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  1. In my experience, the only clothing that is genuinely waterproof is gortex & as it is a proprietary material, it isn't cheap.
  2. Have you tried looking at basketball shorts? They tend to be longer & baggier. Not sure what the price difference will be though
  3. For doing basic maintenance on a bike, I would recommend getting the Haynes manual for bicycles. Haynes do a range of manuals for maintenance on cars and have been going since the 60's or 70's. About 10-15 years ago, they branched out into other subjects like bikes, husbands, sheds, wives etc (most for humour) and are well worth looking into.
  4. *stumbles in and sighs* Its good to be back. I got a little lost during the last challenge. But have managed to find my way back. Another inspiring speech from the resident chaplain, thank you Tank for your words of encouragement. I will ill not be participating in the challenge,made to work commitments, but wish you all the greatest success in the coming weeks, no matter how big or small your challenge may be, it is still a challenge. A challenge that can be overcome, beaten, conquered, destroyed and put to bed. We are all, every single person here, a truely remarkable individual with a lot to offer and with the help and support of those around us, can move a little closer to being our ultimate selves on our own hero's journey. So go out there, grab life by the horns and enjoy yourselves!
  5. I guess I should conclude this as the next challenge s starting? This didn't turn out to be the most successful first challenge for me. The new job has turned out to be a tougher challenge than I had anticipated. I've been averaging 2,500 calories a day and still losing weight. While I was unsuccessful in achieving my goals during this challenge, I am not giving up on them, at least not any time soon. Until I get more comfortable and settled in the new job (which I am still enjoying), I won't be starting a new challenge on here. Getting online during the week to view the forums isn't possible much right now. Going to try to keep up with as many of you as I can though.
  6. Ive done odd days along stretches of it. I've done most of the Greater Manchester stretches. All are very well sign posted & fairly well maintained. I know a few people who have done the whole thing as well
  7. Here is a link for the Trans Pennine Trail website which details where it goes. You can even buy maps of sections of the route.
  8. You should also take a look at one of the Coast to Coast trails across the Pennines. One of the most popular is the Trans Pennine Trail which goes from Southport to Hull (I think), via Warrington, Manchester, Leeds and Goole. It can be completed in around 10 days straight walking. Although many people prefer to break it up and do it in sections. Part of it runs really close to where I grew up in Manchester and runs along the river Mersey, with some beautiful scenery.
  9. I don't quite understand why those types of shorts are only available in mens sections. Most of them, in my opinion, are unisex.
  10. I realise I have been a bit M.I.A. over the last week. I managed to get a walk in with the wife on Sunday (at the end of week 2). But I stopped tracking food on the Friday as I went out for a friends birthday party that evening and much beer was consumed. I've still not quite got back into tracking food, over a week later. I need to focus more on that going forward. The walk started along the canal, then back along some roads, so doesn't quite count, in my book, as a proper hike. It was still nice to get out together and burn some calories together. I ended up doing almost 5 hours over time in work, leaving not much time for anything in the evenings before going to bed much earlier than I am used to as my body has been so drained. Despite the early nights, I'm still averaging less than 8 hours sleep on school nights, but don't feel like I need much more than what I'm getting. Food wise, despite not tracking, I've been loading up on protein, eating all of it. Also feel like I've been eating more than I'm used to during the day. But skipping out on a full meal in the evening, so my weight is down a total of 4lbs on what I started this challenge at. Down from 11 st 11lbs/165lbs/74.8kg to 11st 7lbs/161lbs/73kg. It would appear this argument I've seen repeated a lot over the last year of lifting heavy being the best way to burn fat has some basis in fact. This weekend has largely been a lazy one, resting my tired muscles. Friday was a surprise trip to the cinema to cheer the wife up after an getting worried about being referred back to a specialist 3 years after she thought the problem was resolved. It's just a precautionary measure after a minor anomaly during a routine check up and should prove to be nothing. But it got her worried all the same. So I picked her up from work and we went to see Warcraft: The beginning and both quite enjoyed it. It doesn't seem to have been a popular movie though, which will probably ruin the rest of the series. Saturday was spent mostly on the sofa watching movies together. Which left today for all the usual domestic type stuff like cleaning and shopping etc. We tend to have a slow start on a Sunday to enjoy a relaxed cooked breakfast before doing anything else. So a walk/hike hasn't happened this weekend. The way I've been feeling, throwing a pack on my back probably wouldn't have done it much good. Also thinking of booking in to see a physio next weekend to have a few aches looked at which have been lurking for a while and become quite tender over the last 2 weeks. Part of the problem I know is my poor posture when sitting, and sometimes when lifting.
  11. I think I'd struggle to eat any of it. It's all in massive quantities. The tomatoes are in cases of six tins, each case is 15kg; flour is in 25kg sacs; cooking oil and sources come in huge 5 and 10 litre bottles; cheese and meat comes in huge joints and quarter wheels starting at 2kg all the way up to 8kg each. All a bit too much for making a light bite on the go. Thanks, and yes, Italian food ingredients in industrial sized quantities (see above).
  12. Not jealous of that at all, nope, I'm not, honest...
  13. The ring workout da sound pretty good. You've given me the bug for trying out rugs at some point.
  14. You doing a battle speech would be amazing for everyone there. I love your weekly speeches here as much as everyone else. They have inspired me, not just for the weekly challenges ahead, but helped move me closer to defining my level 50 version of myself more clearly. Great at news on the back as well. The yoga has been a consideration for a while, money is prohibitive right now though.
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