January 12th, 2005


The Right Stuff

Phew well almost the end of another long day here.

Left Government Towers on time this evening and got home reasonably early.
Despite feeling pretty tired this evening I did drag my sorry carcass to the gym and did a short training session.

18 Minutes on the bike on a Random Hill setting level 10 - clocked 11.91km 223Kcal and reached a maximum heart rate of 185 bpm.

When the setting throws me a ten second burst at maximum resistance I always try to push 120 rpm or higher for the duration of the period be it 10 seconds or more. Uually my heart rate peaks around 175 at this maximum setting. I can only assume that being ill reducing my sessions and eating crap over Christmas has had a less than great effect on my fitness levels !

Followed the bike session with two fifteen minute sessions (second session in reverse to work diff muscle groups) on the cross trainer on a fat burn setting - again massively exceeding the ideal heart rate of 122bpm by at leats 40bpm - partially this was because I was trying to push 220kcal per 15 mins. I know it's not big and it's not clever - especially as I strained my right knee during Monday's fencing lesson.

After a 47b minute work out called it a night and headed home.

Called into the old folks home (that would be my parents home, for the uninitiated) and picked up a tape of last nights Bruce Perry programme 'the Tribe' where he spent a month with a tribe in Ethiopia. Would have watched it tonight but remembered the Right Stuff is on BBC4, so it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Cooked up a chicken breast and some rice and happily stuffed face while watching the first half of the Right Stuff. It is one of my all time favourite films has an astonishingly high calibre cast with some of my favourite actors (Ed Harris, Lance Henriksen, Fred Ward , Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard and Charles Frank), is well made has superb believable effects with none of your CGI nonsense and a fab soundtrack too.
Have seen this film countless time and never tire of the story of the Mercury 7 and Chuck Yeager, who is one of my all time heroes.

Looking forward to tomorrow as I will be on a work visit to Sevenoaks, which is only a 20 minute drive from my house. This means I can get a good hour and a half of birdwatching in at Sevenoaks Wildfowl reserve and in the afternoon maybe go for a run near toys hill or Ide Hill. Will try to do both. Apparently there could be a Bittern at Sevenoaks. Since I haven't seen one for well over ten years I'm looking forward to a dawn brew in the Willow hide and seeing if I can spot him. It’s just a shame that the whole work visit is going to get in the way.

I am now well into the book 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place' by Aron Rolston, which my Brother and his Fiancée bought me for my Birthday last Friday. It's the amazing true story of a young guy who following a freak accident on a solo climbing trip was faced with having to amputate his own right arm. It is a truly astonishing read, even though I'm very familiar with the story. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since reading Jo Simpson's 'Touching the Void'.

Right it's 23:48 - I have washing up to do - a shirt to iron - birding kit / running kit to get ready and hopefully another chapter of my book to get through. - oh and briefing to read for tomorrows work visit (like that’s a priority, all things considered !)

Roll on 5:40am !


Mental note - lay of the 8th mug of coffee tomorrow !
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    Bill Contis Score to The Right Stuff