Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Hopefully what happens next doesn't include cancelling our holiday...
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have been back to the chiropractor this morning and it seems that there must be some herniation of the disc between my 4th and 5th vertebrae. As a result I fell as though someone is standing on my calf muscle most of the time and am having trouble getting up, sitting down, putting on my shoes and so it. It is actually rather crap and doesn't seem to be making much progress towards getting better.
After the chiro, I went and bought 2 new ice packs to start lying on whilst I am on the floor in the hope that it will help with it. I am told that it should be ok for me to drive to Italy for our holiday so I hope that is correct. In the meantime, standing or lying down only, ice as much as possible, lots of ibuprofen and no sitting.
I have more or less given up on the rest of the cycling season and am now concentrating on not eating so that I am not 50kg overweight by the time I am able to start considering exercise again...
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tomorrow I am going back to the chiropractor and I plan on quizzing him about what I can/can't/should/shouldn't do in the coming weeks to make sure that it doesn't come back again.
The new car is ready but we have agreed no to pick it up until after our holiday to save having it sitting in the drive whilst we are away and paying for the tax and insurance for a month when we don't need it.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Yesterday the two stupid gits cut half of the height off our hedge along her garden.
That stupid f'ing git moron has cut it down to about half a metre high and even made a right f'ing mess of is. I am extremely annoyed about it as you may be able to tell although MK seems to have limited herself to being upset. I want to wee in her shoes. (The old lady that is, not MK)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I have been told that it doesn't seem to be a slipped disc, but standing or lying down only if possible and no cycling or exercise of any sort until it is sorted out.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Shrimps & Asparagus smoked cheese & dill
Salted Mullet cabbage in white sauce & crispy skin
Warm Liver Paté foie gras, mushrooms & spruce
BBQ pig, king crab & carrots
"Lobescoves" breast, sweetbread & beetroots
Fennel & Tarragon vanilla & rape oil
Strawberries chamomile & white chocolate
Green strawberries were fantastic, but the real highlight was the foie gras pate with mushrooms and spruce. It was like a delicious meaty, mushroomy hand full of earth and peat in flavour but warm and sumptuous in texture. A great dish.
Unfortunately my back didn't like the 4+ hours in a stiff wooden chair and my sciatica seems to get getting worse. Back to the Chiropractor next week, but in the meantime, I will be standing or lying flat.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The back was fine wilst I was cycling and I had hoped that this mornings pre booked trip to the chiropractor would help to get it working aqain, but as is often the way with these things, it just made it worse.
My shoe lace came undone this afternoon and I had to get someone else to do it up for me!
I'll be back again next week, but in the meantime I 'll be eating ibuprofen, stretching. trying to do pilates and hoping it gets better with the occaisional application of some ice.
Tonight I am going to kokkeriet for a fancy meal with a client which should be really nice.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The downside of this is that I am now much more conscious of not being able to see when I take my glasses off and although I can see reasonably without them, there is a general lack of clarity and detail that seems both odd and unwelcome. Here comes the annoying bit though, I can't come to terms with cycling with my glasses on and I don't really want to do it. (I don't know why and I don't want to think about it at the moment)
Anyway I have come up with a solution and it, obviously, had to involve spending some money:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Now I need to penetrate the African and Asian markets as well as expanding in Europe...
The race felt really rubbish, I rode like a poorly coordinated old man and fell off several times including one comical over the bars moment that left me careering down a slope towards a stream and having to grab a tree to stop myself before the water. I came in 179th out of 289 starters which is actually not as bad as I thought it may have been. I was suffering from a lack of sleep and training over the last week or so and was really not on the ball at all especially when it came to the technical sections. If I am going to carry on racing mountain bikes, then I need to train more off road rather than just using the racing as my only mountain bike riding.
I will post some photographs here when they are available at the dustcup website.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
There is no way that I am going to miss it though especially as I can ride there instead of driving and the sun is shining. Whoopee.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
According to weather.com there will be rain or much of the next 10 days and the temperature will struggle to get into double digit Celsius during the day and be as low as 0 during the nights. I can only hope that the extra couple of weeks waiting will be enough for a significant change in conditions.
In the meantime, we can search the basement for warm and waterproof clothing and the Internet for things to do indoors in Livigno...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It peed down with rain all day yesterday but thankfully it has bucked up somewhat again today so perhaps there will be some sunshine on the horizon for some of us...
Monday, June 07, 2010
Yesterday some mountain biking friends came over after lunch and we went for a ride in the forest before having a barbecue. J and MK had made some delicious food for us whilst we were out and we had a nice relaxed evening sitting in the sun eating and drinking. J went to bed back in his old bedroom as we finally had to admit that J and DK sharing a room didn't really work as they kept each other awake in the evening and woke each other up in the mornings.
Today I will have a short day at work as I am going to the ear doctor with MK and DK for the little guy to have drains put in his ears for the 4th time. Hopefully when he can hear properly again, he will start to say something that we can understand...
Thursday, June 03, 2010
I am continuing to weigh myself each morning and my weight seems to be fairly stable. I think I have gained a little muscle mass from cycling more again and from doing Pilates, but I don't seem to be losing anything appreciable in terms of fat. I suspect that I know the reason for this. I am addicted to sugar. I don't eat too much of the stuff, none at breakfast (oats and dreadful Scandinavian muesli), more or less none at lunch (rye bread and stuff) and then I have to get to and through dinner.
There are cakes and pastries sitting around at work every day and it is all to easy to just eat half of one (and often sneak back for the other half later) at some point during the morning and then I have to manage to get out of the office without eating any more before running the gauntlet of the kitchen at home before supper. That last half hour before we eat is a struggle to control myself and I think I fail more often then I succeed in resisting the temptation to eat something. After that there is the strain of the evening without eating anything else that I shouldn't, but I am not too bad at controlling that these days.
When I look at it in these terms, it looks like the problem must be more related to eating too much at meal times and that may well be the case, but I am sure that avoiding the sweet little temptations during the day should be where I am focusing for now.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Typically, the sun is shining now and I am sure it will be a lovely evening for me to mow the lawn tonight and then rain again on Thursday when I plan to ride next.
DK had a check up yesterday and is doing fine, he has gained a kilogram and grown 6 centimetres since that set of doctors last saw him before his operation in January.
I don't think I ever published the fact that we actually ordered a Toyota Aygo last week. After some research into used prices and considering the overall experience of owning the thing, we decided to buy the special edition 5 door version with the fancy wheels, extra airbags, metallic paint, electric windows and remote central locking. I negotiated a pretty good price along with some winter tyres and rust protection treatment for the Mazda along with it!
Delivery is expected some time at the end of June/start July so I think we will get it when we are back from our summer holiday.
The highlight of the whole buying experience was 30 seconds after we walked into the dealership when Jeremy said "can't you just hurry up and pay for the car so we can go home?"
That didn't help the negotiating too much...
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
We won't worry about it for a while yet but he is seeing a speach therapist in a couple of weeks anyway so perhaps there will be some suggestions of things that we can do to help.
Now I just have to get myself together sufficiently to go out with the bike club in the rain...