Panic Time

From time to time I post about my cycling activities. Just lately however I don’t seem to have had a great deal of time for cycling – either too busy with other things or the weather just hasn’t been inviting (I’m a bit of a fair weather rider). Occasional rides out on wet roads have needed major bike washing sessions on my return.

Revised Book CoverOne of my main excuses recently has been my latest book ‘Simply Elfje’ which is now nearing completion. The picture shows my revised (final) version of the cover. I have given myself an Easter deadline to get it done and that is fast approaching. The reason for this particular deadline is that I have so much coming up during the lead up to and after Easter that if I don’t get it done by then it will end up not getting done until July or August. So far I am on track. Fingers crossed.

Working on the book though, as I said, has made it difficult to get out on the bike very often and this is my reason for panic. At the end of April we are hoping to do a 45 mile charity ride in aid of our local hospice and then at the end of May we are already booked for a 40K Classic Road Race Bike rally in Spain.

I have mentioned these events before but I’m panicking because I haven’t done much training and now I’m really getting a bit worried that I won’t make the distance. On top of that we will soon be away for at least a couple of weeks as we are taking our yacht over to France. While on the boat I won’t be doing much cycling. Yes, we do have folding bikes on the boat but these are not good for serious cycling over long distances. They are a boon for going shopping or local sight-seeing, but a long ride? Forget it! We’ve tried it – jolly uncomfortable!

I have been getting out on the bike more over the last few days and today would be a good day for a ride too but I had to stay in this morning waiting for a builder to come and look at a little problem with a leak in a corner of our conservatory and also I’m so far behind with the boring things like house work that I do desperately need to give the house a blitz. On top of that I still have work to do on the book (final proof read!) and I’m expecting a visitor later, but maybe I’ll fit in a short ride after that. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are out, so is Thursday afternoon – I have other engagements, but with a bit of luck I might fit something round those. I’m just going to have to make the effort. I’m loving my modern Raleigh road bike but I do need to get out on the classic bike soon too and once more get used to fact that I haven’t got as many gears to play with – those hills will get tougher!

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julespaige
    Apr 03, 2017 @ 12:43:13

    Breath! Whatever happens will or won’t. You are doing more than I am at the moment. But I am having a short escape this week. I’ll probably post about that in the few days that I’m ‘gone’. 😉

    Hugs, Jules

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  2. elaine patricia
    Apr 03, 2017 @ 17:54:41

    And BREATHE …….. a long weekend to celebrate an unmentionable birthday for me this weekend. Then I will be beyond the age of judgement. Mmm. Watch this space.

    Reply

  3. mad cycling in the middy sun
    Apr 04, 2017 @ 09:10:01

    Don’t worry about the Spain ride, there are stops for refreshments (Cava and cake!!!) Can’t wait!

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  4. grannysu
    Apr 04, 2017 @ 15:52:25

    One day at a time, Libby. You have some great goals, and you will make them. Congratulations on the book project!

    Reply

  5. dragonscaleclippings
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 13:05:09

    hope your panicking was unfounded!

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    • Libby
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 09:47:45

      A couple of weeks on the boat has lowered my stress levels. Charity ride next Sunday – we’ll see how it goes. Have been out on the folding bikes a bit so not totally out of practice!

      Reply

  6. grannysu
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:55:12

    A boat 🙂 That sounds lovely.

    Reply

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