#5x50Chal – Day 1

Today was the launch of this year’s 5×50 Challenge. I’ve done it the three, previous years and welcome its return…Like many people out there, I do have some winter weight to shift! Over the last few challenges, it was a case of walking, running or biking (or whatever) it for 5k minimum a day.

This year, for some reason, they changed it. In a way, I am glad, because it’s perhaps a wee bit easier. I mean anyone can manage 30 mins exercise in a day, pretty much. Heck, you can stand in front of your TV, and walk in place, if you absolutely have to! Right?

Day 1 - #5x50Chal - Walk Victoria Park (pebble smart watch)

I Walk the #5x50Chal

Usually, I just walk the 5×50 Challenge. The first year I did it, I shifted a stone in the process. So don’t underestimate the value of simply walking. This year, I will continue to do that, and perhaps some biking, and the odd 30 min jog too…

Might pull out my roller skates and head to Bellahouston’s track and whiz around that for half an hour. Who knows?

It’s good to mix it up. For the past month or more I’ve been doing an 8-minute ABs challenge and am starting to see them, so I will continue on with them in addition to my 30 mins of exercise.

I Take Photos of my #5x50Challenge

When I do my workouts, I like to take pictures of where I am…usually from my phone or from iPod. This year, perhaps I’ll be more inclined to use my GOPRO to take some action shots? We’ll see.  I’ve started a brand new photo album here – if you want to follow along with my action.

And here’s a collage I made of today’s launch walk at Victoria Park – just west of Glasgow.

Pictures at Victoria Park - #5x50chal - Day 1

While I will endeavour to blog throughout the challenge, I do know that sometimes life gets in the way…So I’ll just do my best to keep the pictures flowing – and added to my photo album – as and when I can.

There’s still time to Join the 5x50Challenge. You can even join after it’s started (e.g. this week) – so no excuses, ya hear?

Meanwhile, I’m off to have another cuppa and half a cinnamon roll! Well, I’ve earned it 😉

A Drive in Some Supercars

It wasn’t my normal Sunday, yesterday…At 9am, myself and my partner in crime, headed north east to Lochgelly. By 10am, we wound up in Fife at Driftlands race track to have some fun in some of Scotland’s “super cars”.

supercars scotland lined up - audi, aston martin, lotusWhile I say it was an early birthday present for my friend Ken, if I am being honest, it was just as much of a treat for me! Though I am not a “petrol head” as such – I have always loved cars,…classic cars, fast cars, new cars, smart cars – pretty much any cars. My dad is to blame, given the amount of cool cars we had when I was growing up. Most notably the blue Datsun 260z and the metallic copper Porsche 924…

Of course he got rid of them by the time I was of driving age…So you might say that I made up for it a little, yesterday…

Let the Day Begin

When you arrive at Driftlands, in Lochgelly (Fife), you get your pick of some beautiful automobiles. There are some real beauties to choose from. Audi, Lotus, Porsche, Lamborghini (well that one wasn’t there yesterday, but they do have one!)…The gorgeous Aston Martin arguably caught my eye first. Silver with some reddish interiors, it was easily my first choice.

The second one was harder to select. The Black Ferrari? Perhaps the Black Porsche? Or maybe the wee, Blue Lotus? I had a radio buddy of mine who had a Lotus so I didn’t want to go with that. I do love Audis so that was an option….In the end, it had to be this little Italian stallion…the Ferrari.

Black Ferrari from Supercars Scotland - March 2015

The Supercars Scotland guys take you through a safety demonstration and give a little history of the company, and their three driving venues or tracks (all currently in the East).

One thing that impressed me most was how friendly, helpful, and knowledgable the staff were. Being around people who love what they do, and who have passion for their work is a real bonus. The Supercars Scotland team truly made the day for us!

