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Monday, December 20, 2010

All I want for Christmas ............

As the winter weather continues to keep us locked in its frozen jaws, I have finally conceded defeat in my attempt to cycle 6,000 miles this year.
Even if the snow and ice were to miraculously disappear, I would still need to seek further divine intervention to rid me of my current 'medical affliction', before I could remount my two wheeled steed. Fortunately I have gratefully avoided winter bugs and colds for some years now.
I find it frustrating when work colleagues feel they need to stay at home every time they are forced to buy some tissues.
You would not get that from me !!!!!!
I would literally have to be at deaths door with the old 'grim reaper' the other side pretending to be delivering some late Christmas post.

......... when I have had to take time off my ailments have been far more serious.
For the past two years I have obviously had pneumonia but still went in. Alas this year I am sure that I must have swine flu which I cant beat off.
It has probably lay dormant in me since my visit to Texas where it had blown over from Mexico and lodged itself in my cycle helmet. There is no other rationale explanation.

Thankfully tomorrow sees the arrival of the winter Solstice or the shortest day of the year.
After that the days get longer, each one after the another and boy will I be counting.

The actual celebration of the winter Solstice is seen as more important than the Summer one as if if effectively the start of natures 'cycle' - I knew Id get the word cycle in somewhere.

The Saami, indigenous people of Finland, Sweden and Norway, worship Beiwe, the sun-goddess of fertility and sanity. She travels through the sky in a structure made of reindeer bones with her daughter, Beiwe-Neia, to herald back the greenery on which the reindeer feed.

On the winter solstice, her worshipers sacrifice white female animals, and thread the meat onto sticks which they bend into rings and tie with bright ribbons. They also cover their doorposts with butter so Beiwe can eat it and begin her journey once again.

All I can say is that its a good job Beiwe and Santa travel on separate nights as things could get a bit messy.
Anyway on to the more serious stuff . If I cant cycle at the very least I can think about cycling and more importantly next years events.

This year will see some new events I and The Mules will be completing.

June 6-8th 2011 Inclusive.
Morecombe to Bridlington following the Roses Way from the west to the East Coast of England.

26th June 2011
Flat out in the Fens -112 mile Sportive across eastern England.

9pm 9pm Friday/Sat 8th/9th July 2011
Charity 24 hr challenge for 'Help for Heros' cycling for 24 hrs with a prise for the sponsor who selects the correct mileage for the event.
We have decided to organise this ourselves around East Yorkshire.

27th August 2011
Anglo Mules trip to USA where Karen and Simon will be joining Joanne and I in competing in the 30th Anniversary of Hotter than Hell 100 miles Sportive.

4th September 2011
Manchester 100 mile sportive.

Now all I want for Christmas is lots of Cycling gear, a tape worm to lodge in my digestive system for a couple of months and the temperature to get above freezing on Christmas morning !!!!!!

I dont ask for much...........................

Merry Christmas to all readers , see you on the Road.


  1. Aah the tape worm - at this time of year most cyclists would like to have one...!!

    Have a great Christmas and a good New Year.

  2. Here's wishing you get everything you want, or at the very least, everything you need. Happy Holidays!

  3. Since the last big Freeze of two Weeks ago we were lucky this time for a few Days at least in Dublin and I was able to go on Critical Mass on the 19th Sunday. The Snow only arrived today Monday the 20th. I was caught in it coming Home from the Supermarket with the Groceries on the Dutch Bike. It was Grand at 4.00pm heading off to the Supermarket with the Sun Shining but just before leaving the Shop I heard the Staff say it was coming down very Heavy. I slipped and fell on the Icy Road which was not Gritted but continued until I gave up and walked to the main Road and got on the Bike again then got of and walked when I came to my Housing Estate as it was worse.

    It looks like we will have the Snow until Christmas Eve then the Thaw.

    I wish I got Bicycling Presents for Christmas but it never Sinks in to my Relatives so I have to buy my own Cycling Presents.

    Hope you get better soon and be able to go Cycling in the Hills of Yorkshire. Happy Christmas from Dublin.


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