Elaine's 2,000 km Challenge

What’s Going On?

Let me say this right upfront: I am not a keep fit fanatic. In fact I have never been remotely interested in fitness of any kind, at any level.

Sadly, this shows! In addition to that general lack of interest, add a desk job and computer bound hobbies and you have a recipe for years of blissful inactivity.

However, all that is about to change!

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miles

marathons

How Can You Help?

I’m glad you asked!

Seriously, any cheerleading you can provide would be most welcome as would sponsorship/donations.

You can donate via my JustGiving page or directly via PayPal.

If you’re in the area one Sunday, pop in to the Parish Centre after 9:30am Mass and say hello 🙂

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

Click here for details of my challenge! 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! Yes, you read that...

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

Click here for details of my challenge! 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...

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

Click here for details of my challenge! 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...

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

Click here for details of my challenge! 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:...

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

Click here for details of my challenge! 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...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 36 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! It was another morning after another night before. Well when I say night it was actually 3:50am if you recall the decadent night we spent at a wine tasting followed by partying the night away. Despite all that one of us was up...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 35 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The morning after the night before ... still as great in hindsight but some sleep might have been a good idea as I struggled to focus on the bike this morning! I somehow managed to complete the entire 40 km by lunchtime which...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 34 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Still basking in the warm glow of last night's Evening with Eric Cantona I was on the bike at stupid o'clock, no seriously it was before 7:30am and I am so not a morning person! Still it was amazingly liberating to be done...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 33 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! It's a huge day at MacBites HQ today ... we have VIP tickets for An Evening with Eric Cantona at The Lowry Theatre in Salford. Yes, the same Lowry Theatre that was witness to my Old Trafford yomp last week. We've had the tickets...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 32 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! I seemed to spend the entire day attempting to get ahead of myself before an even busier second half of the week. Futile! Completely futile! I completed today's 40 km around noon as I contemplated the joys of more foliage for...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 31 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! I think I might have overdone it slightly! I was exhausted today before I started on my 40 km. By the time I'd finished it I decided a short snooze was in order but before I managed to sneak off for a crafty nap disaster struck!...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 30 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! No chance for an early start to my biking today as 9:30am Mass was calling as was our usual repast in the Parish Centre afterwards. We had then arranged a social visit to a housebound parishioner so it was after 1pm before I got...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 29 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! After yesterday's 24 hour stand I somehow managed another 12 hour stand by 11am! While that looks incredibly impressive just don't ask how the sleep monitoring is going! (Hint: it's not!) I did manage to sleep for a short while...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 28 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Those familiar with the Apple Watch and associated Health App will know what I mean by "Stand Hours" but for those blessed folk, ignorant of such torture, let me explain. A "Stand Hour" is an hour of the day during which you...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 27 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Done by lunch for 4th day in a row ... going for the full working week tomorrow! The activity rings on my AppleWatch can barely keep up! Well that's what I'm claiming anyway 😉 Anyway, after such an early finish and a full...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 26 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Unbelievably, for me, today marked a hat-trick! 3 days with 40 km done by lunchtime. This was followed by a day full of online training delivery and conference calls so my step count took a bit of a hit. I did attempt to counter...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 25 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! It's a a big day today ... I'm half way there! The power of an early start was at play again. I started even earlier and was all done by 11am. Before you think madness had struck there was a reason for this. I had a lunch with...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 24 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! I was playing catchup today after a busy weekend. First task of the day was tech related though, naturally 😉 After years of languishing on a screen that far back on my iPhone even I didn't know where it was I moved the Facebook...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 23 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Eucharistic duty completed without incident! Despite horror stories of all kinds of disaster from our recent training day fresh in my mind. It was a close thing though ... As I approached the front pew my eyes alighted on a...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 22 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! With the single exception of tech toys I'm not keen on any kind of shopping but the absolutely worst kind of shopping is shoe shopping. Hence, The Lowry Outlet Mall is a very scary place for me to venture into since it's...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 21 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The weekend starts here! Well it does when Mike is working from home on a Friday 😀 Sadly, I wasn't spending the day in the usual comfort of my office as I had a client visit planned. The knock on effect of this was I was late...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 20 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The great lettuce hunt continues! I am receiving updates from all over the country from my online friends assuring me that they are doing far better than I am in the lesser spotted lettuce hunt. Never mind the lettuce though....

