Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 41 Update

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 41 Update

Never let it be said it’s dull when I leave the house. Today’s excitement? I only went out for 5 minutes and what was I greeted with in the car park? A car emblazoned with a rather interesting URL on the side!

Better Naked!

Yes, you read that right, it was BetterNaked.co.uk Now trust me, that’s something nobody wants to see!

But fear not, to save you potential embarrassment I visited the site for you. Rather than anything salacious it’s actually dedicated to diet and a healthy lifestyle. Since I’m currently consuming little more than foliage and biking 40 km a day I figure I don’t really need to contemplate either of those areas right now!

Anyway back to business and today’s 40 km was completed by lunchtime before my foray in to naked territory!

Spotify Autoplay

You will doubtless be pleased to hear that after over a week of it misbehaving I have finally beaten Spotify into submission with a virtual stick! Its impertinent insistence on playing songs of its own choosing is now history. Success! 😀

The miscreant turned out to be the “Autoplay” option in the preferences. Believe me when I say that option wasn’t there the last time I spent any time in the preferences. It turned out to be a new “optional” feature that they deemed it wise to enable by default. Big mistake Spotify. Don’t fiddle with my playlists when I’m mid biking!

1640 km done, 360 km to go.

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 40 Update

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 40 Update

Ash Wednesday

An early start for today’s 40 km. After yesterday’s accompaniment (One Direction if you recall … and to be honest who could forget? 😱) I decided to terminate/kill Spotify’s ability to enforce its suggestions on my tender ears. It put up quite a fight so I resorted to stealth tactics and put my favourite playlist on repeat play to forestall its uppity antics.

Did it work? No! And I’m actually beginning to appreciate One Direction’s dulcet tones. It seems resistance really is futile! 😂

Another school governor meeting finished my work day and despite a plethora of policies to review we managed to get through the agenda in time to be able to attend today’s Ash Wednesday Mass at 19:30.

First job on the agenda for tomorrow? Taking a hammer and chisel to Spotify methinks!

1600 km done, 400 km to go.

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 39 Update

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 39 Update

February 2017

I awoke to snow! Yay, I love snow but sadly it was replaced with rain in seconds. Great, just what we need, more freezing wind replete with lashing rain 👿

Today’s 40 km was completed to the dulcet tone of One Direction … don’t ask, just don’t ask!! Well if you insist on knowing how that happened I can assure you it wasn’t by choice. Spotify has taken to playing seemingly random songs once a saved playlist has finished playing. I haven’t found any option to turn off this “feature” yet so when my ultra cool, One Direction free, playlist finished it was Spotify that decided to assault my captive ears with its version of aural waterboarding!

My working day finished with a school governor meeting. A surprisingly sparse agenda belied the depth of each item so it was over 90 minutes later before we wrapped it up and I could head off back home to make culinary magic with a unexpected amount of asparagus and fish!

As today was the last day of the month I was bombarded with badges from the Apple Health App rewarding my diligence for completing my “rings” every day and marking another week of workouts.

1560 km done, 440 km to go.

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 38 Update

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 38 Update

I am still recovering from the excesses of last week.

I made the mistake of checking my calendar for this week in the vain hope of some respite from the recent excesses … no chance!

Highlights of the upcoming week include:

  • Tuesday: School Governor meeting
  • Wednesday: Another school Governor meeting
  • Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Thursday: Meeting about refurbishments to the Parish Centre
  • Friday: Final meeting regarding new website roll out
  • Friday: First Friday Mass
  • Saturday: Cross Country Run … before you fall off your perch at the prospect of me taking part in a cross country run let me assure you I'm on call for tea duty, so no running gear required, mercifully … for all concerned!

After realising the week was potentially looking worse than last week I decided there was nothing for it but to get on the bike and get the week started. 40 km duly completed.

Looking for entertainment for the duration I selected an episode of Grey's Anatomy. I was very late to the Grey's Anatomy appreciation party but it's become a favourite since consuming 11 series in two weeks back in late 2014. Before you think I'm card carrying insane let me explain the method in my madness. I was using it as company to keep me awake during the long hours nursing Mum. Mike said he had no idea how I could watch a scary medical drama while Mum was so ill but for me anything that kept me alert and able to be there for her 24 hours a day was welcome. An extra benefit is that watching it now always reminds me of her, so all is good.

My busy week meant working well in to the night but since it involved creating magic with my tech that was no hardship.

I really shouldn't have bothered watching the Leicester City v Liverpool match though as I figured Leicester players would pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat now their lacklustre performances had got Claudio Ranieri sacked. Guess what? That's exactly what happened 👿

1520 km done, 480 km to go.

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 37 Update

Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 37 Update

We were up alarmingly early this morning ready for Mass and for once, very unusually, we had nothing planned after tea at the Parish Centre but that won’t last as Fr Ned has raffle tickets in his sights … AGAIN! Yes, Mike and I, the demon raffle ticket sellers, will be on the prowl again from next week. You might want to warn your wallet of this 😂

If you’re wondering what the prize is this time let me enlighten you! We have a signed Manchester United shirt in a huge presentation box. All funds will be going to the roof fund. I was plotting how to sell to the City fans when an excellent suggestion of including a free box of matches if a blue wins was made! Thanks Andy 🙂

I’ve also been playing catch up with the blog posts for #ASRF4050. It’s time consuming enough to actually do the 40 km each day meaning blogging about it is taking second place to actually doing it … I need to rectify that!

We managed a leisurely lunch. What I hear you ask? Why foliage of course! But the highlight of the day was to be the EFL Cup Final or as we call it “The Tin Pot” in my youth it was the League Cup but since those heady days it has had more names than anyone other than Wikipedia can recall.

United were playing Southampton and whilst they could have played better they managed to stagger to victory. Ibrahimovic is the nearest thing to Eric Cantona I’ve seen in twenty years so all was good today.

I also have a fondness for the League Cup as it was back when United won it for the first time that Mike and I started seeing each other. That very day! ❤️

1480 km done, 520 km to go.