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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 !!


Alan Sloman said...

There's nothing like a man with a plan! Good luck this year, Trevor.

SmallAdventures said...

your 'poor' mileage for 2010, is double mine!

limom said...

Sounds like a busy year!
Have a great one!
Oh, and your poor mileage beat my poor mileage.

J_on_tour said...

I never ever thought that when I signed up for blogger in June that i would be following a cycling blog ! But the variety of interest you have in everyone else, your courage and determination to fight this is inspirational to us all. Here's hoping that things go well for you this year, all the best, J (a front line health worker at the "sharp" end)

jeff said...

Sounds like a plan. Good luck and Happy New Year!

MrDaveyGie said...

Looks like your headed from great bicycling. Biking three times more the car riding, very excellant. Good job.

MELI. said...

it is always good to take a break. Im going on my road bike's first ride since aug last year +looking forward to it. happy new year!

TrevorW�� said...

Thanks Alan - if my memory serves me right you are a man that has a plan or two..!

We can all work on our mileage together this year.

*J *
Hopefully this year I will be able to post more about Walking Backpacking & Camping etc as well as the cycling.
Thank you for your very kind words and thank you also for doing the job that you do. It's because of people such as yourself that I am still able to make plans for the future.

Thanks for your comments and I wish the same for you.

TrevorW�� said...

Happy New Year to you too, Meli.
Enjoy your road bike riding..! I look forward to reading about it.

mrbill said...

Hello Trevor, I'm new here but I plan on checking in on you to see how things are on the Continent. Sounds like you have a big year planned, hope it all works out well.

Traveling Hawk said...

Strong resolutions you have for this year! May they all come true!

Happy New Year, Trevor, from Romania!

Kenneth Larsson said...

Happy New Year Trevor! :-)

Greetings from Sweden!

Steve A said...

I hope that we'll see a year filled with improving health and vigor in 2011!

Carlos Ribeiro said...

A Happy 2011 with very healthy for you!

NikonSniper said...

happy new year trevor. may God bless you and your family in 2011.
nikonsniper steve

Melody Fox (aka the Princess of Rock) said...

hi there dear *Purple traveller*...I was reading your *adventures* (and *disadventures*) of life...and, right now, I have tears in my eyes. May those dark moments become filled with light and positive energy (also thanks to my little comments), even though we have just *met* recently.

May you walk in sunshine...with miles and miles to go! (;o)*

the Princess of Rock sends you positive musical vibes d(*_*)b

Love Peace Music

(p.s.: before viewing your page, I wrote something on my blog, in response to your comment)

Anonymous said...

Trevor, thank you very very much for your wonderful wishes and fantastic words. I really apreciate them and they draw a smile in my mouth. I wish you also the best for this 2011 and may you fulfill absolutely and i mean absolutely all of your wishes and even more.
My best regards for you and yes, have a truly great 2011!!!

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