Back home: Scotland


March 19th, 2013 by



After having spent more than the first 2 months of this new year away from home, its nice to be settled back in Stirling and after a couple of weeks since returning from Abu Dhabi, that’s what I am doing. Getting back into a (wintery) routine.

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Yes, there has been snow since I’ve been home (where is Spring?) – but without trying to make a contradiction –  that means there has also been some great winter training weather too. I am a big fan of Scotland at this time of year, and the oppertunity to get some nice pictures whilst out on the bike has been too good to miss.

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When the sun is out, Edinburgh is very much much one of my favourite places to be. I am not someone who likes a big busling city, so given the choice between the Los Angeles sunshine (and inevitable traffic!) of last month or the blue sky of Princess St last week, I think I’d always choose home … although if Im honest that would depend on how deprived of sunshine I happened to be. Just being honest 😉 Nonetheless, my point is I enjoy being back at home as it means I am able to be in the Capital at least once or twice through the week when seeing Ali.

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 Since returning from my travels for racing I got back into a sensible training routine relatively quickly, despite needing to recover from the 7+hrs of Abu Dhabi and the dissapointments of that event being fresh in the memory. Perhaps I got back into things a bit too hastily, and so I managed to pick up my own little version of The Lurgy which seems to be doing the rounds. I say little, as thankfully it appears to have only last a couple days, which is nothing compared to what many of you are dealing with. Learning from my old age and/or experience, I opted for the ‘complete shut down’ option. As a younger pup I think I would have felt the need to go do something for the sake of doing something. That kind of nonsense only serves to ensure the hole becomes ever deeper and I learnt that lesson many a year ago!

So I am happy to report I am feeling healthier than 5 days ago and will spend this week getting back up to speed on the training front. In a couple weekends time I have the Scottish Duathlon Championships here in Stirling, and since I always enjoy racing at home I’m looking forward to that. Shortly afterwards Ali and I are going back to my Spanish home-from-home in Aguilas to try shake the last of these wintery days… as scenic as they are, I’m looking forward to the warmer days 🙂

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