Thursday, 30 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
I was thinking about this clip tonight.For the last few weeks I've been back on the bike-biking to work,biking to training at Boston,doing the shopping etc,etc.It's good to be back to a mode of transport that is both free and also is not damaging to the enviroment.This evening I finished work and found a puncture in the bikes back wheel.No problem-I had a spare,so changed the tube.A couple of miles into the 11 mile trip back I got another flat.I've got a feeling that theres a thorn or something in the tyre thats caused the problems,but couldn't find one and as it was getting dark decided to walk.Instead of being irritated with the situation,I thought - just enjoy walking!And I did.
Minimalist living has been on my mind constantly this past couple of weeks.I've gone through my ,already pretty minimalist,wardrobe and sorted out everything I don't wear regularly and put it in a charity bin.Same with trainers.I suppose the aim is to get down to the bare essentials.I have become inherently aware that,with the accumulation of goods,for me,there is also an accumulation of stress.In searching for minimalist modes of living I have stumbled on the bike camper,pictured above.It may be a romantic notion-but it is a romantic notion that I have been giving serious thought to-living full time in such a set up.The trailer would hold all my worldly possessions-and I would choose to wild camp,avoiding rents etc.A cheap way of life.I would be able to work Monday to Thursday-then take off for a few hours on the trails and tracks running-then tow the trailer to a secluded spot-preferrably under the shield of darkness-prepare a quick meal-pop up the shelter-then sleep.I will definately give it serious thought with the on coming of spring next year.
The last couple of weeks I have been really enjoying running.My summer obsession with miles is dissappearing.All I want to do is get out in the country,on the paths,finding my way or getting lost for a few hours at a time.The scenery around Spilsby really is beautiful.Life is pretty good!
Friday, 17 September 2010
Well I'd been doing alot of miles for this one-things went ok performance wise and some lessons were learnt.Last year I won the 12 hr with just under 72 miles.This year I wanted to get something approaching 80 miles.The day was good-not too hot,but with the wind forecast to pick up as the day progressed.
The race started at 7.30 and I felt good-going through the marathon in about 3.30 hrs and by half way was 2nd overall,including the 6 hr race.Last year I had a real bad spell about 6.30 hours,where continuing was questioned,but this year,although tired,those sort of conditions did not repeat themselves.After reading Stuart Mills blog and appropriating some his nutritional advice,things seemed to progress well.The preferred drink of choice,which after 40 miles,was consumed every 5 miles ,as a treat ,was a 50%coke/50%water mix.Every 10 miles was a cup of coffee,which was drank relatively quickly,sitting down resting on the kazi!
My legs started to ache about 5 hours in-and just got worse.Its hard to keep focused,but to cut a long story short,I finished with a distance just short of 78 miles.According to the german ultra statistical site that ranks me 3rd in the uk this year for a 12 hour race this year-so not too bad!!
The thing I realised,however,is that ultras of this sort,to me,are really boring.Ultras always have a large mental component to contend with-but more so ultras ran over short courses.I was planning to do a 24 hour next year-but don't now know if I will.Running has to be enjoyable to me-I like racing people-I like racing from place to place-I like changing scenery.We'll see what happens!