Was a real struggle to get motivated and get out of the door this morning. But as ever it was good to be cycling.
Steady away up the big hill and rail back down. Bit further and bit faster next time and build it back up to getting all the way up the Chevin in good time every day.
Looking out or the window whilst working away and I saw it was sunny… step outside it’s warm and dry for the first time in 6 weeks, so punted all the work tasks to later and broke out the Lycra!
Got rained on of course…. it’s England after all!
The ride was:
Freezing cold out, stop for coffee, freezing cold back with headwind.
Hilarious! And on top form.
Post work, pre dinner, 20mins on the bike sweating it out and shaking off the work day.
Remembered to pack the damn water bottles this time. Knees a little sore 😬 just taking it easy today
Today was suppose to be a huge 💯 mile ride to celebrate the winter solstice.
Leeds based bikepacking kit company Restrap posted a Strava Century challenge, and being a Strava wan&£r I wanted that badge.
But the nasty pain in my knee running on Friday said no! And I’m hiking up a mountain next week so beat not push it.
So a nice cold ride up and down the Chevin (big-ish) hill in North Leeds was a reasonable substitute.
No knee pain to speak of so it’s an impact issue rather than a movement & pressure issue I think.
Cycling it is until the Christmas get away.
This picture in no way does justice to the hill up ahead… just straight up, next to biggest cog, out of the saddle until my legs were gonna pop the sit down up one gear and grind it out to the top!
Was worth it for the view
So I put it to google that it needs cycling type option… cause I’m riding a road bike and this is getting more off road!
And more off-road…. I may have brought the wrong bike?
But what an amazing find, a little wood on a road ride, was so quiet there
And then the paths stopped and it was a muddy boggy line across a field… on a road bike… with skinny tyres…
But I did it! Cleaned it, no walking or even a dab! Thank the gods because my white road shoes! 😂😂
Great ride, bit of adventure. Loved it!
Two things stopped me from having a long ride this morning.
The hole 🕳 in my garage roof I found…. oh dear…. I’ll sort that when I get back.
and then the rain after 30mins riding which said….. go sort it now! 😬
Time to get the DIY trousers on!
It’s still September right?
Crazy thunderstorm ⛈ in a single big cloud yesterday, lightening and thunder rain and buckets of hail!
It was so cold but the air and ground warmer that the fog was coming off the canal,
Cargo bib shorts! Genius!! Yes that is a banana in my pocket 😂
Wet, muddy, cold but so worth it. 😁