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.