Monday, 24 May 2010

Just ramblings.

Anyone who has visited my blog can plainly see, I'm not a regular poster. For several reasons, first is the copious amounts of time I need to make even a short post, i.e., lack of dexterity on the keyboard, as well as a technical hitch resulting in the loss of my ability to publish photos on this blog. Then there's what to actually talk about?

Sadly the majority of my cycling is commuting each way to work, I shouldn't say sadly, because I really enjoy my trips immensely, no matter what the weather. Leisure trips are limited to a couple of loops up and down this beautiful valley that I have the good fortune to live in. I've written in the past about wanting to break out of this valley, travel further afield etc., but it's having the time. But then, all the pundits when talking about people who are really good at something, such as rugby footballers, talk up the fact of having time on the ball to do something special, which makes them a bit more special than their colleagues.

Is that what it's all about? Am I short of time, because I'm not good enough?

I read several cycling blogs regularly on the internet. Not only am I amazed and have total admiration for the quality of the writing, photos, and total committment to providing almost daily comment about their cycling, but am in awe at how they combine work, cycling, blogging as well as being able to get on with all the rest of the paraphernalia, that living entails. To sum such bloggers up, they are something special.

Some have been on the scene for a long time, I've been reading them for several years, but some are much newer to my attention. There are a vast number of cycling blogs out there, in the blogosphere, and I can only apologise to you my reader, for ommitting your favourite one.

First my long established favourites. The late much lamented "Ken Kifer's Bike Pages", the "mnbicyclecommuter", "Up in Alaska", and then there's my favourite girl cyclists, who by the way are seriously gorgeous, i.e., "Bikeskirt", "Let's go ride a bike", and "Lovely Bicycle".

Then there's the new boys and girls on the blog, get it, well I thought it was funny. " The Massive Mountain biker", who has made fantastic progress so quickly in his goal to lose weight, while along the way, keeping us informed of his trials and tribulations, not forgetting becoming a regular blogger for "Bikeradar", awesome!! Keep it up Clive! Then we have "Wowy and the Cycler", a girl pedalling towards her own goals, who has found a true renaissance of her life. It's all great inspiring stuff to read and follow.

While I struggle like hell, to get anything done, lose weight, look better, pedal further and faster, improve my mechanical skills, the list is endless. AM I AN ALSO CYCLED?

I only have one thing in common with all you fantastic, beautiful cycling bloggers, "WE ALL LOVE TO RIDE A BIKE", now there's a good name for a blog, if ever I saw one, and I've seen quite a few now.

You excellent achieving bloggers seem to have gained the nirvana of organised life balance, or are your lives just as chaotic as mine? I've got to find the key, there must be an "allen key" to sort it, but then you know me and mechanicals.

7 comments:

Clive Chapman said...

Welshie, thanks for the shout and that's a great entertaining post by the way.

As for time on the ball, I'm just like everyone else, there's never enough time and I have to curtail everything to fit everything in.If that makes sense?

Work, cycling, rugby, family it never ends. Just occasionally I'd like to sit on my arse and do bugger all. But that was what made me a fat bastard in the first place I guess...

welshcyclist said...

I like the
" ...occasionally I'd like to sit on my arse and do bugger all..."
you have a way with words that I admire, expresses my feelings to a tee, and made me chuckle this fine morning. Today's a day off work, but already have transported eldest son to work, sorted out his car MOT, and now, well I'd love to sit on my arse and do bugger all, but it's not going to happen. I'm a fat barstard, but eating's my problem. Thanks for having a look at my blog, all the best.

Doug said...

Sitting here waiting for pictures to upload for a much overdue blog post. Thought I'd check in. I do enjoy your blog. This technology truly amazes me (as well as frustrates the heck out of me a lot of the time). I can sit and read about a fellow cyclist and his commuting to work in Wales. Who'd ever have thunk that'd be possible.

...and for the record, there's never enough time. I make time for the bike because that's what keeps me sane. Everything else gets put off. The to-do-list is so long I feel like running away every time I think about it.

welshcyclist said...

Good to hear from you Doug, you're right, who'd have thought these exchanges of ours could happen, the way and as fast as they do. The world is moving faster and faster, I think that's why the bike riding, is so attractive. Getting back outdoors and experiencing mother nature first hand, not via a TV or a computer console. Brings me back to reality, and makes me see what is important in life, I can do without the constant grab as much as you can, and move as fast as you can, way of life. So if that means put some things off, to stay sane, as you describe it, then I'm with you.
Cheers.

KungFooSausage said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog mate :)
In fact I've been looking at your blog off and on for a little while now as my friend Stigg has a link from his page.

Although I enjoy reading others exploits, whether cycle related or not, its nice to read those which are by UK bloggers as I can relate to the areas and feel stronger "kinship". Photo's are obviously a bonus but not necessary if the post is something which has "heart".

John Berry said...

Ahhh hello...You are VERY lucky, You have perfect cycling roads (If you like the hills :-)

I have so little time to fit everything into my life...I commute 3 hours a day, work 8, cycle 1 to 2, It takes me and hour plus to blog then I am in bed ready to start over again!

I spend about 10 hours a weekend cycling, the rest is doing chores...

I dont know how people find time to watch television.....I never have time!

Phill Connell said...

As someone who cycles less than I'd like, I totally empsthise. Having said that, a couple of jobs are staying on the 'to do' list this afternoon because I'm heading out for a ride.

Some of these guys are superhuman though. I doff my cap to them.