Various things to catch up on on this rainy Sunday afternoon!
First solo bike ride
Yesterday was a swimming day and I planned to fit in a swim whilst I took a family member to hospital. The NHS obviously runs more to time at the weekend as no sooner than I had my cozzie
on, I got a message to say that he was going in for his procedure, which meant I only had time for a fast km. I didn't really mind too much.
When I got home though, I felt I should do something else - Mr Tuna was out all day and it was beautiful weather so I decided to take Beryl (my road bike has finally been named for Beryl Burton) out for a spin. I took a route that I've cycled several times on my old bike that is a nice loop to Woodstock and back. I've cycled it mostly before because the Woodstock Outdoor Pool is a convenient halfway point! It's not a great time trial route as there are 4 sets of traffic lights, a busy road and a busy roundabout to cross, but it's pleasant enough and I am going to try to fit it in as an evening loop in these last few weeks before the light gets too bad.
It took me just over 46 minutes which will be the time that I aim to improve on (a short loop that I can do easily should be a good mark of progress), and turned out to be 15k (I thought it was 20k so was a little disappointed by the time!).
New cycling clothes
My ride yesterday was definitely improved by some new cycling clothes. I initially bought some bright pink cycling shorts (what was I thinking? They don't go with any of my other clothes, but they are so bright that I guess they are good for road safety), and then I saw a cycling skirt! MUCH more flattering and in a sensible shade of black. At the same time I bought a pink short sleeved flowery jersey to wear with it. So thanks to Velovixen , a company specialising in rather nice cycling clothes for ladies, for coming up with something nice to wear! Too bad that we're nearly at the end of the season where a jersey can be worn without a jacket now.
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Not a great week in terms of training, but then I was recovering from the Festival of Sport.
Cycling: 15k road bike, 50k commuting