I’ve taken a break from writing so far this year, mainly because I haven’t been doing the bike commute. And that’s because it’s cold, wet and work is getting in the way of things, unsurprising since the British Mutant has paid a visit to my corner of the UK. Unfortunately the BM celebrated Christmas by running rampant among people who decided to travel and visit family, hitching a ride so that it could spread its misery throughout the land. Also, I’ve been making use of my riding down time to get a lot of painting and decorating done in the new home. There’s not much else to do.
2020. A unique number for a unique year. Unlike some others, I tend to take a while to reflect and it has taken me a while to collect my thoughts and put them down in some sort of logical sequence. At the moment, 2021 feels much the same so here’s 10 numbers from 2020 (+ some others).
- Lock down 1.0 in the Spring. Only one form of exercise per day allowed and only key workers allowed to travel. With the weather warming up and the roads nearly empty for rush hour, my days were filled with bike riding to and from work as well as any excuse for an errand to rid the monotony of being locked in when not at work.
- …months running of riding > 1,000km per month, June and July. A B2W PB
- …times I had to isolate due to a close contact Track & Trace (yes, it actually worked) or awaiting immediate family members’ test result. May, October and November. That’s one for each lock down.
- …of us for Christmas dinner. I liked it not having to go to relations on Christmas Eve and the in-laws of Boxing day and trying to fit Christmas Mass somewhere else in between. Things were less rushed, more relaxed. We made of it what we could.
- …thousand miles of bike riding.
- …punctures on my 29er in November. I’m still waiting for my winter tyres which will be in stock in February. Only 5 months too late.
- …hundred km dog walking. It was more but I just couldn’t be bothered to switch the app on sometimes. Also 7 months since we were told that we would be working in a new building by the end of October 2020.
- …more rooms to paint in our new house*. I got fired up in December and painted 2 bathrooms and an office before taking a break.
- Through March/April/May, I managed to avoid using the van much. Which meant that the £25 worth of petrol that I put in it at the end of March lasted 9 weeks.
- …kg more than what I should be. Even riding a lot did not compensate for my poor diet and alcohol excess. At my age, doing nothing is not something I can no longer do (or not do). I’ve listened to my body and made changes to my eating habits, jumped back on the wagon but not really done that much exercise. Apart from the regular doggie walks and a few short bike errands that is…
Now that I’ve figured out how to work this frustrating WP block editor thingy, some other numbers of note for 2020.
19…th October. The day that Charlie died. After 16 years with us, it was sad but we were relieved that he was suffering no longer.
50. …km climbed on my bike. That’s stratospheric-who said that Essex is flat?
457… bike rides in 2020. 125% committed to bike riding. At the moment I’m less than 50% committed because of cold and wet.
3,500…miles driven in the van, about half as many as usual.
* I’ve had a productive January filled will annual leave days that I have to take by April before losing them. At time of writing, I’ve finished the kitchen and another 2 bathrooms, so there are now only another 5 rooms to go, plus the big one, the hallway and 2 flights of stairs. Big, because there’s a lot of woodwork to sand and paint. This will be last, once the walls are repaired and skimmed before it’s warm enough to tackle the garden and paint the garage. It’s fair to say that 2021 won’t be another 5,000mile year on the bike but I’m OK with that. As long as I get out on it regularly and enjoy it.
London. Christmas day 2019 on the top. On the bottom, April 2020; 3 weeks into Lockdown 1.0