Monday, 21 November 2011

The Demon Drink

After an alcohol free Friday surely I couldn't manage an alcohol free Saturday as well!

Spot on, you are correct of course, I couldn't. I did a little favour for a relative a couple of weeks ago and was rewarded with a nice 15 year old Glenfiddich as payment. The bottle had been around for a while and needed opening so I had two glasses while watching Match of the Day. Very nice as well. For some reason I didn't feel too good on Sunday morning so I decided I wasn't going to drink any more. Of course, that doesn't mean I was going to drink any less*. I actually went out on Sunday afternoon for a meeting at St Pats Rugby Club (the most famous amateur rugby league club in the world) regarding arrangements for next year's under 18s team and managed to keep it down to a couple. Arrangements went well. We are obviously looking for players since we didn't have a team for this transitional short season. If you are of that ilk - come on down.

Today's ride was my usual 19.2 miles. Last week I went all the way around on the easy ring but today I mixed the two. I will know I'm on the way when I can do the whole circuit on the big ring. (I am sorry but if these cycling technicalities are above you just ignore them). The speed wasn't bad and I may have a little effort tomorrow.

There is a dark reason I may be out again tomorrow and it is alcohol related again. I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, to a weekend-long beer festival at Cropton in the North York Moors on Friday so will miss two days' training. If I'm out every day this week and manage a 30 mile ride on Friday morning I will feel I deserve the rest and will enjoy some tasty real ales with a clear conscience. The clarity of the headgear on the Monday after will be interesting to say the least.

*Shame on you if you didn't see that one coming.


  1. Enjoy your drinking festivities. You're making us homesick, reading about St. Pat's. Wonder if Turkey could get into a bit of Rugby League? Can't help but think Turks would get into the game - and make good players...Know any good coaches? :)

  2. Thanks Julia. That could be my next project. Turkey RLFC. Interesting.