Saturday, 17 December 2011

bringing success into your life

This is taken and adapted from Deepak Chopra's book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Transworld Publishers/Bantam Press 1996.

If you like what you read here which just a summary of what I understand from Dr Chopra's book I strongly recommend that you read it as you will gain knowledge, insights and motivation.
  1. Detach yourself from your desires. The things you desire are only symbols of yourself. If you focus on your desires they are less likely to come to fruition because in effect you are focussing on the past. Consider your desires because you need to know what you want. More important than desires are your intentions. The things you intend to do to bring about your desires. Plan and think through your desires and intentions.
  2. Meditate regularly at least once a day for 20 – 30 minutes. Before the meditation think through your intentions then introduce just a whisper of an intention into the meditation.
  3. Give what you seek. This will lead to good karma.
  4. Learn about your unique talents, the thing or things that you can do better than anyone else. Focus on these talents and do them as much as you can and you will experience 'flow'.
  5. Use or give your talents in the service of others. You will then serve the whole of humanity.
  6. Every day ask yourself,  "What can I do to help others?" and respond to the answer you get.
These things will bring your desires into your life with what seems like effortless ease and lead to a sense of deep fulfilment that is rewarding on a deeper level than just having the symbols of success.

There are one or two other parts of the book that I don't fully understand yet and I am looking forward to a further and deeper reading of Dr Chopra's work...

Something I am beginning to understand is to do more on less. By that I mean instead of focussing efforts on lots of different outcomes (or goals) focus efforts on just one intended outcome or goal.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

heart rate zones for use when cycle training

Zone 1 (60-65% of maximum heart rate): For long, easy rides, to improve the combustion and storage of fats.
Zone 2 (65-75% of MHR): The basic base training zone. Longish rides of medium stress.
Zone 3 (75-82% of MHR): For development of aerobic capacity and endurance with moderate volume at very controlled intensity.
Zone 4 (82-89% of MHR): For simulating pace when tapering for a race.
Zone 5 (89-94% of MHR): For raising anaerobic threshold. Good sessions for 10- and 25-mile time-trials.
Zone 6 (94-100% of MHR): For high-intensity interval training to increase maximum power and speed

For the full article see:
By Harry Blackwood, Cycling Plus

Monday, 7 February 2011

cherries and gout

I have had some mild but troublesome problems with my big toe joints. I have put this down to one of my main hobbies which is jiving to swing and R&B music sometimes on hard dance floors but I have also wondered if it is a mild case of gout. Some time ago I read that cherries cure or at least mitigate gout so I tried it. I've eaten all sorts of cherries including wild cherries that grow near where I live and have drunk lots of cherry juice but to no effect.

This could be unrelated or a some form of coincidence, but none the less, I bought some packs of the brand of cherries shown and had an immediate reduction in the big toe pain. Yesterday I ate almost a whole pack spread across the day and this morning there is no pain at all.
Perhaps it is a specific type of sour cherry that works. Please bear in mind that this is just anecdotal.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Winter's lunch in a forest

Lunch during the winter in a nearby forest. Cycled six miles to the nearest, about to be privatised Forestry Commission land and set up a temporary camp for lunch. Cheated a little with tinned soup but could have made the stove from the soup can with just a knife. Excuse the scarf over my face, I don't particularly want a personal internet presence. On leaving I left no trace.

Monday, 31 January 2011

image inc

 A very amateur 'arty type' photo of me and the bike using 'image inc' found at

trekking cooking equipment

During the winter and into Spring I am building up and trying out equipment ready for touring and camping come Summer.

The home made alcohol stove is shown in its component parts alongside a Coleman mini stove and a set of round pans. I may take the alcohol stove on fun walks but for anything serious I will use the Coleman gas stove as it is more convenient, safer and it burns a lot longer for the same weight of fuel. I found a set of three round pans in a camping store (Millets) and prefer these over mess tins for convenience. Everything stows nicely inside the set of pans for ease of transport. Am going to try a winter cooked lunch in a nearby forest tomorrow. (I just shivered at the thought of the cold North wind that is blowing just now).

alcohol trekking stove mark2

Put a larger can with vent holes around the smaller can and it worked OK. Boiled a large cup of water in just under 2 minutes. Uses a lot of fuel and I was aware of the possible fire hazard. Worth experimenting with but not all that practical.

From walking to cycling

Here's the bike...

First tin can stove

Just lately I have taken up longer distance cycling and am thinking about touring on the bike. Here's my first try at a tin can stove.

It didn't quite work. almost but not quite.