Monday, 29 August 2011

Sunday 28th August 2011 to Saturday 3rd September 2011

Cycle2Works - 2/4

Saturday 3rd September 2011
Not much to report. Went to a group in Sale at the crack of dawn. Was there for 8:30 back early afternoon. Set up Halfords tent. We decided we no likey!

Friday 2nd September 2011
Ran up town and back. Was thinking about cycling to work again but massive cramp previous night made me think it time for a break! Details

Thursday 1st September 2011
Up early again. Bit of work, fetched papers, off to Belper, cycled in to work. Details.
Cycled back : details including car journey!!!

Wednesday 31st August 2011
Up early, did a bit of work. Got to Belper in the motor then cycled in rest of way. Have spent £80 on a parking permit that lets me park in any Blue Car Park in Amber Valley so am parking up halfway and cycling in the rest of the way. On the Boardman am only averaging a pitiful 12mph average but expect this will improve as get fitter again. Anyway spending the money on a permit means I've got to cycle in more to get me money back (sort of - by saving £2.30 on parking each time I need to cycle in three times a week for it to be cost-effective really!).
Details of inbound journey. Details of outbound journey from work.

Tuesday 30th august 2011
2.5 mile run to start the day off. Details

Monday 29th August 2011
Started off with a 3.5 mile run. Details . Golf at 12:30 over 16 holes. Details. Nothing else to report.

In Praise of Metro
I downloaded a free bit of software called Metro from

It sits on all sorts of platforms including Windows Mobile 6 which is what my phone runs on.

You tell it where you are for a given city and where you want to go and it works out the rest, start and endpoints can be underground stations or places of interest like Buckingham Palace. The cool thing is that it's an off-line app so no connection needed to run it. Was so impressed with I've made a donation on their homepage.

Sunday 28th August 2011
Woke up on London Hilton Metropole - am not sure whether it was a good deal or not really but it was what it was. A good location 100 yards from Edgware Road Underground so we were able to get anywhere we wanted in half an hour or so which was okay. After a big brekko we went up Knightsbridge as missus wanted to go to Harrod or "or Tenpound Stretcher" as I like to call it - as they can stretch anything to cost ten pounts including penny chews. Hey ho. Moneypit etc.etc. Then we went to Buck Pal and saw loads of emergency vehicle activity - ambulances and police cars but nowt mentioned in news so must have been a minor member of staff or something. After that we went on to Leicester Square and grabbed a bit to eat before heading to Oxford Street for more money haemorraging. Such is life. Late train back to Derby and we're home for midnight. Job done.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sunday 21st August 2011 to Saturday 27th August 2011

Satruday 27th August 2011
Down to London at crack of dawn - first class on train from Derby - first class is a bit crap now all you get if a coffee and a bit of leg room for twenty quid or whatever it is. We then hit London and pottered about a bit getting brekko sorted. Then over to Leicester square got tickets for a show. Then over to Hotel and dumped backage - nice thing about big old Hiltons is they're all organised for that sort of thing do even though you can't check in you can dump stuff so you're not dragging it around all day. Then back to Leicester Square for potter around MandM world! Lunch, Jersey Boys show about Franki Valli and the Four Seasons (better than it sounds) and then back to Hotel evening meal and off to bed.
Friday 26th August 2011
May have done a bit of golf but don't think so - got stuff ready for trip to that London in the evening though.
Thursday 25th August 2011
Not much to report. Got up a bit late - chucking it down with rain. In work early for monthly XW meeting. More stuff. Did a bit of golf later one which went 6th - bogey, 7th - par, 8th - par, 13th - par (should have been a birdie), 14th - par, 15th - par, 16th - bogey, 17th - bogey, 3rd - bogey, 4th - bogey, 5th - bogey - so six over for ten holes which is okay - plenty of pars there. Details

