I’ve enjoyed shooting airguns from time to time all my life, mainly pistols such as Webley Juniors and Tempests, though these have the accuracy of well, a thing that doesn’t have much accuracy.
I watched the psitol shooting in the London Olympics last year (on TV!), and found it quite compelling. Having looked into the guns they use, and why they wear those blinders over their ‘non-aiming’ eye instead of just shuttting it, and I’ve learned a lot about it, and just why they do so many of those strange things, and now I fancy a bash.
A quick email search turned up a nearby rifle club that also has a 10-metre indoor range for rifles and pistols, and I’ve emailed them to find out just how one would go about ‘having a go’!
Of course, this has to be worked in around my Kendo classes and my cycling training (for the next few months at least!), but it’s better than sitting on my backside at home just vegging in front of the TV!
Been out a few times on the bike now, starting to make it more regular. Weekday evenings it’s a case of putting the bike in the turbo trainer and spinning away, but getting out at weekends is becoming a habit. The training program is still only calling for 1-2 hrs at a pop at the moment. Got thoroughly rained on today, but was quite happy until I got a puncture at around mile 22 or 23. As I was near home, I turned the bike round and tried to get back before it went flat (couldn’t be arsed with changing the tube in the rain…).
As it turned out, it went flat before I got home so I had to pump it up twice, and it was all but flat again when I finally got back.
I’m already finding it a little easier though, so I’m optimistic on achieving this goal, as long as I keep up with my training and don’t get idle!
The entries for next June’s ride opened on Wednesday 19th September at midday with an early bird offer. Sadly I couldn’t get to a computer at the time, what with being at work and all that, but today I’ve been to the website, filled in my application, paid my money, and dropped myself in it.
I believe it’s actually John O’Groats to Land’s End next year, rather than the other way round, but it’s still just shy of a thousand mile in nine days – truly the challenge of my life! Need to get the bit in between my teeeth now, no slacking off.
Oh blimey, what have I let myself in for?