Ever notice that when you are down, life tries to make it hard to get back up again? That is exactly how I feel. We were just getting back on an even keel, the wife is working and enjoying her job and even better her job likes her. I had got the lounge finally decorated, the new carpet had been laid, a new fish tank had been purchased (not yet setup), a new book shelf is on order. Sure there is still lots to do but at least we could see a path and we could plan our route along that path, but then the father in-law was admitted to hospital. Don’t get me wrong it is not his fault, he is 85 and has always been active. He has been ill for a few weeks but when the hospital phone you at 9-30 on a Friday night and tell you they are concerned about a blood test you did the day before and they are sending a doctor out to you now, you know it is not going to be good. The doctor arrived and agreed to admit him to hospital, 1:30am the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital, I eventually got to bed at 4am having taken the family to the hospital and then back to their relevant homes. Nine day later we are still visiting him in hospital, he has good days and he has bad days but he is getting the attention and treatment he needs.
On the weight\slimming front, well I don’t know as I have not been for the last couple of weeks (due to hospital visit commitments). Last time I went to weigh-in I was totally dishearten, another gain, to make matters worse I have had to go back on the medication for my knee (I finished the course the same weekend as the Tazz ride, previous post), so I have to do something, ignoring and doing nothing is not an option but what I am not sure what.
I am still suffering from a lack of enthuiasism at the moment when it comes to going for a ride. It seems as though if I have a planned ride, like the Tazz ride or the ride I did at Swinley Forest with a mate I am up for this and ready to go. I want to ride, a Saturday or Sunday morning ride and I am struggling to get up and go. But if I do make it on a Saturday or Sunday ride, I enjoy the ride, it is not that I don’t enjoy the ride be it local or somewhere new I do, I just cant find my “get up and go”. I managed it this morning but I could of so easily turned over and gone back to sleep. I am intending to go out again tomorrow morning but I have to clear that hurdle of getting out of bed first.
I did mange an evening ride a week or so ago, went out with the intention of practising my hill climbing, there is a long drag over the local heath which I was intending to try to clear. Well not content with clearing it once, I was so shocked I went round the heath a and up the long drag and cleared it a second time, went home feeling very happy with myself even if two lycra clad whippets shot up the hill past me faster than I ride on the flat!!
This morning ride was a beach loop, it is only a short ride but has a mix of uphill climbs and downhill bit as well and a bit of road riding (to join all the bits up). I got up and left in sunshine, by the time I got to the beach it was dull and overcast with dark clouds looming, by the time I got home it was sunny again. When I got to the beach there seemed to be some form of triathlon going on, lots of people walking a round in wet suits with number on, I left them to it.
The picture was taken from near Bournemouth Pier (sorry about the quality, when I got home I found the lense on the phone was filthy). The hills in the distance are the Purbeck Hills, the small white blob is the Barfleur cross channel ferry heading for France. My knee held up for the ride, unfortunately by the time I was a couple of roads from home I was starting to get the tell tell feeling in my right calf of impending cramp, this is despite drinking water and an electrolyte drink during the ride.
Next weekend I am off on my travels, 12 month ago I did the same trip and got the phone call Saturday morning telling me water was coming through our bedroom ceiling, so had to return all the way home from Preston. Hopefully we wont have any problems this year.
Finally I will end with something a little less main stream
New year is normally a time for forgetting the past and making a fresh start, unfortunately in my case I think somebody forgot to tell life that we were starting over for the new year. For the last two weeks I have been laid up with one of those cold\virus things doing the rounds. I blame my son has he brought it home from school and spent a week off school. Then it was my turn and spent 4 days laid low with the bug, apart from the sore throat, headache, felling hot and cold, this bug came with the added bonus of dizzy spells when you stood up or moved around. Having spent 5 days at home I was getting cabin fever so as the wife wanted to do some shopping I felt a trip to Sainsbury’s would be a good idea to get some fresh air. So we drove to Sainsbury’s, by the time I had walked from the car park to the entrance I was holding onto the wall to keep me up, the world was spinning, it was like being drunk without the drinking, not nice. Fortunately I am over the worst of it, still a slight sore throat but at least the spinning has stopped
Having the cold\virus meant I have not done any riding for two week and we have not started the decorating of the lounge yet which is now two weeks behind schedule. Apparently the new carpet is now at the shop ready to be delivered and laid, think it might be there for a couple of week more yet.
