Stir Crazy After All These Beers
Owing to increasing, recurrent pain in my ribs following a knock at football, I’ve avoided exercise for a couple of weeks. I’d noticed that the pain was subsiding nicely, which is good, but my energy levels were subsiding too, which is bad news.
On Friday I went out for a meal with my colleagues at San Carlo in Manchester which was beautiful (try the lobster risotto) and retuned home where I had a couple of beers to supplement the mucho vino that had accompanied the meal. Saturday followed, which consisted of a quiet day in, a Not Poodle for lunch and Phase3 of the Magnolia Replacement Programme (downstairs bathroom painted). I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories, so I became steadily more stir crazy as the day went on.
Saturday evening, therefore, consisted of a pasta meal at Pizza Hut with (guess what?) a beer, then a visit to the Odeon to take in Alice In Wonderland in 3D.
Movie Review, Alice In Wonderland 3D
It’s ok. Not as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but worth seeing if you like Tim Burton stuff.
Back To The Point…
By Sunday morning my lethargy was becoming a habit. Too much food, too many alcoholic beverages, not enough fresh air. So, we agreed that despite the day’s necessary visiting and a quick trip to Decathlon to eye up SPD shoes (nowt good going), we would get out for a brief ride to see how my ribs would hold out.
I’m chuffed to say that a few gentle miles was just what the doctor ordered. There has been no pain whatsoever so I reckon I’m good to get a few more miles in before I get back on the treadmill to see how my lungbox responds to some slightly less gentle jigging about.
We rode on the very well appointed bike paths around the shameful white elephant that is Kingsway Business Park. It took Rochdale 20 years to pass the idea and by the time they’d put the infrastructure into the area, a combination of loss of momentum and a crashing economy has left the place largely empty. It’s a crying shame and I genuinely hope that business will come to the area when the economy starts to recover. Rochdale needs the jobs and the access to the site is very good.
But for now, we managed to scoot around traffic-free bike paths savouring the quiet and the views before pootling back along the canalside home. It was a nice reintroduction to my lovely bike after a few weeks of enforced rest.
New GPS Tracker
I downloaded a new GPS Tracker last week. So far I’m very happy with the way it works and there’s some free PC software that can be used to compare & score rides, runs and so on by various criteria. It’s a handy little app for my phone. But the catch at the moment is that it uses a little text file to store the waypoints so to upload it to MapMyRides I have to go via Google Earth and save the file as a kml, which is a pain in the bum. I don’t much like Google Earth, so I’d prefer to avoid it. I’ll keep tinkering and see how I get on. Anyway, here’s yesterday’s ride – it looks like it’s across fields but that’s just because the paths weren’t built when the Google plane flew over.