I live close to the historic city of Durham in the North East of England. The family and I love going there some weekends just to walk around and savour the variety of dialects and accents and people watch the students who arrive from all over the world to study in it’s various colleges and university.

On the way in to Durham there are some hills on the horizon.

Last weekend I had a thought – just a whim.

I want to cycle to those hills – to the horizon.


It’s not a huge distance but it’s further than I am comfortable with and that’s just the point. I want to push myself to what I am NOT comfortable with.

My head swims around with this and that making focussing on one thing very difficult. But this, THIS I am focussed on and I will do it.


In 3 weeks time I am off for 2 weeks for Christmas – that’s CHRISTMAS – not “The Holidays” as Americans seem to like to call them in fear of upsetting people who don’t celebrate Christmas.

Hopefully I will get a mild day where I can do my whim and push myself beyond my limit just because I wanted to.

I just wish I could focus my brain in other areas that needed the same kind of self determination ……….



I finished work tonight and was dead beat ! Legs were tight from last nights 5 mile road run. Work itself is very tiring.

The thing is I had promised myself a run tonight too.

Unfortunately I have to work overtime and go in on Saturday tomorrow (I really hate weekend working as I have so much more to do during the precious weekend).

So with legs aching from last night – body weary from today at work – the prospect of 6 hours at work tomorrow rushing around and heavy lifting – the prospect of going out for a run tonight was slim.

Morale was low

Motivation was virtually non existent.

I almost resigned myself to a night in the house.



From winter training do summer bodies grow !

I knew I had to get out.

It was a damp misty mild night – tights and vest top to keep the aching leg muscles warm but cool me down on top.

It was only 4 mile but it was on top of the 5 mile I did yesterday and I felt so much better for it. I knew a run tomorrow would be impossible with work and this was needed to allay any depression that would definitely follow a wasted day.

Sunday is bike day !

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