Saturday, December 29, 2007

I Went Paddling !

It's been quite some time, I don't think I have been out since the night paddle!

Today we done a route that I have done in the past. Chanonry to Cromarty, however last time I continued to Invergordon.

The forecast for today wasn't brilliant, it was a wee bit windy right from the start.

However after getting 'around the corner' the sea calmed down considerably and we were blown along the coast at a healthy pace.

We were also given sporadic peltings with rain, also not so bad when they are at your back.
We stopped for scran at the Eathie bothy.

The scene was very different from August 2006.

Now back to today.

After scran it was back on the yet flatter water with less wind but equal amounts of rain.

Another blast from the past. I think this is McFarquhar's cave.

And Today.

Is this Mcfarquhar's house ?

The sea remained clam, we paddled on.

Now I can't remember whether this was the cave beside McFarquhar's which might actually be McFarquhar's or the one at Red Nose. It was substantial though, as Andreas managed to turn the Cetus inside.

Soon after we were rounding the South Sutor. There followed a 2.5Km paddle into the wind to end tha day ay Cromarty.

Thanks To Neil for the organisation, everyone had a great time despite the weather.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Long Time No Blog

It's been a while. I'm now on holiday for Christmas. For the previous couple of months the weather wasn't too good and I spent most of my time at work.
One of my colleagues crashed due to the ice whilst cycling home one morning and broke his arm, I have been covering his shifts.

It hasn't all been work, I have fitted in an occasional cycle and I've also started to run again ! Yes you heard right, although it's more like jogging:-)

Santa was very nice to me and gave me a prezzy well before christmas day.

Here's a quick look at it and what it can do.

ForeRunner 305

Here's a wee workout I made up myself consisting of 1 minute runs and 2 minute jog recoverys. These are done 8 times. There's 15 mins jog at either end. The Fr305 is great at helping you do exactly what workout you want to do. There's also a load of feedback at the end when you connect it up to the PC. I love that bit :-)

You can create a course from your track to use again and again.

You can also tranfer tracks/courses to and from Memory Map.

Or view it in Google Earth.

I'm going to keep running through the winter and maybe get some cycling done.
We did go to a local cycle trail today but the ground was treacherous, ice covered with water.
Weather permitting I'll also now have some time for Kayaking before I return to work, now where's that boat...