Well more lovely weather is headed our way this weekend.
Mel and I are super happy with waves we had this week too.
All in all a good one.
So with more sunny days ahead I am sure more nice pictures will be taken.
I am going for the sunshine look on the howies look blog to keep the glow alive!
Send me some happy sunny day shots of what you have been up to on this 4 day week... evening bike rides, early morning sunrise runs or good old evenings at the beach.
Email them to me : firstname.lastname@example.org
howies is nice and relaxed today with a nice group dinner at the river, planning canoeing trips and genreal tom foolery!
Have a splendid weekend.
The sports that we're into aren't team sports...they are sort of solitary really. But if you ask anyone about their best days riding, they will always say a day when they've been out with an awesome group of mates who inspire them. There are certain friends who push me more to ride faster and try something new.
I just stumbled upon this edit of an interview with a snowboarder called Jess Kimura. It's from an all girl's production Peep Show, which was released this winter. Anyway she sums up that feeling of riding with your mates perfectly. It's a really sweet video, so check it out...[/youtube]
Right out the back or the woods running along the river in the blazing sun it felt right for the first river swim of the year.
I used to skinny dip as a kid in the irrigation ditches round Portishead, and that feeling of jumping into cold water where you can't see the bottom and your mum would go mad if she knew is still there.
Once I was in the flow took me feet down river super quick with my feet knowing on sunken trees and it was a fight back to my clothes.
Mum was right, but I wouldn't let her know that.
Two adventures for lunch.
Ade and I just got home from a whirlwind trip up to Manchester to meet some people and learn some stuff.
On the way there we passed one of Wales' most famous mountains, Cader Idris, and had a go at running up it.
The low clouds and mist coupled with the fading light made for a great atmosphere filled with looming rock faces and peaks rising out of the gloom.
We made it up the hundreds of beautifully built stone steps and to the lake in the middle, where we turned around and came back down to beat the dark.
40 minutes of real life doodle jump.
It was an amazing place and a great run. Must go back.
(And in case you were wondering, the echo up there was brilliant)
The clocks went forward on the weekend. That meant an hour less sleep, but an hour more daylight in the evening.
To celebrate the extra light, I went along to Mwnt with Scott to join him for one of his training sessions.
We ran from the beach, up all the steps, along the top of the cliffs and up the hill. Great view.
We ran back down and did it all over again, and again, and...
Then just as the light and our legs were fading, we finished with a set of sprints.
My lungs boiled and my legs went wobbly.
I decided I'm not training for anything in particular.
I'm running for that place your head goes when your body comes alive.
This film festival on Saturday sounds great fun, wish it was in Bristol.....
For six glorious, mayhem-filled years The Adventurists' teams have been filming their mischievous, daring and often downright shocking exploits.
The first ever Film Festival will be a showcase of the very finest of these films made while thundering across continents in ridiculously unsuitable vehicles. There'll be talks from adventurers and film makers and an exclusive screening of a documentary about the Rickshaw Run and Mongol Rally. Plus of course the winning film will be announced by the judging panel and the prizes awarded and backs slapped heartily.
The mac daddy of adventure films, Benedict Allen, is giving a talk at 2.45pm. As the pioneer of filming authentic journeys for television he has made 6 TV series for the BBC, written 10 books and been described as “part of television history” by the Director General of the BBC. A proper legend of adventure.
27th March 11:30 - 6pm at Coronet Cinema, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB
The BBC have gotten themselves a bit of a bad rep lately.
However, they do have a website that tells you what free, fun, adventurous things you can do in your area. Bristol has scuba diving, snorkelling and indoor climbing. When I get around to trying them, i'll let you know how I get on.
For the thrillseekers out there.....
Here at the Bristol shop we have strong links with a local charity called Fairbridge West which works with some of the most disadvantaged and disengaged young people in Bristol and the West. Fairbridge West offer these young people a combination of 1-2-1 support, training and skills to help them realise their true potential and change their lives. You may remember that some of us had a box car challenge with Fairbridge last year.
They are inviting 50 people to take part in the Bristol Half Marathon on September 5th 2010 to raise money for their great cause. If it's the time of year for you to dust of your running shoes, then the 13 miles harbour side to suspension bridge run would be fun to aim for and you have plenty of time to build up those muscles and get your time down.
The places are going to be available soon, cost £36 and we will be getting some leaflets in the shop with some more info. If you are interested, contact Ella at Fairbridge West on 0117 9425362 or email her at email@example.com