This year I have got out twice on my bike.
On the 1st January I managed to get Kenn to throw a leg over his Boardman for the first time since about October. Although I had been lazy for the back part of 2013 I had clocked up 100 miles more than he had. We just took a gentle bimble around the Wattlefield loop, all 8.15 miles of it. I didn’t feel too bad, Kenn was seriously flagging at the end but we made it home in one piece.
Tonight I got out on my bike while Kenn was at dialysis. It was a lovely mild night so I rode from home to the hospital to meet him and then get a lift home again. Its 8.33 miles, mostly a very gentle downhill as the route drops 100 feet over those 8 miles. I got there in a reasonable respectable 35:21 which is not too bad in the pitch dark where the road is mostly unlit and can be muddy.
I did get out a couple of times before the new year. I had a dreadful ride on the 23rd December where I rode 8.02 miles which darn near killed me, I was shattered and have never been so glad to see our front door in my life. I went for 4 rides in December, each better than the one before, all for about 8 and a bit miles. Today’s ride was way better than the one on 23rd December!
We have decided to head towards 1500 miles this year – which I do intend to add 500 miles too by the end of 2004 but its a nice amount of miles and doesn’t make Kenn feel over faced. I think that I have explained to him that if we can just ride a couple of times a week over winter that it will pay dividends over the summer. I’m telling myself this too. I know that it will its just I don’t like the cold or the rain. I especially don’t like them both together, neoprene booties not withstanding.
Dialysis really takes it out of Kenn but he has said that he will make more of an effort. After all, if a kidney does come his way, it would be awful for him to be turned away if he’s overweight or they rule him unfit for surgery. Cycling should take care of the weight and the fitness in one fell swoop.
Goal: 1500 miles