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 19 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! After the high of yesterday being signed off from the dentist after almost two years of treatment I didn't think it could get any better. But today it did! Today I received my before and after photos from my dentist. O.M.G. I...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 18 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Guess what my first appointment of the day was? Need a clue? Where do I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time? Apart from in front of my beloved computers, obviously! Yes, I was back at the dentist today ... AGAIN ;)...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 17 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The start of another week of #ASRF4050 and I was facing a hugely busy day. This didn't start well given I had to be up at stupid o'clock to take the car in for its MOT. The car needed defrosting. Average for early February you...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 16 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The excesses of last night's dinner meant there was no way I was able face a breakfast as hearty as yesterday. I raided the copiously stocked breakfast bar and returned with a banana and a glass of water. I know, last of the...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 15 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The day started with the morning after the rather late night before. I think dancing until 1am took its toll, in a VERY big way. I awoke to vague recollections of a rather alarming suggestion. As I regained consciousness I...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 14 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! The weekend started here! And what a fabulous day it was, if you discount the need to get up extra early to complete 40 km at breakneck speed so we could head off to Alvaston Hall Hotel early for the duration. On a tech related...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 13 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! There are some things that you just couldn’t make up and today was full of them! After the world-wide shortage of courgettes (zucchini) of a few days ago it now seems that lettuce, in fact all things salad related, are now in...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 12 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Day 12 and I'm still alive ... quite an achievement! Almost better than that I've had two invitations out to lunch. Both most welcomely contemplated as I nibbled my way through a rather light lunch of grapes and nuts...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 11 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Today was the end of January. Whilst that's not normally something worthy of a celebration, it most certainly is if you've: Been exceptionally diligent in the health and fitness department Have an Apple Watch Yes, hot on the...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 10 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Back to work again today and I'll admit to a certain level of exhaustion. Now before you think it's the cycling I can assure you it was much more likely the time it took to load the goodies into the fridge last night! Again it...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 9 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! How on earth is it shopping day again? It only seems like yesterday we dragged half the salad aisle back home and yet here we are again. After the success of all things lettuce related last week there was much greenery evident...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 8 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! I have no fondness for early mornings as regular readers will know! However, a three-line whip from the Bishop was in force today so I was dutifully up at stupid o'clock to attend a compulsory training session for Extraordinary...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 7 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! I made the mistake of having a late night last night. In my defence there was a good reason for such decadence. It was because I was waiting for midnight come round to have a listen of the new Train album in its entirety as soon...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 6 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Thursday is video production day for me and this week it was a short how-to for Mac users looking to create a boot disk for macOS Sierra. I managed to get it recorded before attempting today's 40km as I figured the gasping...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 5 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Hit the 200 km (125 miles) mark today - 10% of the way there! My speed today wasn't helped by the cold weather. I can only assume the peddles were frozen solid. It certainly felt like they were! Anyway, having worked up an...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 4 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Day 4 already! My day started with a 2 hour dentist appointment at 8:30am ... oh boy do I know how to live! I briefly considered asking for some of the anaesthetic "to-go" to ease my aching legs but given the effect on my lips I...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 3 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Day 3 was my first working day of #ASRF4050 and trying to find the time to fit in 40 km was going to require some creative time management! It was one of my favourite mobile apps that came to the rescue in the shape of Audible....

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

Click here for details of my challenge! As I mentioned Sunday is shopping day at MacBites HQ, not my favourite activity I can assure you. Luckily I was able to put it off until almost lunchtime as Mass was first, followed by our traditional cup of black tea in the...

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Elaine’s 2,000 km Challenge – Day 1 Update

Click here for details of my challenge! Well the great day arrived and I did it! The first 40km are in the bag. How did it go I hear you ask: well while the saddle sores are not a problem (YET!) my feet ache like crazy. Better footwear is clearly required. My Apple...

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