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One birthday down...

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Rory's party went pretty well. There can't be many bigger wastes of time than tidying up a house before a bunch of 5 year olds come to a party! On the plus side it's reassuring to know that it's not just my kids that are so messy!

This time of year is always so expensive - Kitty's birthday is in a couple of weeks, then it's Mother's Day, my brother's birthday, my mum's birthday and then Nicky's birthday at the start of April. We should have taken this into account when trying to conceive!

The biggest news for me personally is that I got a ballot place for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 this year! I'm very pleased about this and also a little apprehensive. On the plus side, this time around I know I am capable of doing 100 miles and getting up those hills, and in theory I have a better fitness base.



Circuit training is still going well, and I even managed a 4.5km run on Tuesday. My legs were tired afterwards but my calves are still surviving - I&…

The year is going quickly

The year is already 30 days old - where did the time go? It's Rory's birthday in 2 days (which has me questioning where the last five years went!) After initially not being a massive fan of school, something seems to have clicked with Rory and he's now zooming ahead with reading and writing - he's one of only 3 in the higher reading group, whereas before Christmas it was a struggle to get him to read at all!

Mentally I seem to have been coping quite well this month, which I think is mostly down to exercise and not injuring myself. I've kept up circuit training 2-3 times a week and I managed a 50km ride recently which is my longest ride for a few months. I've already broken 200km for the month so my target of 2000km for the year is well on track. I even went running on the beach during circuit training last week and my calf muscles survived unscathed! I've also been stretching every day and this weekend I finally succeeded in touching my toes for the first t…

Reasons to be cheerful

I'm going to try and be more positive about things in 2018 - I'm currently feeling reasonably good but I'm sure there'll come a time when I'm not feeling so great, so here's a list of things that I can look forward to this year: Anna and I are going to see Dry Powder, a play featuring Hayley Atwell, in FebruaryI'm going to a friend's stag do in Nottingham in MarchNicky and I are going to see England vs Italy at Wembley Stadium in March - it'll be Nicky's first visit to Wembley and his first England game. The last time I saw England at Wembley was when the wally with the brolly was in charge as we lost to Croatia - I hope it's a better game than that was!We're off for an Ingram family holiday to Center Parcs in AprilAnna and I are going to see the Manics at Wembley Arena in MayI'm off to Scotland for a wedding in JuneThe family (and Anna's parents) will be back in the Isle of Wight in AugustThere's an Ingram extended family ga…

Looking back at 2017

My initial reaction to reaching the end of 2017 is that I'm glad it's finished and hopefully 2018 will be better. I think that this is mostly due to events out of my control though (e.g. US politics and Brexit) and worrying about those will not solve anything. With that in mind, one of my new year's resolutions is to try and be more positive. So I am going to look back at 2017 and concentrate on highlights rather than negative points.

January

I caught up with some friends from university (a couple of whom I hadn't seen in several years) and had a good time. We went to the Four Quarters in London which has lots of old arcade games - it was awesome!

I also took Nicky to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of John Williams which was brilliant.

February

This was a quiet month (apart from Rory and Kitty turning 4 and 6 respectively). I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 which has been fun to tinker with.

March

Another quiet month. Looking back, I see I was injured (again)…

Almost Christmas

Only eleven days to go until Christmas now. All the presents have been bought, just need to wrap everything up. I might try and do some during the day whilst the kids are still at school, to keep last-minute panicking to a minimum!

I've been doing circuit training for seven weeks now and seem to be fitter. This is mainly in the sense that I can continue a little longer before it starts hurting! It no longer aches horribly afterwards though so my muscles must be getting used to it. I keep pulling muscles - I pulled my left calf on Tuesday to follow my right calf a couple of weeks ago, and my right hamstring the week before that. I just need my left hamstring to go for the full set!

I've taken some time off over Christmas for the first time in years, so the kids' last day at school will be my last day of work, then I'll be back to work in the new year. So in theory this will be slightly more relaxing but it means I no longer have an excuse to hide away upstairs! Work has…

Hamstrung

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I've been so busy recently that I've not had time to update any blogs! Work has really ramped up recently (as expected) and I've started doing circuit training a couple of times a week during the day, so free time is at a premium. I do feel much better for the exercise though, even though I have been very achy recently. I couldn't even straighten my arm after the first two sessions, I was walking around like C-3PO! I'm hoping to shift a little weight and just get generally fitter/stronger, both to aid my cycling and just to generally feel better. I've hit a little problem this week though, I pulled a hamstring on Friday trying to race Nicky home from school! It's been threatening to go for weeks so hopefully it will heal back stronger and I can get on with things.

The Manics at the Roundhouse was great. Anna and I went for a quick Wagamama's beforehand which was actually the perfect pre-gig meal because we didn't feel too bloated afterwards. The sup…

Sick of being sick

I've been tired or ill for the last three weeks. I've not been happy! I've been feeling like a zombie most days, getting work done and then having no energy left for anything else. I think I'm over the worst of it now and look forward to getting back to normality - being able to go for a bike ride would also be great! I went out with Nicky yesterday, we only did 4km but I was knackered afterwards!

Clacton was OK, although the caravan is starting to fall apart and there's only so much you can do with duct tape! It remains to be seen if we soldier on with it or get a newer one, but at least we don't have to worry about Glastonbury next year!

It was mine and Anna's 11th wedding anniversary yesterday. The time has gone by so quickly. We didn't really do much as Anna had an Open University tutorial in the morning, so we just got a takeaway and watched Mad Max: Fury Road. It had received so many good reviews so we were disappointed when it turned out to be a …