Monday, 3 October 2011

Back in the saddle

Well today with our barmy autumn, I was joined by Kelly & Joe (on the pink love sausage) & we headed onto our familiar training roads of the good old North Downs. I didn't have the best of starts & punctured about 5 miles into the ride. When I took the wheel off discovered why. The wheel tape that goes round the inside of the wheel between the rim & the inner-tube had shifted leaving a small hole where the nipple for a spoke goes in. End result - bang!! All mended & we wound our way up towards Pollhill & then the delights of Starhill Road. This never gets easeir, but I didn't resort to the granny ring on the front, which must be a good sign??

We stopped at Costa Coffee on the way back in Biggin Hill, before the fast roads back to Bickley & the long climb up Chislehurst Hill. Why can't I live in Holland where it's flat??

Todays choppy route

Tomorrow is another day & after I swim in the morning, I shall driving down to the coast where I have mapped out a 50 mile route. This is flat so aiming for some strength & endurance work if my legs recover in time (they felt rather stiff after the ride & clearly having so many weeks off the saddle I've got to get back 'in the grove'!!)

Our revised windy route

Making the best of possibly the last day of decent weather, Kelly & I went to the South Coast & cycled into a monster headwind, that was so strong I was struggling to maintain 10mph on the flat. My god how that changed when we returned. I think the maximum speed I did was 24mph without hardly peddling!! I LOVE tail winds!!

I hope the flags give you some idea how strong the wind was??

A welcome coffee break before heading back with the tail wind

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