wellbeing

Seven Times Fall, Eight Times Rise

Nanakorobi Yaoki Seven times fall, eight times rise. I live by it, even now. If I had stayed down every time I had a setback, it would have been a bleak life. I’ve always found a way to rise again. Some would call it stubbornness, …

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A Chink In My Armour

18 Weeks To Go It’s 18 weeks until the New York Marathon, and a chink in my armour has appeared. I’ve done very little training since the last update two weeks ago, with one primary and one smaller blocker to progress. Not so #runmoonyrun, I’m …

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Life Comes At You Fast

I’m A Pensioner Life comes at you fast. Yes, sir, it does. My invitation to get my State Pension arrived today. Life comes at you quickly. I remember my first day at primary school with clarity. Oddly I remember that day better than when I …

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Pills And Plans – Rehab Diaries

Pills And Plans A month since my cycling accident this weekend. Pills and plans are the rehab highlights of the week. It feels like time has moved very quickly. I hadn’t realised a month had flown by. I have had industrial strength doses of ketamine …

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Rehab Highway

The Journey May Take A Touch Longer Rehab highway may be up to another 12 weeks, according to a top practitioner. I keep trying to make light of some significant league injuries, but many more experienced people than I keep advising me not to make …

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Rocacorba Renaissance

Rocacorba Renaissance. An early season major training event culminated in my own Renaissance artwork, which you see above. It’s at the finish line of the Rocacorba climb near Girona, Catalonia. This is a 6.2-mile-long ascent, scaling 2,445 feet, with an average grade of 7.4%. However, …

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Dealing With Anxiety

Who Is Running The Show? When it comes to dealing with anxiety, who is running the show? I thought of myself as being intelligent and rational. When depression and anxiety showed up, I would vaguely rationalise it by mumbling “brain chemicals” and “past events” to …

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Goodbye Zwift

The Great Indoors I have cancelled my Zwift indoor cycling subscription. Goodbye Zwift. After four and a half years and 6,000 indoor miles, no more. Over recent months I had become apathetic at best when it came to watching a digital me spinning digital wheels …

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Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

The Best Laid Plans Nanakorobi yaoki. Fall seven times, get up eight. This blog has been dark since July and I’ve learned a lot about this Japanese proverb during that period. It’s been a testing time, physically and mentally. I’m not complaining, I’m very conscious …

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I Live At Work

Lockdown & Mental Health I live at work. A year ago we had a company day at Old Trafford and I remember talking about the exciting year ahead. At the time I believe there were single figures of COVID cases in the UK. The virus …

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