God this riding lark’s hard, isn’t it?!
Nipped out for a couple of hours after work on friday on the road bike, headed over some little hillocks to beacon fell, where i practiced trotting up the steep side of the hill a couple of times with the bike on my shoulder (i can’t run, so i do a sort of fast walk/trot thing..like what you’d expect a fat person to do in the direction of a cream cake). Riding back down the gravel track after each climb, on the road bike, was “interesting”, especially trying to jump the water bar/ditch type things but hopefully the cross bike won’t be quite such a shock to the system now.
Sunday’s ride over some of the yorkshire dales round malham and such places (example piccies from other rides on the same route here and here) was wetter than usual thanks to the constant rain this country is drowning in, but still fun, the sun even came out while we sat drinking beer halfway round
(pint of wainwright’s apparently)
Yesterday’s cruise round the lancashire lanes was split down the middle by a nice pint of spitfire and a bowl of pie peas and gravy, yum. I kept the dark lenses in my glasses while riding – a bit of a mistake as it felt like a nightride thanks to the dark clouds, which thankfully didn’t start precipitating until we got home, but seeing as summer can’t be arsed turning up i thought i might as well get some use out of them and just pretend i could see where i was going…
I should probably do some more proper training for the 3 peaks this week and not insert beer stops into all my rides. Hopefully the new bike will be here by the end of the week so i can take it round the legal bits of the course at the weekend