In the most obvious sense, It constantly amazes me how long the gaps are between posts on this blog. I like writing on it and it only seems like a few days since my last posting. Invariably though it's several months at a stretch! Poor show!
In a similar manner though, I am always pleasantly surprised by how the miles rack up on my bike. Even though I ride a fairly short distance each day to and from work (23 miles round trip), I am now up to 11,000 miles on my Dahon Vitesse. That's a pretty long way by anyone's reckoning!
A case in point is my drive train...
A couple of weeks ago, my bike began to make an awful grumbling, grinding noise when pedalling. After a couple of days, I took it into the workshop (read "kitchen") to find the source of the problem. It turns out that my rear sprocket was badly worn out and my chain wasn't in much better condition.
"But I've not long fitted those!" I thought to myself. However, when I looked back through my log, it was last October when I put tooth items on the bike. That's several months, a few thousand miles and one winter which have taken their toll!
Ooh shiny! A nice new chain with only one days riding on it. The old one was considerably more horrible than this.
Likewise, I'm in the best physical shape that I've ever been which is the sole result of lots of short rides. I hardly ever go out on my bike for leisure (which is a great shame I know) so I'm not putting in lots of long rides. My fitness is the result of many short(ish) rides over a few years.
A little and often seems to build to a cumulative effect quicker than you'd think. Looking ahead at a programme of exercise, it may not seem so, but looking back it's definitely true.
A little and often. Maybe there's a lesson in there for me when it comes to writing this blog?
*Latin for "time flies" (apologies to classical students everywhere)