This past week has been something of a milestone for me – quite literally really as I’ve managed for the first time to ride practically every day. It hasn’t been easy and has tried my wife’s patience to be sure, but somehow I’ve notched up road and off-road miles to the tune of 148.
Here’s a breakdown of my [rolling] week…
With my wife currently doing her PGCE, this was a rare chance to ride into work off-road. A careful slog, trying to keep my heart rate somewhere sensible (i.e. this side of 150 average) meant a longer ride time than usual but with the winter mud around that’s inevitable anyway.
28 miles racked up.
A busy morning for everyone meant I needed to get out and back by 10:00, so reluctantly I passed on the chance of a moles ride and headed out on the road bike. Leaving Bookham I found out the hard way that it’s essentially a 12 mile climb to Leith Hill but at least after that it’s downhill!
I really enjoyed spinning along at a brisk but not exhausting road pace and was back at 9:50 with 24 miles in the bag.
I don’t usually ride Mondays since the weekend gives me plenty of exercise but a friend has been badgering me for ages about coming out with his mates off-road.
The trails are awful at the moment, as you’ll have gathered but we still managed 18 miles, just about without mishap although it was marginal really!
The road moles were out tonight with Tony, Barrie, Keith and a below-par Paul901 setting a terrific pace for me to try and hang onto. Out to Cobham, to Ockham, to the Bell & Colvill garage at West Horsley, up and over the downs to Shere, onto Peaslake and Holmbury to finally get back onto the A25 in Dorking and then home.
A fast ride that had my legs burning and grateful I could tuck in behind Barrie and Tony as they chatted while spinning along up front at 22mph all the way back from Dorking. Ouch!
Another 32 miles on the clock though and plenty of smiles. It’s such a novelty to ride for 2 hours plus without really stopping.
A frog surprise tonight as we took to the hills on our regular Wednesday night ride, with D’Andy, Ray and Jez joining me for a hilarious mudfest of a bike ride. Really, it was fun! Just very muddy, but that comes with the territory with the moles doesn’t it?
That notched another 18 miles door to door for me.
Once more on the road bike, with the car being MOT’d (it passed!) and my wife needing a vehicle. I commuted to work and back again at a brisk but manageable pace.
Really by now my legs were feeling it but despite a lot of riding I didn’t feel especially tired and once on the bike found I was spinning along quite well. Just don’t ask me to walk up stairs.
To cap it all, just as I planned a nice chilled evening I was up all night with a sick child so I’m a bit zombie-like today after notching my final 28 miles of the week.
In all, 148 miles and while I can’t do that every week it was a great feeling to actually be using both road and mountain bikes for work and play.
I know a lot of people can ride like that in a day but most of the riding this week was quite intense and to string it all together day after day feels like something of an achievement. Recommended if you ever get the chance.