Wednesday 24th August 2011
Got up early, got all me bike stuff ready, fetched papers, went to Belper. Rode into work on the Boardman. What was cool about this particular choice of tactic is that Severn Trent have decided to do something about the leak at Sawmills (couple of miles from Ambergate) traffic was backed up for miles so I just pottered along on the pavement - didn't barely see any traffic until got to the lights at the Excavator turn which was grand! Details Coming back twas a bit wet and had to do a couple of miles on pavement due to Severn Trent's exploits at Sawmills. Details

Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Ran up town and back for first time in what seems like ages. Average pace 10:33 which is a bit rubbish but considering the shape I'm in I'm not too bothered! Details After work took Phil to Uttoxeter to fetch his bike back. We left a gift for the legend that is Big Jim who has helped us no end in taking Phil's Ped to Stafford for us - Lord knows why we picked Stafford as being the place for peds but hey-ho! Anyway I followed Phil back for a while making sure he got over the iffy roundabouts in Uttoxeter then left him at Rocester as 40mph tops is a bit boring after a while. So was a bit hacked that he'd not got home forty minutes later. Boss kat sends me out to find out where he is - a wild stab in the dark led me to the farm where he'd stopped off as he saw the vets car, could have called us but he's not like that. When he got back he was quite chuffed that he'd done his first assisted caesarian (can't believe he's got my genes in him - you'd never catch me within five miles of an assisted caesarian!!!).

Monday 22nd August 2011
Walked up town and back first thing, then off to work.

Sunday 21st August 2011
Back in the office - getting rid of emails and doing some warehouse move-in stuff. Set up a few PCs etc. etc.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Sunday 13th August 2011 to Saturday 20th August 2011

Saturday 20th August 2011
Came back to work to help out with Warehouse move - did some old school IT work, taking down PCs, carting about office furniture and stuff. All good fun.

Friday 19th August 2011
Not much to report, me and bosskat went up for a walk from Youlgreave(ish) up to the Lathkill Hotel at Over Haddon. It was beautiful if a bit of a slow walk! Details

Thursday 18th August 2011
Thursday 17th August 2011
Nowt to report!

Wednesday 17th August 2011
Took Phil to work. Went for a spin on the Boardman round Mappleton picking up papers and stuff on the way. Details. Bit of crap golf later on. Details Lucy went swimming with Hanna and Abby so I went up on me bike to watch em with me mum for a bit. Details

Tuesday 16th August 2011
Took Phil to work - his ped is making a racket. Have got to ring them back at 12:30 and ask for Jim to find out if they can pick it up. Took a load of tat to the recycling again.
Over to see me dad on his Birthday and then back home and a bit of golf practice. Details

Monday 15th August 2011
Missus gone to Bakewell Market, I'm at home with kids and the plumber doing his thing. Have had to move Humphrey the hamster as the angle grinding and miscellaneous drilling is making him shake!

Took a load of tat to the recycling and generally tidied the place up a bit outside. All good.

Went and did three miles of average golf. Steady enough in the main but had some gip on the 16th resulting in a triple bogey, think overall was thereabouts. Details

Sunday 14th August 2011
Plumber is coming Monday to put new downstairs loo and stuff in on Monday so spent day ripping tiles off wall. All done. Two ton of tile tat took to the recycling centre which was good.

Sunday 7th August 2011 to Saturday 13th August 2011

Saturday August 13th 2011
Drive back to sunny Ashbourne. Been a bit of a poor week all told. Such is life.

Friday August 12th 2011
Similiar sort of day to what we've been having all week - grey and miserable but at least the rain stopped. Did a bit of a walk to Llanfaethlu and back. Details. Bit of fishing later on.

Thursday 11th August 2011
Shot 89 round Holyhead Golf Course near Treaddur. Had been raining all day so didn't expect much and on first three holes we was wet but it dried up after that and was quate enjoyable at the end. Details

Tuesday 9th August 2011
Early start went to fish Hen Borth a location near Cemlyn, Anglesey. Here

Then went to Anglesey Show which was good fun sort of.

