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Four day week ✓
Got a new bike ✓
Forgot to do something at work last week ✗
I broke a door frame yesterday ✗
What did you get pn?
Got a new bike ✓
Designed wedding invites ✓
Managed to stay awake to watch Moonrise Kingdom ✓
Forgot to watch the cricket ✗
(Can you see that? The company is mostly known for single speed bikes [hah] but they have a decently-specced budget road bike which you can customise [so I went for flat bars and green w/brown saddle], and it was in the sale, so I went for it. Rides lovely. So smooth!)
Looks very nice! Giving meths a run for his day-glo money. I bought a single speed (stop laughing) Foffa for my canal based commute. Haven't taken any photos cos it was pissing it down yesterday, it looks like this:
They look lovely.
Yup, it's a Mango.
You'd be better off with one made of Papaya Mache! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Would you expect anything less?
(I just really really wanted the brown saddle. It's so nice)
Did some preemptive work Friday pm to make Monday am more bearable ✓
Slept badly ✗
Had a great weekend with my boy ✓
General uncertainty about specific life aspects is the trigger. Maybe once or twice a week atm
But that's made this morning really easy TICK
Girlfriend is back and I'm seeing her tonight TICK
Also seeing some friends TICK
And some bands TICK
With beer TICK
There are hours of work between now and then CROSS
day off Wednesday because of interview (want this job bad) 💪
not going to the interview today and have guilt for having the day off still 😩
the plastic tab on the milk wouldn't come off why the fuck do they make them like that 😩
Ate so much food at a Chinese New Year meal 😄
Went to see Kim Noble, which was one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen. 😄
Got a couple of chairs in the Vitra sale 😄
Off to do a track taster session at the velodrome this week 😄
Moving out this week - lots of stuff to do. 😄
Injury meant that I had to miss another hockey and football match 😞
saw the article in the grauniad
Which article are you talking about?
And how big was the queue?
For about 60% off.
When we got there, at about 7.00am, there were about 50 people in front of us. By the time the doors opened at 9.30am there were several hundred right back to the pub on the corner.
to be a one off/casual thing, or are you going for race accreditation? It's at Lee Valley I assume?
I've passed stages 1 and 2 (you need to pass 4 stages to get accredited) but it's hampered by the fact i'm having to wait 4-6 weeks between sessions because it's so popular and quite difficult to get a slot.
Either way, best of luck! It's incredible fun. Definitely helps if you've ridden fixed gear before though (and are able to ride a bike generally - you'd think this would be a pre-requisite, but some of the people in my taster session seemed unable and kept falling over).
it might be the first step to accreditation. Yes, it is at Lee Valley.
The fixed-gear thing is the bit that worries me the most. I've ridden bikes with backpedal brakes before, but not a true fixie, without the ability to freewheel. I can see myself fallen over a lot because I'm not used to holding the bike in position, let alone doing that on a slope.
Did you use your own bike, or one of theirs?
It's easy to forget that you can't stop pedaling, and if you do stop when you're going at a pace you will likely come off the bike and hurt yourself in the process. The main thing to remember is that just as you can't stop immediately, neither can anyone else! When you get up close behind another rider there's a temptation/instinct to want to brake so you don't hit them, but you won't hit them because if they do slow down the fixed gear forces them to do it slowly/gradually, which gives you time to react.
The sessions are very well taught by the instructors though, so it's pretty unlikely anything bad will happen. People are usually a little bit wobbly for the first half of the session but most get the hang of it by the end. The first time you go up the top on the bends it can be a little scary, but the more you do it the easier it becomes and the more confident you get. You'll probably worry loads about body positioning and where to put your weight on the bike the first time you go up the top (I know I did), but if you don't really think about it too much your body just kind of naturally works it out.
Either way, I hope you have great fun! Keen to hear how it goes.
Yeah, I hire their bikes when I go. When i'm fully accredited and potentially take part in races I will buy my own track bike, but I don't go enough at the moment to make it worth it. For the taster session you'll be fine in trainers and using the straps, but if you go a few times it's worth investing in cycling shoes with cleats.
I didn't organise it but we had proper cycling shoes when we did the taster session at Lee Valley. It takes another worry away (foot slipping off the paddle).
A track session, bike hire and shoe hire comes to over £40 all in. For a one off that's not so bad, but it'll soon add up if you want to go semi-regularly.
Oh, and you have to take cycling gloves/mitts and a helmet, marckee. If you don't have any of your own you can hire them, but they'll charge you!
was booked with one of the gift vouchers, but when I spoke to them they said that helmet hire is included, they tell you to bring your own mitts (they don't hire them out but they do sell them) and for a taster session they recommend trainers and straps.
We'll see how it goes, I guess.
But riding a fixed wheel bike doesn't take long to get used to. Sometimes you forget to stop pedalling but you need to apply quite a bit of force to actually make the wheel stop. Sounds like a laugh - would like to give it a go.
