It’s not only 2015 that has reached its final days, my old blog over on Blogger has grumbled to a halt as well, I’ve hardly posted anything of interest recently and so it’s time for a wee change, Which will also hopefully give me the necessary kick up the bahookie to get posting again on a regular basis.
Blogger is pretty good for getting started, easy to configure with a simple UI, but I’ve seen a fair few really good looking, eye catching blogs recently, and none of them have been on Blogger – all on the WordPress platform – so it was time to move over. I’ve not quite worked it all out yet, the banner I want has as yet evaded me, and I’ve not quite decided to add stats etc. as yet, but it’s early days and the good thing is that the Enjoyrider domain name wasn’t already taken on WordPress.
So, to 2016….
Plans are afoot for a few events, as planning gets you through the long, gritty days of an Ayrshire winter, keeping the sanity candle lit and giving a reason to get out and get manky.
Unfortunately, there must be casualties in such plans, and the first event of the year has been passed up – the Strathpuffer. It’s a tough, arduous event, riding in your own wee pool of light through the wee small hours, and you really should have the training behind you to marry with the mental fortitude required. Well, as I’ve hardly turned a pedal in the last couple of months apart from the flat commute, I’ve decided that my fitness is nowhere near that level, so my solo place has gone to another, more worthy source.
Good luck Nik.
Anyway, that’s the negative out the road, onto more optimistic plans….
I’ve entered a couple of Enduro events, a night and day event at Ae and my favourite in Swaledale – the ‘Ard Rock, and also have my sights set on one of the new SES events in Dunoon, the PMBA Grizedale in the lakes and possibly the PMBA in Kirroughtree too.
I may slot another event in over the course of the year, but I always like to leave some weekends in the Karma bank for some hike-a-bike fests too. First up will be a wee visit to Keswick with the salt and sauce massive to take in the delights of the Northwestern fells in early April, although I’m absolutely sure I’ll be in the lakes before that.
Another itch that really needs scratched is the Lakeland 200 – 200km of the finest offroad riding that the lake district has to offer – and the plan is to do it over 3 days as its nearly 20,000ft of climbing too.
I have quite a few other big rides that I’d like to tick off over the year, but not planned in as yet – a ridge ride on Arran, Ben Macdui again, but from the other side, re-visit Helvellyn, and I really need to get down to the Golfie at Innerliethen as I’ve been meaning to for ages.
I’ve rambled on enough now, I hope you have a great 2016, and here’s to health, biking and hopefully some more posts and pictures!.