What a wonderful poem Mr Kipling! This so resonates with my recent experiences – family disputes, financial woes, business¬†relationships, children’s education, etc. I have had my fair quota of challenges and I have had my doubts but I have faced them head on and I still remain the same person despite the battles or perhaps I am more stronger and resolute because of it. Keep your head!

IF you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,

if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


Hero to Zero

The date of my last post was also the date of my last ride! Hard to believe that after 3 months of solid riding that it just came to a blinding halt. The weather through September was superb too! So, time to take stock of this inactivity and reasons why. I went out for my first road ride yesterday up to Woodbury Common and back and pretty straight forward. I’ve also done a couple of easy rides to Turf Locks and back on my mountain bike. My goal to get to a physical shape of a much younger person by the time I reach 50 still remains.


Why did I suddenly just stop? There was an element of letting the body rest for a week but not a whole month. It must have its roots in motivation. There is an underlying feeling of age creeping up on me and not being be able to stop its inevitable effects but there is part of me that wishes to stand up to this inevitability and do something about it. Yes, it is easy to just throw in the towel and resort to a much less energetic lifestyle. But, this simply won’t do not for me or for my family. I must find a way of overcoming my inertia and it must come down to my will – my will to get myself in shape and then to keep myself in shape. There is no other alternative.

Therefore, I have decided to focus on accumulating as many cycling miles as I can muster over the next few months. Attention on cadence or interval training can be revisited in spring. My main priority is to get out on the bike and to enjoy it and to do as many miles as possible.