Posts Tagged ‘roundhay park’

Panini at Roundhay Park Cafe

Friday, August 31st, 2018 | Life

Here is the latest update in my series on people pluralising the already-pluralised word panini. This one from Roundhay Park cafe. No wonder Facebook stopped syndicating my blog posts.

World Triathlon Leeds

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 | Sport

Back in November last year I was wondering whether multisport might be for me. So, I took part in the inaugural GO TRI Temple Newsam duathlon and decided it was fun enough to register for the World Triathlon Series event that was taking place in Leeds next summer.

Since then, I’ve been busy. I’ve done a bunch of GO TRI events, Skipton, Evolve and Wetherby triathlon, so I had already hit my goal of completing an Olympic distance triathlon. But it was gratifying to reach the race I had targetted for almost a year.

With it being an ITU World Series event, it was big. There was 2,000 of us doing the standard distance alone, plus many more people doing the sprint distance and GO TRI events that ran the day before. So big, in fact, that we had to go check out bikes into transition the day before the race.

You also had the chance to do a familiarisation swim on Saturday while checking your bike in. This was fairly relaxed: there were no rules, you could swim wherever you liked. I did two laps of the 750m course.

On the day itself there was mist on the lake, so they cut the men’s age group swim to a single lap of 750 metres. This was a little disappointing as I was ready for the full thing. But did mean that I only got caught by one of the waves setting off after me, which were spaced five minutes apart. So, at least I didn’t have a bunch of people swimming over me. The mist cleared up soon after and the women, who set off an hour later, got to do the full distance.

Tragedy struck at transition one, though I didn’t know it at the time. My timing chip bracelet fell off my ankle, so I don’t have an official time after crossing the swim exit map.

The bike went well. I managed to maintain an average speed of 26.5 kph. This is slightly slower than the 27 kph I averaged at Wetherby, but I am more than happy with that because Wetherby was flat. In contrast, I thought the drag up Stonegate Road would slow me down a lot.

Nobody was laughing at my low-geared cross bike as we hit the 8% section. Nobody laughed at any point; everyone was very friendly. Even the officials in transition were firm but fair when someone unracked their bike without their helmet on. No DQ, but he had to take his bike back, re-rack it, put his helmet on and start again.

I saw two or three mountain bikes on the course, so I wasn’t the only person there without a £5,000 tri bike.

I felt pretty crab when starting the run and I was glad that I had an additional gel flask to take with me. More aid stations on the run would have been nicer. The city centre run was cool: not huge crowds, but enough people cheering that it gave you a bit of a boost. Including Julie & Tim.

Thanks to the shortened swim, I made it home in:

2:43:00

This was comparable to Wetherby. 20 minutes faster, but then I saved 20 minutes on the shorter swim. The bike was also 4km shorter, but it was hillier and there was about a kilometre of running inside transition that added quite a lot of time.

More importantly, I finished more than seven hours before the so-called “winner” of the men’s race, Richard Murray. Sure, the elite race had a later start time, but in my defence, I did ask if I could switch to the elite race so that I wouldn’t have to get up so early.

Venla at nine months

Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Family & Parenting, Photos

It is safe to say that Venla is now more dangerous than ever. She can shuffle. And she is quickly perfecting the art of speed shuffling: every day it gets faster. Which means she can get to draws, and pans, and balconies.

Time for shopping.

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Mölkky

Saturday, July 5th, 2014 | Life, Sport

Last month we went to a Finn Guild event at Roundhay Park to take part in a mölkky championship. Mölkky is a game that combines darts and skittles. You have a wooden block and have to use it to knok over other wooden blocks to reach a certain score. Our team, Thar She Blows, was named after the £1 team t-shirts one of our members kindly provided. We ended up winning bronze.

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Roundhay Park

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 | Life, Photos

Having a bit of time before before Elina headed back to Finland, we headed over to Tropical World and Roundhay Park where you can observe nature from the safe distance of behind 20mm of glass.

Parklife

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 | Life, Thoughts

As part of an effort to actually make it to the park more now that the weather has improved, I actually made it down on Sunday and went for a short walk around the lake.

Problem is with it being so hot and a weekend lots of other people had done the same thing – just another reason why we need border control checkpoints to assess people’s income before letting them in to Roundhay 😉 .

More park based goodness

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 | Distractions, Life

Went for another trip to the park today to try and find some of the sights I had already observed on Google Earth. Normally I would simply be content with this but given they were in the middle of the park rather than by the side of the road I couldn’t get an image on Street View 😉 .

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Roundhay Park

Monday, May 11th, 2009 | Life

With the days having gotten lighter I finally made it to Roundhay Park this evening if only for a short while. Enough time to get a few pictures in anyway, hopefully I will get a lot more chance to make use of the park before I move out.

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Bonfire night

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 | Events, Friends

So much for the awesome fireworks display happening outside of my window, it was hidden behind the houses next door. Gutted.

Not that anyone else seemed to actually make it down there, despite many promises. Rumour has it Si was too busy getting his birthday present from Izzy too? 😉 .

I was very impressed by the Roundhay Park bonfire though it’s been literally a decade, probably longer since I’ve last been but they started building it last Wednesday. Last Wednesday! It was like a wooden pyramid by the time they had finished it.

Anyway, happy birthday Si.

Kiting

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Life

Having got in from work rather tired on Monday evening I got a good 2 minutes to sit down before we headed down to the part for some kiting.

It’s been a good decade since I’ve flown a kite and they’ve changed just a little since I was young. I don’t remember them being twice as big as me and I was a lot smaller back then. Still, that only makes them far more fun. I was good to get to Roundhay Park there – that’s actually the first time I’ve been since we moved next door to it.

The wind wasn’t amazing so we didn’t manage to get on the board but hopefully this dead summer air will soon make way for something a little more interesting and the real fun can begin :D. Never the less it was a lot of fun even it if could technically be counted as a sport.