After all the effort getting the website re-organised it will come as no surprise to many to hear that I’ve barely turned a wheel for the best part of three months. That’s quite a long time really and I wonder what’s the longest break others have had?
I could point to a number of reasons as well as the workload, including burnout, stress and an innocuous but persistent virus but the truth is sometimes something has to give. Looking back at past articles over the years I can see this as a recurring theme.
Of course the beauty of time off the bike means that getting back on it is all the sweeter. Last Sunday I managed my first miles of the new decade, on a road bike of all things. Around eleven gentle miles just to clear the lungs (still some work to do there) and get back in the flow.
I found that even easy miles still have an impact after illness. During the ride I could feel my muscles protesting somewhat at the workload (well, there’s gentle and there’s gentle isn’t there?) but I felt good when I got home. A couple of hours later though and I was feeling pretty tired again so my recovery is going to have to be a careful one or I’ll blow up.
My riding absence has also coincided with a writing absence which I’m also hoping to correct. It feels I have a lot to talk about, having just picked up some nice, white Stans Crest wheels on red Hope Pro 2 hubs which will be going onto the Orange. I’m quite excited by the instant 200g weight saving as well as the chance to use lighter non-UST tyres. Expect a review after I’ve got some miles in.
Also barely mentioned – and barely ridden thanks to the ice and snow – is my new Specialized Secteur Elite road bike. Many of us ride the blacktop, increasingly so I expect and this is my first proper road bike. It feels alien as I have no baseline. No idea where the grip is, what the bike can do or, more importantly how it will stop with those funny road brake things. Again, a few more miles and a bit of experience should yield a review.
Alongside all that there’s plenty of bike industry news to cover and components to review. It looks as though I’m going to be busy once again..!