What a difference an hour makes – 29th August
All day it had been really bad weather, windy with heavy rain, but the weather forecast was for it to stop at 4pm. After work I popped in to see my parents. The rain stopped, but the forecasters got it wrong, it was 4:05! By 5:05 the sky was mostly blue and the roads were dry!
After doing the usual mundane jobs at home I headed out into the early evening sunshine and made the route up as I went. My elbow, now without bandages to support it, felt a bit strange. Almost like I’d got a tennis ball fixed to it, that wobbled about when I hit any bumps or put holes. I tried doubling up the tubegauze thing I’d put on to stop the sticky iodine patch coming off, but that didn’t really help.
When I got to Maxstoke Hill there was a bloke in front of me, probably about 50m away, he seemed to have come down the hill, got to the bottom and turned round. I tried to catch him, but could just about keep the gap the same. He turned round at the top and headed back down… hill repetitions, a tough way to train!
A blast back into the city as the light faded, very aware that under the trees it was beginning to get quite dark. With only a rear light I headed back the lightest most direct route…. I think I’d better dig out that front light I’ve got somewhere in the garage!
Ride – #142 Bike – Raleigh Airlite 100
Miles – 22.3 Total 2012 miles – 3038.2
Strava – http://app.strava.com/rides/20183383