November 22, 2010 by welshcyclist
Blogging via my son’s laptop, because my PC has finally given up the ghost. The commute has been getting harder of late, singlespeeding up the few hills has just so strenuous, I had to drop a gear. Saturday, after getting to work my left leg, just below the hip started to give me pain, to touch even to sit in the chair. Cycling home in the evening took me an extra 20 minutes, and the leg was decidedly uncomfortable.
Had to take a couple of painkillers to get to sleep that night, walking upstairs was really bad. Stayed off the bike yesterday, and today my leg seems OK. I presume I strained something, whether or not it’s back to normal, I’ll have to see how it feels back on the bike.
Saturday also saw me fix a slow puncture. On the way to work I noticed the back wheel feeling “funny”, I guessed that I was on my way towards a “flat”, but I delayed actually taking a look. It was pitch black and I wasn’t even half way yet. Fortunately, it was a slow puncture, which I was able to pump up the once, and it lasted the rest of the way.
Then at work, I waited for my break and fixed it. Sounds simple, and of course it is simple, but I was so pleased with myself, because it didn’t take me that long to complete the task. Out on the road, however, it would have been a different story altogether, especially in the dark.
Being at work on the Saturday, meant I had to miss the rugby internationals, my son Tierloch recorded them for me. So I watched Ireland v New Zealand and enjoyed it alot, same with Scotland v South Africa, and England v Samoa.
Well done Ireland for putting up such a good contest, Scotland for beating the World Champions, and England for winning. Please note I’m not going to comment on the Wales v Fiji game, other than to say, I’m so very disappointed.
I am gobsmacked that the likes of Fiji and Samoa can give such a good account of themselves, against teams that have so many advantages over them. It would appear that natural ability, talent and physical attribute provides enough to compete against teams that have massive coaching support and copious training facilities. I bet the coaches of England and Wales wish they could bottle the natural abilities etc., of the South Sea islanders.
They are a joy to watch, particularly for the non partisan, but very hard to appreciate while your national team struggles against them.