Monday 8th August 2011
am: Walk/run to Llanfathlu and back 4.2 miles, semi-hangover - as good as you could expect. Details

pm: Golf at Bull Bay golf course - £15 to tee off after 4pm. Shot 93 which included a ten on the second so all in all not bad and weather stayed dry enough. Details 6 miles plus which me dad didn't think it was but GPS never lies!!

Sunday 7th August 2011 to Saturday 20th August 2011
Have been away don't you know? Went to Wales and unfortunately it lived up to it's promise of being wet and windy so it did. Anyway did a lot of mooching, drinking and a bit of fishing - weedy and poor conditions made it a bit tricky to say the least also got a couple of rounds of golf with my uncle and father. Last year just played with my Uncle Mike and he beat me both times so there was a bit of unfinished business! Anyway, having difficulties uploading the stuff at the mo so in summary shot 93 round Bull Bay Golf Course beating all and sundry and then shot 89 at Holyhead again beating allcomers so good stuff! Did a couple of run/walks of 3 to 4 miles to Llanfaethlu and back on two days but generally weather wasn't becoming to such activities so did drinking instead!!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Sunday 31st July 2011 to Saturday 6th August 2011

Golf Analysis
I output the watch data from the golf last night and put it into a bit of software called GPS MapEdit (or something like that). The figures are a bit skewed by the fact that I hit five good drives off the fifth hole as the light was going but overall average was 231 yards with all of them going at least 200 yards which I'm happy with.

Friday 5th August 2011
Got up a bit late - 6:10am - last day at work for a bit so thought had better be in nice and early. Arrived at 8:12 to be sent to the gravel pit to park! "The gravel pit? at 8:12?" I said, don't you know who I am? anyway parked in the gravel pit. Before that though I had a bit of a spin on the bike which was okay. Details.

Thursday 4th August 2011
Was going to Cycle2Work however weather and a lack of mudguards on either of me good bikes dictated that it wasn't to be. So went a quick run up town and back in rain to get papers. Just sneaking under 10 minute miles still so not end of world even though I need to get my arse into gear weight wise. Details.

Went up the golf course to test out the driver with the callaway shaft cut down a wee bit - it worked a treat although didn't feel as solid as with the short shaft it did go nicely - cut the corner on the 18th, went over the bunker on the corner of the 1st, hit it as far down the fifth as I ever have, hit it past the little rise on the fourth - I hit six shots off the fifth to finish with five of which were within twenty yards of each other so I might just measure them see how far they went!

Wednesday 3rd August 2011
Just a spin up town to fetch papers on new bike. Details. Did a bit of work on the new driver project - it's now fitted to a Callaway System 50 firm shaft - if anything seems too bloomin long now! Did quite a bit this evening - went up to Halfords to fetch the leccy bike which has been in for repair. Still hate it. Never mind. Weeded and watered garden. Went up golf course at about 8:45 to try driver out - shaft broke on second hit - not good. So came back, cut the tip off and tried again. Will probably test out on Thursday.

Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Got up fairly early ran up town and back in a bit of a loop for 3.5 miles at just over 10 minute miles. Which I'm okay with. Details Burn leg held up well although a little bit stingy as I write this a couple of hours later...

Monday 1st August 2011
First week of August. Still got the dodgy burn and it's still weeping - got a follow-up appointment tonight. Road up town and back to fetch papers. Details Got to appointment about five minutes late but apparently there's 10 mins either side leeway when I rang to say I was running late.

Sunday 31st July 2011
Up right early. Off to pick me dad up. Then to Derby, catch train to Nottingham, walk to Trent Bridge for Test Match. After two days where both sides been bowled out in under 270 runs, England were to sit there all day losing five wickets but getting the score up to 441-6 at close of play. Was a top day out apart from seats being more than a bit uncomfortable - sun was shining, couldn't have beer due to driving but sneaked a pint at lunchtime which was probably a good thing looking at all the drunk toss pots there were round us. anyway a good day was had by all, back home for 7:30.

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