About me

In 2015 I was a fit 52 year old who had just started to feel his age.  I had cycled with toeclips since 1975 and have been a member of three clubs on and off since then.   I have two kids, 14 and 10 at the time, and tended to cycle solo some nights and at 7:00a.m. on the Clubs Saturday morning Sparrowfarts (getting up at the fart of a sparrow).

My job had changed slightly in 2014; I was spending a little more time away from the family at work (too many beefeater meals and breakfasts) and did not have enough staff and resource to cover work demands.  I was struggling to keep up and having to work long stressful hours.  I have always liked a pint of real ale, a glass of red or a malt, and was overdoing it a little in self-medication.

Towards the autumn in 2015, I started to notice I was losing speed on solo runs and struggling to keep up on hilly group rides.  I put this down to cycling less and eating and drinking more.

This blog explains how I discovered my Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and the journey I took through treatment.  The blog was started in September 2016, so earlier dated entries are based on dairy events and cycling logs.  I was given access to my medical records on September 26 that year, so all references to test results earlier than this were amended.