Monday 21st April: Step into Spring
After Friday’s epic (for me) pedalling today we went for a walk through fantastically seasonal bluebell woods and we also saw beautiful baby ducks and newborn lambs that managed to be even cuter than the ones we saw on Friday.
And the weather *actually* turned out nice. Which was nice.
Friday 18th April: Ride By Numbers - Day 18 30 Days of Biking, 114 kms to the Fifth Continent.
Up early on a bank holiday for a ride around coastal Kent, described as the Fifth Continent.
We rode through a village 10 miles from the coast that was busy port town in medieval times, through the Romney Marshes waiting for Magwich to emerge a la Great Expectations and to the world’s end feeling of Dungeoness. The site of a nuclear reactor was surprisingly busy!
Final leg through Camber Sands (spiritual home of Bangface Weekender), Rye and the last 20 miles which included a 15% mile long climb, which I got up like some sort of Easter miracle.
A Good Friday!
Friday 11th April: Namaste Bitches!
Went to yoga for the first time in probably more than 6 months this evening and it was GLORIOUS!
I was really pleased how much came back to me and how much flexibility I’ve still got and some poses I could do better than before. Which was nice.
Things I had forgotten though: a) don’t look at your stomach when in an inversion pose b) give your nose a good blow before starting.
Thursday 10th April, Day 10 30 Days of Biking: Flat Out
Discovered a flat tyre on my bike that must have been going down slowly over whilst in my bike locker all day.
First flat this year, and first flat in ages but I always feel a bit nervous changing a tube in the street in case I make a complete hash of it (which I never have I hasten to add!) but then conversely I also feel incredibly pleased with myself when I do manage it - I know it’s the simplest of maintenance tasks but still, go me!
Tuesday 8th April: One of our Morrissey Autobiographies is Missing.
I’ve lost my copy of the above, part way through reading it. Given I only read at home or at work (reading whilst cycling to work generally not a good idea) and it’s not at work it *must* be at home somewhere. I hope : (
Nobody tell me how it ends!
April 7th: Addiction Cubed
So, continuing the 80’s throw back, I’ve got a Rubik’s cube to go with my Filofax (this is technically a speed cube but same principle yeah?)
I’ve fairly quickly cracked the top face and the 1st row but an getting stumped beyond that. Will persevere as I have a habit if giving up at things too easily when they get too hard (see also Running, Cycling Up Hills, Numbers) and lateral thinking not the strongest either. I will persevere! And overcome!
Sunday 6th April, day 6: 30 days of biking: The London Classic!
Full write up to follow but rain! Cobbles! Hills! Guiness! Winning a Brooks! Good times!
Saturday 5th April: Day 5 30 Days of Biking: Upgrade U
Today I learnt/got a refresher on how to remove a crankset and bottom bracket and put a shiny new Sugino crankset and Token bottom bracket (and gave my poor bike a long overdue, well deserved clean)
Not sure how my bigger gearing will sit with the South London Alps for the London Classic tomoz but y’know, fortune favours the brave an’all that hoopla!
Friday 4th April: Wishing My Life Away.
Not a great deal to report on day 4 on 30 Days of Biking other than a smog filled ride to work so instead looking forward - 3 months today I’ll be heading to Yorkshire to ride around God’s own country and watch first two stages of t’tour. Good times!