Holiday Time

It’s great being a student. We have extended holiday periods, our weekly schedules are not overly pressing and generally speaking, we have lots of free time to hit the trails if we so desire – providing the night before wasn’t too excessive!

So, courtesy of University schedule, today will be my last day at ST towers for 2009 as I will return home for the Christmas break in a few days.

It’s been a very interesting year for me.

I’ve made the transition from skill-devoid novice and bike mechanical technophobe, to semi-competent rider (cough cough) with at least an inkling of what my Bottom Bracket is for! I’ve also learnt how to complete a few basic repairs which I’m very happy about.

That said, I shall be back in 2010, to continue my biking education and hopefully ride more of the great trails this country has to offer.

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Ride my bike? Or lay about?

Until then, it’s time for relaxation, overindulgence, rubbish TV and perhaps, some bike riding.

I say perhaps, because, of all the things I may get up to over the festive period, riding my bike doesn’t automatically spring to the top of the list. Sure, I would love to go out and ride 100+ miles several times a week – after all I have no other pressing engagements to keep over the holidays.

Yet, the thought of dragging my turkey stuffed body through the no-doubt atrocious festive weather is running a distant second to the idea of wiling away a few weeks in complete and utter laziness – after all, which would you choose?

So I return to Ireland this weekend, with an obligatory stop at one of the 7stanes centres scheduled before I board the ferry at Stranraer.

I’ve made a habit of visiting Kirroughtree on my way back, and this journey will probably be no different from the norm – however, it’s strange to think that Kirroughtree may be the last MTB action I see in 2009.

So I’m set to go and my bike is ready for the potential punishment it may receive in a MTB packed holiday period. On the other hand, my belly’s prepared for the punishment of excessive consumption it may receive should I opt for the lazy option – surely that’s what a New Year’s resolution is for anyway – to banish the memory of festive excess?

Now all I have to decide is which type of Christmas this is going to be!

Heads or trails……