Would you mind either sharing your route or if you have one your Strava profile so I can see your ride. My Strava profile is “Ian barrett #VCB#”Well weather looked good on Saturday and I had a bit of free time so set off around 11am to follow a new route I had devised. Route went out from Derby to Swarkstone Bridge and via Hartshorne to Ashby de la Zouch and Packington before turning eastwards and climbing into the Charnwood Forest. I was planning to stop for some food at the new Cafe at Beacon Hill Country Park at 60km but with the climbing and some other delays it was about 2.30pm by the time I reached the cafe by which time I was distinctly hungry. Anyway had a nice pastie and some fruit cake and felt lots better. Then it was downhill to Barrow upon Soar and a flat ride with tail wind thereafter until I got home having completed 98km. Also had a short stop at Sawley Marina about 10km from home to buy a drink from the shop.
My main objective devising the route was to ride something a bit hillier than my normal quite flat rides. There was 860m of climbing which although not a lot for many of you is more than I normally do. However the real bonus was that this turned out to be a cracking route scenery wise, with lots of small lanes, little villages and lovely views. Definitely one to repeat.
Got home around 5pm with about 5.5 hours of moving time and another 1 hour stopped.
Brilliant you. My DIY on Saturday never got off the ground, too shattered just from spin/gym and work on Friday. was laid low the previous week with a virus. i've not been ill in several years so can't complain, although I am. I feel like I am on borrowed time, with knee, back, eyesiight etc. Got to see where I can get to, see if I can achieve something. I only started cycling 5 years ago so have no glory days.Thirteen 200+ km rides completed and thread updated. Do I wait for my chilli pepper to be awarded, or just copy one from somewhere?
Looking back through my records, the most rides of that length I'd done in a year previously was 9, in 2016, followed by 8 in 1988 and 1990, a pretty positive outcome. If I manage to complete RRtY in the next two months the total will go up to 15. But on the other hand, with a couple of spells of illness I've only ridden on 19 days in total this year, and the stats suggest I've lost about 10% of my capacity. But apart from the time it now usually takes, making wintertime an even bigger challenge, riding 125 miles/200 km still isn't a problem, so I'm not entirely sure where this is leading.
@Cranky Knee Girl, watching you spiralling ever upwards has been wonderful, even though you're making my own decline ever more apparent. I'll forgive you though.
I'm sure that it won't be long now...I feel like I am on borrowed time, with knee, back, eyesiight etc. Got to see where I can get to, see if I can achieve something.
Told you so - well done!Ooph I'm home, my 13th lunatic ride complete.
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