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Monthly Archives: June 2007
And not one but two for your
Big welcomes to
! Sorry this comes a bit late and I hope you all enjoy yerselves (that is except for
, miserable bugger that he is)!
I’ve been off whining about Doctor Who (again) and of course this is all over at:
You still here?
There was lots of ‘shall I, shan’t I?’ with this one, due to a gruelling ride on Sunday. However the day was just too bright and off I went…
I have a decent course that is just over an hour but I really didn’t want to do it yesterday for some reason and so I pondered for a while before just setting off in a direction. Kimstad became the course, a small village about 16km away from Norrköping and it was perfect, really nice roads as they were very quiet and there was some beautiful scenery around. I didn’t take the camera as I had no batteries in it but will definitely have to take it next time.
A good course, a new record, and a decent time to beat… and beat it I shall!
Time: 01:13:58 (record)
Av.: 27.4 km/h
Max: 47.1 km/h
I know that several of you have or have had your own business and I was wondering what tips you could give me in terms of book keeping.
Do you use a specific program, excel or the good old paper and pen variant?
Anything I really should be thinking about before I get into this side of it all?
Thanks in advance!
Much as I’d rather keep up-to-date this week has made life difficult!
I mentioned earlier about a couple of records being set for the first time, missing out Mem as one of those. Well the record I set a couple of weeks ago was beaten spectacularly with this one, being as it was that I took 11 minutes off the previous cycle! It was a tough ride there and the wind was biting meaning I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted. I drunk my tea quickly and was relieved that on the way home the wind was pushing me back, pushing my average speed up to a respectable level.
Tour #13 = ‘Kuddby’, 18th June
This was a day of achievements, both in terms of the business and cycle and I knew, after five minutes or so that this was going to be a special ride and so it proved to be. This cycle ended up becoming my all-time record for an average km/h of any cycle since I rejoined the cycling world in 2004. I managed to maintain a speed of 29.4 km/h for 1hr and 52 mins, and while this is nothing for the true cyclists out there, for me, it was pretty damned impressive!
(there are no pics as you’ve already seen Kuddby.)
Tour #14 = ‘Östra Stenby’, 19th June
I followed up the all-time cycle with a real nightmare of one. I decided to try a new course and everything went well for the first hour. I then made the mistake of venturing a little further afield and got caught in one hell of a storm. I had clouds chasing me, was drenched (even after taking my fleece out of my bag) and witnessed more than enough lightning bolts at a closer range than I would have liked. To top it all off, the speedometer died after being drenched in rain (it got better though)!
Tour #15 = ‘Rotenberg’, 20th June
Not deterred by the awful cycle the day before, I went off to try and find the ferry up north, having read that Rotenberg was the way to go. I was quite disastrously wrong in that assumption as not only was Rotenberg not the way to go (being a dead end) but for the last five km I was subjected to gravel roads, which are not particularly healthy for my beloved racer.
Tour #16 = ‘Söderköping’, 23rd June
Another course I’ve already done this year (and which you have seen pictures of) and this was one that had made me realise how good my record of 2006 was when I attempted to beat it a couple of weeks ago and failed miserably.
Well, the records are only there to be broken and I smashed this one, dropping my record time down from 1hr 42 mins to a healthy 1hr 30 mins. I rockethed muchly on this run!
Tour #17 = ‘Skenäs’, 24th June
A brand new course today as I managed to find the mysterious ferry (not that mysterious if you look at the map properly) and found my way in a rather enjoyable circle around the lake, taking 2hrs and 43 mins. It is a record, purely for being the first attempt at this but one that is beatable.
But… but you seem to like the book… what happened?
Music joys of the day: Hearing Ian ‘The Cult’ Astbury’s voice on the new U.N.K.L.E. album and realising how well Midlake go together with The Chemical Brothers
Which is why you’ll never catch me doing it!
