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Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

I slept through Church today. I must have been wrecked to sleep until half past 10. I woke all refreshed and had a nice long bath with Captain Corelli's Mandolin and a cup (large-huge sized) of tea. Bliss.

Last night I did 80 squats over 5 sets, 80 bicep curls with 500g jars of curry sauce (I don't have any weights as yet) and bicep lifts, 500g jars again and 5 sets of 16. Then I got on my bike, with its new shorter stem, and rode 8.33 miles through a gorgeous evening to meet Ken from dialysis at the N&N hospital. The night was clear-ish, about 8 degrees. I could smell the blossom on the trees mixed with the smell of mown grass as I passed the sports field. It was just like being 12 again and cycling home from Girl Guides. The aroma that is, not the distance. Guides was only 1 .5 miles each way, no main roads to either go along or cross either. It was a brilliant ride and I wish that it had been longer.

Today we are having a quiet day. I'll do my squats in a bit. I have decided to have a whole 3 days at 80 squats before moving on to 90 to allow my knees to acclimatise a bit more to the exercise. My 30 day challenge is now a 34 day challenge. I am hoping to ride in a bit too but I have a good hour of guitar practice to do first. Its guitar class tonight, I look forward to it all week.

Monday is an off day for cycling BTW, we are off to Planet X in Sheffield to have a look at their sexy Carbon bits of kit. I feel quite excited about the trip. I've not seen anything to set my pulse rating in the Cannondale/Giant/Trek/Focus/Specialized etc range. I've seen a nice Merida but want a look at the Planet X range first. We'll also have lunch with Ken's sister Tina, who I have rather a hit and miss relationship with. When we get on she's fabby. I am going to take a neutral single tier nappy cake and a stripey horse toy to her. One for her unborn baby as I don't know when we'll get back up, the horse for her little boy. Business cards too, obviously.

Have a great day all.
R

  
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KAYDE53 4/18/2014 9:13PM

    It's beautiful here too! sounds like you had a good workout! Hope you find your dream bike on Monday!

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MILLIE-MILOU 4/18/2014 5:26PM

    Quick update
Short ride, a load of squats, bicep curls & tricep lifts before guitar lesson. It all went well :-)

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BRANDI1809 4/18/2014 1:23PM

    Pete says Pinarello is in Nuneaton have you thought of going there?????

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Not a riding day today

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We have been out walking with our client's dogs today and then we headed off to Dereham to do some shopping & had a quick look at Paul's Cycles as they allegedly have a good range. We looked about for all of 5 minutes and then headed off to Halfords for some screenwash and then to food shopping, then home.
Gorgeous Lasangne for tea and now have feet up watching Hustle on the TV. We are both absolutely shattered so no riding today, although we did have a quick whizz around the green to make sure that the handlebars were at the right angle after putting on my new stem.

Feet up, then hot bath for me tonight. Squats in a while.

R

  
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BRANDI1809 4/17/2014 5:44AM

    I know what you'll be shopping for this Easter weekend, hope you find the bike you want.

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KAYDE53 4/16/2014 5:43PM

    Can't look when you're too tired! Mmmm, lasagne, sounds good!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/16/2014 3:59PM

    It sounds like you were busy enough to justify putting up your feet for a wee bit!

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Nice day today

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An 8.33 bike ride was done this evening, in the dark, by the light of a huge full moon. Very pretty. The ride took 37 minutes, not including the time sat at bloomin' roadworks.
I got a fair bit of walking in today too but no squats today. I did my squats yesterday but, while walking today, I slipped in some mud and gave the back of my thigh and lower bum a bit of a tug. Tomorrow is a rest day so I will do today's squats, tomorrow.

I have tidied up the living room this evening. I couldn't stand it any longer and Ken hasn't been keen on giving me a hand so I waited until he was at dialysis and got on with it without hinderance from Hubster.
We had a look at a couple of bike shops today for bikes and left most uninspired. One bike which had the right spec, was bogey coloured. Another was boring black and grey. One bike shop steered me towards a very pretty step through Pashley, which although lovely is not quite what I have in mind somehow.
The search continues. In the meantime, I have bought a shorter stem for my Giant Defy and will get new brake blocks tomorrow.

