The 2nd worst day!

I’m sad. Today’s the second worst day of this year. Why? Because after today, the days start becoming shorter :(

Slowly but surely these post 9pm sunsets will be gone. Soon after, we’ll have those horrible, depressing, short, grey days with the sun setting before 4. And it will get cold. And wet. And I won’t be able to cycle any more. Shit. I hate this day.

Of course, this is only the 2nd worst day. The worst day is the shortest one, Dec 21/22. The trough of a crazy winter. At least there’s a little hope that the days become longer after that.

I hate this… if I win the lottery, I shall emigrate to New Zealand every autumn equinox and return to London around the spring equinox. Now, all I have to do is buy that lottery ticket. So, how much is the euro lottery’s pot at this week?

Saw Senna For a believer God can be…

Saw Senna.

For a believer, God can be a powerful, inspiring force. For a non-believer, God is irrelevant but can it be a handicap in not having that powerful belief giving you that extra drive?

Aside:
A believer should derive his satisfaction from his belief in his God. Why should he bother a non-believer as long as the non-believer doesn’t consciously cause an affront to his religion?
Similarly, a non-believer should derive his satisfaction from being independent and not relying on what is possibly just a figment of imagination served to keep the masses in check. Why should he bother a believer as long as the believer doesn’t consciously force him to submit to his particular belief?

Let it go.

P.S.: Brilliant documentary. Loved it. Would’ve definitely cried had partner not taken my hand over just as the Imola section began. Loved it :|

First 100 miler

Failed to reach the target destination but still completed my first imperial century yesterday.

Had planned to ride to King’s Lynn on the North Sea coast in Norfolk. Unfortunately, a late departure meant I wasn’t sure I’d make it in time for the last train to London. So, stopped at a small town (or large village?) about 10 miles earlier. The distance already read 156km so rode around the town to take it over 161km mark :)

SJW To Downham

I’ve got a problem though. Every time I come back from one of these longish rides, the body just refuses to cool down. Like yesterday, though I took a long shower right after getting back, the body stayed burning hot till late into the night. It almost felt like somewhere inside the body was still burning calories at the same rate as while riding at the peak. 2nd consecutive ride this happened and I have no idea how to stop that. Any help is really, really, REALLY appreciated!

P.S.: The sun killed me! The temperature was only 25-27 C but was downing humongous amounts of water and still feeling dehydrated-ish all the time.

P.P.S: Haven’t test ridden the Synapse yet. If I can stay awake, then might test ride it today.

2nd metric century within a week Rode to…

2nd metric century within a week. Rode to Cambridge today, about 102.5 kms, and took the train back. Wonderful ride. No hills (unlike the Chilterns enroute to Oxford) and luckily, didn’t get any rain on me, though the roads were pretty wet in places.

SJW To Cambridge - 2nd metric century

Also, trying the Cannondale Synapse tomorrow. If I like how it rides, might buy it as soon as we’ve moved to the new place.

A century… finally!

1st Metric Century

Completed my 1st metric century today. Am damn happy to have finally gotten this behind me and amused by the manner in which it finally got done :)

Thing is I’d attempted this multiple times last October & November. Unfortunately, the October attempts were marred by the rotten, bent rear wheel and the November ones by sudden rains and (once) snowfall. The result is that I have a dozen rides between 80 & 95kms in those two months.

Well today’s ride was planned to be a 75km straight return to / from Windsor. Despite the strong head/cross wind on the way back, decided to take a detour towards Wandsworth to check out the bikes at the (bigger) Evans Cycles outlet there. As a result of that diversion it was already 83kms by the time I made it to Hyde Park and I wasn’t really feeling too tired. So, decided to take another small detour and do a lap of Regent’s Park and return via Camden Town. Just about made it across the century mark before making it home.

The best thing about the ride – the legs were feeling good even after I’d gotten home so with another small break added, I think I can make it past an imperial century as well. Of course, only if I can find a long enough route without too many hills and am lucky with the rain and wheel!

Shall feel good with this for now :)

Saw the last episodes of latest seasons of…

Saw the last episodes of latest seasons of both Big Bang Theory & How I Met Your Mother. The 2 of them kept me sane & alive through the long, lonely winters. Really sad that I’ll have to spend the rest of this year without these two fabulous sources of smiles in a boring, grey life :(

P.S.: If you’ve seen the final episode, who do you think the groom is marrying? My money would be on Robin.

The Mayor added that the situation he found…

The Mayor added that the situation he found himself in was typically British. “I am proud to be British. No other country or culture in the world would have a situation where the mayor of the host city goes into a ballot for tickets for his family and gets rejected.”

He joked: “I suspect Locog has done this deliberately to cheer up everyone else.”

Don’t even try this as a joke with a politician in India!