After missing quite a few weeks I took Friday off to get my legs spinning again – just a 25 mile jaunt along the seafront – Brighton Pier to George V Avenue, Worthing and back again on my nobbly shod MTB – cycling over the new “footbridge” at Shoreham for the first time.
And then back into the more serious stuff on Saturday.
I stated at Pycombe and headed west up West Hill towards Saddlescombe. What a start – at the bottom of the hill the path had been sanitized (all the ruts and bumps flattened) but soon you are in to a 20% climb. Perhaps not the most sensible start after a layoff. After 100m upwards I was panting like a goon. And guess what – I bumped into fellow blogger “RollingDown...” on his recently renovated 199X Marin – having a chat allowed me to regain composure and reassess my direction.
I continued on the South Downs Way through Saddlescombe, up over Devils Dyke. Off the top of the Downs I took a rather steep path coming out west of Fulking. When I could glance at my gradient readout on my speedo is said -24% and that was when it was flattening out – I don’t think I will try cycling up it for a while.
I then rode up Truliegh Hill from around Truleigh Farm. Back on the SDW it was back to West Hill before heading south and down to Waterhall – damn puddles again. After buzzing alongside the A23 to Pycombe I had a bit left in my legs so I went up to, and around, Woolstonbury Hill (only marred by about a 200m push up a dreadful up-hill path).
It was a bit windy and the sn only peeped out for afew minutes but really nice to be pushing myself again – not quite 19 miles – but more importantly 800m (1/2 mile) of ascent.