Friday, 21 December 2012

.........at Christmas

Well here we are almost at Christmas......just a few more days to go. 
Over these past few days we seem to have had the rains return. 
Looking back on the year it seems that we have been blighted with heavy rain since about Easter. It certainly played it's part in holding me back on achieving some of the cycling objectives that I had set myself at the start of the year... 

I think that I was pretty lucky reaching my mileage target when I did....since then my cycling has been restricted quite a bit by some pretty awful weather. 
To be honest...the mileage target is about all I did achieve in cycling terms over the year..that and the ride from Edinburgh back to the South Coast that I completed in June with JD. 
There were a couple of short cycle camping trips thrown in the mix as well but nothing that I could really feel proud of...or feel that I had actually achieved something by doing.

Looking at the weather forecast for the upcoming Christmas break it doesn't look as if I will be adding too many more miles to my overall mileage. 
I am just glad that I decided not to push on once I achieved the 10,000 miles and try for 12,000 miles.....I can't deny that the thought did cross my mind...
Given the time that I had in hand, it was certainly within the realms of possibility for me, but with the deteriorating weather and with the benefit of hindsight that I now have I can see that I made the right decision. 

One thing that I will say is that I won't be attempting it again next year.....
However I am happy that I managed to do it once! 
It is now two years since my cancer treatment and I am really pleased to see that my total mileage since then now tops out at just over 20,000 miles. 
If nothing else it proves that being given a diagnosis of cancer needn't mean a death sentence and I hope that my cycling in some small way can give others facing cancer treatment some positive hope..... 

Without the commitment of a year long mileage target to attempt next year means that I can spend more time on cycle camping/touring...sportives...and multi day stage events such as the 10 countries in 10 days ride which I am planning to do next June..... 
I really love cycling and everything to do with it and I look forward to sharing my cycling adventures with you all again next year..... in the meantime I would like to wish you all :-



              A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND 

                          A HAPPY NEW YEAR


The Purpletraveller Blog will be back again in 2013

9 comments:

Steve A said...

A lot of us really love the way you share your adventures. I may cycle camp myself some day.

Flexirun said...

Hey! Nice! Wonderful to read the blog. Inspiring and interesting. Hope You stay healthy and I think that Your love to bicycling is one of the spirits! Yesterday me and my oldest daughter ran 5,53 mi together in 14F and lot of snow. It was bright stars and I felt happy. 1st June I will run with her on her first marathon in Stockholm! Take care out on the roads and be as safe You can! Great X-mas and a Happy New Year too :-) Perhaps Easy, Light and Smooth goes for bikers too ;-) /Flexirun

MrDaveyGie said...

Excellant post, many many more miles to you Trevor.

Colleen said...

Merry Christmas to you Trevor! I wish you all the cycling and touring that you desire in the coming year. Thanks, too, for reading my blog. I always enjoy your comments.

Colleen

Dan O said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Trevor. Wishing you many happy pedaling miles for the year ahead.

rlove2bike said...

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family Trevor. Thanks for taking us along on your journeys. Most enjoyable.

Thanks for the post!
RL

Chandra said...

Your Statistics are awesome, but your outlook and attitude are even better.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, Trevor.

Peace :)

Betty Manousos said...

wishing you and yours a very merry christmas!!

Trevor Woodford said...

*Steve A* *Flexirun* *Mr DaveyGie*
*Colleen* *Dan O* *rlove2bike*
*Chandra* *Betty Manousos*

Thanks a lot to each of you for you kind comments and seasons greetings. I trust that the upcoming year is everything that you wish it to be....