I guess I was really lucky to get the first job I applied for after 6 months of “retirement”. And even luckier for it to be one of the most interesting and challenging jobs I have been involved in. The only slight downside is that I am finding my self knackered at the end of each day and the weekends I have either been busy or down with an autumn bug such that I hadn’t been out on my bike for some weeks. So yesterday, despite high winds I got out again – and it was great!
I chose a fairly local starting point that provided opportunities to extend, reduce or change the route depending upon how I felt and the wind and ground conditions. So I parked at the top of Ditchling Beacon and I was off.
I headed off east on my bike and almost got blown off by some heafty gusts of wind. Mmm the top of the Downs just felt a bit too risky. So Stanmer Park bekoned and I took a right turn towards Falmer and Stanmer. Nestled down in dips was great but the first short climb was very muddy and was hard to get traction and the second was beautifully leaf covered and wet – so it was slippery and you couldn’t see the ruts and hidden tree debris from Monday’s storm – but I made both and didn’t fall off.
All told I only clocked up just over 8 miles – a long way off my my best (like about 15%) -it was great to be out again.