Saturday, November 26, 2011

Isles fuel price cut from March

A motor fuel duty discount for remote island communities will start from March 2012, the UK government has confirmed.
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Friday, November 04, 2011

Old Injuries, New Challenges

It's been a frustrating year, exercise-wise.  Back in March - at least I think it was March - I did something to my left thigh.  It's as vague as that.  Not a constant pain, you understand.  Just that every now and again when, for instance, I push in the car's clutch or force my foot into a boot there's this sharp pain in the upper-outer region of my left thigh that pulls me up.

Oddly enough it doesn't hurt when I run on a treadmill, or even go for a long walk.  I've been wary about road-running.  I don't think I could take the repeated impact on a hard surface, over and over again.

I also had to major disappointments this year.  I entered the Crinan 8 miler and came last (terrible shin splints being the culprit on that occassion) and nearly passed out with exhaustion during the Mull Cyclosportive.  (The latter was a particular disappointment as I spent as much time pushing the bike up hills as I did cycling.)

The newly-lauched Team Tiree have seen nothing of me for a couple of months now.  I just couldn't face training with my injury.

Of course, I should have gone to the Doctor.  I haven't and when I eventually do give in and go he'll probably give me hell.

The thigh has been feeling a little better these past couple of weeks, though.  The pain can still suddenly surprise me but I've been doing a bit more stretching and gentle exercise and I'm hopeful about 2012 being a better year.

I've also lost a bit of weight.  I've been carefully monitoring what calories go into my body in the form of food and what calories I lose in the form of exercise.  The result is that since mid-September I've lost 11lbs.

There are a few big events coming up for me in the next year or so - or so I hope.  At the moment I can only talk about one of them - the TGO Challenge.  This involves walking clear across Scotland, from the West cost to the East. 

The event takes place in May and involves hill walking, Munro-bagging, navigating from point to point and, I'm sure, meeting a lot of wonderful new friends.  Trouble is, you have to apply for a place and I won't know if the organisers think I'm up to it for another couple of weeks.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

As for 2013, you'll have to wait a while longer to hear about that.

In between, Jo and I are planning a visit to the USA to celebrate 30 years of marriage and to drop in on a few friends. At the moment we can't decide whether to drive across the entire continent or merely hang about one particular area.  Needless to say we're really looking forward to it.

So - time for me to stop whining and zip up my man suit. Life is short but it should be long enough.