France 2016 Part deux

by The Good Life on June 29, 2016

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Nothing better than this to wake up too.

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This is our spot, right by the beach, with a perfect sun bathing zone.

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French breakfast, about as good as it gets.
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Dont worry guys, we got this.IMG_3179

Its been great here, Lenny has a couple little friends to play with, so he decided to read them a book.IMG_3197

The squad.IMG_3200

One thing which is new this year is the addition of beach hut/bars.  They never had these before and they really are such a nice addition as all of a sudden you can have a beer, whilst sunbathing, watching the surf, or having a good sleep and getting sunburnt if thats your gig.IMG_3202

This is probably Lennys crush this week, Lucy.
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Hes also getting in the water.  He has been in the Pacific before, but the water here is a touch warmer and so he was all about it.IMG_3230

Of course the Air Lenny is always the best way of getting him to enjoy the water.IMG_3240

Boardshorts game on point
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You guys!  The tide is coming in!IMG_3259

Mama Bear and her little bear cub.IMG_3267

Flying man.IMG_3272

I need to get me a bucket hat.  This guy is just ahead of my trends.

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We went out to probably one of my favorite ever restaurants last night, Chez Minus, in Capbreton.

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They only serve Mussels, Shrimps, Sardines, Fries, Beer and wine by the jug.IMG_3286

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Its sometimes the most simple things that work the best, actually its always the best.  Its funny as to me, a place with plastic paper plates and cheap wine.  Maybe thats just me, but I would take that over a fancy restaurant every day of the week.

France 2016

by The Good Life on June 27, 2016

in France

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Nothing sums up France better than sun, a cheeky weak beer on the beach and a naked fella getting a stroll in.  Sani just soaking it up.

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An evening on the grill and the terrace after a beach day pretty much sums up France pretty well too.  Stype, Sarah, Lucy, Koen, Spencer, Mareike, me, Sani on the camera.

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Some weak swell, thats normally also a sign of a french summer.

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The balcony of our manor for the week.

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The last couple of years we have made the journey to Europe in summer, its always great to get away, meet up with some friends and enjoy some downtime in the sun.

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Spencer joined us again after a quick stop in Paris for shopping and Macaronnes, and now for some lenny time.
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The beach babes themselves.
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and the legend that is Mr Koen.IMG_3042

I started reading this book, the memoirs of Phil Knight, but elected to leave it at home.  Poor choice as its a great read.
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Mountain Stype aka the baby whisperer.

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I managed to snag trying a Lost Puddle Jumper for this trip, made by Lib Tech, super fun board, crazy amount of volume, and all in a 5’9, really fun.IMG_3019

The house was also doubling as a workout spot.IMG_3021

Single leg lifts by the good wifey herself.

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Living in BCN, the grill master is now the Plancha Master.

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and stype, is well, the legend that is stype.

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Thanks for a great first day!IMG_3127

Traveling with a Toddler

by The Good Life on June 26, 2016

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Step 1, ensure to exercise probably before take off.IMG_2466

Step 2, ensure to remember “we’re in this together” even when your rental car doesn’t work out, or you are tired.IMG_2469

Step 3, just when he looks a bit tired, strap him to you with the ergo baby, put on bob marley and hope you get him to sleep.IMG_2481

Step 3, bring some nice snacks for the king on the plane and hope they are playing Toy Story on the plane.IMG_2498

Step 4, use layovers for stretching, and crawling.
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Step 5, you’ve just introduced little one to the best form of learning there is, travel.

In all seriousness, I’m quite proud of us for our journey across the world with Lenny, but he is such a good little guy, and only grumbled for a bit and as per above, some music, being held close and feeding taking off and landing, and he was great.