Onwards then.
R

PS, couldn't sleep so I did the squats. Once I'd seen the bruise on my bum and figured out it wasn't a pull after I did half a dozen tentative squats with no pain or anything, I got on and did them just the Tuesday side of midnight.

  
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KAYDE53 4/15/2014 10:36PM

    You'll know it when you find it!! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 4/15/2014 7:19PM

  Good Luck!

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Back from a ride in 2 parts

Monday, April 14, 2014

I was offered a test ride on a Giant Defy 3 Composite today so I rode my bike to the bike shop, took the 3 for a 2.7 mile test ride and then carried on with my own bike. 9.71 miles in total in 47 minutes and change, so we were both pleased with that.

I don't think that I will be buying the bike as I didn't love. It was nice but not fantastic. I am going to check out some other bikes too and see what I can find. I did think that I would look for a Defy 2 composite but having seen the horrendous black and boring grey colour scheme I'll not bother. It looks like the bike is in a grump.

I haven't done my squats yet. I got in from my ride and I was freezing cold so I'm warming up first and then I'll do them. Tomorrow is a much quieter day. I have 2 dogs to walk in the same village so they will go together. After that the day is my own. Ken & I plan a bit of bike hunting and walking about before he goes to dialysis.

This laptop is getting on my wick. When typing, the cursor leaps about mid word. One min you are typing a sentence the next moment, the cursor has leapt to another part of the screen and then you are typing there. Most distracting. Heigh ho.

Chat soon.
R

  
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BRANDI1809 4/15/2014 5:17AM

    It's all very exciting choosing.
Jx

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KAYDE53 4/14/2014 8:05PM

    Hope you find the bike that you just love!! Good luck on the squats!

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FLMOMX2 4/14/2014 7:26PM

    Sounds like a great ride. Sorry the computer is on the Fritz. emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 4/14/2014 2:48PM

    well done on the bike ride - hope the squats got done?

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A bike ride at sunset. Very pretty

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We had been meaning to go riding all day but I woke up with a headache so drank coffee and generally felt rough until about noon and then we went out to Yo! Sushi for lunch (or breakfast in my case). We have been promising ourselves that we will go and take advantage of their sunday offer of 10 plates for 20. 10 plates is a lot of sushimi, veggies and nori rolls. I had 8 plates savory and two tiny pudding plates (rice cake balls which are delicious), plus miso soup which was fabulous.
After Yo! we went for a walk to aliviate the feeling of stuffedness. We ended up in a bike shop, so no change there then, where we had a big trunk around before heading home to walk the dogs.

On the way home Ken, my gorgous husband, offered to buy me a new bike. I was saving for one last summer but had to use the 600 I had saved towards a new bike to replace his car that had gone bang. I cried for a week and started saving again. I had 60% of what I was aiming at too. Ken has the money at the moment and made the offer. I have asked a couple of times if he is absolutely sure that he wants to get me a new bike and he is. This week I shall be bike hunting after my dog walking duties. I can't wait and it has lifted my mood no end.

Our ride this evening, after walking the dogs, feeding the dogs and beating the DVD player into some sort of working submission, was great. 5.11 miles again but in 22.45 so we are getting quicker. We are doing shorter rides at the moment while Ken's bum gets used to riding again as he has had all winter off. Coming home and riding the last half a mile through a spectacular sunset was brilliant. emoticon
We are planning on an 8 miler after work tomorrow.

Today is a day off for my 30 day squat challenge. Tomorrow its back to the squatting emoticon

See you tomorrow spark buddies
R

  
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BRANDI1809 4/15/2014 5:03AM

    Wow a new bike, lucky you. I'm so pleased for you.

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FLMOMX2 4/14/2014 8:15AM

    Sounds like after a rough start it turned out well. Have fun shopping for your new bike. emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 4/13/2014 8:07PM

    Sounds like fun even though I'm not a fan of sushi. As for the new bike, that's sounds super!! emoticon emoticon

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