By the time this post goes up, I should hopefully be in Rome. Yippee!!! I promise that there will be multiple Italy-related posts at some point when I get back 🙂
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…
Cosy nights in watching Pride & Prejudice Having been to the wonderful Lyme Park recently, I have been inspired to crack this out again. Darren is completely unfamiliar with the story, so I’ve been trying to convince him that it’s a ‘must watch’. I love pretty much everything about this wonderful BBC series, from the costumes, to the music, to the handsome Colin Firth…
If you haven’t ever watched this version, you must order it from Amazon now!
RowingSeptember sees the start of the winter rowing season, so I’ve been getting back in a boat and wrapping up very warm with lots of layers. The key race we will be aiming for over the next few months will be the Four’s Head which is held in November every year along the Thames in London – hundreds of boats, all racing against the clock in a time trial format. This means that we will have lots of training sessions planned, both in the boat and in the gym, so that the rowers can hone their technique and get really fit. As the cox, I don’t have to do any physical training (being small so I don’t weigh the boat down is pretty much the only physical requirement), but I will have to get to know my new crew, understanding what motivates them and analysing their technique in order to suggest technical changes that they can make and calls which will make them row better and faster.
Trying out more goat’s cheese salads
There seems to be a bit of a running theme whenever I go to eat out. I always seem to end up ordering something containing goat’s cheese. I think I’m a little obsessed.
On Friday, Darren and I were invited to the newly re-opened Zizzis in Spinningfields. I’m not very familiar with Zizzis, so I was keen to try out one of their offerings! As I’d had a few big meals earlier in the week, and I knew that I was shortly due to eat my own body weight in pizza and ice cream in Italy, I wasn’t intending to hit Zizzis mega hard, so I did go for a slightly healthier option for my main, opting for the Insalata Super Zucca. Whilst it’s not the best goat’s cheese salad that I’ve ever tried (that honour goes to Dukes 92 in Castlefield), if you’re looking for a healthy option when you’re eating out, I’d highly recommend it as it contains only around half the calories of the pizzas and is packed full of healthy bits and bobs – roasted butternut squash with goats’ cheese, mint, courgette, lentils, green beans and salad leaves. Also, you could probably opt out of the dough sticks if you were feeling particularly healthy!Darren, naturally, went for a large and meaty option – the Calzone Carne Piccante – filled with spicy chicken, mini beef meatballs, mushroom, chilli, tomatoes and bolognese.
Turning into a GAP obsessive
How has autumn sneaked up on us so quickly? Colder temperatures and shorter days call for a change in wardrobe so I may have been tempted into some more cheeky purchases from GAP. This is quickly turning into my favourite high street clothing shop! Having fallen in love with their skinny jeans which come in so many different colours, I may have purchased yet another pair, this time in bright blue…And you know what’s even better than a Gap…
A GAP Outlet. Luckily I have one near me, so I think I will be paying quite a few more trips!
Hiding from the rain whilst sipping sangria
It has been incredibly wet and dreary here lately. Luckily the perfect pick me up came through eating tapas and sipping sangria at Nido in Didsbury. On a rainy and windy day it was quite a boost to be whisked away for a taste of Spain, and a touch of sangria will always put me in the holiday mood!
Following four different physios poking and prodding at my knee, an MRI scan and a knee specialist, I finally know why I’m experiencing pain in my knee when I do running, rowing, cycling or any other exercises where I am exerting pressure through my legs whilst bending my knee. Apparently I have patella chondromalacia – damage to the cartilage on the underside of my kneecap. Booooooo. So now that we know what’s wrong, I can have physio to try and improve the strength of certain muscles in order to better support the knee. I’m not sure if it’ll ever fully heal, but in the meantime I’ve been advised that I’m allowed to do jogging (not running because there is more knee movement the faster you go), front crawl and back stroke.
Finally I leave you with this lovely view of the river. We row on this all year round, including in the dark evenings during the winter. It’s quite well lit here, but in some parts it’s very dark, so I have to make sure I have my glasses on and hope that there is nothing lurking unlit in the water for me to crash in to!