22 May 2009

Back to work

Dear reader

I have cycled into work & home again the last couple of days & the weather has been fantastic.  It's a long time since I have cycled both ways after working a twelve hour day & it's tiring to say the least!!

My injuries you will be pleased to know are healing well, Carol has accused me of being a big girls blouse & I'm disappointed, but I suppose when you leave the NHS & now work in the private sector then you don't have the be sympathetic anymore???

We are nearly in June & nearly every weekend I will doing some form of cycling event, Norwich 100 miler, London to Oxford, London to Southend, Great Kent Ride etc... I'll do my best not to get unseated & stay on the bike!!

18 May 2009

Ouch part 2

Carol is now back from her parents & has dressed all my wounds, it's always good to marry a nurse, you never know when they will come in handy!!

My elbow

Road rash is all the rage!

A very sore cheek!!

17 May 2009

I can fly, I can fly oh bugger no I can't

Many many years ago when the world was at war a famous soldier (note not poet) wrote a poem about death.  It is some corner of a foreign field & tells of a soldiers thoughts should he die in Flanders Fields & that were he is buried will ever be a part of England. (see bottom of post for full poem).  I was reminded of this poem today when I came off at about 25mph after being unseated when my chain came off.  I went over the handlebars & for a brief nano second I thought I could fly.  This was dispelled just before I landed on the road & slid to a standstill on my knee, elbow & hip.  Good news nothing is broken (bike included), but I do have some serious road rash.  There is a road in Hertfordshire that will ever be me as the skin from my knee & elbow are there!!  I got back on & cycled another 20 miles through some torrential rain.  Good thing it washed nearly all the blood away!!

The chain that I put on, which was too long & I had shortened is now apparently too short so I will be taking the bike to a different cycle shop to get them to fix it tomorrow. I may spin tomorrow morning depending how my injuries are.   I have enclosed a few picture & will add some more when the bruising comes out!!

I'm now off to try & sleep, got a feeling it's going to be a disturbed nights sleep!

Being treated by St Johns Ambulance

I make an awful fuss!!

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blessed by the suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

In hearts a peace, under an English heaven

15 May 2009

This weekend

This weekend I will be starting on many Sunday cycle rides around various locations in the South East.  Sunday is the turn of St Albans, which some of your might remember I did this last year.  Nikki & I are again doing the 50 miles & looking at the weather forecast it will be weather we are used too!!!  At least the rain should keep us cool?

Still waiting for my work bike to be repaired.  Since the credit crunch my local cycle shop have been inundated with people getting their old bikes out of the shed to be serviced.  This is annoying as I want my work bike to cycle to work on

Watch out for pictures from Sunday!

8 May 2009

Buggered back wheel

Dear all

In an effort to again put some added momentum into my training I was planning to cycle to work every day from tomorrow, just been out & pumped up my rear tyres & was generally checking the bike before going to bed  & I noticed that the rear wheel was slightly buckled.  On closer examination I have broken some of the rear spokes, so I will have to put this into the menders on Monday when I am off next.  Bugger is on the only word I can think of that sums this up!!

Less than 3 months to go!