Not the best of starts to the year if I'm going to reach my 2,500-mile target. Work commitments and the weather have been stacked against me this month. But I needed to get out today: I've been facing this mounting sense of foreboding about the world and where it's headed, what with Trump and May and Brexit and Farage and Johnson (not to mention that little man Grayling and his utter contempt for cyclists). So some clean(ish) air in my lungs was long overdue.
There's that quote from Ghandi (although he probably never used these exact words) that "You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Well Trump surely is the change that he wants to see in the world. And that frightens me.
6 January. Well, here we are. Not a very bright start to the year – just one of my regular 14-mile routes. But it's these regular rides that will be the key to reaching my 2,500-mile target for the year. They're not the rides that are particularly memorable, nor the ones that I necessarily enjoy the most. But, done regularly enough, they are the key to clocking up the miles.
Except that for today my iPhone had a funny five minutes and pretended to die on me halfway through. Which meant that the GPS wasn't functioning for about four miles. So only 10 miles (and exactly 10 miles) got recorded. Still, it's a start. And a reminder that things can only get brighter.
2,107 miles in 2016. That's what I've got recorded on my phone app. But for a stinker of a cold to round off the year, it might have been a few more. In fact, it was a few more because there were odd occasions when I forgot to activate the app (easy to do if you put it on hold for a lunch break), or when my phone ran out of battery power (easy to do if you've got an iPhone 6 or 7). Around a hundred missed miles, I reckon. So it's possible that my actual total was 2,222 miles, which would be sweet.
Anyway, my target for 2017? 2,500 miles. So lots about cycling. Very little about design.
See you again in a couple of days, maybe with a picture or two. And happy new year!