I love cycling, anyone who has been here for longer than 5 mins knows that, but this week, WOW, things have just got so much better, I remember thinking how good I felt, back to April when I did my first 115 mile week of the year, that was on road, on a road bike, pretty much easy roads too and here I am , in December, cycling off road, in the snow and ice, on a MTB doing the same amount of miles .
Thursday evening was a watershed moment for me, my pace was SHOCKING, I thought that I didn’t want to do this any more,my legs were dead, i didn’t have any energy and my bottle had gone (Remember the last time it snowed, I ended up in HOSPITAL) but then I realised , things have changed, I have a bike for the conditions, I am a MUCH better cyclist and I WANT THIS, I want it so bad right now I cant even begin to tell you…I started to think that last weeks trip to hospital might be the culprit…but then I thought, that’s just an excuse man !
Still doubting myself after Thursday night, Friday morning it was Minus 11 !!!!!!…I decided to go on road to work, however, by the time I got of my road and onto the main road I had come off, nothing major, I wasn’t hurt, bike is fine but then, combined with Thursday evening I knew what I needed to do….and that was get off road and get back to fighting and having fun…. So I did:
And WHAT A View I was greeted with:
Its been a while since I was down there in the day light, this reminded me of what its all about !
Coming upto a bit where you are foced to get off to get though the gate I thought I’d snap the SEXY Cube.
The next 4 miles were pretty hellish TBH, I was , Minus 11 when I left, the Canal always feels colder than the road, mainly due to lack of car emissions etc ,my feet were in so much PAIN I couldn’t think straight , the last mile was on road and was again, more slippy than the canal and I hated it,the driver (like they have been all week) were SHOCKING, but the sense of achievement once I got to work was AMAZING.
My Hat & Scarf had become victims of the weather however and had frozen to death and my water had that much Ice in it, that it had turned to SLUSH !
Friday night I snapped some pretty great beam shots of my Magicshine, will post them up next week, but for now, I am sitting back and relaxing after a great week.