Solo Saturday

With bitter cold temperatures and a strong Wind ūüôĀ it was tempting to stay indoors and spin the Hamster Wheel. But the roads were bone dry, free from frost and Ice and there was the slim chance of some Sunshine too, so I got geared up and set off on the Winter Bike to get a decent ride in. I have not done much distance work lately due to the Weather so was aiming for around 40 miles today to boost the endurance.

Having travelled a few hundred yards I realised I had a small issue with the Winter Bike and would need to return home and fix it before setting off again, but when I got home I had a change of mind and hurriedly unclamped the Summer steed from the Hamster Wheel, inflated its tyres and set off on that instead.

It felt great being back on the Summer Bike listening to the hum of the Carbon Wheels on the road ūüôā I set off a little too keenly putting in way more effort than normal and knew I would have to calm it down a little if I was to have enough energy to get in the kind of distance I was looking for today because it was going to be tough enough fighting the Wind and the Cold without also over-exerting myself.

Leaving Dundonald up the new line climb then Eden road and Gransha road then the Ballykeel road and a few other undulating, country roads before emerging out at Ballygowan on the Ravara road. A quick bite at half an energy bar and I was on my way again up the Saintfield road then in to the Carsontown road and then a little loop round the lanes on the outskirts of Crossgar. A bit of roadkill at the side of the road was not really appetising enough so I took another chunk of an energy bar before heading for home.

Out on to the main road and a good hard push to Saintfield and down through Ballygowan to Comber and back to Dundonald for just shy of 38 miles and a good pacey average speed which was surprising given how many times I had a headwind on the outward journey.

It was so good to get a great spin in on the Summer Bike and it won’t be that many more Weeks until it is called back in to service on a more regular basis.

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