I have joined up to Slimming World again, I had to delay it a week due to having the cold and virus but attended a meeting this past Tuesday. I will openly admit I was nervous about getting on the scales, it was not as bad as I had expected but it was still not a healthy weight which ever way you look at it. My increased weight has caused inflammation in my left knee, I am now on a course of anti inflammatory pills to calm it down while I get on with losing weight again.
In all this bad news we have had a couple of bits of good news, The other week the wife says we have won a tenner on the lottery, so she goes to collect our winning and got the shock of her life when the girl behind the desk handed her £64, we actually had four numbers on one line. The other good news is that the insurance company has paid out for the fish tank and the cabinet which caused the flood, just need to get the lounge redecorated, carpet laid and then I can think about getting a replacement tank.
I was checking my cycling helmet out the other day and noticed the state of the foam pads in the helmet, they were gross (think 18 months of sweaty dirty head). So I contacted the UK importer and asked if replacements were available. They replied with a part number and stated that I would need to order the replacement from an approved shop. So I contact a local shop and was informed that the parts were currently on back order………………………………………..June 2013!! Funny how I found a new helmet on special offer on the Internet that same day!!
Well a bit of music to end with Lacuna Coil, only found out about these guys a couple of days ago and have not stopped listening to them since.
No they are not the words from My Way sung by big Frank (and many other) close but no cigar as they say.
Things have looked up a little since my last post, I have managed to sale my camera gear which I have had up for sale for about 18 months but never really pushing the point of selling the gear. I decided that it was just sat there doing nothing other than going down in value so I decided to take a hit on the price I wanted and let it go. I just hated seeing it sat there no being used. The money will certainly help Christmas along and my hardtail bike (the Cannondale) will benefit from a new drive train components.
Feeling sorry for myself on Friday after being informed by a friend he had won a prize in a competition (a decent one at that) I hoped that looking through my old e-mails would reveal an e-mail I had missed informing I had won something, I even looked in the spam folder and to my surprise there was an e-mail in my spam folder telling I had won a prize!! It was one of those online advent calendar type competition, the e-mail had been send out on the 15th and I only found it on the 20th. I won a JD Bug scooter, one of those aluminium things you see the kids scooting around on. My son was most impressed as it meant he got an early Christmas present.
I have only been out for a ride the once since my last blog, I did a short Throop loop just for the mileage count, it was nothing exciting. Felt fairly wiped out when I had finished. I fitted two new mud tyre to the bike (Michelin Country Mud) when I got back, they are very cheap at £8.99 per tyre which is cheaper than they were 2 years ago when they were £10 per tyre. Although cheap they are a very good mud tyre.
Been giving the comments I made in my last blog about weight issues a lot of thought, if nothing else the knee pain I am now suffering should be enough to encourage me to get my weight issues sorted, or at least you would think it should. My intention at this time is to enjoy Christmas and new year, not go mad with food or drink (not that I do with drink, last alcohol I had was the end of August) and from the 2nd January start to get it sorted. Sound easy doesn’t it, only time will tell.
I watched a program that I had recorded which was on BBC 4 about the Slade (glam rock band), it is only as they go through all the songs they recorded that you remember all the songs you had forgotten all about. With it being so close to Christmas it would be to easy to put a “Merry Christmas Everybody” video up, I am pretty sure you have probably heard it enough while you have been out shopping. So I am not going to go down that route, instead here is one of my favourites. The video is old and grainy but if you are off that age, play the video and close your eyes and I bet you will start thinking of things you were doing as a teenager………
Merry Christmas one and all