Tearing Chunks Out Of 1k

November has whizzed by and I am delighted to have recorded 333 bicycle miles, the most miles I have ever done in a month. There are other records too, most miles in a week, most climbs, longest rides, etc, etc. All in all a very good month. Towards the end of the month I did my first ever 50 miler – I followed this up with my first ever venture into Dartmoor. Yep, pretty good going. I am now nursing a cold but desperate to get back on the bike.

My target is to cycle 1000 miles by the end of January and as RunKeeper reliably informs me I am a third of the way along to achieving that goal. A typical week now involves 3 rides, two x 3 hour plus and one x 2 hour ride. The weather is getting colder but with my new gear ( Helly Hansen base layers, Gore shell jacket, and overshoes) it is no problem. The aches and pains begin after about 3 hours but I console myself with the fact that most riders suffer some discomfort after 3 hours and when I get my next bike which will have a carbon frame and be built for more comfort and longer sportive-type riding then the aches and pains will start to reside somewhat.

Yes, the positives from November will spur me on through December and January. I am already set  to rejoin the gym to build strength and definition in my core and upper body. More muscle, higher metabolic rate, more calories burnt, less fat, better physique, stronger faster riding, the positives keep rolling on. The other thing I want to do is try out a group bike ride. I’ll check out one of the local bike clubs to see if a ride can be sorted out.


Living for loving or for liking, what’s it to be?

I really picked up on this article today from Jessica Valenti in The Nation

When we adjust our behavior to be more likable — withholding our most deeply held opinions so as not to offend, agonizing over every bit of negative feedback, eventually “tempering our thoughts” as well as our words — we stunt our selves, our careers, our impact in the world. “The truth is that we don’t need everyone to like us,” she writes, “We need a few people to love us.”

I’ll give Valenti the last word: “Yes, the more successful you are — or the stronger, the more opinionated — the less you will be generally liked. All of a sudden people will think you’re too ‘braggy,’ too loud, too something. But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it.” It’s a piece worth “liking.”

Well said Jessica, this makes perfect sense – we all spend way too much time worrying about what other people think about us, me included. It makes far more sense to invest in the strong loving relationships we already have rather than fretting about what wotsisname thinks about us, however, it is also important to temper our opinions so we are not putting people’s noses out of joint just for the hell of it.