It has been a while since I have posted. I have really struggled to find the time during the annus horribilis that was 2018. Struggling to find the time riding was also an issue-I failed by 21 to match the 100 commuter rides of the previous 2 years and had a resultant drop in mileage. I still managed 3000miles though which is a win given that I was no longer able to ride to work 4 times a week. The family health issues that we have suffered will continue in to 2019 and the flexibility to commute that I once enjoyed has been eroded significantly. The gluttony and avarice over the festive season hit me and I added 5kg to my frame which exercising more may have mitigated.
But it ain’t all doom and gloom. $h!T happens and I am sure that someone somewhere said that it isn’t what happens to us that defines us but how we deal with it. And as Gandhi (I think) said,” we must become the change that we want to see”.
So riding wise I am still aiming high in order to be positive:
- 100 commutes for the year
- Ride 5000 miles
- Be 90kg by 31st Dec
The latter will be achieved I hope, by the former and I have broken 5000 miles in the past. I also started running which ended in week 6 of the couch to 5k with a strained calf. I am no longer bothered by achieving a specific distance but have a dog and a wife and son who enjoy running is a great incentive.
My first commute of the year was last Thursday. It was cold and such was the mild winter, was the first ride in tights. My perineum has become used to the mid range bib shorts that I purchased in the spring so riding in these low end tights was like sitting on needles. Needless to say, I have ordered better ones on the cycle to work scheme and hope to be riding comfortably in a couple of weeks. Because it was cold, I took the short route of 12 miles. The novelty of riding in the cold has worn off. I have limited myself to a real feel of -3°C (about 27°F) if I am going to do a ride to work this winter.
The ride back was a novelty. I organised with one of my colleagues, Holly to ride back with her. She lives sort of on the way home, it was going to be slightly less cold and the extra distance from the detour would make up for the shorter morning route. She started commuting last year and now that she has a new bike, has been more regular. Her speed is slower but that isn’t a bad thing – it gave us time to chat along the dark country lanes about work, the off road routes that we both ride. Company. Now that is something that I am not used to on a bike ride. It’s fun and reduced the temperature to white noise, always there but no real bother.
After 10miles we departed and I pedalled faster until I got to the Flitch when I slowed down to spin out the last 2miles, singing out loudly to the R.E.M. ear worm. Except that I replaced the title with Nightspinning.
1 ride done, 99 to go…