Saturday, 1 January 2011
No cycling - that's what it says and that is precisely what I have ( or haven't ) been doing over the lead up to Christmas and over the holiday period itself.
Due to the bad weather (snow) that was in the photographs on my last posting there was no way that I could ride any of my bikes. What I need is a bike designed for use in the snow- something like a Surly Pugsley. However despite me requesting that Father Christmas deliver one as he was passing by on his annual duties a Pugsley didn't materialise- perhaps next Christmas eh ?
Looking back on 2010 I seemed to have done a lot of 'no cycling'. Checking out my stats the total mileage rode last year was a poor 3026 miles. Most of this was due to the Consultant telling me not to ride for so much of the year and during the period of my radiotherapy and other treatments making it imposible to even think about getting on any of my bikes. Still my bike mileage was a lot higher than the distance I managed to cover in my car - that was only 1087 miles. Now in my book that represents a bit of an achievement. Covering almost three times the distance on my bikes than the distance driven in my car is the right kind of 'green' balance that I like to have and also as I managed it with a bit of a cancer fight on my hands - but then I do enjoy a bit of a challenge.
Looking ahead - my plans mean that I will achieve about half of this years total mileage in just 15 days of riding the 'Rock to the UK' in September (approx 1500miles) then if you add in a couple of short touring trips (approx 800 miles) plus 3 or 4 sportives (approx 350 miles) and we are already looking at 2650 miles in total. By the time I include all my weekly training mileage and social rides and fun rides I should end the year with a much better cycling total than I have just finished this past year with..
It's my intention to get back into my proper training programme starting 4th January with the first goal of burning off the 5lbs of extra fat that I have put on over the festive period. Once that is achieved I will be working hard at improving my hill climbing and endurance/distance capabilities as well as working on my descending techniques.
This coming year I plan on doing a number of backpacking trips again - it seems ages since I managed to do any proper walking and camping so that is certainly on my year planner as a 'must do' activity.
I find following other peoples blogs gives me such an incentive to get out there and 'do' things as well as a great source of information and entertainment. I have also found your comments on this blog to be a great inspiration to me- particularly when I was going through some very dark times health wise.To all of you out there in the blogosphere I would like to say a big THANK YOU !! HAVE A TRULY GREAT 2011 !!