He was reluctant, even though he won't admit it now, because I am not exactly the picture of "fitness". I'm not very slim, I'm not an "endorphin junkie" at the gym, I need ALL the encouragement just to go, to be honest! However, I have slowly been building up my cycling distance over the past few weeks from a tentative 10km to this weekend's massive 52km!
We set out, glistening with sun cream, into a glorious summer's day; breezy, sunny, not too hot - it was perfect. We are fortunate enough to live very close to the start of the Bristol-Bath cycle path, so we negotiated little to no traffic along the way. Cycle heaven :)
|A steam strain at a drink stop!|
We made one or two sneaky ice-cream/drink stops along our journey and had an amazing re-fuel lunch at Graze in Bath before heading back in the opposite direction for home again.
There was one slight hiccup when my chain fell off and proceeded to wedge itself between my gear-cog and the bike frame (thank goodness my boyfriend was with me because as it got more and more stuck I did not have the strength to wrench it out!) but... I made it in one piece! (woohoo!)
All in all our cycling adventure lasted for 5 hours, stops included. Stops removed, I think I might currently be looking at a 4 hour completion for the 60km route, with a few weeks left to work on endurance and speed.
I am over the moon happy about it, and although my thighs are going to need a bit of recuperation time, I think I will cycle up to that Cycletta start line with a confidence I never thought I would be able to start with, and that feels great.
The next cycling themed post will probably be the Cycletta itself unless I sign up for the Big Bristol Bike Ride(!) So I'll probably see you at the finish line - EEEK!
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