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"Well that was interesting" - That was my facebook and twitter response on Stirling Weather to being caught up in the heavy rainfall on Monday evening (24 June 2019). A tweet and phrase I came to slightly regret saying after seeing and realising the damage the rainfall and subsequent floods brought to some businesses and homes in parts of Stirling.
While "it was interesting" to be out and about during our worst flooding in many years it certainly is not how those who's properties have been affected by the water damage will feel.
But as the week progressed the word "interesting" could again be used to describe our weeks weather in Stirling.
Some of our Stirling Electrical team are just back from working in Rothesay installing new external LED lighting.
Out trip to the Isle of Bute was to replace near 20 year old metal halide fittings which had lasted well in the west coast sea air, but the time had come to replace them.
So it was 'in with the new' LED lights which will be now be lighting up our customers building.
So in one week I will take part in the Stirling marathon, or as its been branded this year the Great Stirling Run. The event is now in its 3rd year and it's a scenic marathon starting and finishing in the City of Stirling while taking in the surrounding rolling countryside to the north of the city, passing through small towns such as Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan where the locals come out in force to support the runners.
Now let me be honest from the beginning, I am no running expert, while I was actively fit playing football at a reasonably competitive youth level up until my late teens, for the next 16-17 years I let myself go, fed up with sport, giving no thought to exercising or what I was eating, I was just being consumed with work and business and as my business developed and grew and I became more office based instead of doing physical work my weight ballooned.
90 days ago as part of one of my 'Fun' goals to achieve in this quarter I said I wanted to have a go at Ice Skating.
Not once before had I tried it in my life.
Today I hit my target.
But after the first 10 minutes on the ice I was tapping out.
I couldn't move forward, I couldn't move away from holding onto the side.
I was finished.
After standing at the side for a few minutes and after a good few deep breaths I quickly threw that 'finished' story out of my head.
Back on the ice, I was re-focussed.
What I hadn't realised before was that I had about a hundred teachers all around me.
I stood and watched, I took in how they moved on the ice, how they balanced.
I stood and watched how they flicked their feet and the motions they made.
Ok, lets go again then I said to myself.
Slowly and uneasily...I managed to move forward and I moved away from the side.
Around and around the rink I went.
I stopped at times, I rested, I looked at others again to learn more.
I was now moving faster, I was feeling more comfortable - it also helped that I had tightened my boots.
Around and around the rink I went......thud.
The more comfortable I felt with the level I was at the faster I pushed myself.
But this created a new challenge - it was now time to fall down.
As my confidence grew, I wanted to expand, I wanted to move faster, I wanted to be more graceful.
But that brings with it new challenges.
Thud, Thud, Thud....it's bloody sore falling on hard ice, that's something else I've learned as well today.
90 minutes later, sweating (how can that be in an ice rink) I was skating and still falling over but where I had came from to where I was now in the space of 90 minutes was massive.
From, wanting to quit after 10 minutes, to simply changing the story in my head that ice skating was too difficult and I couldnt do it, to watching and learning from others around me.
From falling down, bruised and sore, I got back up and tried and tried again.
Dancing on Ice is a long way off, infact skating for more than 2 minutes without falling on my arse will still take many more hours to achieve.
But funny how the above is just like all the things we achieve in life.
From fear and dread to begin with, to taking small steps, making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to eventual improvement and success as long as we persevere and put in the hard work.
I dread to think what my next 90 day 'fun' goal will be.
My new podcast is now available where I will discuss business, fitness and family.
Hopefully I will provide some words of wisdom along the way.
The podcast is available to listen and subscribe to on a host of popular platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Full details are on my new podcast page.
A new www.stirlingweather.co.uk record high temperature of 32.3ºC was recorded on Thursday 28th June 2018.
Our previous high temperature was 29.0ºC in July 2013.
The highest all time recorded temperature in Scotland is 32.9ºC set in the Scottish Borders in 2003.
Congratulations Loch Katrine on the official opening of the new Eco Camp.
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