Category Archives: Fitness

Co-ordinating and logging informal runs and rides

In my post about Little Stoke Parkrun, I suggested that a computerized system for co-ordinating and recording informal runs, so that people could do something like Parkrun, but without anyone being able to demand anything from them on the excuse of them being an “organization”, would be useful. I’m a programmer, and have some ideas […]

Starting running, and supporting Little Stoke Parkrun

I’ve made some very tentative attempts at starting running in the past year or so, but when I saw the news about the local council trying either to extract money from Little Stoke Parkrun (a free event in a public park) or to close it down, I felt I should start running to support the […]

Getting my Krav Maga P2

A few months ago, I passed my Krav Maga P2 grading. Like my P1, this was on the second attempt. This time, I scraped through with a borderline pass. So now, I’m (just) trained up enough to deal with most civilian street attacks. At the time, I thought that P3 would be out of my […]

New exercise programme (2011)

A while ago I bought a copy of You are your own gym, and having read the general matter before the actual exercises, I’ve at last got round to starting it, this morning. I’ll make occasional notes here as I go along. It was encouraging to find the vlog of someone who’s pleased with the […]

Getting a little faster

I’m now cycling to work quite regularly; having started with an average speed of 9mph, I’m pleased to have reached 10.1 yesterday and then, unexpectedly, 10.6 today! I’m now comfortable with the prospect of using the trike as my regular transport to and from work, for ordinary straightforward workdays. I’m not yet comfortable with taking […]

Getting going on the trike

My factors for choosing a place to live include it being near enough to my workplace to cycle regularly, but far enough for it to be exercise. I’ve cycled to work a few times since arriving here, and it looks like this is the week when I switch to cycling to work more than I […]

Too mind-numbing for me

I went to the gym after work today, and the mind-numbing crap being played through the loudspeakers was too bad to suppress with actual music through my headphones, so, on an impulse that had been pending for a while, I went to reception and cancelled my subscription from the end of the month. (I now […]

A step forward (or 2501-ish steps) and maybe one back

On Sunday, I started one of the tasks that I’d been putting off (or waiting for someone to find time to help me with): I attached the castor wheels I’d bought for the purpose, to the refurbished commercial-grade cross-trainer that had had to be delivered to my garage as it was too wide for my […]