Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
When sessions go like that then you remember why you got so addicted in the first place... awesome!
The weekend brings only one outting in the senior 2 pairs event on Sunday, we aren't senior 2 but the distance of 500m should give us every chance of putting in a decent showing :o)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Could have been that I was inspired by the new ARA website - http://www.ara-rowing.org/
Their revision looks great, and the little content that I have gone looking for is well structured.
I also noted that Evesham Rowing Club have revamped their site as well - http://www.evesham-rowing-club.co.uk/
Another effort in streamlining and clean looking content. They seem to have pulled it off nicely, and all the content is dated to show the freshness (or indeed otherwise) of their pages. Many a rowing site looks great, but often leave you wondering when last it was updated.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Two sessions a day has proved interesting, and thanks to being unemployed at the moment, easy to fit into the day. The kind of stuff I've been doing with the cross-trainer (xtrainer) is something I could still do on my return to the working life... I hope to get it so engrained that I will make time for the sessions because I'll be addicted to the activity.
Three outting on the river always helps the mood levels. Especially as now the clocks have changed and the days are longer, the options are more flexible. The elevation in mood with the clock change suggests I am more prone to SAD (seasonal affective disorder - not sure thats the right word combination, sorry). I reckon its an aging thing that makes daylight and associated activities missed more and more each winter.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Got an unexpected double outting tonight that was good in patches. Definitely feeling our way into the four oar boat, we know what we should be doing, its just a case of putting it together. I did find that having watched some footage from last years Rowing World Championships I had the stroke much more clearly pictured in my head. I will definitely be watching a bit more of that before the weekend outtings ;o)
Monday, April 07, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I arrived at the point of discovering that I have topped 16st for the first time since... well it doesn't really matter when... I was not happy, but not surprised. The effects of being this heavy had made themselves obvious long before I stepped on my faithful scales... apparently I have started snoring, I have lost strength and tone in my legs and torso, and I have much less energy to tackle the rigors of the working, training, DIY'ing, commuting week!
The grand plan (see my last post), was really a grand attempt at a shake up... unfortunately it just didn't stick... I didn't back it up with consistant action. I am not going to try a grand plan from here, instead I am going back to what works... getting on the move... cycling to work, training properly at the rowing club, and avoiding all the comfort eating / grazing eating.
Really have to make this stick this time... I will not go back to being a heavy, tired, sick Andy!!!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Essentially I will be eating a more substantial breakfast (mainly porridge or similar) and cutting lunch into two smaller meals eating four times a day rather than 3. Not sounding like rocket science so far is it? Well indeed thats because it isn't really, I will be reducing the carb intake in favour of protein and working a fair bit harder at the gym and with home weights. Trying to somewhat, and I hesitate to use the word,... no I really do hesitate... resculpt myself a bit. I have been putting off getting out the tape measure but that will be my main yardstick. Measuring key areas (i.e. waist, stomach, chest, etc.) and then measuring them again at the end of month one and then month two.
I will let you, my audience of mostly one (hello honey!) how it goes and what (if any ) revelations I come across. Oh, I have given up chocolate and taking the train to work for lent... an inspired duo I think you will agree.
My first experiment with chocolate flavoured protein powder as an appetite suppressing breakfast supplement was interesting... mixing half a 'dose' into my porridge was simple and almost tasty (given that I am not the biggest porridge fan thats not an indictment of the powder). On the way to work and while in work I felt stuffed full, so perhaps mission accomplished, this is only an 'n' of 1 experiment so far!! The rough idea is that the protein will make me feel 'fuller' at breakfast, that the protein will require a metabolism shift to be used as fuel helping reduce some male pattern glycogen stores, and also act as building material if I follow through my plan to get to the gym more.
See my plan??? Hmmmmmm... I know it does sound like bollocks... I am not exactly sold myself... just prepared to give an experiment a few weeks... or at least to the end of lent ;o) Hmm, perhaps I should have described my lent options as: cutting down simple carbs and giving up lazy forms of transport, hehehehe
Monday, February 04, 2008
Then Yesterday saw more running (30mins this time), followed by 30mins or so off moderate weights work. The weights included some light load squats, which like the rest of the weekends workouts seemed not to aggrievate my recent groin injury (yipee). After the training we went to a local country park to walk our dog with a bunch of other rescue dogs.... by the time we got home we were absolutley battered. Watched Scotland lose to France and then had a quiet night in.
A fabulous weekend :o) And then today....
This morning I tried porridge for breakfast for the second day running, got to work early so popped into a branch of Starbucks for a coffee (I chose a vanilla latte), I had a MacDonalds for a quick lunch on the hoof, and then in the afternoon I had milkshake... and now I feel sick... my wife pointed out the calories involved in all that and I realised why!!! I feel like a small child that went to a friends birthday party, eat too much cake and drank too much fizzy pop!!! Its not nice!!!
Perhaps its some karmic revenge thing for having frequented two of the big bad chain stores in one day... I have been to niether for a very very long time. I had actually rather enjoyed the atmosphere in Bucks, sitting in a booth reading a paper before work felt very urbane. The same could not be said for my MacD's experience, since my last visit leather Bucks style sofas have appeared but the ambiance was far from urbane.
Tomorrow I will try not to make myself sick but will be trying my first ever protein supplement experience... as part of a fitness drive I am trying out a bit of diet modification (more of that tomorrow)...
Bright clear, hint of fine drizzle, beautiful February day.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
They started on the 3rd December 2007 and completed in a time of 51 days, 16 hours and 31 minutes making them the new fours female record holders.
Their website includes the celebration pictures as well as a link to the Meningitis Trust (their charity reason for taking on the ocean). Their JustGiving website for donations is http://www.justgiving.com/unfinishedbusiness.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Hi All,As some will know, I recently started a challenge to row a million metres (on an ergo) in 100 days or less. I did a similar challenge a couple of years ago and managed to complete the million metres in 114 days (averaging 8.7Km per day) so decided this year I would up the ante and complete it in an average of 10K or more per day. I started the challenge on January 11th and so far have completed 188,000m(averaging 13.7Km per day). This has been as a result of a mix of 10K, 12K and 3x6K (90secs rest) sessions. Blisters on my hands and heels are my main concern and if I have to put any more strapping on I'm going to start looking like an Egyptian mummy!!I am doing the challenge for the Ataxia UK charity as one of my rowing friends has the Friedreich's Ataxia condition and has been wheelchair-bound since her teens. Despite her condition she lives a full life competing nationally and internationally at Indoor Rowing events and also enjoys horse riding. If you would like to sponsor methen please go to my JustGiving page:
If I haven't bored you silly and you've got this far in my note,then thank you for your time and I look forward to your support.Many thanks,Niall
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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