Been off the bike for far too long.

Went to cash a cheque and found myself very unconfident at riding, especially in traffic. Doesn't help that the main road to go anywhere is a dual carriageway, nor does the lack of cycle-friendly paths around here, nor the lack of good places to lock up to.

Excuses I know. Need to make an effort to cycle more and become less dependent on refined dinosaurs.


Been out and about the past month or so.

Day trips with my partner. Mostly to hunt down rocks of various sorts, as well as plants.

Cheviot Rock hunting. Cheviots

Glasgow Botanic Gardens Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Leadhills rock hunting Leadhills




A Year of Crossfit

Well, year and a few weeks. Been going 2-3 times a week to Claymore Crossfit and I have to say, I have had a blast. Cardio has improved, lifts have gone up, all round fitness has increased. And I have to credit it with some other benefits to my life.

Here's to another year of Crossfit!




Updated GPG Public Key

Just a quick note to say my GPG public key has been updated. Same fingerprint and key ID but I added an authentication subkey.

Also, I am in the process of migrating to a hardware token for increased security so my keychain will be completely regenerated at some point, once I have ironed out all the kinks and done some more research. Will keep you posted.


One of the great things

about having a 110 Defender hardtop is the ability to stick a bicycle in the back and have it be completely protected from the elements, as well as not having to partially disassemble it to get it in.

Troll in the Landie


Training

Listen, Genos. You just have to keep doing it. No matter how hard it gets. It took me three years to get this strong.

One hundred push-ups! One hundred sit-ups! One hundred squats! Then a 10km run! Every single day!

And of course, make sure you eat three meals a day. Just a banana in the morning is fine. But the most important thing is to never use the A/C or heat in the summer or winter so that you can strengthen the mind. In the beginning, you'll wish you were dead. You might start thinking what't the harm of taking a day off? But for me, in order to be a strong hero, no matter how tough it was, even if I was spitting blood, I never stopped. I kept doing squats even when my legs were so heavy they refused to move. Even when my arms started making weird clicking noises, I kept doing push-ups.

A year and a half later, I started to notice a difference. I was bald...and I had become stronger!

In other words, you gotta train like hell to the point where your hair falls out. That is the only way to become strong.

--Saitama, One Punch Man episode 3