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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Absence of pain

Our beautiful apricot tree, this spring morning

Well spring has sprung in more ways than one in Melbourne. Glorious weather to cycle to your hearts content. Or in my case, to actually return to cycling. Oh, isn't this a cycling blog, all about pedallys and wondrous people-moving devices? Well, yes. Why is one is such a ebullient mood? Simple.

For literally the first time in almost 20 years I'm virtually free of the debilitating pain that's severely impinged my quality of life. As alluded to in a previous post, the surgery was a success and I am recovering faster than expected. Brilliant. Wonderful. Spendiferous. And various other descriptive words.

For all the trivial shite the media, and unfortunately, other people, love to project onto us, happiness and peace of mind lies within. Pas besoin de grill: l'enfer, c'est les autres. Yeah, ok, I'm clumsily "waxing lyrical". But why not, huh? Experiencing the absence of pain is a bizarrely surreal thing after all the years you've overcompensated and minimised for it. Long may it last.

Now I'll ride my bike. More often.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! ***Jumps around and does silly dance ***


  • Congrats! Dontcha just love the miracle of modern medicine?

    By Anonymous Phil, at 6:46 am, September 17, 2006  

  • Just rode Yarra Boulie! Just rode Yarra Boulie! Well, most of it. Almost lost my breakfast on one hill, but grinned & beared it.

    Goals: 100km Irene Plowman in Jan '07. Not probs there, as there's no *real* hills involved.

    Other goal: to be able to ride the Spotted Gum "Blair Witch" section at Lysterfield Park without dabbing.

    Bit at a time, bit at a time! ;)

    By Blogger cfsmtb, at 1:46 pm, September 17, 2006  

  • In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heavens sought order.

    But the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.

    The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed.

    Time and the pure essence of Heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the Sun and the Moon all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation.

    And it became magically fertile.

    That first egg was named "Thought".

    Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the World".

    Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it came a stone monkey.

    The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!

    By Anonymous av, at 12:14 am, September 18, 2006  

  • I remember 1980 extremely well, but I couldn't relate to Monkey at all. Masaaki Sakai was pasted up with far too much fake tan. I later saw a picture of Masako Natsume (Tripitaka) in a bikini.


    By Blogger cfsmtb, at 12:10 am, September 19, 2006  

  • I'm glad you're keeping better. Jeez, twenty years of pain! I'm such a whinge, I couldn't manage twenty minutes of it without making everyone round me suffer more than I'm doing. It's great everything is working out and you're blissfully happy.

    Oh, by the way, did you get Hello Young Lovers? What a super album it is. Waterproof is real classic Sparks to me.

    By Blogger 3Ply Stagliano, at 8:01 am, September 20, 2006  

  • Hey, awesome, get well sooner, Chris. I'm riding again too, from the Islamic Republic of Morleand into town and back each day. Five! Days! In a row! No punctures! No Rain! (touch wood) See you at the next CM maybe?

    By Blogger Alex, at 5:23 pm, September 23, 2006  

  • OOOOOhhh thats great. Pain which stops you from enjoying what you enjoy the most is very terrible.

    - barista

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:38 pm, October 05, 2006  

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