New Year’s Day Stroll

I’m retro-posting this a week into the New Year. As you can imagine, I’ve had a lot of things on my mind since my mum died and updating the blog doesn’t seem very important at the moment.

Once the mourning is over, I hope that I start to feel better and regain my enthusiasm for cycling and walking over the local hills that I love so much. I know that helped me after my dad died 7 years ago. I used to go out on my mountain bike to get away from the traffic, and ride up to somewhere remote and quiet where I’d sit and think about him.

With the viciously cold December we had here, I got virtually no exercise. With the distress about my ailing mum, I’m afraid that there was a lot of comfort eating and drinking. The result is that health-and-fitness-wise, I’m almost back to where I was when I started this blog two years ago. I’m down enough already without beating myself up about it. I know that this dark phase of my life will pass. I just need to get through this wretched winter and get myself ready for a fine spring. A couple of weeks of damage limitation, and then I must try to get fit again.

I was helping someone on a cycling forum last night. He is having a winter cycling break near Benidorm on the Costa Blanca in Spain and I wanted to tell him about some of the routes that I enjoyed on my cycling holidays there. I fired up Google Streetview and discovered that some of those roads have been photographed by the Google camera cars. I spent an hour doing a virtual tour of those roads and it brought back vivid memories of cycling there myself. I was much fitter then, and about 40 pounds slimmer. When I get back to that kind of fitness, I’ll treat myself to a good cycling holiday again. Maybe in March or April 2012? That would be something to really work towards. I have plenty of time to achieve the fitness, but I also need to earn enough to pay for the trip.

But, I digress…

I actually logged in to report that I went for a hilly stroll with Lisa, Maisie and Mal today. We walked along the canal towpath to Callis Bridge, then up through the wood, following the Pennine Bridleway to Kilnshaw Lane. We then walked back down into town via Horsehold.

It was a gloomy winter day, but that kind of day always looks somewhat less gloomy when out walking, than it would being stuck in the house and staring out of a window at it!

It was good to work my old legs again. It’s quite shocking how quickly fitness ebbs away if you don’t keep active. I think it will take me at least a month of hard work to get back to a tolerable level again. The scary thing is – I’m still much fitter than about 75% of the population. I might have to breathe more deeply going uphill, but I could still do a hilly 10 mile walk, no problem.

Work those bodies, folks!

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