Chained up for a few weeks

Apart from a brief two days on the saddle exploring the Canal du Midi  on holiday in the Southern French province of Languedoc, I hadn’t really done any cycling since childhood until I bought my Planet X racing bike in 2011.  Here is my cat Joey inspecting it the day I brought it home…

…Joey is a big cat and it is a small framed bike…

The reason I bought my bike was primarily to enter the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, but also to improve my general fitness.  By my own admission, my bike has been under used since, due to a combination of factors; my relocation to Muscat and their poor quality roads, the generally poor driving skills on the roads of Muscat, my work routine and the fact I switched to do more SCUBA diving as it was on my doorstep.  All of this meant my bike got occasional weekend use. This has just changed though. Continue reading

Sunday running in Jakarta – not such a tough mudder

Between 6 and 11 am every Sunday, Jakarta’s six lane thoroughfare, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, is closed to all traffic except public buses and emergency vehicles.  As air pollution is a problem in Jakarta, the reason for the closure is to give city dwellers and visitors alike a safe, carbon free environment to exercise and to promote cycling, running, walking, rollerblading and exercise in general.

With the current state of emergency declared during last weeks’ flooding, the clean up continuing and with more rain forecast this weekend, I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance to run the muddy streets of Jakarta.  This was yesterday… Continue reading

Blending in boogie boarding

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone has had a great festive season celebrating with your friends and loved ones.  I am in sunny Perth, Western Australia for the holidays, so the blog has been a bit neglected.

Life in Australia conjures up many different images – the great wilderness of the outback, stunning landscapes and amazing indigenous wildlife, laid back and friendly locals and probably the most famous of all – great beach life.  After a few weeks in Perth it is easy to appreciate why.  Australia is the only island continent and the sixth largest country in the world with a land mass of about 7.692 million square kilometres.  This land mass also gives the 23 million Australian population a coastline of 59 736 kilometres to explore and enjoy. The state of Western Australia alone is bigger than India, accounts for around 40% of the Australian land mass and 30% of Australia’s coastline. For those living in Western Australia, that’s just under 100m of beach per capita, compared to mainland Scotland, which is about 15m per capita. Continue reading

Running along Azeiba Corniche, Muscat

My local running route and why I run

OK – so the title may be a little misleading as it might give the impression that I am a runner. The truth is that apart from what I had to do during basic naval training in the late 80’s, I couldn’t run for a bus until 2010. Now I run once or twice a week, depending on work schedule, temperature and humidity. I don’t currently have a training goal so am running between three and seven km. This is quite patheticc compared to some of my friends and acquaintances that are pro-elites, ultra marathon runners, ironmen and half ironmen, but I would rather run short distances than not run at all.  Plus I have also been very slowly nursing a knee injury, which thankfully is OK now. Continue reading