 107 miles, the highlight of running was my Seaton Hole/Branscombe run on a beautiful sunny frosty morning, I parked at Seaton Hole and walked to the top of the first hill before running down into Beer and then up to Beer head, off road the ground was very wet and muddy, going down Seaside was a slide!!! The woods above Branscombe now coming to life with the wild garlic and bluebells starting to sprout. Dropping down to the Fountains, down to the seashore once again, beach or undercliff??? I decided on undercliff, it was very slippery and muddy, up the stairway to heaven, and over the Beer, the final climb and descent not too bad and I felt pleased with my efforts, 8.8 miles, a good morning out.
The Wobble the next day over to East Coker and the ‘Goose Slade Farm’ tea rooms was a wet ride, pouring rain descending from the Cheddington ridge and down through Halstock made riding a hazardous affair! But as the previous week, by the time tea, cake and toast were eaten and helmets put back on, it had stopped raining and was clearing up making the ride home much more pleasant, 41 miles covered.

Thursday was a rest day, after my morning stint with the readers at the school and the weather once again conspired against me.

Friday was quite a nice day and I had to decide on run or cycle, I decided to run and did a good 10 miles around town, having to turn back on one of the lanes because of flood water.  My Plantar Faciitis after each run seems to nag after sitting for a time, but, I picked up my new Orthotic insoles on Thursday , I have only had them in my day shoes and I intend to give them a go in my running shoes once I am used to them, they do feel odd at the moment, I hope they work.

Saturday I did Park run, [my 6th] but, the weather once again pouring with rain as I drove to Seaton, I had sorted my clothing, waterproof, hat, gloves etc. by the time we set off the rain had almost stopped. I kept up a good pace 8:20 minute miles , but with half a mile to go I started to slow, and I finished 63rd out of 135 with 26:22 minutes for the 5k a bit disappointing as I am less than a minute off my personal best! If I hadn’t faded I would have beaten it, it was a good morning out, and a test of my fitness, and a good speed training run.

January I ran 53 miles compared with 98 last year and cycled 221 compared with 247 last year, so mileage is down for the month, but the weather has been poor, I have had a nasty cold for several weeks [ Mrs IanB still has a nasty throat infection] , I also did a quick decorate of the downstairs hall to brighten it up as we still haven’t sold the house! so I am hoping I still have the miles in for the Grizzly in six weeks and the Exmoor run on the 4th March.

The weather this winter has been very wet and windy, but at least no ice or snow, my bike has had a real hammering from the filthy roads, not to mention the hedge cuttings that the farmers don’t clear up and off road running has been very wet and muddy.

I have made a good start to February and am optimistic at getting the miles in for running and cycling, I am also hopeful for my new insoles.