It doesn't take too long to get used to, but on the track you're usually going a lot faster/pedaling a lot harder, so if you do suddenly forget to pedal because you think you can freewheel the consequences are more dramatic. If you're commuting or something on a fixed gear you're not often going fast enough that it becomes a major issue, and you're usually in a different mindset (on the track you're not worried about cars/buses/pedestrians etc).
Sudden bout of sickness on Saturday night. Started by seeing spots – floaters in my eye. Headache, upset stomach and diarrhoea followed. It was all over in three hours. Very strange. Someone suggested mild food poisoning. Might chuck a few open jars from the fridge to make me feel safe.
Excellent breakfast roll this morning to really set the week off nice.
Parents will visit this weekend. One week to clean the flat and think of someone to do.
That's pretty much a perfect description of one.
✓ Great weekend of SPORT.
✗ Bit of an headache.
✓ Gonna make some nice fish in a bit.
✗ Had properly itchy balls all weekend and the skin on the underside of my scrotum feels almost like it's becoming transparent.
Cashier in M&S asked me if I was preggers and then said my coat was brilliant cos you could barely tell and said I was like Kate middleton
but some other pregnant friends of friends this weekend were like omg you're tiny, you're tiny and then doing that thing that louis tacceh said disers do when you pretend you're moaning but really you're bragging going look how MASSIVE mine is, I've put on this much and I've put on that much. I do have quite a neat bump but it's not small, they've upset me a bit tbh.✗
plus their vaginas will get stretched to fuck if they have massive babies :)
can absolutely do one.
we're getting competitive over bump size here?
neat bump > massive bulge
Feel great today ✓
Went to Mona and danced to this FILTH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIyPxs0zJKM ✓
Bought all the food for this week and cooked a bit ✓
Watched American Sniper; wasn't very impressed but glad I saw it ✓
Met some old friends (and ex-dissers) for Brunch ✓
Watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off; perfect sunday night film ✓
Should've gone to bed earlier last night ✗
Should've got to work earlier today ✗
thought I was just going hang around and mope but got picked up and did ALL OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS. This included:
Saw Blackhat and it is terrible
Ate a breakfast of approx 90% butter
Went to Namco Funscape (RIP Trocadero)
Garlic and Shots (they've had to implement loads of licensing reach arounds, so experience is getting more bizarre)
Ate pizza (Pizza Pilgrims 8/10, Napoli style ain't my fav but it was done well)
Then yesterday was spent trying to work out sad house stuff about us getting kicked out but at a currently uncertain date and feeling very in limbo.
Today, going to see Duke of Burgundy if I get my shit together.
I think I misread you.
Also, stop touching in limbo.
the man smelling of garlic WAS in limbo.
50 Shades of Dans
- back to work after two weeks off
+ find out my annual appraisal and pay rise today, suspect both will be better than previous years
- found out the person I had a massive crush on no longer works where I used to see them so have that special kind of bleak feeling of knowing you will probably never see someone you liked ever again
+ start looking for a place to move to at the end of week (pay day)
Which websites have the best ones? with job titles that make sense?
Almost done with exams ✓
Day off on Friday to recover from said exams ✓
Nerd gems tournament on Saturday ✓
woke up late as well becasue my daughter is ill and has been up in the night
scooter wouldn't start so had to charge it
our student lodger has accused her obsessive saudi boyfriend/stalker of serious assault, he is now in the cells and the popo are coming to talk to us tonight
got new students arriving tonight
just hope she hasn't told him where she lives. really don't want some angry spurned idiot venting on our doorstep.
this is fun.
both very good although I swear about 80% of the audience were talking during the former's set.
I watched Mommie Dearest last night which I must say is quite incredible.
✔ amazing weekend
❌ the shitty fucking cunting IT system at work is being even shittier than usual and I really want to smash my computer to bits
Made Kachoris ✓
Slept a full sleep on Friday from 10:30pm - 9am ✓
Went for lovely dinner on saturday night ✓
Going to the apple store at lunch to get my battery replaced FOR FREE ✓
Been gym already today ✓
Neck hurts a bit ✗
Some housemate tension (not involving me) ✗
Went to Newquay bumbled around the Aquarium ate a quality battered haddock and chips ✓
Won a medal at the Newquay Open BJJ tournament ✓
Spent some quality time with the TV ✓
Late for work ✗
Still not really sleeping that well ✗
Pulled a sickie from work: ✗
Played loads of gigs: ✓
Got my best friends interested in playing gigs again: ✓
Felt like a man when I fitted a new car battery
Ate chinese food and drank beer with friends
Watched The Bourne Identity and went to Yo Sushi with my daughter
But most importantly I bought the nail brush I promised you all I'd get!
slept in, was late for work ✗
saw a girl get her phone snatched at the bus stop this morning, couldn't do anything about it ✗
just ate a milk choc digestive crunch corner and am drinking coffee ✓
Shame you couldn't have been a hero to that girl, must have been really upsetting for her, what happened?
and sped away. seen it happen quite a lot :/
Where bounce hun?
