Just Yoga today….


Feeling a little sore this morning after yesterday’s double training sessions, I’ve tweaked muscles in my neck and bicep so they’ll need a few days rest.

Yoga today was sun salutation sequences and standing poses.

2 months ago I would have had no idea what that meant, but this book is my yoga teacher and it’s doing a great job.

Enjoying the no nonsense language and “it’s suppose to hurt, do it anyway, you’ll love it one day” attitude that the author has and with clear descriptions and pictures demonstrating the various poses it’s been easy to get into.

Does it work?

Well, yes actually it does, the poses stretch and over time strengthen lots of the minor muscles that we use every day for just moving about, bending over, twisting etc.

So I’ve found that those sorts of movements are now smoother, it’s not a collapse down and drag myself back up to pick something up, but a smooth gliding movement, ok I’m 40 so there’s still a bit of those stiff bending over noises coming from me, but I’m not sure if that’s habit or effort now?

One of the poses is a movement down to a press-up position, hold there then lay flat and arch the back up. The hold part of that movement was 3 weeks ago was 10 seconds max, now it’s 20 seconds.

Give it a try and take those small gains as wins and keep going with it.

Keep on stretching


Been doing this for a few weeks now and I’m starting to feel the benefits. My core is stronger, backs feeling good, knees feel more stable and I’m able to breath through the yoga routine rather than hold my breath… which I was doing to start with.

Definitely a convert to the benefits of stretch bands,

Oh and the chin up bar… that’s gonna take some time before I’m hitting reasonable reps, but the first few felt ok today, which is an improvement on just struggling from the start.

Aiming for 10 by the end of lockdown.

The staple dinner for intolerance to everything!

This is my experience with intolerances so far.

About a month ago I got the results of an intolerance test and that told me I’m intolerant to the list of goodies.

I know right…

So I’m spent the last four weeks trying to change my diet to remove these items and see what the results are.

The results are…. by the gods I feel better!

Seriously if you think you have IBS or have some intolerances get a hair test done and find out.

By removing these items from my diet I’ve had a huge change in how my gut feels, bloatedness gone, to the point when I’ve eaten I’m now like…

“What’s wrong….. oh I feel fine.. normal… that’s strange…. I like it!”

So if you can get this test, because it’ll inform you about something that will make you feel better 😁

The meal – rice and stuff!

Chop veg… any veg whatever you have red cabbage and aubergine were tasty in mine today.

Add herbs, spices, garlic, chillis (always chillis for me) and fry in a little oil (not coconut 🥥, see the list) and fry for about 10mins in a medium heat. Onions should be soft when it’s all cooked.

Nuke the rice for 2mins, or boil from dried

Mix in together and fry for 5 more mins

Serve and inhale!

This is basically my home dinner every day, yes that’s boring but until I’ve got the intolerance thing under control this will do fine.

I’m giving my body a rest from dealing with things it doesn’t like and it’s been dealing with them for god only know how long so it needs a break.

Anyway rice with stuff! Yum! 👍

Recovery Breakfast

I recently found out I am intolerant to a whole bunch of things which has made me reevaluate my diet.

Some of this list of “eat this and you’ll feel crap 💩” includes

  • Gluten
  • Lactose
  • Pasta
  • Sugar (brown)
  • Sugar (white)
  • Coconut

Bearing in mind I’m 90% vegetarian (meat once a week) this is a crap list of things to be intolerant to…

So it’s gluten free oats, banana, no added sugar crunchy peanut butter, honey and mulled linseed.

And it’s properly delicious, if you’ve never had peanut butter and banana, you’re missing out on a treat. 😋

Lady bower hike.

Had a great hike with friends yesterday. In one of my favourite places in the world to be Derwent and Lady Bower reservoir.

Loved the hiking, was so wanting to run it!

All the training now until the end of October is focused on being ready to bikepack the UK coast to coast ride, but November is going to be all about the running! (Mostly)