Last month I realized that despite the medication I continued to have high blood pressure. At the same time, I also experienced the disadvantages of this medication (side effects).
So I decided to use the best medicine I used before in my life … CYCLING !
For that I had to make a rigorous decision … to quit my job in Pernis (100 km) and find work that is within cycling distance from where I live.
Through LinkedIn, I discovered that during the work of dismantling the old Hoechst / ThermPhos factories a vacancy had arisen that I could fill …
The first question I was asked was “what salary do you want?” Well, it seemed that the salary corresponded with that of shift supervisor. So now I am back where I have worked for 32 years … but now I am helping to dismantle and clean up neatly and responsibly.
And more importantly: I can cycle to work again! My medication has halved and my blood pressure remains at a healthy level!
So I dived into my bike shed, removed all the cobwebs, removed the mouse nests and oiled all the moving parts again … hoping that would be enough!
You can safely put a Quest away for 6 years … then you can use the bike again quickly … but because I pedalled too heavily, with too high a resistance, the clamps of the bottom bracket broke … exactly on the day, that velomobiel.nl closed the business due to holidays!
But Mark Waters read my blog post and decided to be my Guardian Angel ! He asked me if he should send his spare set (improved model) … I kindly accepted his help and became convinced that there are still friendly, selfless people in the world!
As soon as the people from velomobiel.nl were back from their vacation, I ordered two spare sets: one for Mark and one for myself. A very good and fast service!
Now I’m testing the exact position of the bracket … A precise piece of work that has not been cleared after a few kilometres or a day … The correct position is only definitive if it still proves to be “good” even after a journey of several hundred kilometres.
I also renewed the twister-grip of my shifters … that is something that gets older after six years in a shed … it started to feel like “drop” (the typically Dutch liquorice). The next video helped me a lot with this simple task …
And of course, I needed new batteries … these will age (maybe faster) if you don’t use them!
So, all I have to do now is … go to work with my velomobile ! And hopefully I can stop with the medication.
For the results, see Ride with GPS