Well, it has indeed been a little while since we last met. That goes for both the Dublin Marathon, and you and I, dear reader. The effects of Connemara are still being felt. After-shocks, you might call them, of the running kind. Not the seismic variety; more just heavy legs, niggly groins, grumbly knees and … More Hello, Dublin!
IN WHICH WE FINALLY GET OFF THE FLAT TRAILS OF COUNTY KILDARE AND INTO THE MOUNTAINS IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONNEMARA 100 I’m about 6 miles out of Laragh on the road heading for Sally Gap, and the weather forecast is letting me down. It is certainly a different world up here, in the Wicklow … More Through the Gap
“The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.” Lady Galadriel The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring So the training continues, though the Connemara100 is not just a one-man band. … More The Quest
How time flies when you’re having fun. And likewise, it drags when you’re not. And in between is where most of the rest of life happens. It’s been a busy few weeks between work and home life. Odi the wonder greyhound continues to win our hearts with his suave nonchalance, incredible turn of pace in … More Maxed out
IN WHICH WE HOLD OF FOR ABOUT A FORTNIGHT BEFORE CAVING IN AND GETTING A NEW DOG – LIFE GOES ON, AS IT GENERALLY DOES – WE DO A LITTLE MUSICAL CHAIRS WITH THE HOSPITAL, AND I CONTINUE TRAINING… OF SORTS This will be scatter-gun sort of post. Some days, everything just seems to be … More Odi has landed…
… So what’s the big deal adding one more? Well, in this case, it’s one more mile on top of 99, so we’ll see how chirpy we are when we get to that stage. Assuming we do get to that stage… I won’t particularly miss January. Nothing personal, but it’s been a tough few months. … More 99 Problems…
Many, many moons ago, Irish stout brewer Beamish produced one of the more erudite ad campaigns, centred around the slogan ‘Consistency in a World Gone Mad’. It was catchy, and appealed to a new audience, and they needed all the help they could get, pitted against the behemoth that is Guinness (and Diageo). Not sure … More Madness in a world gone consistent
I think as race titles go, the Great Fjord Swim beats ’em all. It’s a swim. In a fjord. And it’s great. I’ve only done it twice, but I would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes a splash in the sea surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world. What’s not … More The Great Fjord Swim
The following may contain some views that some readers may find deeply patronising and potentially insulting. If you are allergic to such views, then head on over here instead… First up, apologies for the expletive. But I feel it’s warranted. Here’s some blurb from the marketing boys at Garmin, to give you an idea why … More Seriously? For fuck sake!
My Dad has been doing some tidying up lately. In particular he has been sifting through layers of ‘stored’ material in his workshop, dating back decades. It’s an archaeological dig of sorts. As quite a lot of my stuff (and my brother’s) is in there, he pops in routinely with odds and sods. This morning, … More Old School