Ok so i don't have so far to go with the challenge on the rowng machine, under 5,000 km to go. This weekend provided a bit of break from riding on top of the Red Funnel ferries. In preperation to row around the Isle of Wight myself and some students are going to row at the Ryde/Shanklin regattas. This basically involves rowing 1000m in a coastal four doing a bouy turn and then racing back another 1000m. The fours are the same as those we will use to row around the Island in. Enduring the seas around means a couple of things including getting up close and personal with the fith most recognised landmark in the UK - the needles!

At least it provides some distraction from the task of dealing with my Mum's estate and eventually selling the house. This is a place where i have witnessed suicide attempts, heartbreak and death. It can be a happy warm home for someone it's my task to lay the foundations for that.

In the mean time it's a case of selecting a good group of tunes to listen to whilst i train. A bit of rock, dance (garage or hardcore), pop and if all else fails the radio on my mp3 player.