Thursday, 17 November 2011

CATCHING THE FERRY AGAIN.......

OUT ON THE FERRY AGAIN.........
This week we have been having a run of quite mild and mainly dry weather. This has enabled me to catch the ferry every day for a ride in the Purbecks. So far I have completed 180+ miles and if I can get at least one other ride in before the end of the week it will mean that I will be able to complete a reasonable total mileage for this third week of November. 


The bike (Tifosi) has been running really well and after fitting the 105 groupset a couple of weeks ago it has not needed any further adjustments at all. The new gold chain has attracted the interest of a number of other riders, but then that is what good bike bling is all about.


As well as the bike running well ..apparently I am running well too. 
At this time of year I have a number of medical tests. I have just had my six monthly cancer checkout at the hospital and I was told that the cancer has not returned, so I should be OK until the next check in May next year. In a couple of weeks time I will be having an annual scan to measure an aorta aneurysm and assuming that has not got any larger I can just concentrate on continuing to improve my fitness.


I am currently achieving the fastest times over the Purbecks training loop that I have ever done and I feel a lot stronger on the steepest of gradients. I can only put this down to my overall mileage for the year so far.  If I can maintain a consistent weekly mileage over most of the winter period I am hoping that I will be at a good solid level of fitness for the Spring Sportives.


Currently nearly all my riding is being done solo, although I do meet up with various other riders out on the loop. Most of the guys I meet up with tend to be retired the same as myself....I suppose that we are the only ones who have the free time to go out on the bike whenever the weather changes for the better.
If  the weather looks good tomorrow  I will be catching the ferry again..........

7 comments:

Tracy W said...

Congratulations on both your checkups and your fitness level. As a working stiff who often can only dream of riding on a nice day, I'm jealous and counting down to those days myself.

Only four more years....sigh!

MrDaveyGie said...

Here's hoping you just keep improving. Oh, and I think I am going for the 'gold' on my next chain now. :-)

Steve A said...

Wait a second. I've seen Trevor pictures, and they don't look like a retired guy. Has he secretly gotten a recumbent and started playing word games with us?

John Romeo Alpha said...

It is indeed the burden of the working cyclist to have to glance out the window, notice a bright sunny and mild day, and yet have to turn and apply the nose against the grindstone instead of doing the needful and heading out on a long ride.

Trevor said...

*Tracy W*
I'm sure those four years will fly by and then total freedom will be yours.

*MrDaveyGie*
The gold chain will bring a touch of class to any bike...a good decision.

*Steve A*
Retired I am Steve...has been just over two & a half years now...64 next birthday. However I can assure you that I have not bought a recumbent quite yet......

*John Romeo Alpha*
I can remember those days only too well.....

Gail said...

You are an inspiration to us all!

Trevor said...

*Gail*
Thanks for that kind comment Gail..