Strange week this one, its kind of like the straw that broke the camels back.
On the face of it the year is going amazingly well, I am cycling furher each week/month than I have ever done before, 90% of my rides are now done at an average speed of over 16.5Mph , Heck, this week I managed to average 25.5Mph over a mile , though it was a wee bit down hill, so I wont claim it. I am at my lightest weight since I was about 10 years old, I am fitter, stronger and happier than ever.
So what’s the problem ?
Mr Under Pants Call Out:
Well, last week, I was called out by some Underpants for jumping 2 red lights, this behaviour is unacceptable and one I ask NO ONE to follow my lead on doing, I am NOT in the habit of doing it, it was a stupid thing to do, there were reasons (Not excuses) behind it, but at the end of the day, after 87.000 hits here, I need to realise that people out there on the roads MIGHT just recognise me & if I am not doing anything wrong then its not an issue, but sod’s law states that when I did do something out of charter , I was see. Now I could have made the comments by Mr Underpants Vanish, but I didn’t, I think that shows that I know it was a mistake and that I will learn from it, if I did it all the time, then surly I could have just deleted the comment ?
I left work early Thursday, feeling rough as a bears behind, It was warm but I was in a coat, long sleeve jersey and lycra pants. I was motoring along at a good 20 Mph when a pedestrian stepped out , now I would have been in my rights to have swerved round her and it was safe to do, but thinking about what Mr Under Pants had said the day before, I didn’t, I braked, REALLY hard …I kept it together, and stopped in time, the pedestrian didn’t acknowledge I was even there, it was at this point I knew something was wrong…………..I had forgotten to unclip my SPD’s , ARGHHHHHH I toppled over to my left, where about 30 people were stood away from me but all looking in my direction.
I jumped up, trying to laugh it off, I had my MP3 player on but still heard a chorus of laughter , I went round the corner and consoled myself , before heading home, still managed to average 16mph, even with a bloody knee :-)
Then, who can forget the maiden commuting voyage of my Chi-Done, I’d made it to within half a mile of work when the traffic conspired against me and I ended up, glancing the back of a car and ending up on the deck again.
and to compound things further I failed to hit one of my weekly goals a few weeks back for the first time since last summer (the goal was 120 miles commuted in 5 days)
So, its been a hard year, like I say, I am super quick, super fit, slimmer than ever and enjoying cycling more than I have ever done in the past.
What it has shown me is,I have been bloody lucky in the past 2 years, I have also been lucky in the past few weeks with the accidents, I will learn from this, like I learn from all the other mistakes I have ever made in my life, its not killed me, so mentally it WILL make me MUCH stronger.
Friday Morning, I was SOOOO ready for it:
Oh yeah, I have also moved offices, I poped out to get a drink of milk, seems we moved to where Shameless used to be filmed (and based upon)
Till next time, Stay SAFE, Ride HARD
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