I've been back in training for 4 weeks now. It was a real struggle the first couple of weeks; I just couldn't get into it. However, I'm now fully motivated and really enjoying it. I've had a hard week this week and my legs are sore - it's such a great feeling and I've missed it! Dave and Jon at RideBike have built my road bike and I LOVE it. Up until now all of my road riding has been on the mountain bike; road bikes never really appealed to me. After three days out on it I'm now totally hooked and I'm even thinking about racing it now!
In the winter I tend to prefer to train before rather than after work. It's not always easy to get out of bed when the alarm goes off, especially when it's dark and cold outside! However, I get a real buzz from early morning rides and seeing the sun rise over the harbour makes it all worth while. I also like the huge appetite that I have for the rest of the day - guilt free!
I've been making sure that I get off road at least a couple of times a week, so we've been searching out new riding spots. We've been riding the trails around Holmbury, Pitch Hill, and Leith Hill, which is just brilliant! With the help of Pete Flynn, our excellent guide, we've been able to hunt out lots of techy stuff that has allowed me to work on my weak points. There have been some scary moments that have had me exercising my vocal chords and Dave has been keeping us entertained with his 'over the bars' antics. We're off to check out the riding near Ruthin, North Wales, next weekend. Wahoo, I can't wait!