Now cycling and gyming...

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Now cycling and gyming...

It's official - I don't run anymore - just the bike and the gym.

I joined the local gym because I can cope with all the low impact exercises - 2 sorts of bikes, walking on the treadmill (4mph), cross-trainer, hand biking thing, and rowing machine plus 5 weights machines for the upper body, and the leg press. At least I can get a burn and a sweat on, without agravating the arthritis.

Plus, for outdoor exercise I'm biking when I can, and getting out with the 'BikeCrew' group at the weekends, for 20odd milers, mainly offroad.

 

 

 My abiding mantra is now     'At least I can still exercise...' 

Looks like my running PBs are now set in stone, so they're  consigned to the archives -  (happy days!)

 

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present.

 

Cheers, MTS

 

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Norman-No-Mates...

... does the Millennium Ride. On Sunday I was the only one of the BikeCrew that was out for a ride. Four duffed it because they were going to the Sunderland match (bet they wish they'd gone out on the bikes now!), one was painting his kitchen and one ju...

St. Mary's Island and the Spa...

... and a summary of other rides. Sorry I've been off the grid for a while. Kinda had writer's block and a bit of 'couldn't be ars*dness', but by popular request (well, one from FridayGang) I've put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard more like. Let's ...

The Tin Men and The Beamish C...

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HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS...A Photo ...

...and a page from the history books. While we were running/riding with Ben last week, me and BikeGroupBill arranged to ride our 'Millennium' route on the Thursday. That's the one thru to Heworth, down onto the Tyne, over the Millennium Bridge at Gatesh...

183/401...It's A Blast...

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The Angel and the Ivy...

... when they are both full grown... Pop quiz - what do the Angel of the North and the ivy on my back wall have in common? Apart from featuring in my week, this week. Tuesday - I decided to have an adventure and bike out to the Angel of the North.  It's...

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... and other adventures. It's been nine days since I last wrote a post and it would take me nine hours to give a full account of the times inbetween - so let's just try bullet points. But first, another white dot Pop Quiz - what are these white dots in...

Let's Start With A Pop Quiz...

... so once again - What is this white blob from today's ride?  and again - no peaking below! It's Sunday and there's 4 of us turned out for the ride. There were bright skies early doors, but showers predicted for 11ish - but that would be ok cos we'd ...

Don't Die Shrek...

...and if you see any long tunnels - stay away from the light. But before that - 2 days of bright sunny weather meant 2 bike ride adventures. Wednesday  - I tried a route I'd been past and wondered where it went. The usual start, thru the LegoHeads, ove...

Full House...

Today was one of the days when all the BikeCrew managed to turn out together, though full house these days is only the 6 of us. We decided to pick a not too muddy route but after yesterday's rain we were bound to get some. You'll be getting used to bits...

Two for the price of one...

...but before that - a walk that me and Mrs.MTS had yesterday, because I'll use those pics for today, Saturday was a v.cold, v.windy day - but also very sunny, so me and Mrs.MTS got the bus to the far end of the Alex bridge (free with our bus passes, Wo...

NO...NO...NO...NO...

...NO...NO...NO...NO...****...****...**** But before that it was a beautiful sunny day here - a bit blowey, but a great day for a ride out. I decided to have a look at the Dark Side of the Moon route for an adventure, and to give those of you  that are ...

as long as one of us knows wh...

Sunday's ride with the BikeCrew was to the Corned Beef Cafe. Only 4 of us turned out and we went thru The Lego Heads, over the Alex, up the C2C, round the back of Nissan, back thru Boldon, Cleadon and Shields to the Corned Beef Cafe. Then back thru Whit...

3...2...1...and 1:38 twice?

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A Badass?....not me I'm afrai...

...Despite Rule#9, me and the BikeCrew didn't go riding on Sunday -  The 'offroads' were just too icy. I did however bike up to the gym on the mainroads and got a full session in there, with a bit extra on the upright bike, for the legs. Saturday was a...

Book-ended the week...

Managed full gym sessions on Monday and Friday - plenty of hard work in each - Woo-hoo! Tuesday and Thursday had no exercise in them, apart from a bit of snow brushing on Thursday, BUT Wednesday was the BEST.  The weather was perfect for a bike ride so ...

You Can't Buy Happiness...

...But you can buy a bike and that's pretty close! Sunday's my chance to ride with my BikeCrew. (Ironically Sunday's the only day I have to set the alarm clock nowadays!). A couple of years ago there was over a dozen of us, but now we're only 6 regular...

Didn't think it'd actually be...

t had actually stopped raining this morning so I thought  - yesss - get a bike ride in. However, the slow puncture was still there (thought I'd fixed it - d'oh!). So changed the inner tube for a new one incase one of the 8 patches on there was still lea...

Go on...I'll take you to the ...

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Old school update...

I've been toying with restarting my blog - it's only been a 5yr gap! - and with the reappearance of the old school (Friday Gang, eclipse, shazzoah and now KGL) - I'll give it a go. So.. quick updates to cover 5 years I've kept up with the biking and the...

SO - Almost Like Running...

... Almost like heaven! This is a long, excited post, mind. Finally decided to join a gym. I know I've always shunned them and extolled the virtues of being outdoors for running - but 'circumstances alter cases'. I can't run (at the moment - I live in h...

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GB 1 - Getting Better! I'm not getting such sharp pains in the hip. Well, not as often as I was. There are still some chairs and slouchy positions that cause me grief when I first stand up, but all in all it looks as if the anti-inflammatories are start...