So the Introduction to Ashtanga course I’ve been doing for the last six weeks has finished, and I loved it. It’s given me a structured practice that I can do at home, but I did miss not going to the class last night, so I might have to find a guided class that I can go to. Despite what the teacher said, I don’t feel that I know the routine well enough to go to a Mysore class, and I don’t want to be constantly asking “Does “X” come next or is it “Y”?”, so yeah, I think a guided class is the way forward for the moment, and as luck would have it, there’s a guided class on a Tuesday evening that would fit in time-wise, with finishing work.
Yoga aside, the weather has finally got reasonable enough that I have started cycling to work again. As well as being healthier for me and the environment, it’s healthier for my wallet to the tune of £57 a month, so that’s a good reason to do it.
Next thing I’ve got to look forward to is our trip to Thailand in a little over a month. We’re away for three weeks, and are taking in Phuket, Chang Mai, and finally Bangkok, with two nights in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’m hoping I can try surfing again in Phuket. I took some lessons in Bali last year as it’s something I’d always wanted to try (I used to skateboard, and I snowboard intermittently) and I finally got to try it and it was as amazing as I’d hoped. So I really want to do it again.
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Decided to get off my arse and start cycling to work again, so after getting back from karate last night, I gave the hybrid a once over, packed the pannier with a change of clothes for work, and this morning cycled in.
Nice wee gentle 40 minute ride – I can hammer it in about 25 mins on the cyclecross, but I was up early and in no rush, as the gym at work doesn’t open till 7.00 so I didn’t want to be waiting about till it opened to get a shower.
By 7.0 I was showered, changed and in the coffee shop reading the paper.
Nice way to start the day.
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
So that’s three days in a row I’ve cycled 5 miles to work, and followed it up with 30 minutes of yoga, instead of just grabbing a coffee and a muffin.
Then at the end of the day there’s the 5 mile cycle home again.
As long as the weather allows I’ll keep up cycling. I don’t mind the rain, but it can get really windy, and I don’t fancy being blown off the bike. The yoga will happen regardless of how I get to work.
Monday is the only day I don’t/can’t cycle, as I have karate in the evening and go straight from work, and the bag full of karate gear on top of the change of clothes for work, is too big for comfortable cycling, but again, the yoga will still get done.
This morning I decided enough was enough, and got back on the bike to cycle to work (about 5 miles, so a 10 mile round trip). I need to get in training as well as I’m doing the Glasgow – Edinburgh ride in September, and don’t want to knacker myself like I did last year. 50 miles with pretty much no training may be fun, but it’s also exhausting.
Once I’d arrived at work, I locked the bike outside the gym, and went in and did a half hour of yoga.
The class I’ve been going to has stopped for the summer, so I’ve decided to up the ante and try to do at least 1/2 an hour every morning before work. Yesterday should have been day 1, but yesterday I was running late so decided today was the start of a lifestyle and attitude change.
(I did do some manta meditation yesterday, so I’m claiming that as a worthwhile addition to the day)
On Friday, we drove down to Largs with the bikes, and walked them onto the ferry to Cumbrae, for a wee cycle round the island (it’s about 9 miles).
It was a glorious day with a bit of a wind, so half the trip was into a headwind, and the other half was with a really nice tailwind.
Stopped off in Millport for a bite to eat and a drink, before heading to the ferry and back to Largs.
Nice wee day out.
The rest of the weekend had miserable weather, so we caught a couple of movies at the GFT on Sunday and Monday – Disorder and The Witch respectively – both of which were well worth seeing, but of the two, I have to say I preferred The Witch.
Some interesting films coming up next month, so plenty to see.
Took a drive over to the Whitelee windfarm with the bikes today, for a wee cycle round. It’s an amazing place, with cyclists, walkers and runners all using the paths round the turbines. Since we were last there, they’ve even added some mountain bike trails, but since I don’t have a mountain bike, it’s the unpaved paths we stuck to. (I’m claiming them as off-road, as (a) they’re not paved and are bumpy as hell, and (b) I’ve got a cyclocross and this is the first time it’s been used off tarmac)
Yesterday, we took the bikes up to Callander (a very nice little town that I can recommend visiting), and cycled along the side of Loch Venachar.
I knew that you could circumnavigate the entire loch, but we weren’t interested in cycling on roads yesterday, and stuck to the cycle route on a very quiet, almost car free road which followed the side of the loch. We turned back when the path dropped onto forestry tracks, but more because it was raining, and we were getting a bit wet, than any other reason.
Looking at a map, we were well past the halfway point, and it would have probably only taken another half hour to get to Brig O’ Turk and the tearoom there. Maybe next time.