It's 5 am. I can't sleep, for a variety of complex reasons. Last year I was diagnosed with a FAI of the right hip. I had pinned all my hopes on an operation that might have cured the pain and loss of mobility, but apparently I'm too far gone to benefit from the operation, and too young to have a new hip. I've used all the excuses of the weather, the sloppy trails, the fear of hurting afterwards and I've spent more time building bikes than I have riding them. At the beginning of January I was fatter than I have been in fifteen years, and over the last couple of weeks the old black dog has been scratching at the door. Enough. I need to ride. The hip isn't going to get any better, and if I wait any longer I will never get back to where I was, mentally or physically.
There was a recent thread asking for novice, unfit riders daahn saarf to meet up and ride, so here's my offer for the grim north.
Do you want to meet up and ride at a level where you don't need to worry about your fitness, your appearance, or your skill levels? If you do, email me. I know a good number of bridleways in Kirklees and Calderdale, (Hudersfield and Halifax to the not so local) but I have GPS, guidebooks and a desire to explore. I want to get back out for easy days and half-days out on real riding, where I don't have to compete or kill myself to keep up, where we can wait at the top for anyone who has to push up, or at the bottom for anyone who feels the need to push down. We can hoon around to our hearts' content or simply enjoy the view and the company. No competitiveness or criticism (although all of that is only ever internal;)
I have a car that can carry up to four/five bikes and passengers, so we can have excursions to the Peaks, Dales,Moors, Lakes, even trail centres.
Anyone up for that? Fat, unfit, unsure, depressive? Old, young, silent, gobshite? Novices, folk returning to biking, old lags ready to share experience? All more than welcome. The idea is to ride, to simply ride without the pressures of feeling others are watching and scoring your performance? To find a bridleway where we can spin along and chat, with a pub or a cafe as a reward. To find a proper challenge, but take whatever time we need to get everyone up, down or through it (it won't all be easy riding!) I get so much out of biking want to help others while I'm mending myself.
Email me, wholestonedaveATaolDOTcom