A beautiful day so we cycled into the city. We needed to go in and put Kenn’s timesheet into his agency’s office anyway. The main reason was to go and visit Debbie and pinch a cup of tea. We really needed one, as we were boiled. It was 15 or 16 degrees out and there was not a breath of wind on the way in to the city.
I had forgotten what a long drag it is up to Hellesdon lights. We took turns in front but I found it tiring. Once at the lights, its a steady downhill all the way to the cycle path with only a short uphill to the cycle park.
Coming back, along the cycle path, we decided not to come off where we usually do – on the wrong side of a busy road – but to push on a bit and come back on ourselves thus putting ourselves on the correct side of the road. Seemed like a good idea at the time. After a mile, there was no sign of the ‘going back’ path but there was a gate and path to the right, across a park, which I knew would bring us out somewhere near where we needed to be. Well, it kind of did anyway. It brought us out at the bottom of a hill which we needed to cycle up to get back on the route home. It brought us out past the Mile Cross roundabout. We peddled back to the roundabout, turned left, up the hill and on to Aylsham Road. Feeling a bit tired by now and we were worried about losing the light, we turned our flashers on and got on with getting home. We pedalled as hard and as fast as we could. Our tired legs were just not turning fast enough for our liking.
Chris Boardman says “Winning is just a case of how much you are prepared to suffer”. We were worried about it getting dark and being 2 little cyclists on a road full of big artics with tired drivers. Getting back in some semblance of light was just a case of how much we were prepared to suffer. We stepped up our cadence, changed up, stepped up the cadence again.
The last mile was done at quite a rate of knots. 20 mph in fact. The light was failing fast, we were under the trees and the lorries were taking no quarter, despite being covered in flashers, they seemed not to see us. We were very happy to reach the pedestrian path at the side of the road, which we cycled along. We felt that it was safer today.
Miles today: 16.45
Miles to date: 351.79
Miles to go: 648.21
Max speed: 22.96
Ave speed: 12.73
Feelings: Tired and fed up. Raff was fine though.