Crossfit Maidstone

by The Good Life on June 18, 2016

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This winter I spent a few weeks back in the UK, for longer than I have done in a while, and so one of the things I needed to find was a gym.  Through the years whenever I have been home for a week/month/summer I have always tried a place to go, and usual plan was a standard gym, to have some leisure suited kid who has just done his grade 1 trainer certification give me the “well you can’t use the gym until you complete the introduction.  Then join up for 3 months.  Then sign up for 2 classes with me” at which point I have ALWAYS just said, you know what, sod this, I’m off for a run.  You can keep your attitude, and I’ll figure it out.

Now since working in the Training world, and seemingly trying to learn as much as I can the one thing which is blatantly obvious is the amount of crossfit gyms around the world.  Now there are a lot of conflicting reviews as to the positives or negatives of it.  People say its like a cult or a fad, and that injuries occur, but well, any sport injuries occur i suppose is my reply, and well a cult or a fad, well damn, I specialize in those after giving my life to Snowboarding for near on 20 years and thats served me well so sign me up.

The other thing, well if its getting people moving, I’m all for it.  We have never had more opportunities to be fit, and be the healthiest generation the world has ever seen but Obesity is out of control and the number of people who do zero exercise is unreal.

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So in I go.  And like quite often didn’t mention where I work, just said I have tried a few things in the gym but don’t really know how to lift.  I was greeted by Connor above, probably one of the nicest, most humble folks I’ve met in a while, who talked me through the philosophy at the gym, what they do, how they do it, his own beliefs in regard to training.

A very eye opening and warm experience.  I’m sure a lot of folks see the gym and think its not that advanced as it doesn’t have fancy towels and a spa and some elliptical machines, but that way of thinking is dying out by the day.  This boutique style, 1 to 1 contact with a well trained professional is where things are headed.

So from there, I spent two hour lessons in what are probably some of the most enlightening, helpful things I’ve ever learnt.  Connor focused on my movement and lack there of.  I’m well aware of that, but so to spend near on 40 minutes using a plastic pipe emphasized the fact i had work to do.  If you don’t do any work like this and your laughing about 40 mins with a plastic bar, go try doing squats with one and see how quick your done for.

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After the introduction, I came back for an actual class, honestly with some trepidation around what lay ahead, but it couldn’t have been better.  Connor laid it out clearly for everyone, and what the scaled version was and we got after it.  Within minutes you could see the bond the people at the box have, and that their session here was probably one of the under pinning values in their life now.  Its become the centre of their community for many I would imagine.

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Will in this shot finishing up the WOD in one of his 14 pairs of metcons.  Best thing with Crossfit is that if its something like this, and your the last one, you know everyone else will push you onwards.  The other amazing thing is that each and every gym has different ways of setting out rules, beliefs and goals.  I love this one….”no ego”

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Goals is a huge part of what everyone does, and so putting it on the wall is always an amazing way to keep everyone focused.  As they get to regionals time, I’m sure this was all about 16.2 etc…

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Sweated metcons.  I actually left these in the gym for a bit of a pass it on karma.  I wanted the next person who takes up crossfit with them, who walks in with running shoes on to be given these to be educated around the reasons of why they need appropriate footwear.

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Thing I love with this, its probably 6.30am in this shot, outside everyone is shuffling their way to work, and one of the guys is getting set to start his day in the best way possible.  If everyone could commit to this, or running, or swimming, or anything, to get moving, I think the world would genuinely be a better place.

I was there for a Friday night session 8-9… I was wondering how many folks would show up.  Packed out.  And an unbelievable atmosphere too. Its like a pub without alcohol.  Same banter, same friends, but way better for you.
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In general, if you want to start working out and havent done anything in years, I can’t recommend this place enough.  You won’t find fancy dans.  you won’t find any snobbery, just people of all shapes, sizes and abilities who want to be better athletes and want to cheer you on too.  If you already workout but struggle to get anywhere with it, again, I can’t suggest highly enough to go visit Connor and his Dad Spencer.  Two of the best trainers and also genuinely good guys around.  You’ll get stronger, fitter, be better at life in general and before you know end with this amazing community.  The community element is something crossfit and crossfit maidstone have dialed 100%.http://www.invictusfitness.co.uk/#!crossfit/c10ka

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