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I finished my day early so I thought I would get in and ready straight away to go for a bike ride, before I even sat on my chair to relax! It's quite easy to get home, sit down and not do anything! I need to get out there and find my cycling mojo! It's out there, I know, along with my cycling fitness! It's going to take an awful lot of dedication, perseverance and determination, which at the moment seems to elude me, all three of them!
At least today I am out here, I am on my bike and ready to do the loops again. I need to try and beat my latest loop time which was over an hour. I know I can do it because I have done it before, just got to get back there and then do better! I guess that is the determination, I just got to find the other two necessary items!
I really wasn't feeling, it, I thought I would get that in right now, the ride up the little hills to Petts Wood felt tough, my legs felt like lead, so with that on my mind I just thought to myself "Oh well, 11 miles on a bike is better than no miles on a bike" as it's always said, exercise is better than just sitting on your back side. So I decided to do as best as I could. I got to the beginning of the first loop and looked up at the hill I needed to get to and then just went for it. Give it as much as I could on the down hill and then push hard on the way up, it sounds easy, don't it! Well that first one wasn't as bad as I thought, maybe I had warmed up enough on the way here. I got to the top of Petts Wood road and then turned left at the roundabout and then left again down BirchWood road. The two hills along here should warm me up for the second loop.
When I was on my second loop I heard "Good on ya Old Girl". It was Lynne from Panagua Ladies! I gave a call back to her. Maybe I will see her again on another loop, I still had two more to do! It was a little tougher on the second one but I kept the pressure on myself, well, as much as I dared without me thinking it's all a big huge chore. I love being on my bike, really, I do. I just know that to keep up with the Panagua ladies I am going to have to put in a bit more effort, and to do any cycling on Saturdays with the Old Boy, in the country side I am going to have to find the love of those flipping hills! That really does seem an impossibility, especially even when I am with my running buddies I just moan and groan all the way! On the bike it is a little harder, it's harder to stop for a start, especially if you are passing parked cars. It's not as if you can just suddenly stop and take a breather. I don't think the drivers behind would like that! So I just had to keep on going.
The third lap was just as hard, but I knew that it was nearly over, I even allowed myself a little smile, "Just one more Old Girl, and then it's on the way home". The fourth lap started, I flew down the hill and I just hoped that no cars would come out from the right to make me have to slow down, and then I saw Lynne again. "Fourth done!" I said to her, well in my mind it was done because I was on the way up. Unless I do a complete U Turn then there is only one way to go home and that is to finish the lap.
I was feeling ok as I got back to the corner, the start of the laps in Petts Wood, and I started my ride back home. I didn't want to look at my Garmin, I didn't want to think that I had gone slower, or indeed see that I could get a PB if I pushed harder. I just wanted to enjoy the ride home. It was a great feeling being on my bike, I think my mojo is coming back slowly, but then, do I ever do anything in a rush!
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