Just to let you know, with recent tidy ups and such that the
will be going through a slow and painful death over the next few months, yet do not fret because it is to be replaced by the all singing, all dancing, all ranting:
Just so’s you don’t get too disheartened!
I think about my flist and their needs you know!
And only 14 months late too!
Anyone find this on ebay or somesuch let me know, I HAVE to have a listen! (Doing the clicky gives you more info.) Clicking on the tag below will give you the first two in this series.
Lyrics this week are dedicated to
(for you two have class when it comes to the genius himself)!
Casimir Pulaski Day
Sufjan Stevens (Illinois – 2005)
Golden rod and the 4-H stone
The things I brought you
When I found out you had cancer of the bone
Your father cried on the telephone
And he drove his car to the Navy yard
Just to prove that he was sorry
In the morning through the window shade
When the light pressed up against your shoulder blade
I could see what you were reading
Oh the glory that the lord has made
And the complications you could do without
When I kissed you on the mouth
Tuesday night at the bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens
I remember at Michael’s house
In the living room when you kissed my neck
And I almost touched your blouse
In the morning at the top of the stairs
When your father found out what we did that night
And you told me you were scared
Oh the glory when you ran outside
With your shirt tucked in and your shoes untied
And you told me not to follow you
Sunday night when I cleaned the house
I find the card where you wrote it out
With the pictures of your mother
On the floor at the great divide
With my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied
I am crying in the bathroom
In the morning when you finally go
And the nurse runs in with her head hung low
And the cardinal hits the window
In the morning in the winter shade
On the first of March on the holiday
I thought I saw you breathing
Oh the glory that the lord has made
And the complications when I see his face
In the morning in the window
Oh the glory when he took our place
But he took my shoulders and he shook my face
And he takes and he takes and he takes
Having jogged 5km to the bike shop to pick up my beloved racing bike, I decided to cycle for an hour or so to get a feel for it after its repair.
Imagine my surprise then when I returned home, over 2 hours and 57 km later, due to the joy at having a bike I didn’t have to fear and after making such good headway on the outward journey that I was reluctant to turn back!
Yesterday was another record, although again due to the fact that this is a course I have never attempted before and doubt I will again. It has some beautiful scenery, cycling as I am aside a lake for most of the journey but the road is being worked on and traffic is heavy on the ’51’.
The fault was with the shop, they apologised profusely for sending me home on Tuesday with a big hole in my tyre, guaranteeing that the second I ran over a stone, I would get a puncture. They replaced the tyre and I decided to take the risk of cycling 28 km out of town to make sure that the new one was okay.
Although the record is purely because I haven’t done the course before, the average speed and maximum speed rank high in my best cycles to date and this cycle got me itching to get a few of the statistics for older courses out of the archives and give them a pasting soon!
Pictures will be added to the post later, due to being taken on my SLR, (the digital camera was with Maddoc at a party!)…
Distance: 57.06 km
Average Speed: 27.0 km/h
Max. Speed: 50.7 km/h
Well we’re two months into the tours now and so ten is not that great a number, however that’s more due to a weak April and May as June has started off brilliantly.
I did good though, with the strong winds (9 metres per second) making life interesting in the first half of the route, my speeds never better on the trusty mountain bike, and then on the way back there was some serious struggling against buffeting winds, and, the occasional flying branch (yes it was that bad)!
Most of this course I’ve already done this year but I had to go and pump the tyres up and so took a little detour into town (air pump) before making my way along the route (hence the new record).
Today is where I’m going to start with my statistics for each cycle, especially for further record attempts. I know there is a real danger of instilling a sense of dread on my flist when the posts come up but remember these were mainly for my own records. Sorry about the pics this time but I forgot the camera…
Distance: 24.37 km
Average Speed: 23 km/hr
Max. Speed: 40 km/hr
Pretty much everything is spot on here except the calorie counter. I’m not sure how it gets that score as there is nothing attached to me when I cycle (reading-wise) but I guess it works on some average and it gives me an idea of what’s going on…