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stimpo-and-kat

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#3166824 puppy advice

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 28 July 2015 - 03:28 PM

He's now 19 weeks old and growing rapidly. Chewing settling down a little but still teething. Playful as ever and bounces around from the minute he wakes up till the minute he falls asleep again!


#3159246 Tour de France 2015

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 16 July 2015 - 08:29 PM

I use to enjoy the Tour de France, but for me its been tainted by Lance Armstrong and the ever hanging cloud of drug use in professional cycling.


Lance wasn't the first to dope and won't be the last. Riders have been trying to find an edge on the tour since it began. From the early use of alcohol to numb the pain to Tommy Simpson dying on Ventoux after taking speed.

Whilst Armstrongs era took doping to a new level, Armstrong brought a banana to a gun fight when he arrived in the peloton. Armstrong has been made an example of whilst a lot of riders largely walked away. Even Floyd Landis stands to make $30m from bringing a case against Armstrong. Riders at US Postal knew what performance was expected of them and they all chose to dope to achieve it.

Don't hate Armstrong for being a doper. Hate him for his win at all costs attitude. His non British attitude to life after beating cancer. Indont agree with what Armstrong did but I understand why he did it.

Pro cycling will always have those that dope. The nature of pro cycling forces temptation. Butnbr thankful of the efforts pro cycling now makes to keep the sport as clean as possible. Not all sports do.


#3155778 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 10 July 2015 - 10:25 AM

Don't be so obtuse. It is a cut in entitlement. And consequently a cut in cash. Families are going to be worse off than they would have been. That is a cut.


Taking money away that the family never had isn't a cut. It's a change in entitlement. To saynitsba cut would presume they had the money in the first place.


#3115568 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 02 May 2015 - 07:05 PM

Ive just signed for a 110 mile bike ride in a couple of weeks....


#3104596 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 11 April 2015 - 09:08 PM

It's difficult to see how a party can change minds about it's competence on the economy when they are not actually in government running the economy. The way Labour last was able to change minds on economic competence was the 1992 crash out of the exchange rate mechanism.
The last Labour government were in power when the crash happened, and it would be fair to say they should have seen it coming, and that they deserve some blame. But no one saw it coming. Not the Tories, not the Bank of England, nor the Civil Service. The banks should have been more tightly regulated, but the Tories were calling for less not more regulation. Despite all this and because Labour had no leader from May to September, the Tories were allowed to establish in people's minds that the crisis was entirely the Brown government's fault. (despite there beng a worldwide problem) They were also allowed to get away with policies that instead of making things better, made them worse. This is the story the Tories are selling and getting away with. The only way Labour can dispel the impression of economic incompetence is for them to be allowed run the economy successfully. As they did between 1997 and 2007. A tough ask.


Without going over old ground again, the new labour government didn't run the economy successfully. It was built on over inflated public services and capital spending via PFI. Now the pinch is being felt.

I won't claim to agree with every policy from this government but labours apparent good reputation with the NHS is built on shiny new buildings that future generations will still be paying for


#3094143 Cycling - From couch to 390km

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 24 March 2015 - 08:22 AM

Long distance is all about comfort. Get your bike fitted properly and get a saddle that you can sit in all day without any numbness. Gel padding shorts are a wise investment whatever the cost.

Don't try to push the speed, speed will come with comfort and fitness. Start the distance small and work up. To do around 80 miles a day in terms of fitness for three consecutive days you should be looking to be able to complete that distance on one day and not be tired after wards.


#3071108 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 13 February 2015 - 06:14 AM

70 miles so far this week including some longer 20 mile rides before work. Shorter ride this morning due to weather forecast but some good club rides over the weekend. Roughly 40 miles tomorrow and around 70 miles on sunday


#3065495 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 03 February 2015 - 07:53 AM

First club ride of the year completed on sunday. 47 miles door to door through cold, wind and a bit of hail. Stoke to cafe in Audlem, long way round home towards Market Drayton. Little treat for the spring with a new bike to be ordered!


#3062160 NHS and Privatisation

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 28 January 2015 - 08:30 AM

Without seeing the tender documents or details of the bids, its impossible to judge...


#3056953 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 18 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

Well that is an epic weight loss!

 

Any before and after pics knocking around?

 

Before

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After

 

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#3055137 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 13 January 2015 - 07:48 AM

Started last year at 19st 10 and cycled 2 short of 3,000 miles. Start this year at 13st 3 with a target of 12.5st and 5,000 miles. Only my seemingly neverending health problems will stop me hitting the mileage target


#3034119 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 17 November 2014 - 09:08 AM

14 mile commute done this morning. Now through 200 miles for the month.

6 weeks to do the last 273 miles of my target of 3,000 in my first full year.


#3033031 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 15 November 2014 - 10:24 AM

Shropshire and back before breakfast. Stoke on trent to Woore via Keele and Madeley and back. 28.8 miles in 1hr 38mins.


#3031752 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 12 November 2014 - 04:07 PM

Decided to set myself a long term aim. Im 30 in three months time. Before im 40 I want to climb the Stelvio...


#3027982 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by stimpo-and-kat on 06 November 2014 - 11:08 AM

Cycling miles starting to wind down a little with the colder weather. Now covering around 300 a month. Also hit the weight loss wall. Stuck at 13st 12 so not feeling great