Been a while since I posted anything. It’s also been a while since I did any 3D printing, but with the students back, the demand is back.
This is the first print since I had to replace a print head, so I was a bit worried it wasn’t going to work, but so far (it’s still got 5 hours to go) it’s fine.
Took a little video of it printing, as I know some people who can’t get their heads round it, and saying “Imagine icing a cake…..it’s a bit like that” doesn’t seem to clarify things, so hopefully this will help them get it.
Picked up an action camera. Based on reviews, and not wanting to fork out the money for a GoPro (not that I have anything against GoPro other than price) I opted for an Olfi 5.1
It’s just arrived a couple of days ago, and other than traumatising the cats by chasing them round with it, I’ve not had a chance to play with it properly, but it does seem to be a decent bit of kit, and at half the proce of a GoPro, I can’t complain.
I’ve ordered a 3rd party helmet mount, so I can use when I’m cycling, so when that comes in I’ll have a proper play with it.
Today I also picked up a new rucksack for holidays. The Karrimor I’ve used for years finally burst on me on the way back from Vietnam, earlier this year. It wasn’t catastrophic, not a case of clothes spilling all over the conveyor belt at the airport, but I wouldn’t have liked to try using it again, so definitely time for a new one.
I plumped for a Trespass Trek 66 which I managed to get at 50% off. It’s 6L larger than the Karrimor, and it’s lighter to boot, so seems like a decent enough purchase.
The weather in Glasgow this week has been rain and wind, so unfortunately I’ve been getting the train rather than cycling. Over the winter (gale force winds permitting) I’ll probably be using the hybrid rather than the road bike. It’s a Giant Escape M1 and I’ve stuck a rack on the back. Due to getting loads of flats with the tyres that came with it, I’ve stuck Armadillo knoblies on for the time being, but I’m thinking for commuting, of changing these for Schalbe marathons. Better for commuting and still bombproof.
It’s been ages since I’ve used it regularly, and when I did use it about a month ago to do the Glasgow SkyRide with my wife, I jumped on, sat down and missed the saddle completely as it wasn’t where it would have been on the road bike. Actually felt pretty weird for a while, being that upright. So yeah, need to use it more. It’s a good bike and doesn’t deserve to be sitting unused.
Been a wee while since I’ve been on, so here’s a quick update.
I did the Pedal for Scotland bike ride again, cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Ingleston Showground to be exact) a distance of 46 miles. The route this year was way better than last years’ with some of the brutal hills from last year being avoided. That’s not to say there weren’t any hills, there were, but no problems to get up. (OK there was a bit of work involved, but at no point did I think I’d have to get off and walk up).
I also raised £220 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, so I was pretty chuffed with that.
I just received a gps bike computer that I’d ordered, so it’s on the bike and good to go. I’ll test it out on the commute to work tomorrow.
Other than that, I’ve just been getting on with the usual stuff.
On Wednesday, I’d taken a day off work after checking the weather forecast, and decided to cycle the 21 miles from the house to Balloch.
I’d been wanting to do this for a while, but the weather and the timing had been off. On Wednesday, everything just clicked.
I’ve not done this before, but getting from the house to join NCR7 was simple enough and I joined at the Bells bridge at the SECC before heading for Balloch.
The route takes in Clydebank, Yoker, Dumbarton, Renton and Balloch following the Forth and Clyde canal.
It’s a really nice ride once you’re out of the city, and I completely lost track of time. Before I knew it I had arrived at Balloch and Loch Lomond.
I was getting a lift back from my wife, so I gave her a call, and while I was waiting I grabbed some breakfast.
So a great wee morning out. Really enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, but extend the ride to finish at Luss
Boats moored at Bowling
The Maid of the Loch
The trusty steed at Loch Lomond
Anyone who’s read this blog for a while will probably be aware that I used to run regularly – I was a member of Bellahouston Road Runners, and regularly entered 10k’s, half-marathons, and did 1 marathon – before somehow falling out of the habit. I’ve tried to keep going by myself, but find it hard to motivate or push myself, so just kept doing the same route in the same time, and wasn’t improving at all but just ticking over.
