The Olympics…

WOW!!! I was originally very down beat about the olympics
and really not very interested, I was (and still am considering all
the empty seats) annoyed about not being able to secure any tickets
for any event. That changed quickly and I am now very, very
addicted. What a great opening ceremony; I am not usually the most
patriotic person but I throughly enjoyed the opening ceremony and
it made me very excited about all the sport to come. Half-way
through and we have made excellent progress in the medals table and
currently sit 3rd, well above our great sporting rivals, Australia.
Whoop!!! I got over my lack of tickets by going to the mens cycling
road race (very disappointing) and the mens road time-trial
(amazing). I was able to combine my two favourite hobbies;
photography and cycling. Check out my photos. And in the end I have
been very lucky because later on in the Games I will also have the
opportunity to take some pupils to the mountain biking in Southend.

As you all know I am constantly thinking
about my teaching and I have seen lots and lots of opportunities to
use the Olympics in my teaching next year and am very excited to
begin again in September. My aim next year is to complete the full
year… If you are interested you can read about my take on maths
and the Olympics over at my new geeky-maths blog
So it’s been a while since I last updated you on my health,
fortunately that’s because not much has happened. There have been a
few minor mishaps but nothing too serious. My liver GVHD flared up
slightly a week ago, prompting the doctors to call me back into
hospital for weekly blood checks as opposed to monthly. That’s fine
though, I’m off school and have nothing to do so would rather they
kept a close eye on me than let things get out of hand. I am also
very emotional it seems… Maybe this is from Katie’s stem cells
but my eyes are constantly watering, or perhaps I’m just really
pleased about all the gold medals we keep winning. Did I mention we
have more than Australia? I finally went for a scan on Thursday,
the results of which will confirm whether or not the treatment for
my relapse has been successful. I had a PET scan, which is much
more detailed than a CT scan, and should show up any ‘issues’
throughout my body. After missing breakfast as I had to fast for
six hours, I arrived for my scan an hour early so that they could
inject a radioactive tracer, and allow it to travel around my body.
I was then officially radioactive for 8 hours, and had to avoid
getting too close to people, and stay away from pregnant women and
children. Hardcore. Anyway, I was then scanned for about 30 mins,
before being released. I will hopefully find out the results next
week, but it could be ages yet so I am letting the Olympics take my
mind off it all for now. Finally, while I have been enjoying the
summer holidays, my new job for the six weeks holidays is to train
train train for the Bikeathon on the 16th of September. 75 miles is
going to be a massive challenge for me and I am taking it very
seriously. I have a training plan written up (by my Sports
Director, Jo) which I am trying to follow strictly. Today I was
suppose to complete 40 miles but the olympics have turned me into a
couch potato and I couldn’t tear myself away from another golden
day but I will complete the 40 miles either tomorrow or Monday.
This will then be ramped up to 50 miles, 55 miles and so on until
September the 16th when I complete the London Bikeathon for
Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. If you watched the mens olympic
road race my route will also be taking in the sites of Box Hill and
by the time I compete I will hopefully have completed 6 attempts of
Box Hill. Please take the time to help me out and sponsor as much
as you can at. Thank
you to all that show their continued support and interest despite
my lack of blogs. Enjoy the rest of the games and be inspired, get
out and be UNSTOPPABLE!!

6 Responses to “The Olympics…”

  1. 1 Dick August 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Like the maths site but the question re squad numbers total will cause a lot of debate on the correct answer as deciding the each individual number is difficult but like the idea.

  2. 2 Grandma & Dads August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Loved the blog David I wasn’t that keen to watch the games but have got really into it keep up the good work with your training love to you both xxxx

  3. 3 Barbara August 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for the update!! πŸ™‚ we all worry when you go quiet! Also loving the Olympics and becoming shockingly patriotic towards team GB (being Irish I never thought that would happen!

    Tell me… How do you get your photos to show up as little thumbnails at the bottom? Also the sideshow a few blogs back was impressive :-). I love taking photos & am saving for a dslr camera so always want to load way more than one or two. Ta x

    • 4 daveadamson August 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      When I upload my photos I upload as many as I want and then a new tab opens up named ‘gallery’. Open this up and then there is an option to insert a gallery (the thumbnails) or a slideshow. Then just click on which ever option you want. Hope that helps. If not ask again I’ll try to improve my explanation.

      Thank you for your support as well it means a lot to me so thank you.

      • 5 Barbara September 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        it worked! πŸ™‚ Thanks

        Amazing fundraising & achievement with your cycle! Onwards & Upwards

        Remember to keep all your silent followers up to date about how you are doing we all have our fingers crossed for you


  4. 6 Mum August 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Really liked your Maths blog especially the photo maths, visual learning is very good for maths thickies like me!

    I think the olympics are turning lots of people into couch potatoes but sounds like your sports director is keeping you on track with your training!

    Good luck with Box hill today πŸ™‚

    Loads of love

    Mum xxxx

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