Hey, you, get off of my cloud

Ok, so the Tour of Pembrokeshire took its toll…but the only way to get back on the bike is to get back on the bike…and with the (windy) sun shining, what better way to do it than an easy recovery ride with MaxiMe?  Lovely it was too, no agenda, just a ride in the sun with my boy.  I quite like him you know, he’s almost human ;).. He was on form too, though I still didn’t let him win the sprint finish ;). Having said that, with my yet to fully recover legs, it was a close run thing! *grin*.  That was Monday…

austin ahead austin alongside

Cycling time: 0:45 hrs.
Distance: 11.3 miles.
Avs: 14.9 mph.
ODO: 1509.45 miles.

Look – new shoes! With cleats, attached and set up properly by my pit crew, aka Andrew, yesterday.  He also re-aligned the gears on the Cube and, since he was there and is lovely, changed the puncture in the rear tyre.  Well, if I did it I might break a fingernail right? ;).  So I now have summer shoes to match the summer bike, and it turns out they’re pretty comfortable too.  Not just pretty.  Looks aren’t everything you know ;). That was Tuesday…

new shoes

Which brings us to today, which last I checked, was Wednesday. Even having issued an all-points bulletin in search of company, it ended up just being me out there. Which was probably not such a bad thing.  Head space ‘n all that. I went for a ride in the sun, happy going nowhere, taking photos as I went, and just enjoyed the ride. Apparently that’s kind of the point, and it’s a good thing to be reminded of that from time to time.  It wasn’t quite time for shorts…but ooh, nearly….!

Have some pretty photos of the outside world. Where there were flowers, and herons, deer and swans. Where the skies were blue, and the grass was greener on this side as well as t’other.

why i went out  tulip

rhyne  Brent Knoll

nesting swan  cresting  


It felt good out there. In lots of ways, mostly weather related ones. Sun on face, lack of wind in hair, and so on. However it was, interestingly enough, my fastest time up both Mudgely Hill and the climb to Christon this year. As I’ve said before, there’s no point me comparing this year with last year, but it’s encouraging to see things slowly improving this year.  Let’s see how that translates on the Forest of Dean sportive on Sunday…*fingers crossed* it goes well! :).

Cycling time: 1:41 hrs.
Distance: 27.2 miles.
Avs: 16.0 mph.
ODO: 1536.65 miles.