Yes, you read it right, I went for a bike ride today! This is the first time in the whole of a Jana – Juneathon I have gone for a bike ride. In fact as I got it out of the shed, dusted it off and oiled the chain, I tried to remember the last time I cycled recreationally. I used it to get to work twice last year when my car was being fixed but that’s commuting and no fun, and I cycled to the doctors the week before last when I had cellulitis but that is only a mile and a half there and back. So the last time I did a bike ride for (sort of) fun was the Stroke Association Thames Bridges Bike Ride, which I did 3 years on the trot, the last one in 2005 I think. I stopped doing it because the Stroke Association test on animals and I did not want to support them any more.
The bike ride thought was planted in my head on Friday, when Louise and I were talking about Cycletta – a 40k womens only bike ride starting at Whipsnade Zoo on the 10th September. It’s 2 weeks before our first half marathon and I thought would be a good way to start the taper. Louise said she could be persuaded to do it, and I thought perhaps before I actually commit to anything I should go for a ride to check I still enjoy it. The good news is I do, but I am going to leave it another couple of weeks before I commit, to ensure that it works as my cross-training exercise in my half marathon training plan.
It was a very slow ride, I sort of got lost in the middle, but then found myself again. I seemed to do a lot of uphill with not much downhill and I was trying to map out a 9-10 mile run to use as my long training route at the same time. Miles 7 and 8 were uphill and offroad so were very slow and I was worn out by the end of them, so in total I rode 9.21 miles in 1 hr 9 mins. That’s an average pace of 7m 32s and I am very aware that there are some athoners out there running faster, but hey it was my first time out and my total elevation was (a staggering sounding) 424ft, so I don’t think it was too bad.
Worrying I don’t ache right now…I dread to think how my leags and bum are going to feel in the morning…
PS Am a bit gutted as I found out after our MK Parkrun that daily dash was our race director! We sat in the cafe and watched her doing all the postrun admin a parkrun entails so it’s a shame we didn’t know, although she may not have appreciated the interruption so it was probably for the best!