Exposed, or feeling like it…

brain_therapy_400_clr_15912So first things first, this is probably just a reaction to being tired and sore, and it probably isn’t as bad as my head is telling me, but for the first time in a gym session I felt exposed the other day.  Just a regular session, nothing too much out of the ordinary with the usual kinds of activities. Now it was a longer session a 30 minute straight through, but have done that kind of thing before.

1 minute for set of exercises, finish them early then rest and be ready for the next set.  So 10 burprees in a minute, then press ups, then kettle swings, then skip then plank for 30. Finish your reps and get a rest. Now for the pressups and kettle bells fine. The plank was an effort but better breathing helps here. Skips, I am just slow, but a minute wont kill. So that leaves the burpess. For a long time, not a specialty, but doing more of them. My action is slow so 10 in 60 is effort zapping and takes the minute. So that means no rest… the effect of repeated rounds slows you down.

But this is when the mind games come, and I realize that I am always the last to finish and people “might” be watching. Now in hindsight probably not as they don’t need to see me jiggle about, and they are recovering from their own efforts. But for the first time in a session I felt exposed and isolated. It wasnt a great place to be. Now this really is against the ethos and idea of the place, and in no way is it a reflection of then, its more my mind wandering off and racing into pain and tiredness.

I needed to write it down, draw a line and move on. So that’s it.

Move on Stephen.


Week in review

So wow then, a busy week with no less than four blacksheep sessions to keep me on the straight and narrow! I’ve attacked the sessions with new vigour and a determination thats been missing for a while. I’ve stock to clean eating and living too, which has resulted in a massive calories deficit! Even a Saturday night in town, no drink – well a cup of tea! didn’t make that much of a dint…

foodWe went out to Shawarmma Fattoush in town (check it out here) and it was awesome like last time. We do though need to work on our food ordering quantities…. its never a great sign when you run out of table space.

By and large, all healthy, grilled meats and vegs with rice and humous as the main options.

For desert, it was off to the tea shop next to the uni for late night tea. Also a place worth going to. Check them out here

Enough from me now, bed… and gym tomorrow…



Gym Kit…. I’ve got some more…..

t2Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy free things and for the gym sessions we do get the offer a t-shirt, but most times I don’t take them, being too fat, and also the t-shirts being in cotton. I tend to go for a sporting top which invariably as poly in nature and just wash and wear. Thinking about an up and coming holiday I thought it might be nice to get a couple for working out, which i will then have to do to make the effort of getting the T-shirt made.

As ever, I went bright, but I actually like the gray, even if it wasn’t what I ordered…. the orange one is less red than the image suggests. so hey ho…. the next steps is to buy no more gym kit!


Cheers Steve


Just been sent this challenge…I would be dead…


Effectively as hard as you can for 2km….



90th 75th 50th 25th
Result 6:39.1 7:00.6 7:33.1 8:13.6
Pace 1:39.7 1:45.1 1:53.2 2:03.4

2016 2000m Indoor Rower Rankings

Weight: H | Gender: M | Ages: All | Country: All | All Results | Adaptive: No

Pos. Name Age Country Time Type Verified
1 Mohamed Sbihi 27 GBR 5:41.8 I Race
2 Matthieu Androdias 25 FRA 5:46.8 I Race
3 Sam Townsend 30 GBR 5:47.6 I Race
4 Charles Lambert 18 AUS 5:48.3 I No
4 Graham Benton 42 GBR 5:48.3 I Race
6 Paul Bennett 26 GBR 5:48.5 I Race
7 Axel Dickinson 25 NZL 5:49.0 I No
7 Will Satch 26 GBR 5:49.0 I Race
7 Romain Delachaume 27 FRA 5:49.0 I Race
10 James Letten 22 USA 5:49.4 I Race
11 Hugo Boucheron 22 FRA 5:50.0 I Race
12 Benoit Brunet 24 FRA 5:50.4 I Race
13 Cedric Berrest 30 FRA 5:51.1 I Race
14 Benoit Baratin 25 FRA 5:51.3 I Race
15 George Nash 26 GBR 5:52.0 I Race
16 Alex Gregory 31 GBR 5:53.2 I Race
17 Germain Chardin 32 FRA 5:53.9 I Race
18 Matt Gotrel 26 GBR 5:54.7 I Race
19 Oscar Alonso 26 ESP 5:55.7 I Race
20 Andriy Pryveda 30 UKR 5:56.5 I Race

So its time to go raw…..

taking_pictures_PA_500_wht_2350As someone who has taken lots of photos over the years, I’ve got a collection of jpegs, many many many jpegs. However, new camera and now new pc its time to move on to RAW files.

Then I had the debate about photoshop or something else?  To buy something or to go for a subscription? I went for paintshop pro and aftershot 2 pro for raw work. I wont lie, I am not very artistic so in many cases its more about easy fixes and it seems photo shop has more out of the box!

Next challenge now is to amend the camera settings to go to raw and see what ludicrous file size I get from the camera. perhaps the next purchase will need to be yet another SD card…. hey ho.




So time to get off ones ass….

figure_shadw_boxing_300_wht_11993it’s time to put it out there, I’ve been lax of late. I’ve been broken, had colds, felt rubbish and old habits have come back to haunt me, so it’s time to do something (again again!). There is a motivation this time, I’ve got a few weeks to get life in order before wandering off to the USA for my road trip. All being well, the next six weeks then should set me up well to be fighting fit.

A few little scores to settle along the way. The fitness test needs a good beating. I will beat @jinkstevens  at rowing even if it kills me! I also need to up the PMA as its slipped of late, and I owe that to the others!

Thats it, short and sweet, and done.