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Fitness Lost

I may have been given the green light to exercise following my heart attack in June, but it’s going to be a hard road back to fitness. Here’s my ‘Fitness and Freshness’ chart from Strava I don’t think it takes a genius to work out where the heart attack event was. Prior to that I...

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Exercise Green Light

Cardiac Rehab seems to vary quite a bit from country to country and from health board to health board. Here in Wales it hasn’t been quite as thorough as in many other parts of the world. Essentially it has just been some very easy exercises whilst stood next to a chair. There has been no...

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Tour of Britain

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain was through Wales today. Local boy Gruff who I’ve known for years and have cycled with many time was racing for the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team. It would have been rude of him not to try to get into the breakaway while on local roads, and that’s...

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Birthday Cake

It wouldn’t be a birthday with cake!! We also had a lovely meal at y Ffarmers in Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn last night too. Anna had plenty of chocolate as presents too. Other than that it was a fairly relaxed affair without too much excitement. Although, getting Morgan to join us for a meal out was quite exciting...

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Honey Harvest

The bees have had their usual ups and downs this years. Things started well but we then lost a couple of swarms while I was in hospital. I did manage to split a colony though and caught an errant swarm too. We now have four colonies all of which are (we think) queen-right. The smallest...

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Simple Life of Luxury Book 2019

One of the reason I like keeping this weblog is that I make a hardback book from it every year. I’m always a couple of years behind as the process of desktop publishing every single blog post takes a while. They all need proof reading, the images need the odd tweak here and there and...

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A Family Visit and a New Car

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any family – other than a flying visit from my parents a week or so after my heart attack. Lockdown and various Covid restrictions have been the main reason for this. We did see some of them this weekend though. My parents and my sister Trudi came to...

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Cardiac Rehab

I’d heard good things about cardiac rehab and was actually looking forward to it. In most cases people said it was the thing that got them back on track after a heart attack and they loved it. Reports suggested that for the most part people were hooked up to an ECG where they would be...

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Trail Coffee’s at Nant yr Arian

It was nice to get out for a walk somewhere different on Sunday. Anna and I headed up to Nant yr Arian for a little stroll. Once there I had a little chat with Reg and the we headed out along the Ridgetop Trail. Not only was it good to walk somewhere different but it’s...

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First Walk / Jog

Baby steps…. So, the latest ECG and Echocardiogram show some small improvements. Improvements My Ejection Fraction has risen slightly from around 40-45% to around 50%. That’s going in the right direction and might continue to improve over the coming months. The ECG does show pathologic Q-waves which indicate permanent damage to my cardiac tissue. This...