July Cycle Days Challenge

Oh, July, where have you gone? You have zipped by too quickly, and we are now well and truly on the back side of winter.

“No, no,” cries Emily and the crew.

“We love winter. There are no flies, or magpies or heat or sweat or worries about water. Oh, winter, you are always over too quickly in this country.”

Alas, as documented elsewhere, I felt like crap for two weeks of the month. Of those two weeks, I did not ride at all between the 15th and the 20th.

But we did get out there amongst the cruddy fatigue. We did a bit over 400kms this month. Not too bad for how crap I felt. I rode on 11 of 17 work days. I’ve now also been swooped by two magpies – both on Cemetery Road, but in different sections.

Please see video below documenting my after work rides for the July Cycle Days Challenge – though I’m missing pics for a couple days, I think. Cross your fingers that August sees more kms and improved health.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

10 response to "July Cycle Days Challenge"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 31, 2018

    Not bad for mid-winter weather when you’re feeling crappy. Way better than 99 percent of the population manages in perfect weather and normal health. I’m hoisting my mug of tea and wishing you better days for the new month (and the new Challenge).

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 2, 2018

      Thanks, Bill. I don’t get a lot of sympathy from inactive people. I don’t say it, but I think it: just because my 40 percent of capacity is 200 percent of yours doesn’t mean I don’t feel like crap. Grateful to still be able to be even a little bit active, though.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: July 31, 2018

    Got my fingers crossed!
    Great music for your video and thanks for playing my challenge!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 1, 2018

    Congratulations!
    You did very well under difficult/trying conditions.
    A true cyclist, for sure!!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 1, 2018

    Chronic fatigue is a tough gig, well done getting out there at all. My mother got it for about a year after a car accident but it cleared up, so don’t give up hope.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 2, 2018

      Thanks, Randall. I’m trying to balance hope with reality. Some people never get well; some people get most of their capacity back and some people do recover. I’m really trying to keep things low-stress and within my ‘energy envelope’.

  5. By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 2, 2018

    I’m with you Em….just getting ready to post a composite ride for July! Where did it go!! Hope your feeling better everyday!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 2, 2018

      Thanks, Janet. I’m always wanting to put the brakes on July. Winter is never long enough here!

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