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animal tricks

  • Posted by ade
  • 15 July 2010



Had a squirrel run out in front of the bike this morning.

It went under the front wheel, was flicked up onto my right foot which due to the fixie kept on pedalling.
It tried to jump across to my left foot but slipped and went under the rear wheel, got up and ran up a tree.

Rock hard little thing.

some days it's too hard

  • Posted by ade
  • 15 July 2010



Not a good run.

It was the usual Fforest route, but a stitch stopped me in my tracks. For the first time I had to walk.

Three times actually.

Breathing was forced and painful. I wondered could it be my heart.

Tried? Dehydrated? Ill? Old?

And I have to ride home via Eglwyswrw which is up hill all the way, into a head wind on a fixed.

Oh well.

for lunch

  • Posted by ade
  • 15 July 2010



Not a look that I am going to rock anywhere other than from the changing room to the running shoes. Lunch today will be a whizz round the wildlife park.
The race on October the 3rd is starting to require an increase in training.

nearly safe and sound

  • Posted by ade
  • 13 July 2010



We have had sparky Mark in all day testing everything we have electrical in the building to see if it's safe.

He has spent the day under desks, crawling round the printshop, in cupboards, behind the fridge and washing machine and he found a suspect extension lead with a cracked case and a radiator that went bang and sparked when he plugged it in. They have left for the recycle yard.

You have to make sure your people are safe.

head to head at howies

  • Posted by ade
  • 8 July 2010

This week Scott from the Cardigan shop, Ruben our web manager, Nathan in Finance and old me signed up to compete in a Survival of the Fittest event on the 3rd of October.

It started as an e-mail challenge from Nathan and has now developed into some quite strong office bravado.

And we are four distinct active humans.

Nathan does both gym work for strength and runs in the real world. He looks lean and has great motivation. He trains regularly

Scott is a strong paddler (check out his blog!), runner, coastering very lean outdoor boy. He's always doing something.

Ruben is a runner and biker who is running good distance weekly and riding the trails at the weekend.

And then there is me. The oldest. (This week I really really thought I was still 37 and I am actually 39) Adhoc biker first and runner. Always covered distance.

So we are pitting ourselves slightly against each other on a 10km run with challenges along the route like walls, steps, swims etc.

So in my preparation I started running again today. The usual 6 miles round fforest but with a swim in the surprisingly warm Teifi along the way and despite 2 months off the pins was only a few minutes off my best. (I've just climbed out in the pic).

My training is going to be real. Bike, legs, trails, river, sea, logs, lifting, scrambling.

And to have a goal, a test, a challenge and a focus is a real zing. I find myself waking up in the night thinking of pace, stride, breathing and getting into that amazing place of pain and focus.

We have entered to leave in the last Wave 12.

Will you race with us? Will you race against us? Enter now.

canoe to work

  • Posted by ade
  • 24 June 2010

tomorrow we are having an office canoe to work.

the tide is going to be on the turn so we've planned a 7.00am start in llechryd.

when we went to collect a loan canoe, Kevin who makes the birch creeks offered us his personal boat to use.

two beautiful canoes to use is quite a result.

early night tonight.

a 2 hours stand on memory lane

  • Posted by ade
  • 7 June 2010



Podcasts make the 10 mile ride home a better place in winters depth. In November I was listening the the Dave Gorman show and heard them interview Bob Golding who was doing a one man play on the life of Eric Morcambe. It sounded great, he sounded great.

Then the reviews were more than great but I could not make the Westend to see it.

As a kid I would stay up late with mum and dad watching the Morcambe and Wise show. When I look back in my mind of memories, there it sits glowing happy gold in the childhood section.

So when I found it was coming to Cardigan I bought mum and dad tickets and we went to see it last night.

Everything good that everyone good has written about it is true . It was an older audience (I was a youngster in the crowd) and they responded as though it was Eric.

And a couple of time, as  I sat their in the big chairs surrounded by parents it could have been the 70's for me to.

If you live near Rhyl, Monmouth,Greenock, Dundee, Inverness, Dunfermline, Arbroath, Omagh, Sligo, Navan, Dublin, Carlow, Thurles, Tralee, Wimborne, Welwyn Gdn City or Edmonton get some tickets and see a great man's life in 2 hours.

I bet he gets a standing ovation there to.

nice bloke, nicecream

  • Posted by ade
  • 7 June 2010

The pace on Saturday was true slow summer.

A sweltering  day at the urdd eisteddfod with a picnic lunch watching performances.

Back into Aberaeron in the evening for great fish and chips in a seaside town.

An amble round the harbour to get an ice cream.

We went to The Hive on the Quay who have been selling sell renowned honey ice cream for 40 years . We were served by Sannan who turned out to be a true howies fan and a truely nice bloke.

We sat on the harbour wall and watched the sun over the Irish sea.

Roll off Autumn.

fforest paddle deals

  • Posted by ade
  • 3 June 2010

Below our shop in cardigan fforest have a great cafe and outdoor store where we get our bits  for adventures.

They are having a 10% sale off all paddling gear like boats, paddles, spray decks and buoyancy aids. They have sit on's, sit ins, river and sea boats and great coffee. And you can try before you buy.

If you need to check before you travel call them on 01239 615286.

Weather down here for the weekend is paddling weather.

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