Should be able to get a sensible ride in today. Temp is pushing 50F and it is sunny at 9 am. Makes a change on what we have had for the last few months. I won't be going mad but a coffee and Bun at my favourite cafe is very enticing right now. Or will be after Breakfast of croissants and coffee. I just love my coffee. Despite a long lay off- and I might change that opinion in a couple of hours- I don't feel too bad. I have been able to get out on a few short runs to keep the legs in so today will just be to get the butt- legs and lungs used to a bit of exertion.
But the UK economy- It is all doom and gloom. It has hit me in that I have a couple of small pensions for when I retire in 3 years time and the funds in those pensions are dwindling. Not enough time for them to regain some of what I have paid in. I did have a small nest egg for when I retire- but they were in stocks and shares. It was only going to be for emergencies like the Boiler going or house repairs if required- but the £15,000 that was there has dropped to less than £1,000. I had the shares in good reliable stock- Banks and Insurance Companies.
I am OK but I would have liked a bit of security when I retire. I have 2 daughters both married and both with big Mortgages. One of them has always been prudent and no problems there. The other one is married to an IT consultant. He saw the signs coming last year and got out of consultancy and got a job as IT manager for a local company. He has been hit hard. He halved his wages overnight but is still well paid. But not enough for the size mortgage he has and a few credit cards. He is struggling but with a little bit of help from Mum and Dad- they will survive. The BMW's are gone the Golf Club membership has gone along with any other unnecessary expense------- and my first grandchild is due any day now.
And we are about typical in the UK. 1 in 10 is in bad financial trouble-some will survive but with discomfort- some will struggle in the future and some will be OK. At least in our family we don't have the 1 in 10 that is in real trouble. We all have Secure(Ish) jobs so can keep working. And on that front- I work for a local company that has 5 depots. In our branch we had 30 employees. As some left they were not replaced and in my department of 10- 2 were made redundant. With 10 we were down to the bone so now we are in trouble. No spare staff and everyone working to the limit. We were working hard with 10 staff but now an attitude has come in that we do not do any extra. Just do your job- as that is hard enough- and no extra. You can't as you are struggling to do your job.
But I think my family will survive. It will be hard but we will pull through.
Now on the bikes again- Think summer has arrived. Had two of the local kids bring their bikes round yesterday for me to sort out. One needs new cables completely as they have rusted solid. The rest of the bike is fine- nicely polished and gleaming- just a pity it can't be ridden. The other is a bit more.Not changing gear and everything rusted up. At least the cables on this are fine as I changed them to Stainless steel last year. But a lot of WD 40 is going to be needed on this bike. I also had 3 of my riding mates ask when I can sort their bikes out. They will be in next week. Why they couldn't give them to me over the last few months is beyond me. At least I know my bikes are fine. May not have ridden much but the TCR and Boreas were stripped and rebuilt over winter and are fine. And talking about bikes- I was thinking of getting a Cyclocross this year. Only to do the Rough Trails- or Smooth off-road trails- but I think I am going to pass on that. Will have to get the MTB up to scratch again so one more year on the 9 year old Bianchi. Won't be a problem- it's just that it has been a bit neglected since I went road- nearly 3 years ago now.
And that ride. That Assos jersey is wonderfull. Kept the wind out and the cold. I know I said 50F but it dropped as soon as the Sun clouded over. Went for the coffee- and a Bakewell tart- Then went for a short hill at 12% for a mile and still felt good. Decided to do a few extra miles and finished up doing 45 miles at a slow pace. Kept the cadence high to save the legs and the lungs only worked hard up the hill----And best of all- The butt is fine. Must finally have that saddle dialled in.
Wonder how I'll feel tomorrow?