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August 10th, 2004

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10:00 pm - A weekend.
So, another weekend passed by.
Saturday started with a lazy lie-in (yay), then rwrylsin and I wandered along to a nearby gym, having both decided that we'll need to be fitter if we're going to go to various local and not-so-local fencing competitions. The paperwork took a while, then we had a quick introduction to all the various exercise machines, then spent 45 minutes or so getting some exercise in. For the first little while I'm aiming to concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, then work in light weight work later (fencing doesn't need huge amounts of strength, and I don't want to lose any speed or flexibility).

Yesterday, we went to Bothwell Castle, another castle ruin, and wandered around admiring the place and taking photos. We also wandered along a path which led from the castle along a nearby river (part of the Clyde, apparently), which was very pretty and green and nice. The day was another great summer's day, too - the predicted maximum was 28, and I think it did reach at least 25 for a while.

After the castle, we did some supermarket shopping, headed home, snacked a bit, then went off to see King Arthur. I enjoyed it, although there was a moment where it seemed like a cross between Gladiator and The Magnificent Seven   Battle Beyond the Stars The Seven Samurai. Unfortunately, I don't know enough of either the traditional Arthur stories, or the hypothesized-based-on-archaeological-evidence revisions, to say whether it was true to them, but it seemed reasonable enough.

Finally, we got home around 8ish, as the sky had clouded over and the clouds were getting grayer. I thought I saw a flash of lightning just before we went in to our flat, and 10 minutes later, it was pouring rain. Ahh, Scottish weather.

Bothwell castle

Bothwell castle

Pouring rain outside our flat

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Songs from "Once More With Feeling", running through my head

(4 touches | En garde !)


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Date:August 10th, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
Aaawww! Thanks so much for posting those. My dad was born in Bothwell and the bulk of his family still live there, so I have many wonderful memories of the castle. Apparently dad and my uncle Jim got into all sorts of scrapes there when they were boys. At that time (around 1950) the bulk of the castle was lying open to the public, including a network of tunnels underneath it. I don't know what the access is like today, but 20 years ago, you could really only look at it and not go near enough to explore it.
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Date:August 10th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
It's very orange. Sort of like a brooding pumpkin looming over the skyline.
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Date:August 10th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
swisstone posted recently on the historical authenticity of King Arthur, if you want to look.

Thanks for the photos.
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Date:August 10th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Am currently training v. v. hard at fencing, and usually have many many opinions anyway: here are some.
Go look at http://www.stumptuous.com/weights.html
It's good.
Short opinion: ignore cardio, and don't piss about with little light weights. Lift heavy weights. You won't get so big and slow that it'll be bad, and so long as f]you work on your suppleness and flexibility that will improve faster with weights than without. Also try to find a book by Kit Laughlin called Posture and Flexibility, or else look at http://www.pandf.com.au
Fitness for dummies and Weight training for dummies are also excellent, despite the inane names.

More specific training advice on request :-)

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