Wednesday, 15 April 2015

What A Lovely Day!

Hello Blog lovers

You will notice, if you are not as unobservant as I am, that this is my cycling blog!  One of the hottest days of 2015 so far requires the necessity of donning the Lycra padded shorts and cycling jersey! Normally I would be glued to the telly watching Hollyoaks, just love that programme, its the only English soap I watch these days!

But anyway.  The weather was just perfect for a spin on the bike, not too hot, deffo not cold.  And as I am in training, with just over a week and a half to go for D day, then a nice amble up to Downe Village and back home again via Jail Lane, Keston, stop off for a well deserved refreshment and then home again!

There were so many cyclists out this evening.  There is a certain camaraderie between cyclists, it's a bit like all those Porche drivers, except they acknowledge all those on two wheels no matter who made the bike!

I have noticed though that I have deffo lost my cycling fitness.  Whilst I have been concentrating on my running, and of course the dismal winter months where I just have not felt motivated to go out, has caused the loss!  Long live summer, I say!

Bims has discovered 'spinning' classes.  During those dismal cold awful weeks I have accompanied her on some of the classes.  Blimey, they are tough!  And I guess it's a good way to 'try' and practise getting up on your pedals while going up hill!  You would think that, wouldn't you? But let me tell you, being on a static bike is, of course, completely different to being on a REAL bike!  When you go up on your pedals at the gym you don't have to worry about losing balance, cars coming past or even looking where you are going!

Needless to say, I didn't get out of my seat going up to Downe Village, but I did cycle all the way!  No stopping, not even when we got to Downe Village itself!  Downe was just our turnaround point!  We, that's me and the Old Boy by the way, rode down Jail Lane, and then to Biggin Hill.  Just love that ride down there!  Easy on the legs!  With just those little undulations towards the turn off for Keston.

Those hills used to make me almost cry back when we first done this route.  After that lovely down hill section to go into those hills afterwards, by quads used to cry out to just give up!   I even had to pull over at the bus stop to recover a bit.  Today, I still found it tough, but I had enough energy to just keep going, slowly until the Keston turn off.

All the way down to the Greyhound, pint of lager (great carb loading for the VLM!) and then home!  Lovely ride, done at my speed!  I don't think I could have gone faster even if I wanted to anyway!

Geeky stats for tonights ride!

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