Today s work colleague wanted to get back into running after a long lay-off, so at lunchtime, we headed out for a loop of about 5k.
There was a bit of walk/run/walk/run involved, but you know, it didn’t matter. We were out, and we were running, and it’s better to start getting back into it like this, than to try and burst a gut, and get disillusioned all over again.
Hopefully this is going to continue, but I’m happy at the moment to take it slow and see how it goes.
I’m cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the 11th September (Pedal for Scotland) to raise funds for the Scottish Wildlife Trust (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ ).
If you would like to help by donating, you can do so on my fundraising page – – https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Dalglish1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Colin-Dalglish1&utm_campaign=pfp-email
All donations gratefully accepted, and will go to a good cause.
So last week I hit a landmark. The 29th anniversary of my 21st birthday ! I think I was waiting for the sky to fall in, my back to give out, my joints to seize up, and my hair to fall out, when in reality, I just got another day older.
My birthday coincided with winning a new skateboard. I haven’t been on a board in years, but earlier this year I bought a longboard, and now I’ve got another new board thanks to the facebook group SCUK (Skateboard Collecting UK). I might have to get older, but I don’t have to grow up.
Still going yoga on my own at least 3 times a week. I try to do it every weekday and give myself the weekend off, but I listen to my body, and if it doesn’t feel right that morning, then I give it a miss and don’t beat myself up about it. Sometimes I miss out because one of the cats wants to play and I end up getting a later train to work and don’t have time for a yoga session.
I just finished reading the Russell Brand book Revolution. I know he’s a bit marmite, and you either love or hate him – I like him – but regardless, the message is important, and it’s too important a message to get tied up in knots about whether you like the messenger or not. Political change for the benefit of all, and he’s looking at it from a spiritual pov. It’s definitely worth checking out. Unfortunately I don’t think either of us will live long enough to see anything close to the kind of change he advocates.
No cycling to work today, because (a) the weather is really crap, and (b) I go straight to karate from work, and there’s no-where to secure the bike, and I can’t take it into the hall, so this morning I took the train.
Once in, I went straight to the gym, and once again had the yoga area to myself, and did about 40 minutes of yoga. Feel really good afterwords, so it’s a great start to the day, and a really great start to the week.
The weekend weather was appalling, but we managed to get out and headed to Craignethan Castle, which despite the rain we managed to really enjoy. It’s about 20 miles from where we live, but if it wasn’t for the sat-nav, it would have been a pain to try and find.
I’ll get some photos up soon, once I’ve weeded out the dross. The advantage/disadvantage of having a large memory card in the camera is that you shoot a hell of a lot of photos, knowing that some will be dross, but what the hell. Just means that there’s more time spent sorting out the wheat from the chaff.
Notice the black and white Instagram pic on the sidebar? (if you’re reading this after the fact, it’ll be way down the feed and this will read like I’ve lost the plot. But I digress)
I hadn’t posted a b/w pic on it before, although I have played with other filters, and I thought it looked quite good.
Now a couple of hours later, I’m realising that it’s a perfect reflection of my mood today. It’s Friday, I should be happy, but I’m struggling to get any get up and go, and just feel a bit meh.
We’re supposed to be going to see a friend’s band play tonight, but I’ve got a feeling that once I get home I won’t want to head out again. I just want to slob out and do nothing except watch a couple of episodes of Mad Men, and get up to date with the Tour de France.
Karen is meeting up with some friends for a late lunch tomorrow, and I’m meeting them later for drinks (Wetherspoons in having a cider festival. Things could get messy ! ), so I might go for a wander round town with my camera and see if I can get some more photos of buskers. (Why are there loads about when I don’t have a camera with me???)