Learning Spanish

A lot of things have changed over the last 3 or 4 years and one of them, as you might have seen in my last update, is that I’m enjoying cycling in Europe. In particular, I’m finding Spain to be an amazing destination for cyclists.

In the last two years, I’ve been to Spain five times and I’m due to return twice more in 2024. Two of those trips were to Mallorca where, to be quite honest, everyone speaks English anyway! But whilst in Girona in October of 2022 there were two occasions I found myself in a situation where they didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Spanish! I decided maybe I should do something about that!

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Cycling Indoors

I’ve really got into cycling over the last two years, but I’ve never been a big fan of cycling indoors, it just doesn’t hold the same appeal. No sun in your face, no views to take in, no coffee and cake stops and no exploring the nearby countryside.

Last week though, I upgraded my Turbo Trainer to a new Kickr with a Kickr Climb and I have to say, it’s made quite a difference to the riding experience.

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Patriots at Rams – Wembley 2012

For the sixth year, the NFL brought two teams over to Wembley to play a regular season game in London.  For the sixth year, I was there to see it, along with 84,003 others!

Although we’ve always tried to get good tickets, this year we had the best seats yet.  At the 50 yard line, around 20 rows back gave us a great view of every touchdown at either end of the field.

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Eating Better

I’ve always said I’m not the type to diet. As I’ve blogged before, I can get myself down the gym, but I love my chocolate and biscuits too much. In the past I’ve managed to do things like cut out the chocolate from works vending machine, but that’s about as far as it would go. I really don’t like veg, not a big fan of fruit, so it’s always been difficult to ‘diet’ for me.

Me at Ascot in June 2011

Around 3 weeks ago my weight got back up to 21 stone 5 lbs, pretty much where it was last summer just before I rejoined the gym.  I got all the way down to about 20st 8lbs before it started to slip.  Winter was hard, I found it almost impossible to get myself out of bed, when it was so cold, at 5 in the morning to get to the gym before work.

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