A ride out yesterday, nothing crazy just something to try and get me in the right frame of mind and getting used to sitting in the saddle again. I took a spin through the Great Park and onto Old Windsor. I didn’t get far, roads shut and traffic in chaos. The Thames was pretty close to busting its banks at Old Windsor and the Runnymede Lodges were a few feet under.
The Thames at Old Windsor (Before and After)
I took a few photos and retraced my route for a coffee at my using cyclists cafe.
Before and After
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So between dodging the rain / wind and various elements, I managed to get a few miles in. A spin round my old haunt of Windsor Great Park showed just how much fitness I lost during my period of “Pie eating, beer drinking and general lack of activity” over Christmas. I huffed and puffed my way round the park attempting to blow out some of the cobwebs in the legs. The level of the lake is really high and in some places has flooded the paths. I stopped at the Waterfall Cascade and took a photo of the torrent of water. (it is usually a gentle trickle)
Virginia Water – Last summer / Now.
Saturday afternoon was a quick spin before the rugby.
No ride with Woking CC this Sunday it was just too windy for my liking, and I will get back into the longer runs when the weather eventually sorts its life out.
Well, the ballot results for the Prudential Ridelondon are out and some 80000 Bradley Wiggins / Chris Froome / Mark Cavendish wannabees are all waiting every morning on their doorsteps for the postman. I spent the last few days being very “Matter of fact” about if I was going to get a place and how “it would be really nice to repeat the experience – if I got a place” but I was “not too worried” if I didn’t etc etc, (but secretly hanging about in the bushes waiting to ambush the postman every morning was not going down well with the neighbours) So today was the day that ended the waiting – and this arrived through my letterbox.
The piece of paper that means you got some miles ahead of you on the bike
So now I need to do a few things before August the 10th 2014
1: Lose a ton of weight. (Christmas beer and pies)
2: Clock up some miles on the bike.
3: ….. and then do even more miles on the bike.
4: ………. and more.
5: Goto 2
If you are riding for the first time in the Prudential Ride London 100 – Check out my older posts from last years event.