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Joined: 15 May 2003
Location: North Wales
Occupation: After giving 27 full time years to the NHS I am now a self employed support worker.
Interests: Triathlon, cycling and sport!!!

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Who is Sue?
Not telling, you can all have your own images Very Happy
--ooeerrr, but they may go totally wrong when we meet --as I hope we will, so I'd better spill some beans.
Born ?- yes I was, my Mum said.
A Yorkshire lass, brought up on rugby league, in Hull.
From A levels to Manchester Royal to study -and pass -Physiotherapy.
Moved from there to Consett, 'twix Newcastle and Durham, then to Cambrideshire then to Surrey. Now in the beautiful land of Wales.
After doing the "rounds" in Physio' I specialised with adults who have a learning disability, and did so for 17years. Gosh sounds a long time when you see it in print. Its a field I really loved, I have learnt an awful lot about human nature, building up relationships and communication. I used to be very shy --no laughing in the back row there- and I'm sure this work has helped a great deal. But after 27 full time years in the NHS I decided that I was fed up with the politics that made "work" difficult if you tried to fight against it to what you believed. So after moving to Wales I decided on a complete change in al my life and Im now a self employed support worker and liking it. I ran, in a fashion about 22 years ago when we had 2 spotty dogs that I had to keep up with, then it fizzled as they got old. Re-started 8 years ago as a bet to do a 10mile race-- and never looked back. Got into triathlon after finishing my 1st marathon and after 6 months of disciplined training there was an anticlimax of not knowing what else to do, so did a tri-a-tri and moved on from there. I must say if it hadnt been for everyone being soooooo motivatiing and friendly on TT I would not have ventured this far.
A note to friends
Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:53 am Sue
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It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of Alan.
He died before he should have, we still had a list of "things to do".
It was unexpected and sudden but he didn't suffer.
I put on here thinking friends would look and know, although many of you may know via FB.
I believe in fate, Alan's time was called, he was taken to the next chapter of his life, and I have to start my new chapter.
We had nearly 10 years together and I thank TriTalk for bringing us together.
Happy memories everyone x x x

forgive me for i have sinned
Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:15 pm Sue
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Thank you for your past replies which now seem too far away to comment on, aplogies steve_r, willo, patriciaa, pip , KP nut , magpie , Carlito , hammerer

I have been reading TT but usually not logged in so cant reply, etc to blogs, posts, so forgive me.

How to summarise 3 months

Had a fantastic time in Majorca with the bike club. 12 of us altogether, 4 girlies n the rest guys. Good weather, great cycling, luvly company, we all gelled n everyone got something out of it.

Since then we have had some summer
--and some wind n rain

my training/ commute bike went caput so decided to treat myself to a new one. Paid a bit more then I had intended but decided I needed a reliable bike since I do a fair bit on it plus will be used during winter. So now have a Felt Ladies ZW75, very nice to ride, very pleased with it.

Not doing any open events this yr, some club TimeTrials. So one goal was a charity ride, 65milesa round Snowdonia from Blaeneu Ffestiniog, ridden with 3 other girls. I had never riden up the Crimea Pass and it came right at the end but I was pleased to get up it without a hitch.

Looking for other type rides to do but many have tooooo much steepness in for me eg friends are doing the Wild Wales but with 11000ft of climbing I get a nose bleed just thinking about it

Other then that rescue rottie Blue has settled very well and put weight on.
Strava is giving me challenges to aim for.
Taking Mum plus her disabled husband plus one of his carers on hols in July.
And life is nice
--hope yours is too, thanks for reading

back to winter!!
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:13 pm Sue
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Great time thawing out in lanzarote for a week. It was however very VERY windy for the first few days so couldnt bike
But it dropped enough for me to get out, although a few windy times as well. So only managed 4 rides but at least it was in shorts n teeshirt.

but BUT I thought we'd return to spring, instead it was colder then when we went away with plenty of frost m ice n snow flurries. Needless to say the bike is still packed and the training bike wont budge from the shed
---maybe tomorror

Lucky me has a week in Majorca in April with my bike club so that is keeping me going in this cold.

Other news is
BLUE our rescue rottie.
Alan has been on n on n on about getting another rottie after loosing Sirius in August. Ive not been so keen on being tied. Had been looking at rescue dogs thinking would rather give one in need a home then having a puppy. Kept my eye on a local one who didnt find a home for 6 weeks so decided to see him, it felt right. Was concerned about temperament with an older dog but he turned out to be great. He is about 5yrs, got lots of good discipline traits and is very loving. Was underweight since stressed in the rescue center, he has now filled out and much better. So getting used to walks which means collecting lots of kindling for the fire.

