OK, I guess I should ‘fess up. My stated aim of riding at least 10K every day of December has been derailled.
I’m not happy about it, and I hope to resume shortly, but at this point in the month I’m off the bike.
Allow me to make my excuses. First and foremost has been a nasty head cold. Nothing particularly bad, but something viral that won’t seem to clear off like I’d want it to. For my last four rides I was riding with it and had focussed on road rides of relatively short duration down to compensate. I think Friday was 12 miles and Saturday was 7, or something like that.
It’s a shame because up to late last week I felt I was riding reasonably well, and didn’t feel too bad while on the bike, but if truth be known I’ve had a sense of this illness with me all month.
The second issue was something a bit silly. Somehow, on pulling away on my Trek singlespeed at the start of Saturday’s ride I managed to strain my hip – a lesson for anyone who doesn’t warm up properly. I felt a bit pf either muscle or joint pain as I stood up to get the bike going (it was a bit on the chilly side) but didn’t think too much of it; during the ride it felt fine and I managed to grind up The Mount in Leatherhead without too many worries.
The next day I felt pretty hobbled though. I’ve had a touch of the Douglas Bader about me for a few days and can’t honestly tell if I’ve damaged a muscle or somehow done something to my hip. I’m sure I could ride, and it seems to be freeing up, but it was the final nail in my 10K a Day coffin to be honest.
So I’m down but not out. I console myself that I’ve only had four days off, and that thus far my road and off-road mileage is sitting at 209 miles for the month. I’ll be returning to the bike from Thursday but with greatly scaled back ambitions for the short term.
Despite all that, I would still recommend anyone who’s interested to attempt some kind of regular riding over the holidays. 10K is just six miles which can be thrashed or ambled as the mood takes you (and generally the miles creep above that – I was averaging about 24K a Day before my ‘pause’). You find that 40-50 minutes on the bike, even on the road, is a pretty good stress reliever at the darkest time of the year; it’s a great way of connecting with the environment, however inclement it can be.
Let’s just hope by the end of the month I have a better story to tell!