Over the last four days I've exercised more than I've done in the last twelve months or maybe I should say twelve years, lots of football, cycling, the swamp run and Roller blading.
It all kicked off on Thursday with an hour or so of indoor football. This was my second session with a multi-national bunch, known as the Chinese Dragons who were made up of Germans, Swiss, Italians, Chinese and even an Estonian.
On Friday myself and Tiiu were in and the Estonian countryside for a ten minute cycle which turned into an hour and forty minutes. On country roads only equalled by the motorways of County Cavan for its pot holes we cycled onwards. Fortunately unlike Cavan, Estonia is void of hills in fact it's flat, so there was little uphill cycling. The trip took as along endless little roads and tracks which all looked the same as we decided to turn left and then right and oh maybe left again, eventually making it back to our start point, but bloody hell a 105 minutes sitting on that bicycle seat, yeah that hurt.
Saturday morning I re-joined the "Chinese Dragons" and played three matches, in a mini world cup competition. Our first game was against an extremely bloody minded bunch of individuals(RUSSIANS!!!!), whose main tactic was "if you take out your opponent, you're the only one left standing with the ball.
When we limped of the pitch it was 1 - 7.
The remaining two matches weren't quite as brutal as we managed to just about meet the others for muscle, if not necessarily skill. Sweating and limping I plodded home the two kilometre journey.
Sunday was "a pleasant stroll in the country". This stroll is a yearly 6km walk known as the "Swamp Run", it's a type of charity event, but rather than being for charity its organised by the council to get the local population out and exercising. We covered the distance in 54 minutes, making fun of those running ahead of with any reason we could think of, real or imagined.
Finally today I made an attempt to Roller Blade in a local car park. There was many a concerned office workers watching me recklessly slip and slide past their parked vehicles.
Roller Blading makes ice skating look easy.
OK this wasn't my finest hour, but look on the bright side it can only get better.
Actually this is my final Final note on this article. The Chinese Dragons now want to practise twice a week.
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