|A five minute break at the golf course|
Should I go for the Felt or the Tifosi which has the the added benefit of mudguards just in case I got caught in a heavy downpour.
As it was I elected to ride the Felt and luck must have been on my side because I got away with it, no rain and no streaky line up my back.
On the route I rode today, one of my favourite places to stop is at a golf course, just where a small stile takes a footpath across the links.
I stood by the gap in the hedge chewing on an energy bar and watching a couple of golfers chipping in on the nearest green.
As I did so it crossed my mind that I must be fairly close to the 9,000 mile mark for the year.
I checked the Garmin, did a quick mental calculation and yes...I had just passed the 9k for the year so far.
It was only a few months ago that I posted on this blog how I was getting a bit fed up with all the bad weather and the effect it was having on my silly attempt to reach 10,000 miles total for 2012.
I told you how I was fed up with riding in the rain and was seriously considering if I should continue with the commitment, to what is after all only a number.
Well I am really glad that I managed to stick with it.
It's now just under three months to go till the end of the year and I now have less than one thousand miles to ride in order to achieve the magic 10k.
When I was ill and undergoing radiotherapy treatment I made a list of things that I would like to do if I managed to get over the cancer....
A ride back from Gibraltar was one of the things on the list and I achieved that last year.
I had hoped that I would have achieved the ten thousand miles in the same year but unfortunately I missed it by about six hundred and fifty miles.
This year with a bit of luck I hope to tick this one off too.
After the two golfers had tapped their little white balls down the hole I climbed back on my bike and continued with my ride.
My brain was still in calculation mode because I couldn't help but keep thinking about the three months left and my average mileage so far this year.
I kept calculating on the possibility of reaching an additional 2,000 miles making 12,000 miles by the year end...
Why am I like this?....Why can't I just be satisfied?...Why do I have to keep thinking of resetting the target?... I really was getting annoyed with myself....
I got back home, put the Felt away and had a shower.
I made myself a cup of coffee and looked out of my window across to the Isle of Wight and as I did so the heavens opened...
The rain came down hard and I do mean hard!!
As I looked at the rain I was reminded in no uncertain terms why 10,000 miles will be a perfectly good enough figure for my mileage target...........Who needs the extra 2,000 miles?....
In this rain I don't!
(NB:My mileage counter will be updated as usual at the weekend)