Aston Martin Up First

So the first car I drove was the Aston Martin. To be honest, I don’t know what model it was, but I am sure someone out there can tell me. I didn’t care. Any Aston Martin would be fine by me! I am not that fussy! You can tell I was having a good time navigating her here. All smiles.Thea Newcomb driving Aston Martin, Supercars Scotland

This Aston Martin which was a most-glorious piece of silver machinery stole my heart. The gear shifts on the steering wheel threw me just a little, but by the first lap I sort of got the knack of it. Frankly I could have exited the track and ventured up the east coast in this baby. Someday maybe I will…I’ll add this shot to my vision board!

Next – the Italian Stallion

After the Aston Martin it was time to have a shot in the Black Ferrari. Growing up in the town I did, we actually had a Ferrari garage. That said I’ve never in my life been in one of these beasts.

Thea Newcomb - Ferrari - Supercars Scotland

On to the Atom

Once I was done with the stints in my two chosen cars, it was on to the Ariel Atom. I’ll be honest with you, I’d never heard of this car before, though it looked vaguely familiar. All I can say here is that it was fabulous fun. Well just check out the video – it can depcit the ride way better than I ever could…

The last thing we did was ride in the “Drift Taxis”! This is where you climb into a fairly hollowed out car that skid out all over the track, and burns some crazy rubber (which stinks to high hell by the way). It was fun. My car raced Ken’s and we won. There’s a video to be added later but for now – just take my word for it – these were a riot. A smelly riot.

Adrenaline High

By mid-day we drifted off Driftlands on a real adrenaline high and headed further east to Anstruther for some award winning fish and chips.  A good time was had by both of us. One we’ll not likely ever forget. If you’re interested in cars – or know someone who is – these sorts of supercars experiences would make a fantastic gift. Just ask my buddy Ken!

Ken and Thea | Supercars Scotland | Mar 2015

PS: Check out their promo video to learn more about what Supercars has to offer the car lover in your life.

My Go Pro Hero Joy!

Hanging with Brian at the Classic Car Wash - Saratoga

Just bought a Go Pro at the weekend. Was going to get one of the cheap ones, but you know how it is when you actually arrive in the shop? What can I say I am a gadget girl and so I walked out with the Hero 4 – Silver (not the top of the line but closer than I’d intended!)

One person on FB asked why on earth I’d be buying such high spec tech, and what intention did I have of this wee camera…Well good question I suppose. Why? I guess because I can…and because, hey, I felt like it. Intentions? Well it’s my hope that it will encourage me to be more active, have some fun, and also get some creative juices flowing!

Here’s a shot from my first day having a play with it. My best bud Bri and his new baby Pug Frito at the car wash!

Hanging with Brian at the Classic Car Wash - Saratoga

Am I going sky-diving or snow boarding or whatever? Not highly likely no. No one says you have to be uber-fit to have some fun with the kit. Tomorrow I”m hoping to take a hike with it. In Scotland, I actually may do a tour of my favorite Scottish Castles with it…Selfies at Eilean Donan Castle anyone?

As weather improves in Glasgow, can strap it to my bike’s handle bars and cruise along the River Clyde on a ride…The Go Pro’s good for time lapse and concerts too. Very versatile.

Been studying a variety of the tutorial videos to learn how to work all the settings. It has Wi Fi and Bluetooth and I’ve rigged it up to my phone. Seems to work pretty well to use my (Android) phone’s GO PRO app…Got a head strap, a “selfie wand” (stick) and a clip to strap it my baseball caps too!

Had a craving for pancakes while driving back with my new accessories, so we stopped in at a CoCo’s. Here’s dad with his coffee. Love the wide angle. Need to get a bit better with the settings but overall pretty happy with the funky wee shot.

My dad with a coffee...Jan 2015 at CoCo's.

So yes, hopefully the Go Pro will spur me on both with activity and creativity! That’s my intention as I say.

Feel free to share some of your Go Pro Hero output with me in the comments below – especially if you’ve used it in unique ways – not just with sporty action films! 🙂