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Dear Blog V XV - the blog strikes back

Posted: 09 Oct 2020, 09:37
by Replicant
Hey dear bloggers,

Well what a year it has been eh!! I hope everyone and their families are doing well.
Would be great to catch up with you all again.

Dear Blog V XV - the blog strikes back

Posted: 03 Dec 2020, 02:57
by Johnmcl7
Dear Blog,

It doesn't seem that long ago I was planning a London trip for April and was speaking to Steff and a few other members about meeting up. I'd held back holiday towards the end of the year in the hope I'd be able to have a trip south but obviously not to be.

There is a slight irony in that this year I planned to do a lot more travelling as I hadn't really been able to before, my Dad passed away around this time last year and had needed a lot of care and the only time I had taken off I'd been quite ill and finished it with a trip to hospital. With proper work cover in place though I had it all planned out and even invested in a high performance laptop since I missed having my desktop grunt while I was travelling. I'd also looked at new car in February which the sales company were so awful about they talked me out of which I'm grateful for now since it would have sat doing nothing and wasting money.

In general though I'm fairly lucky because I've still been able to work from home and still keep up a lot of my cycling so it's been a manageable change. I didn't realise how much I liked seeing people at the office both socially and easier to co-ordinate work, I had a week off recently and it's hard to catch up with everything. On the plus side leaving Johnson and Johnson and being an independent company has been good for me and our team because we're responsible for a lot more of our infrastructure which is great experience and a lot less frustrating having more control over our systems.

Fingers crossed for 2021 and I hope to be able to catch up with some of you in person.

John

Dear Blog V XV - the blog strikes back

Posted: 15 Dec 2020, 20:01
by Replicant
Dear Blog,

I too have been lucky this year as I can work 100% from home and haven't been in to the office since mid-March.

I actually quite enjoyed the first lockdown as without the 1 hour commute in the morning I was regularly riding 15 - 20 miles and the weather was good to. The absence of traffic was a godsend too.

In September my wife bought a small camper van, something we have been meaning to do for years, and we managed 11 days exploring the Isles of Mull and Skye as well as Wester Ross and a quick dash over to Drumnadrochit for a night before dashing back home. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to be back for more. Weirdly it felt as if I was at home in the Highlands even though I had never been there before.

I have my eye on riding the An Turas Mor trail which is mainly off-road and goes from Glasgow to Cape Wrath. Although Covid-19 is going to hinder when I can do this. It doesn't help that I have hardly ridden since getting back from Scotland at the tail end of September.

Oh well best get motivating myself...

Dear Blog V XV - the blog strikes back

Posted: 28 Dec 2020, 01:39
by Johnmcl7
Dear Blog,

You should have given me a shout Chris as I'm just in Inverness.

I'm obviously biased about the Highlands but I've always loved it here and missed it when I moved away as I think there's a good balance of facilities in Inverness and round about but you can easily escape and great countryside in all directions. I used to like being able to chuck the dog in the car and be out somewhere good in a matter of minutes and as time has gone on it's great being able to ride out from Inverness on the road or mountain bike and there's great rides in all directions. With the heavily reduced traffic in lockdown it opened the options for roads I normally wouldn't travel although heavily limited in range since I couldn't use trains or stop anywhere.

I've been missing my group MTB rides which usually keep me motivated through winter so taken to Zwift instead for the first time and getting on well with it especially in this horrible weather. I'm having another go at the Rapha festive 500 and really starting to feel I can do it this time as long as I can keep on the saddle without too much pain from my rear end since I can't stand on the pedals at all.

John