How to have a Ski/Snowboard holiday for much, much less.

How to have a Ski/Snowboard holiday for much, much less.

I love winter sports holiday, I’m a snowboarder, however I can also ski and have enjoyed my time skiing.  I’ve had a winter sports holiday every year for the past 26 years (excluding 2004  when my son had the audacity to be born in January-thwarting my efforts to go that year-I did gingerly approach the topic with my wife-but this did not extend beyond a preliminary enquiry). During this time I have fine-tuned cost-savings within the parameters of what I need to enjoy my holiday.  Before I continue, I know…

An easy energy boost for mid-life. coEnzyeme Q10

An easy energy boost for mid-life.  coEnzyeme Q10

“Supplements are for others” had always been my personal mantra.  However, it would seem that this perspective was flawed and as I’ve let go of that view and started experimenting with some supplements it would appear that I was wrong and that there are advantages and life gains to be had by taking some supplements. All of the following is purely subjective and your personal circumstances need to be taken into account and please seek medical/professional advice before changing diets, taking supplements and starting any exercise regimes. As you are…

The Curse Of Boomerang Love Handles (As I get older they keep returning)

The Curse Of Boomerang Love Handles (As I get older they keep returning)

I consider myself to be a fit, active and healthy person and if the mainstream media are to be believed then I’m probably doing better than a lot of others in my demographic.  I keep track of some of my personal stats such as Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI) and body fat percentage. However, even taking all of the above into account it was with dismay that I have noticed since turning 40 years old that I started to develop “love handles” around my mid-section despite being active! My…

Project-Kona Stinky Downhill Mountain Bike Restoration

Project-Kona Stinky Downhill Mountain Bike Restoration

My youngest boy will be turning 13 years old next month and he will just be big enough (hopefully) to transition from his 24″ wheels Specialized Hotrocks, 3 inches of travel to a 26″ wheel, 6″ travel mountain bike-The Kona Stinky (small adult size). I’ve had a saved searches on ebay and gumtree for sometime now.   I particularly like “projects” as I think that it is good for my boys to see me buying good quality second-hand items and “doing them up” rather than thinking that they MUST have…

Total Immersion Swimming (Pt 2)-Attending an Effortless Endurance Workshop.

Total Immersion Swimming (Pt 2)-Attending an Effortless Endurance Workshop.

Earlier in the year I wrote about my attempt to improve my swimming by adopting the Total Immersion style of swimming from a book (read about it here Total Immersion Swimming from a book). This personal experiment actually did improve my swimming insofar as I expended less energy, splashed less and felt that I could swim for longer.  However, I was still slow (compared to those around me) and I didn’t feel that I could improve my stroke or technique further by myself. I have had some experience of swimming…

Top 5 podcasts for men.

Top 5 podcasts for men.

I’m addicted to podcasts!  Whether they are from self-help gurus, philosophy, technology through to comedy and political shows. My commute to work usually takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Initially, I found this tedious, however I then discovered podcasts and this has transformed my commuting experience! I worked out that every week I spend around eight and a half hours in the car travelling to work.  This was “dead time” to me.  I am pleased to report that I can actually look forward to my time in the car…

Total Immersion Swimming-My Last Ditch Attempt To Enjoy Swimming-Learning From A Book

Total Immersion Swimming-My Last Ditch Attempt To Enjoy Swimming-Learning From A Book

I should love swimming but I virtually hate it (at the moment). I really, really want to look forward to going to the pool but I don’t.  I made the decision to stop running due to aching knees and so decided to replace running with swimming!  It seemed like a good idea at the time but boy am I suffering. Throughout this post I am referring to front-crawl (aka freestyle).  I’m ok at breast-stroke and it is mildly enjoyable, however breast-stroke is like a second-class citizen in the world of…

My First (and last) Marathon At 47 Years Old.

My First (and last) Marathon At 47 Years Old.

I’ve been enjoying my mid-life crisis whether it’s been trying my hand at Motocross racing or driving around in an old sports car.  However, my foray into marathon running gave me a wide range of emotional ground to cover (I’m still not sure whether I acutally enjoyed it). Anyway, when I started toying with the idea of running a marathon I wasn’t too bothered about the location as long as it ticked a few personal boxes for me.  The most obvious choice would have been the London marathon, however I…

My Mid Life Crisis List

My Mid Life Crisis List

At the time of writing this I’ve spent 48 years on planet Earth, I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them and I’m looking forward to hanging around for a while yet.  I am fairly fit, generally watch my weight/diet, exercise regularly and try to look after myself. However, there’s that persistent little voice in my head which does some rough maths for me and reminds me that, statistically, I have already lived over half of my life and with each passing year the statistics won’t be working in my favour!…

Homemade Mini Half Pipe

Homemade Mini Half Pipe

I have always loved skateboarding, from my first board in the 1978 (for those that know about these things it was a G&S Fibreflex deck with Bennett Pro Trucks and 65mm Blue Kryptonics)   I have always continued to own a deck of some sort, however I’ve never managed to master the Ollie, so tend to be an old skool type skater. It was therefore with great delight when I discovered that my youngest son shared my enthusisam for skateboarding.  The fact that by the age of 9 he was…