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BARNEY MARSH TRAIN, TRAIN GO AWAY

Barney faces up to the inevitable: he’s not magically going to get fitter by doing nothing.

LAST WORD

It sits against one wall of the cellar, locked in by a barricade of old unused frames. Slowly collecting dust and detritus in the five years it has lain undisturbed, unwanted, and plotting my untimely demise. But it’s rapidly becoming obvious that I need to grasp the nettle and finish what I put off all those years ago.

Hello, turbo trainer. I hate you.

It’s been quite an eventful few months, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Kicking off a couple of days before Christmas, a whole phalanx of chronic family issues waded through the happy bimbling of my pre-Christmas preparations and left no time whatsoever to ride. The precise details aren’t important, but I will say that the finale of this joyous episode in my life, Disneyland Paris with two small children, was somewhat marred by Capstan Full-Strength Australian Flu. Queueing for two hours to see Rapunzel (or at least a French girl in a preposterous dress and a spectacular wig) with a full-on fever (a Frozen Fever, if you will) in freezing February temperatures isn’t something I’d recommend. I wish I could’ve Let It Go.

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