Out on my bike again – crash, bang, wallop

One of my objectives early in the year was to get fit enough that by year end I would enter one of the charity organised “Cycle (Country)” events. And to enter I felt I would need to feel comfortable cycling c. 50 miles a day on an MTB for 5-8 days in a row. However since I took redundancy I have had a few minor setbacks that have thwarted my fitness regime – I didn’t realise retirement could be so dangerous!

Anyway now back from holiday and just about over the jet lag I have started slowly getting back into the swing of exercise.

On Sunday it was a walk at Wakehurst Place – the bluebells were out and wonderful – followed by what was planned to be a gentle ride on the bridle paths at the foot of the South Downs with Keran.  One minute we were cycling along, the next I had been knocked off by an overtaking MTB’er.  As I picked myself up I looked at my “attacker” and though “oh-sh*t”, he was lying on the ground totally still. Thankfully after a few seconds he got himself up and wasn’t aware of his temporary inactivity.  It reminded me of my face plant on the North Downs some years ago when I thought I got up immediately but Bryce was convinced I was a goner.  So we gave up after only 7.5 miles. Well it was a start and I was pleased as I was so apprehensive beforehand.

On Monday it was three diferent loops round Stanmer Park – just over 12.5 miles and 1300 feet of climbing – and my first sighting of a Stoat this year.

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On Tuesday my circuit was from the A27 upto Devil’s Dyke, down to Foredown Tower, back up over to Truleigh Hill, back to the Dyke and then downhill to the A27 – just a bit further than Monday’s ride and slightly more climbing.

Today I was joined by Charly and took it easy another 7.5 miler from Stanmer Park up to Ditchling Beacon.

It feels great to be cycling again!

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