Those familiar with the Apple Watch and associated Health App will know what I mean by “Stand Hours” but for those blessed folk, ignorant of such torture, let me explain. A “Stand Hour” is an hour of the day during which you have moved sufficiently for your impertinent tech to credit you with something other than complete inertia. If you haven’t moved enough for its watchful beady eye you’ll get a reminder. To add insult to injury it will do this every hour until you have reached the dizzying heights of 12 stand hours every day. So if you happen to see otherwise sane folks jump up like they’ve been shot at 10 minutes to the hour and frantically perform their best impression of Magnus Pike crossed with a windmill you’ll now know why!

So why am I mentioning this? Well today I was awarded the coveted 12 hours stand badge by 11am … that’s what a tight deadline can do for you!

If you’re trying to work out how that’s possible, the first hour of the day is midnight to 1am so if you pull an active all-nighter (a most inelegant phrase I’ll grant you!) then it’s possible to be greeted with this lovely sight by 11am.

I still needed to try and fit today’s 40 km in and preferably before lunch to make it a working week of early finishes. By a combination of astute planning, hard work and good fortune I managed to fit it in between a conference call and a training session. Let’s just say it was a good job that both were audio only!

Mike was working from home and tried to outdo me with his step count by walking back from the garage having dropped his car off for its MOT and then, not satisfied with that, walking back later to collect it again. He might have beaten my step count but believe me he didn’t beat my cycling distance today. Ha!

Competitive? Me? No 😉

1120 km done, 880 km to go.