About Me

A journeyman trying to navigate his way through the corridors of life, like the rest of you. Being of the vintage I am, I’m mostly found looking after myself by pedalling, bending, lifting and of late, trying to give a little back to the great resource of modern human kind, the Internet.

Bikes have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved bikes, all the way from my Raleigh Grifter, Raleigh Mustang and onto the much more modern tools that I currently own which I ride to commute and to enjoy both on and off-road. Those rides get me into what I believe to be some of the most beautiful parts of the English Countryside through Surrey’s North Downs and parts of the Weald.

Music rocks my world. My music tastes range from Arctic Monkeys to X-Dream. DJing used to be a big passion, before the scene I was into slowly became less appealing to me, but for the time being I get by just listening to the awesome talent of the artists that are kicking around today.
Favourites to name a few; il:lo, GoGoPenguin, The National, System 7, Snow Patrol, Dzihan & Kamien, Aim, Jazzanova, Fink, Bonobo, Orbital, FSOL/Amorphous Androgynous, Bear’s Den.

Technology provides me with the opportunity to enjoy all of this. I work as an Information Technology Infrastructure Architect for a UK NGO. I’ve worked in technology for 25 years on and off. My current areas of focus are Microsoft Azure, IPv6 and a longing to know how to craft Python and drive Ansible.

That’s a little bit of me in a nutshell.

Peace and Out.
Paul x

2 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hey paul, How did your foot heal? I have a 5th metatarsal fracture basically in the same spot. Hasn’t healed for a year! Talk about crazy. I am very hesitant to under the knife but obviously I am going to have to sometime. 1 year is ridiculous. Anyways, I am just wondering how it healed. Did you leave the screws in there? Can you still, like, run fast or sprint? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jeff,
      I’m really sorry to hear about your fracture. 1 year must be driving you nuts. I thought three months was bad!
      My foot is 100%. I’m able to sprint sub 12sec 100m, sub 57sec 400m. The limiter is not my foot, just my strength, technique and training frequency. I’d say running fast is okay.
      Personally, due to my fitness goals, I choose not to endurance run any more despite being quite good at it. It’s not good for you if you’re not featherweight and my goal is not to be a featherweight.
      With that in mind, ANY running I do, I do with a fore/mid foot strike. I took the decision to actively no longer heel strike after the fracture as it seemed an appropriate time to make the transition. It’s also impossible to heel strike if you’re sprinting anyhow. Job done.
      Sure, the screws are still in there. I’ve taken the decision that the surgery and subsequent recovery and constant questioning of readiness and bone re-growth don’t outweigh the benefits of progressive strength training and subsequent bone density increase with screws in situ.
      If I had plates, I would have taken the decision to remove them due to the change in length of the plate with temperature changes. I always remember Barry Sheene – the Motorcycle Racer – moved to Australia to reduce the pain he experienced with all the plates expanding and contracting with the weather change in the UK.
      If you’re in the UK, or more conveniently London, I would absolutely recommend talking to Eoin at http://www.elitepodiatry.co.uk/
      My physio http://www.balancephysio.com/ looked at the x-rays even with the movement/re-break and said that he’d done a really good job. I think I’m walking proof he did.
      Best of luck Jeff. Anything else I can help you with, feel free to ask, although you’ll probably be far more expert than me after the end of your epic journey.

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