basically i hate winter, and not just a little bit, alot!!
it sucks so bad usually by the end of november i just don't want to go out
i got a few rides in in early december but nothing major, problem is work can get in the way with me because of nightshifts, and also recently covering some overtime has eaten in to my time off aswel. also my main riding buddy works normal mon-fri and every other saturday so having someone to ride with isn't always possible as i work 2 days, 2 nights then 4 off so he's on a normal 7 day rota and i am on an 8 day rota if that makes sense!
so with a combination of hating winter, no one to ride with, overtime, and weird working hours (aswel as the innevitable piss ups in december) i always lose motivation to be out on the bike over the colder months
BUT this year i want it to be different!!!
THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP!!
a couple of years ago i did a thread about what riding i was doing and i felt almost embarrassed if i didn't post on it regularly saying i had been out, it worked, i got pretty fit out of just making sure i had something to post!
stupid i know!
but it seemed to work!
so i need your encouragement saying well done or a post on this thread saying "OI!!! GET OUT ON YOU BIKE YOU LAZY GIT!!!"
so today was the first ride in almost 3 weeks
i wanted to do 20ish miles on the road bike before tonights nightshift, a local road ride, i am gonna try and stick to the road bike just because along with some others on here i also hate the constant cleaning the winter brings!!
initially i plucked the dynamo out of the garage, 2 pedal strokes made me realise that the new chain didn't want to know with the used cassette, back into the garage to get the next bike then
was gonna be the cross bike(with slicks) but then i couldn't find the shoes for that bike
(different pedals) so then i thought well it's dry outside, sod it, get the condor out
i don't usually let this bike out in the winter purely because it's manky outside but it's also a bit of a treat to ride.
so off i went spinning on the inside ring, the idea being spin rather than push gears, on the whole ride i only went on the top ring 3 times, all down hills, other than that it was spinning all the time, my house to lepe beach, inchmerry, exbury, beaulieu, east boldre, beaulieu, exbury, blackfield, home.
so todays stats are:-
quite happy with that for a "spin", last year by the summer i was averaging about 19.2 over a 40 mile ride starting with similar speeds in the winter so hopefully this is a good start, i just need to keep it up!!
here's a pic of todays weapon
and remember I NEED YOU TO ENCOURAGE OR SHOUT AT ME TO GET OUT ON THE BIKE!!
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