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Friday 27th November 2015

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 22:31

Thanks for the support folks. Choir practice was interesting. It had been noticed that I was unwell on Sunday, but not many realised that it was the same as "Geoffrey Barnard is Unwell". I came out with my admission at the end of the session. They had no idea how elated I feel at going for 6 days without any drink, and I am focussing on getting through to NEXT weekend.

Still no running. I'm impressed that AOH enjoys going out in 4 degree squalls of hail. They breed 'em hard up there.

27th November 2015

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 21:36

I have an addictive personality trait.
I know not to even think about gambling...BTDT many years ago.

Social collateral....yeah, I certainly left a fair amount of opportunity for conversation amongst the church chatterers. They have long memories too.

Addicted to marathon running? I've only done 22. Plodding Hippo's on 400 now!
I gave up after my first, tenth, twentieth and twenty second.

Thanks for the vote BTW. I presume that Science won't be asking for my liver even if they needed it for a transplant.

27th November 2015

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 21:09

Evening. My ears were burning, which reminds me it's time for the ear drops again.

Welcome back Tine. Good to hear that WP, OH, Chick, Ale, Dustin, OL, and everybody else are actually out there doing a bit.

My recovery phase descended all too easily into slovenly laziness. My alcohol intake frequency also gradually increased. I found that I was building up fatigue, not just tiredness, and in my job that's not good. By the end of the week I was in need of a nice drink or two, and Saturday nights became quite a steady, extended session as the stimulating effects were kept on the boil until I dropped off to sleep. An outsider would see this as getting drunk under the table.
Last Saturday the wife was away and I let it go.
On Sunday morning, although I was sober, the after effects were very much inside the system and I came over with hot sweats, near fainting, not good. Especially as I was in church.

There will need to be a lot of apologising to a lot of people.

I haven't touched the stuff since. I just realised how I had become locked into a descending spiral and it suddenly made me fear for my family, my marriage, my job, driving licence, flying licence, and all sorts of other potential repercussions.

As for training, I haven't got any races in the book. My heart isn't focussed on training. I haven't run for weeks. I wasn't even fit to go swimming on Sunday night, but I did manage a swim mid week. That's all I've done.

I hope you don't mind me offloading my head here. As you can imagine, there are repercussions of even seeing a Doctor (Notes are electronically available to other Doctors, and even to employers in certain circumstances).
Hopefully I can crack this habit before it's a full addiction. Meanwhile, I do need to make my peace with the Vicar, and the other Choir members.

Should I take up running?

Saturday 31st October 2015

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 23:18


Apologies from Mathew Gloag.

Saturday 31st October 2015

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 23:14

Cinema? Few during the year, but Bond? Abso Effing Lutely. Although I'm partly deaf, our flix did it a bit too loud. The Lord only knows what the wife thought. As for the film, it was grate. Considering the Craig series, I thought that Casino was more than good, but with some unbelievable bits. Quantum was too predictable, not helped by the film being ruined by the trailers. Skyfall was awesome, as was Spectre.

Lyrics? Can I sing them all? Only under a few conditions.
1) Drunk
2) With mates
3) If I can remember the third condition it means I'm sober.

Bike just 53 miles, nice and steady. Well reigned in. Coffee stop included.
Yesterday included a session with a new Queen of Pain. Today I need drugs. Good sesh then.

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 23:04


Not at all?

Am I going to have to got to Hawaii? Or just cross the border to get Welsh TV..?


Pirates Christmas Social

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 22:26

Cat Dancing?

Friday 23rd October

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 00:47

yuk verrucas.

I did manage to get swimming tonight. 2500m in the pool in 55 minutes. I think it's a PB. Now I have pool flu'. Running is so much simpler. After 4 years of training I realised that I suddenly "got" flutter kicking. But it was only for a few lengths, at exactly mid point in the session.

I'm sorry to hear about your colleague OH. Chin chin.

And all you tumbledown folk, well, look where you're going. Good luck to the racers. I gather that it's Snowdonia and Beachy this weekend. I'm off to the Cambridgeshire hills with the wife for a spa weekend.

Wednesday 21st October

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 21:40

The old girl must be at least 60 years of age, and she's the Chief Pilot. The plane is 70, and some parts are a bit delicate. Taxying a tailwheel is a bit of a challenge, but I've got 100 hours+ on mine. This one is different, it's proper. You really can't see forwards. Once airborne the attitude is also a bit nose up. Handling is a bit of a surprise. I was expecting to have to work the controls and be vigilant of the rudder balance. Nope. She's rock steady. It's a shock to the system.

Get out to the appropriate area. Nose down and get 100mph. Pull 3g and keep pulling. Keep the wings level. The ground vanishes. I ease the stick and get told off as the engine coughs. Keep pulling. The horizon appears, but it's green side up. I'm a bit nervous not to over-speed on the exit or exceed the g-limit. As we enter the vertical it's important to keep the pull going, and past the horizontal check the speed and keep pulling until we regain starting altitude.

When I think back over it, the importance of pulling positive 1g when inverted prevents two things. Firstly the oil needs to be in the bottom of the engine. Secondly the pilot needs to be in the plane. It's an open cockpit.

Wednesday 21st October

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 21:23


You mean like this...


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