Anyway just realised we need blogs for this amount of waffle
--although it would have spread over 6 weeks on FB.
Take care folks

KP nut -treat yourself to a few virtual FB friends eg TTers haha

magpie -warm weather was great, just didnt recon on it being colder once back Sad

pip -was nice, but had snow n ice after we got home as well!

Carlito -FB seems to be the way to go, unless you want to say a lot Wink

iainm -well this March seems like winter so happy New Yr to you as well


another yr has started
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:10 pm Sue
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a bit late but no one is to know. Over a month n still on page 1 of blogs.

Well Christmas and the new yr has been n long gone.
the topic recently has been the weather, mainly
Must admit we have had flurries but nothing else although friends only 15 miles away had lots. But we have had frost n ice which have curtailed my biking
but it has made me run more and gently increasing and knee has been fine, schushhh. hence for those of you on Strava I have surpassed my goal of 25miles and reached today
This is in the Strava Base Mile Blast during January in both running and biking. Biking has been down with the weather but passed the 1st milestone of and should reach the 2nd of 400mile by the end of the month. So pleased with those.

Bike club was supposed to go to Capel Curig, as we did last yr, in our Blowout weekend, but has had to be postponed 2 weekends due to the weather but gotta be safe.

So have a week in Lanzarote beg of March then a week in April with bike club in Majorca, so things to look forward to, lucky me

Hope your years are going well
--keep blogging
--but come n see whats happening in Fb as well

KP nut - there isnt a TT FB page, just lots of folk who post, you gonna join us over there?

magpie -haha move with the times n join us on FB whilst waiting for the return of the blog Wink

tririch -ta for popping over from FB


Happy Holidays
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:44 pm Sue
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patriciaa and magpie thanks for comments

Well blogland is fairly quiet nowadays with us all mostly keeping up to date on Facebook. Try to look in and comment when Ive time. Have to read own blog just to remind myself what Ive done and what maybe interesting to read.Popped in whilst listening to old christmas songs

Watched 3 christmas films on the trot today

So whats been happening?
Speed or power or fast(er) walking has been going fine. one session I got sub 12min mileing (11.59) Its interesting to see if I can get faster but difficult to concentrate sometimes n walking slips to normal instead of faster. Today nudged upto 5 miles with a 12.08m/m. Enjoyable n doesnt feel pressured as running or cycling does but difficult not to quicken to a jog

Mostly hit my cycle to work 3 times a week. Although it adds upto 25miles its made up of 12+6+6 so nothing mega Did miss 2 one week when it was frosty n frightened myself one day by slipping over.
Try for a long bike at the weekend but weather depending, need a few miles in for our club new Yr Blowout to capel Curig, ride our sat n return Sunday. had a good day for club christmas run, stopping for lunch which was nice. The ride home was slow with a full stomach

All thats left is to wish you all a great Christmas and a very good 2013


next bike hols -over
Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:42 pm Sue
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well shows that not many TTers blog nowadays since my last post was Sept n I was still on pg 1

So just returned from 2 weeks in Lanzarote with the bikes
We did have some wind which stopped me going out a few times, too bad for me. Also some rain, got quite wet 2 days. Lots of cloud. But ofcourse warm.
Didnt do mega rides, infact when I added up, did more in 4 days London to Paris then in 2 weeks in Lanza
Did some running but my knee started to play up the last day. Decided that running is going to set off my niggles so maybe do some fast walking instead, espec during the winter. It does feel strange and feel self conscious but hey I did/ sometimes still do with running
Did manage to do a circuit that took in Haria and Mirador which I wanted to do
--just to check I could still do it

So now home, acclimatising to the cold and getting back into work routine.
Training bike wasnt liking the big gear ring and brake had a bit to much play so taken it into lbs since need to feel safe with hopeing to bike a few days to work during the next months.

Thats brought myself upto date
--Christmas is coming, look forward to that
take care bloggers n wrap up warm

steve_r -enjoy your french adventure

tririch -thanks, enjoyed

LynneE -not that awsome but thanks

willo46 - nothing planned for 2013

pip -thanks

KP nut -slipped it in, ta

patriciaa -felt an achievement for me

Lizzie -nice achieveable challenge


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