|BACK ON THE TIFOSI
I am managing to put in some good quality mileage and am hopeful that this year I will take a major step up in my fitness levels and my cycling ability.
I am working on my power and hill climbing abilities and really getting a good buzz from my riding right now.
It must all be having some effect...... as I was riding back from the BPC weekend on my fully loaded touring bike I came up behind a young guy (early twenties) fully decked out in his local club colours just as we hit a very steep hill.
The twenty something club rider stood up to attack the hill and I sailed past him still seated on my tourer, panniers and all....... as I powered past him you could almost feel his disbelief.....I just hope that I don't come up against him in a local club event this year as I think I might be a marked man.
|ANOTHER YEAR OLDER.....
I think that as we get older we tend to celebrate our birthdays less and less....certainly not as much as the youngsters anyway.
When you think about it though, the older we get the more we have to celebrate...I mean each year becomes an achievement in itself.
I reached 64 this year and I can't believe it. I don't feel like I thought I would at 64.... I feel fit and I am doing a lot of the things that I used to do fifty years ago.....I ride my bike....go camping....indeed in a lot of ways retirement allows you to live your youth all over again.
For my 14th birthday I got a new bike....it was a BSA in a beautiful two tone blue....it was the first brand new bike I had ever owned and I can remember that I spent that year talking friends into coming on cycle touring trips with me.
I travelled miles on that bike and a passion was started that year that has never really stopped. As I start my 65th year I see that I am still doing those same things......nothing has really changed at all...just the number from 14 to 64.