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Monday, November 2, 2009

A Change in fortune

For some time now I have been struggling.
Struggling to cycle, struggling to blog....sometimes just struggling to get up in the morning.
If I were a cycle you could say that I had lost a few spokes and my chain had snapped.
One of my excuses for not doing my blog was because I had lost the battery charger for my Camera and was unable to take any pictures. How lame !!!!
One of my excuses for not cycling was that I had lost focus.

Last week my new battery charger arrived and as I plugged it in I heard a 'ping' on my computer indicating that I had some incoming E mail.

On looking it was an E mail from my brother Paddy in Houston.
It was confirmation that he had entered me in for next years MS150 Houston to Austin ride in April. It will be my 4th.
He had also booked my flight and told me that we might be doing the Natchez trace immediately after the MS 150.
For those of you who think that I might be talking about a Gastro tour around the finest Mexican restaurants in Texas - you are mistaken.
The Natchez Trace is a an unforgettable road that stretches 444-miles from the Mississippi River in Natchez through the Shoals area in Alabama across Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and on to Nashville.
I now have more focus than a zoom lens and a camera to record all of my training.
My bucketful of excuses has run out.........................Off to spinning classes.


  1. If you're describing seasonal affective disorder, I can certainly sympathize. Best wishes for a brief winter, eh.

  2. Philip, I can relate. I have been struggling too. However, I am looking forward to Colorado again next August. And I have heard about the Natchez Trace, and it is on my list of places to ride someday. I hope you do it and report fully. Hang in there!

  3. Fake it 'till you make it, my friend! When you want to do it the least is when you need to do it the most! I have faith in you!

  4. Thank you all for your kind an encouraging words its great to believe that there are others out there who read my blog and to get such support is motivational

  5. Why dont you get out on yer Bike,there are plenty of Hills and Dales to go up and down in Yorkshire. You dont have to get out your best Road Bike either just a mundane City Bike with Wide Tyres anything to get you motivated and you can Sing the Grand Old Duke of York to yourself as you Ride along or Queens I want to Ride my Bicycle. The best of Luck to you on the Highways and Byways of Yorkshire.

  6. Do keep us in the loop. I miss your regular posts.

  7. It's tuff staying focused all the time, who of us can do it?

    Good to here the motivation is coming back.

    All the best from fellow struggler.



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