I am sorry if you are looking for a naughty blog entry which the title if this one may suggest but alas it is not. There was a little mud from the wet road and spray from the rear wheel but that is about as dirty as it gets. However for a few brief moments I may have gained a few more readers before they leave disappointed.
Well yesterday was the first proper ride if 2104! I mean proper ride, as in me actually on a bike, not in the gym or completing a workout. The latter have been continuing this week but as the rules say it’s all about the bike (rule #11 says the bike comes first which is close enough). So back to the first solo ride of the year. The main point was to get back out there, yes it was a little chilly but that is what the jacket and tights are for. It was great. She (the bike) had coped with the cold winter nights in the shed and she performed like a dream. I have to add at this point that the bike was in far more superior condition that me. No clicks or clanks from her pre winter storage service and only the tyres needed a little air.
So off I went on the ride. I only wanted to go out for a short ride just to get the feeling back of being on the bike and also to see what I could do to aid the recovery if the knee. I am happy to report the knee has come through yesterday with flying colours and is getting stronger on a daily basis. As previously mentioned the bike performed better than the rider. It was an average moving speed of 21km per hour and at this pace I would not be holding the rear wheel of any rider let alone Emily GH (Strava). Sorry Emily there would be no opportunity for you to shout at me to get off your rear wheel. That and the fact I am also in the wrong part of the country!
Anyway back to the ride, I was out for just over an hour and it felt fantastic. The fresh air in my face and the sound as it whistled through the ventilation in my helmet was just what I needed to remind me of the benefit and the joy of cycling. The clothing stood up to the task and kept me warm and dry. I could do with a small investment into shoe covers, and must remember to add the winter inner soles to my shoes. In the after ride bath my feet and toes were very thankful of the warm water to regain the feeling in them once more.
I think the bike (her ladyship) was happy too after she was given a rub down and the excess moisture removed from her frame. Tonight I will re grease the chain and give her a once over to ensure she is ready to carry my heavy body around the local roads again next weekend. I will lose weight which will make the rides easier and with a stronger knee I aim to be back to the longer rides very soon. Just keeping my fingers crossed for an acceptance email for Ride London next month whilst also deciding upon which of the local sportive’s to enter for a challenging but worthwhile 2014 of cycling.