Hello blog lovers!
I am chasing my cycling mojo, I think I am seriously gaining on it! Today I went out by myself on one of my loops, trying to get 'match fit' as they say, and there isn't a hidden meaning in there, just in case you were wondering. My cycling is strictly for fun! But I have noticed that I am slower that I used to be, so I need to build it up again.
I procrastinated for the whole day, I found things to do, things to wash, things to change, look after little Deci (when the little fellow came to see me) but I really wanted to go. I just knew that when I sit on that saddle it's going to hurt! Naggy and me had only just done a 20 miler yesterday, and that was after having a week break from the 28 miler last weekend! I was just going to have to grin and bare it!
I got my cycling gear on, got my bike out of the shed and went outside! I looked at my saddle and I thought "This is gonna hurt!" I sat on my bike and I could feel the pain straight away! It's like sitting on a couple of huge peddles! Oh my goodness! But I just have to get over it. I know that eventually the pain will go! Just not today! I cycled out towards Petts Wood, I wanted to do that loop today. I thought that maybe the roads there will be quieter, even though with my procrastinating it was home time, so there was a bit more traffic on the road that I would have hoped!
I cycled to the start of my loops, just at the top of Petts Wood Road. The down hill bit looks good, but then there is the road that goes up! I start cycling down hill, trying to ignore the fact that I could quiet easily coast down, I do need a bit of speed to get up the hill using momentum! It's a good plan, and I was thinking that as I am not as light as I used to be the last time I did these loops I was hoping that it will 'flip' me right up the hill before I had to start coming down on my gears. That was my plan.
The first loop I thought "Yeah, I got this" as I remembered our ride yesterday to Downe Village. There was no forgetting my ride yesterday as every tiny little stone or bump in the road I was feeling! At the top of the first hill I was feeling a bit smug as I found it, well, not as much of a struggle as I thought! This is only the first hill though, only half a loop! I should not get so cocky just yet!
I rode along Orpington road before turning left to go down Birchwood. A nice down hill before the undulations of Great Thrift and the other roads that I need to do before I get back to the beginning of the loop. I felt that I did that first one ok, buy my bottom was not liking it at all! "Maybe I should just do one one and then go home" I thought, "What's the point of pushing yourself" was another thought that popped into my head! But I continued to do the second lap.
I know I was feeling so cock sure of myself on the second loop, but I was still enjoying it! That's good at least, I need to be able to enjoy my cycling and not find it a chore! Oh my bum! And I need it be pain free too! That is going to take time in the saddle to ease the pain! It's just like when I practised to play guitar, my fingers used to bleed and hurt like hell, but I was loving it so I continued practising! That's what I need to do with my cycling!
The second loop done, I was fairly happy with that and I also though that I could do the third one, and if after that I am not really feeling it at that then I will go home! So up again Petts Wood Road! This time a bus had decided to take up the whole road, right on the down hill bit, the bit that I needed to build up some speed to get up the other side! This one is going to hurt! I wasn't wrong! I had to dig deep to get to the top of the road! A bit of a rest at the top as I ride along Orpington Road and the nice down hill. I got back to the start of the loops and I thought "It's only one more to do, so go do it" and I took a drink and then started up for the last loop! It was tougher, I could feel my legs hurting....and my butt.....and I still have to do those other hills! But I was feeling good! Well I felt good when I got to the top of Petts Wood road, and I felt good after I did those other little inclines!
I was feeling really very satisfied! I did it, I missed Hollyoaks to do it, I was still totally bruised from Sundays ride, but I did it!
Check out my geeky stats! I was quite pleased actually! (not sure why I can't get it to do the usual map) but you can click on the link and check it out.