Don't see that sort of thing in Norwich.
No-one has a phone or motorbike.
didn't think you had those either!
got a stye again fuck
cats are the best. I hope you're alright.
That sucks man, I'm sorry x
Thankyou all. It's so strange cause he's not an old cat and he was inside and he went to the vet last year. They should do cat autopsys for when it doesn't make sense. Cats are so nice. Rip
It's cold - X
New job salary higher than originally expected - /
Mortgage application progressing nicely - /
First draft of wedding seating plan is complete - /
I passed and was delighted. Had to hold back moderate giggling while she was signing the certificate because I imagined what she would do if I suddenly just reversed-and-swerved-left the car into the wall, while laughing maniacally.
to the level that those really bringing in the traffic can actually pay their rent through it, is it now essentially impossible to have faith in the sincerity of those bloggers and what they write?
*giggles* No really, you should!
Stayed in on Friday. Ate a pizza and watched Michael Mann's 'Thief'. Pretty good.
Went drinking in Bermondsey on Saturday. The intention was to do the so called 'Bermondsey Beer Mile', but we got a bit fed up with the queues so ended up spending much of the day in Millwall pubs playing pool. Ended up getting extremely drunk. Fell over by Tower Bridge and was home by 10.
Spent Sunday painting the house and watching the Spurs West Ham game.
spent a fortune.
I've not eaten today and am fucking starving.
Hope it goes away.
it's boring but no-one else will care... just completed the first session of a front-crawl only could-to-1.5k thing and I didn't drown or puke. This is MASSIVE PROGRESS for me and I'm mega stoked =)
I can manage about 100 meters of front crawl before I start going under.
How do you breathe? do you have a system? I don't yet. can't regulate my breathing properly, I either hyperventilate going too fast or make my lungs explode by holding on too long. If I find a happy medium it only ever lasts for three or four strokes and then it's gone.
but my right side is much weaker than my left, pretty often end up lifting my head instead of having the guts to breathe just above the surface
still trying to work out if I'm better off with trickle or explosive breathing.
although, my shin splints hurt so much over the weekend and moreso this morning that I may have to knock swimming on the head for a bit too because it hurts too much afterwards.
I finally phoned the doctor this morning, and they've put me in for an x-ray to see whether they're fractured.
swimming's my relief from leg trouble, though I'm hoping to get back to maybe a run a week or sth. really missing it atm.
It's beneficial to be able to breathe on both sides, but not critical - you'll often find that long distance (800m+) swimmers will breathe every two strokes as that helps their rhythm.
It's the same as running - too many people start off at a sprint then wonder why they get out of breath after a couple of lengths. Learn how to pace yourself, develop good technique and eventually you should be able to chug away at a slow but steady pace for a couple of miles without getting out of breath (fatigue is another matter).
one length each. I liked it. felt like a good workout and gave me my fasted 1k time yet. I wasn't hammering it, just swimming steadily.
My shins were fat and burning, slow and achey all weekend though. I'm shuffling around like I'm hobbled.
fuckinghell. really want to get back to running, but suspect it will be months yet.
the idea of going that far without a wall to kick off every 25m is a bit horrifying
(mainly I've been in massive denial that I have NO capacity to do consecutive lengths of crawl so I'm trying to sort that out)
Don't look to sprint your lengths and develop an efficient technique and it's much, much easier.
It what you're doing coached, or is it more like the couch-to-5K running things where it's a programme, but without supervision?
in that I've outgrown all the classes offered at my regular pool, and need to find a way to keep improving, preferably without spraying vast gobs of cash on a private coach.
program is an unsupervised thing that a lot of people seem to like. my big breakthrough at hte start of the year was calming my speed down enough to swim a solid half hour of mixed stroke, so building up my crawl stamina seems like a sensible next step.
so it sounds like you're already starting from a decent base.
It's by no means perfect, but the videos and tutorials on here are good starting points for understanding your stroke and for getting to grips with eliminating a lot of the habits people fall into: http://www.swimsmooth.com/
(this, in particular, is worth looking at - http://www.swimtypes.com/)
This looks really helpful - cheers!
Work booked it. I have an exam at stupid o'clock tomorrow morning. And for the next two mornings after that. They know this.
And yet they have booked a hotel that is surrounded by clubs, including the strip club next door.
Well done, work.
Where are you?
Wank on a sea otter or something.
no need to stay up late
Sure she'll be thrilled.
I'm disappointed in myself.
I used to stay at the Hyatt all the time with work, either get yourself moved to like the 20th floor or get yourself some earplugs.
I'm on the 15th floor, and round the back at least.
Not best pleased.
was incessant beeping of the zebra crossings, all the way through to 3am. you should be ok on the 15th floor though.
Think I saw a Boots in that warren of Wagamamas and All Bar Ones across the road. Might nip out and get some ear plugs just in case.
Shimla Pinks at the top of the road does a good curry and this Argentinian place is also pretty good: fiestadelasado.co.uk
I've already made an executive decision that we're going to The Rocket, though.