Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Hmmm. Did my bit for karma this morning. It's a topic that gets talked about a lot on the Singletrack forum, particularly in terms of car drivers, crashes, insults and broken bones. Since I don't believe in reincarnation, I can't take the traditional view of karma (what you do in this life affects your reincarnation state), but I guess now people use karma as a quick version of the 'do unto others as you would be done by them' idea. I do believe that if you can go out of your way a little to make someone happier, in whatever way, that you can be happier by that, and that they might spread that little bit of happiness on to others, which can't be a bad thing in the long run.

Today it was as simple as passing on a book. It hadn't cost me anything, didn't have an obvious owner (lost property), and I'd read it and enjoyed it. So I passed it on. And what made me happier in return was the guy said he'd do the same when he'd read it.

So maybe karma does exist. If you use the quantum weather butterfly analogy, maybe one small act makes the world a better place overall. I don't know about that, but it made me a touch happier this morning.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

beauty has her way Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 29, 2004

The Masterplan

Enforced rest is no fun at all.
I spend my time plotting to overthrow the world by wily cunning and bad humour. My time will come. As yet all I have managed is what idiot events I will participate in next.

What is yet to come reads like this:

26th Sept - Carsington Water Challenge
Carsington, Derbyshire

2nd Oct - Ace Race
Southern Scotland (venue tba)

9/10th Oct - Polaris Challenge
Lake District (venue tba)

5-7th Nov - Tyne Tour,
Hexham, Northumberland

20-22nd Nov - Dee Tour
Llangollen, Wales

New Year's week - LUUCC Tour
Scotland (various locations)

It'll all be fine. Only 2 weeks to wait for the X-rays to come back (shittim pissquick hospitals...) But I can see my ankle bone again, which is nice...

Friday, July 23, 2004


So, fantastic racing at the Heb and Rat Race, a vaguely clear plan of what to do next and... a brief hiatus while I repair myself.

I'm a bit run down. Slight cold, pretty much to be expected after the amount of activity. But the worst is the sprained ankle.
The story is too long to go through, but basically my foot wanted to go to Wonderland (down the rabbit hole, geddit?) and the rest of my body didn't. The 2 couldn't agree, which resulted in a twist, a fall, and a lot of pain.

The doctor thinks no significant damage to important things like ligaments, tendons etc, but the bone may have a small fracture, so I'm in for an X-ray on monday, crossing my fingers that it's nothing bad.

Psychologically, I feel fine about things. I'm obviously frustrated that it happened and that we were then slow. I also feel slightly guilty that I slowed my teammates down, leading to Kai's outburst when we missed the cutoff. But I also feel that we did as well as we possibly could in the circumstances.

I guess I put my foot in it... Posted by Hello

So. Onwards and upwards. At least this gives another chance to recuperate everything else and do some training without the stress. And as the next race date is set, there's an aim.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Coming to get you...

Future plans:

Adventure Racing - Hebridean Challenge, Rat Race, possibly Ace Race October, possibly Hellrunner, possibly XA 36 hour, possibly Endurancelife Coast-to-Coast.

Kayaking - Dee and Tyne Tours, November.

Running - possibly Harriers Ingleborough race

Working - Work at YHA Dentdale until September. Then work something out.

Money - get a pay cheque every month 'til September. Then start worrying.

Love & all that gubbins - Would be nice at some point, but no firm plans as yet.

Music - Keep playing and writing. Maybe try and get some gigs at some point.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

I told you there was a reason... Posted by Hello

Lost in Space

Well, this is supposed to be a diary so I'll talk like it is.

Life, eh?

Life at the moment consists of the following: cooking, cleaning, eating, sleeping (although not very much), training and worrying. There may also be the the odd spell of drinking and some kissing involved.

It's the training that's worrying me. I always used to just 'go out on my bike'. Now I 'train'. I don't consciously push myself harder when I ride/run/paddle, but I notice myself sometimes attacking that hill just a bit harder, sprinting faster for that ball, etc etc ad nauseaum..

Why? I have no personal motivation, however, I do have a big fear of letting the team down. Always have. that's why I pushed myself at rugby, at kayak polo, and why I love adventure racing: I get to do all the sports I love for recreation, and I get to push myself for other people's sakes.

Heb Challenge is going to be the longest race, both in duration and distance, that I have competed in. I'll be biking, running and kayaking. Running is the weakest of my disciplines, so I'm training a bit harder for that. However, I'm also putting in some hard bike loops every week - not having a car forces me to train. I like this.

We also have the Pen-y-Ghent race coming up - 5 mile fell race, so we'll see exactly what stage of training I'm up to before the Heb.
The kayaking worries me a bit. I'm fine in a kayak, but I'm used to whitewater, not big expanses of open sea. You can avoid rocks, you can't avoid waves...

Anyway. That's all forn the philosophy of the over-tired. I'll be back sometime.

Song lyric for today:
"You can't stop me, I'm close enough to kiss the sky"
Guano Apes - You Can't Stop Me

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Training tunes

On rotation before/during/after training at the moment:

Prodigy: Fat of the Land
Everlast: Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
Paul Simon: Graceland
Rusted Root: When I Woke
Natalie Merchant: Ophelia
Massive Attack: Protection

Drowning Pool: Bodies
Maxim feat. Skin: Carmen Queasy
Skin: Faithfulness
Johnny Cash: Personal Jesus
The Source feat. Candi Staton: U Got the Love

Monday, May 17, 2004



Pyro's Yard v2.0

The blog to go with the website. Also a kind of online training diary for me. I guess if other people can watch, I might have to keep training.

Recent events:
Biking weekend in the Lakes/Dales.
Biking day in Mabie and Dalbeattie.
Weekend drinking in Leeds. (not training as such but a lot of biking got done as well.)
Weekend sea kayaking and having fun in Leeds.

I'll post more when I can think logically...