Snow and a weekend away

Last weekend Anna and I had a much needed night away in London. We went to see Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre starring Hayley Atwell. We had front row seats and a great view!

We also revisited a few Sam Smiths pubs with a view to updating the Sam Smiths Challenge website which desperately needs an overhaul! On the Sunday we had a quick look around Forbidden Planet, a shop where I could very easily spend a fortune. I say a quick look but we were there for at least an hour!

Last week was pretty stressful due to the snow, the kids' school stayed open as long as they could but they were off Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. I took the kids into town on Friday so they could exchange their World Book Day vouchers - they took it in turns on the sled:

I think I've hurt my knee a little from pulling the sled so much, similar to an old injury from a muddy Glastonbury where I was pulling a wagon around. Hopefully it will clear up in a few days.

I'm glad the snow has finally…

Two birthdays down...

Kitty was seven years old yesterday. What with that and the BRIT Awards last night I'm feeling very old at the moment!

Her main present was a pair of heelys which she was very happy about. She invited a couple of friends to go to the local soft play which is much easier than organising a party!

Things seem pretty hectic at the moment and I'm not getting much rest, but Anna and I have a night away this weekend which should allow us some peace! We also saw Black Panther yesterday which was very good.

My calves are a little sore at the moment from cycling/exercise but otherwise I'm feeling OK. I managed a 50 mile ride last week so my base fitness isn't too bad, I just need to start training properly. Hopefully it will warm up soon!

One birthday down...

Rory's party went pretty well. There can't be many bigger wastes of time than tidying up a house before a bunch of 5 year olds come to a party! On the plus side it's reassuring to know that it's not just my kids that are so messy!

This time of year is always so expensive - Kitty's birthday is in a couple of weeks, then it's Mother's Day, my brother's birthday, my mum's birthday and then Nicky's birthday at the start of April. We should have taken this into account when trying to conceive!

The biggest news for me personally is that I got a ballot place for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 this year! I'm very pleased about this and also a little apprehensive. On the plus side, this time around I know I am capable of doing 100 miles and getting up those hills, and in theory I have a better fitness base.

Circuit training is still going well, and I even managed a 4.5km run on Tuesday. My legs were tired afterwards but my calves are still surviving - I&…

The year is going quickly

The year is already 30 days old - where did the time go? It's Rory's birthday in 2 days (which has me questioning where the last five years went!) After initially not being a massive fan of school, something seems to have clicked with Rory and he's now zooming ahead with reading and writing - he's one of only 3 in the higher reading group, whereas before Christmas it was a struggle to get him to read at all!

Mentally I seem to have been coping quite well this month, which I think is mostly down to exercise and not injuring myself. I've kept up circuit training 2-3 times a week and I managed a 50km ride recently which is my longest ride for a few months. I've already broken 200km for the month so my target of 2000km for the year is well on track. I even went running on the beach during circuit training last week and my calf muscles survived unscathed! I've also been stretching every day and this weekend I finally succeeded in touching my toes for the first t…

Reasons to be cheerful

I'm going to try and be more positive about things in 2018 - I'm currently feeling reasonably good but I'm sure there'll come a time when I'm not feeling so great, so here's a list of things that I can look forward to this year: Anna and I are going to see Dry Powder, a play featuring Hayley Atwell, in FebruaryI'm going to a friend's stag do in Nottingham in MarchNicky and I are going to see England vs Italy at Wembley Stadium in March - it'll be Nicky's first visit to Wembley and his first England game. The last time I saw England at Wembley was when the wally with the brolly was in charge as we lost to Croatia - I hope it's a better game than that was!We're off for an Ingram family holiday to Center Parcs in AprilAnna and I are going to see the Manics at Wembley Arena in MayI'm off to Scotland for a wedding in JuneThe family (and Anna's parents) will be back in the Isle of Wight in AugustThere's an Ingram extended family ga…

Looking back at 2017

My initial reaction to reaching the end of 2017 is that I'm glad it's finished and hopefully 2018 will be better. I think that this is mostly due to events out of my control though (e.g. US politics and Brexit) and worrying about those will not solve anything. With that in mind, one of my new year's resolutions is to try and be more positive. So I am going to look back at 2017 and concentrate on highlights rather than negative points.


I caught up with some friends from university (a couple of whom I hadn't seen in several years) and had a good time. We went to the Four Quarters in London which has lots of old arcade games - it was awesome!

I also took Nicky to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of John Williams which was brilliant.


This was a quiet month (apart from Rory and Kitty turning 4 and 6 respectively). I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 which has been fun to tinker with.


Another quiet month. Looking back, I see I was injured (again)…

Almost Christmas

Only eleven days to go until Christmas now. All the presents have been bought, just need to wrap everything up. I might try and do some during the day whilst the kids are still at school, to keep last-minute panicking to a minimum!

I've been doing circuit training for seven weeks now and seem to be fitter. This is mainly in the sense that I can continue a little longer before it starts hurting! It no longer aches horribly afterwards though so my muscles must be getting used to it. I keep pulling muscles - I pulled my left calf on Tuesday to follow my right calf a couple of weeks ago, and my right hamstring the week before that. I just need my left hamstring to go for the full set!

I've taken some time off over Christmas for the first time in years, so the kids' last day at school will be my last day of work, then I'll be back to work in the new year. So in theory this will be slightly more relaxing but it means I no longer have an excuse to hide away upstairs! Work has…