New Sport

Worked hard to get fitter and put in the training for Tough Mudder but want to keep that going. Have set some new goals with my personal trainer and one of them was taking up a new sport.

This has nicely co-insided with the rowing club starting up their novice nights. The rowing club is right beside us about a 2 min walk away so would seem a shame not to try out rowing. The river looks so inviting
a lot of the time as well.

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Kat was up for starting rowing as well so we both went along to the sign up night a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately due to other commitments Kat and I wouldn’t be able to go together for quite a while. Kat had her first session last week and I had mine this evening.

It is weird not thinking like a kayaker and trying to think like a rower. Going to take time and practice but wanting to put that in, was great to get out on the water.

One thing that I need to work on is my flexibility, didn’t feel flexible at all this evening but least know I have a reason to do so. Excited about starting a new sport.

Listening to a God

A few months ago when we were at another talk I saw a poster for Sir Ranulph Fiennes giving his Living Dangerous talk in Aberdeen.

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Couldn’t believe that was going to get a change to hear him talk. There was no second thought to whether tickets were going to be bought or not.

Though knowing who he is and what he has done I hadn’t actually read any of his book. Felt like that need to change so read : Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know.

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Amazing book, reading what he has done in his life just leaves you in awe. Would throughly recommend it to anyone never mind whether you are interested in outdoors and expeditions. Looking forward to reading more of his books.

After reading the book I was even more excited about seeing him talk.

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We went to see him on Friday and he was amazing! Really did like was listening to a god to speak, can’t believe got the chance to hear him. He was funny, interesting and inspiring.    Thought it would be good but was even better than that. A talk to remember for life.

Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge Completed

Have been meaning to blog about this for a while now, finally getting around to it.

As I blogged about way back in December 2013 : https://thatkitchendrawer.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/ben-nevis-midnight-challenge/. Myself, Kat and our friend Rachel had planned to climb Ben Nevis at night for Alzheimer’s society. On the night of the 21st/22nd we completed that challenge! 

Through sponsorship from friends, family and a couple of supermarket bag packs we had managed to raise our total of £1200 a few weeks before the event. We have even managed to go over that and today are currently sitting at £1255 which is fantastic. Donations for this event are accepted until the beginning of September so if you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fkr.

The event started at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park on the evening of the 21st of June, we were the first lot of people there, partly because we drove ourselves rather than catching the bus. Keen beans!

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The whole adventure I would have to say was extremely well organised from the checking in procedures to the food being served and to the guides up on the hills with us. The company they used to organise the event; Discover Adventure was excellent and very professional.

We started walking at 10pm and had to reach the half way mark by 1am or else would need to turn back, we made it there by midnight. We weren’t all of the same fitness so were going at the pace of the slowest member which was fine, it wasn’t a race so slow and steady was going to get us to the top.

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Most of the walk we didn’t need our head torches for apart from maybe 2-3 hours. Was the first time I have ever used a head torch so found that quite exciting. Interesting site of not being able to see the hill at all but seeing all these lights working there way up it.

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We reached the top in about 6 hours, along with a couple of other people we were right at the back but that didn’t matter.

 

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On the way back down we managed to get in some bum sliding on the snow which was great fun. Makes a hill walk to be able to do some bum shuffling/sliding.

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The views got better as we descended and the daylight came back:

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There was one lady who was really struggling especially on the way back down, it ended up that Kat and a guide came down with her and Rachel and I got separated from them as we were further ahead with another guide. Wasn’t the end of the world, a shame not to descend as a team but really proud of Kat for being such a big help to the lady. Rachel and I got back down in 5 hours, arriving at 9am  so a total of 11 hours on the hill and Kat with the other lady did it in 7 hours so a total of 13 hours on the hill. Reaching the bottom was a very happy moment as was taking off our walking boots.

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Thankfully Kat’s parents drove up to meet us afterwards and we went back to their house for a couple of days with one of them driving our car back down. Was knackered as to be expected and the rest of that day was really about staying awake until a reasonable time to go to bed. I slept for 14 hours straight that night which is something I never do, was an amazing night sleep.

The next evening we had a BBQ which was just the most perfect way to celebrate completing the challenge.

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Don’t think any of us would rush back to do Ben Nevis, was a very long long walk but great to do it plus to do it at night and of course to do it for such a great cause!

How To Train Your Dragon 2

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Haven’t been very good at blogging recently so aim is to try improve that starting from this evening.

So I begin by saying that the second How To Train Your Dragon is one of the best films that I have seen this year. Every bit as good as the first. Characters from the first film with a few new ones which add good twists to the film.

You could probably see it without seeing the first one but why would you want to miss another ace film.

If only we could have dragons as pets???