‘The Runners’

I watched this short documentary on Friday at work and i found it brought a small tear to my eye. It’s an brief insight into random strangers lives and reasons to why they get up and go running in the park. It isn’t just about how sport and exercise keeps you fit and healthy, it is more importantly a tool for dealing with every day life. A very heartfelt film.
Guess i can associate with this because though i like the health and social benefits of cycling/ surfing etc, these aren’t the main reasons why i participate in these activities. I definitely find it a good way of dealing with life’s obstacles, doubts and worries, it also provides a solution to balancing these things out in only a way that i can understand.
Take a look…

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Highway to Hayle Teaser

 

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If i don’t make the effort to write up my Highway to Hayle adventure then I’m a mug, and i think i owe it to myself to do this, because it was an amazing experience that i can look back on and think… yeah i did that off my own back! 

 

So here’s a couple of pics as a teaser, and over the next week i shall endeavor to write up the first part of my trip… it’s gonna be a two parter, i’ll have you on the edge of your seats begging for more!! 

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Welsh DH Champs

A stand out moment for me on the bike - 2nd place.. only 16 seconds behind the 3rd in the World Manon Carpenter and a massive grin that didn't leave my face for over a week.

A stand out moment for me on the bike – 2nd place.. only 16 seconds behind the 3rd in the World Manon Carpenter and a massive grin that didn’t leave my face for over a week.

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I want to be in every single photo ….

In every single photo taken by Dan Barham! He’s work is unbelievable, not just because of his amazing camera skills but also because of the stunning places he gets to go to! His photo’s are a mountain bikers dream.

Below are a couple of teasers… to find more of this goodness check his website out and let you mind wonder…….

http://www.danbarham.com/

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Sunday stuff

I relunctly left the house this afternoon to cycle to Tesco’s to get much needed food supplies such as milk, washing powder and muffins!

It was blowing a gail but the sun was out so i wasn’t about to waste the day stuck inside.

Leaving my house i cycled up the big hill that always makes my legs burn and heart quiver with the added exersion. I then turned right onto the country lanes and pedalled along no handed singing to Two Door Cinema club that was blaring out of my head phones. With the crisp blue sky above me and fields of sheep look aimously into nothing to the side, i felt really content.

I then left the lanes and was back onto a main road. With a gusty tail wind i hung on tight and rode along at a rapid pace. The final decent towards Tesco’s is a long one, so is always fun to get into the tuck position!

Locking my bike up, i swiftly made my way round the supermarket trying to dodge screaming kids and random people in oil stained jogging trousers! Not a strong look. Luckly i had pre-made a list, so it was a straight forward operation that i managed in just over 5 minutes.

Back on the trusty cross bike i then rode through town and then onto the slog of a 2 mile climb that takes me back to my house. A combination of wearing far too many layers and feeling like my lungs had collapsed, made me want to get off and push, but somehow i managed to keep the pedals turning and conquer that bastard climb. It never gets easier, though not particularly steep it’s just one of those dragging hills.

Once back at home, i got the kettle on, put Blue Crush 2 in the vd player and treated myself to a choccy chip muffin. All in all an ace way to round of my superb Sunday jaunt!

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The world would be rubbish without pockets!

FACT!!! I love clothing with clever pockets – functional and well considered.

Continuing with my research, i was looking at clever uses of pockets, here’s what i discovered:- (quite varied i know)

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Darcy Turenne

I’m starting my research ready to arm myself with ideas that might help me with designing some bicycle threads for howies.

Thought i would check out Darcy as she’s super cool and always looks ace on and off the bike. Here are some pics of her shredding. She’s sponsored by Dakine, so gets to wear some wicked pieces of kit! Tres jealous

 

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