#Still here

Hello?

Is this thing on?

Good. Hello- remember me? I’m still (hashtag still, sorry) here!

The summer went well, and this year’s main ride for me- the Weston Super mare to Barnstaple ride in August- went very well. I was really pleased with how I rode and put in a couple of serious legs- especially in the wind and the rain. More importantly, the ride raised lots of money for a great cause.

After this, I have fallen in love with my mountain bike (as my Instagram feed shows). Lots of shorter rides, but with the focus on fun, spinning, and looking around the countryside.

Interspersed with this has been heavy study and revision. I have been working on gaining some IT qualifications. I have always had a bent for all things computer-based, and decided across the summer that I should get something on paper for this. Chuffed to say that yesterday, I passed my second exam- meaning I have my first qualification! I am really pleased- it’s the first qualification I have got for 15 years, so it was nice to get it under my belt.

I have given myself the rest of the year off (I will start studying for the next one in the new year), and will now spend some time focussing on weight loss and fitness. I have rigged the turbo up in the garage, and intend to try some online riding (Road Grand Tours, which is free to use)- I will let you know how I get on. I think my fitness is roughly there- at a low level- but I could do with losing 20 pounds or so. Easier said than done with Christmas on the horizon.

Running? Well, that’s still out. I tried to run a few weeks ago, and my hip hurt from the first footstep. After a mile, I decided it is just not worth it- I need to concentrate on riding.

So- I am still here! Keen to get going…

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