Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

After running almost exclusively not listening to music for most of my times out I decided to really punish my Google Music subscription and unlimited data plan and get some additional BPM encouragement. After a week or so the wires in my headphones drove me crazy snagging on jackets and getting pulled out so I looked for a bluetooth alternative.

As you’ll know there are thousands to go at from £5 to well over £150 – I needed something special to justify  purchase like that – then  I found it, bone conducting headphones! These sit over your ear like any other ‘sports’ headphones but instead of going in or on your ear they sit on your cheek bones, and conduct the audio through your bones as if by magic – giving the advantage of leaving your ears clear to hear the thing that is about o run you over.

For £110 the comfort level is great and they look great, the sound is good  but could be better given the price point but I suspect this is something to do with the technology. All in all I love them.

Freaky bone conduction headphones, love them #aftershokz

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EDIT: Now for the unfortunate bit, they’ve gone back to Amazon within three weeks after developing a rattle in the right ear. Its really strange hearing the music come through the bone conduction only to hear what sounds like a screw rattling around inside your actual ear. Amazon as always processed a refund (given they have a two year warranty as well) so I’ll probably order some more.

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Saucony Freedom ISO

In line with the fitness kick my old Asics had started to show some significant wear and in fact had a hole worn through in the heel fabric. They had done over 500km according to Strava so were due for retirement.

Given the amount of time I was spending in my trainers and my increasingly old and sore feet I decided to go for an upgrade to these simply stunning Saucony Freedom ISOs in black

How nice! Attempting to buy my way to being a running ninja!

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They are completely blacked out and look amazing but more importantly they feel like running on clouds. I did a quick 4km in them last night just to see and the difference was incredible. Alright they are a bit pricey but if they hold together they should be well worth the cost. Word of warning though I had to go 0.5 size up from my other Saucony shoes, they fit a bit tight.

Truly have been transformed into a running Ninja

V3.0 Fitness Reboot

So, we’re off again, we’ve had the 2015 fitness reboot that never got started, the V2.0 in 2016 that got a bit started but led to me putting about 10kg on and now we are into 2017 – 3 months in and we’re still going strong and seeing some weight loss!

It started in January with a little attempt to get fitter for the ski trip and carried on afterwards. In the first two months I lost 10gk which got me down to 103kg today, I’m aiming for 90 by the end of the year mainly through calorie control and an awful lot of running.

I’m going for slow paced distance but last night while the kids were training I got a smaller faster run in

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and this is what we are aiming for

Fitbit Benchmark

Koi Pond Refreshed

Over a year after raising the salt level in our Koi pool to try and combat a white spot epidemic (which worked but killed all the vegetation in the pond) we’ve suffered with a huge amount of sludge in the pond. This led to a fortune being spent on filter membrane and 12 months on we were getting nowhere.

So on Friday the fish we caught and relocated to a temporary home while their pond was drained, scrubbed and refilled from scratch. We removed all the plants and washed them down before carefully placing everything back in the crystal clear water.

While emptying the pond we found a bonus of about 10 small Koi fry so hopefully in a year we’ll be back up to a healthy stocked pond.

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Fish holiday home 

Fitness for Summer 2016

OK, so a bit of deja vu – 2015 fitness campaign didnt actually happen so here I am in May of 16 at 108kg, with an aim of getting to 95 kg pretty rapidly. I’ve had  over two years off most forms of exercise with the exception of weekly football (which has just got painful), the FitBit is back out and calorie counting is making a come back in terms of the food diary, regular running sessions will complement the weekly five a side.