This Morning I set off for the House of Sport to join the
Weekend Saturday Morning, Phoenix CC, Club spin. The intention was to ride as easy as possible all Morning to save energy to get out again on Sunday Morning.
This was one of those very, very rare Mornings where the group did not set off along the Malone road in the direction of Lisburn instead it was along the outer ring to Belvoir then briefly on to the Hill Hall road before swinging left in to the long gradual climb of the Ballycoan road. Despite being boxed in and having to ride at the group pace I felt I could have climbed a little quicker had I been on my own, regardless a personal best time flashed up on my Cycle computer 🙂
Crossing the Mealough road and in to the Leverogue road then on to the Comber road down in to Carryduff. The pace was slower than I personally wanted and thoughts of leaving the group and going solo entered my head but I remained with the group. We continued on along the quieter lanes and on to Ballgowan bringing the group to a halt to decide what people wanted to do. Some where down for riding the Tour of Tyrone tomorrow so they opted out early to find a Coffee Shop. The remainder continued on taking the Manse road and then the Killyleagh road to Derryboye where Barbara announced her legs were struggling and she was going to depart alone for Lisburn.
That was my excuse to leave the group and with it being a pleasant Morning I opted to accompany Barbara back to Lisburn via Crossgar and Ballynahinch.
A direct spin home from Lisburn down the Lagan Towpath to Hilden then Sandy Lane to Drumbeg and up past Lady Dixon Park through Stranmillis, along the Ormeau embankment and home for an easy 55 miles.