This one was a three big ride weekend and a early morning ride start week and a new saddle bag testing week, a new rout maker try out and a panic week because of a strange signals from my knees.
After a long Denmead audax ride I had a few days laying low, resting. And than beginning from Tuesday I started early morning rides. Waking up just before 5am and setting of for a 30 miles rides just before work. I did came gradually to making myself an early bird. First I started doing some short runs and than these early exercises became 30 mile rides. Now I’m just getting up 5 am and deciding what I’m going to do run, cycle, do some stuff at the computer or stay in bed for a few minutes earlier. My aim was to discipline myself to go to bed early to wake up early.
An early morning rides are amassing. There is no traffic no noise an the nature is just awake. I was lucky that sunrises were happening at the same hour that I was getting out of town so I had an incredible view of the countryside. First early rides were still in the cold wind so they weren’t so cheerfuller and I was worried to get late to work too or not to make early enough to get a shower there.
Just before the weekend mile rides I acquired my new saddle bag from Wild Cat – Tiger-Dover. Bike U Like shop just started selling them and I had an eye on them for a while still deciding should I go for Alpkit or this one. The saddle bag as I found out is a frame and a fold dry bag. The fold dry bag you can order any size you think you’ll need, I did get 8 liter one. So far it’s more than I actually need even having to carry my war wear.
I came over Ride With GPS route maker so decided to have a go with this one and make a route to Kent where my parents live. and on Friday after half day of work I set out for a 109 miles route. I was lucky as I had a tail wind so my average for the first 60 miles would be much higher than normally is. On a second half of the route I did go on to gravel route and I got lost a couple of times. Now it was a test for my bike of how will it handle the gravel. And it did well. Wider than I used to tires, size 28 instead of 23, were much easier to handle and with more confidence too. It did go dark and cold. That was still not a great weather for a long rides, especially if you set out for one after work.
So I got to the place later than I expected. I do get some very optimistic expectations sometimes based on no real facts or evidence that I can actually do that. The next morning I was thinking of riding 200 miles back home, but had to change my mind as the weather was getting really cold again and it supposed to rain in the afternoon too. So I made a quick route of a 100 miles + and gone to sleep. When I woke up I really had no motivation to ride at all as the weather didn’t seem well at all. So I had a breakfast and decided to ride back, but take as much time as I’ll need to get back home on bicycle and still keep the ride in the enjoyable state as much as possible.
And I actually made it back. Little by little. Tried not to think much whats going to happen ahead or when I’ll make it back. Just stayed in the moment and pedaled. The weather stayed chilly and at the end it started raining. And my knees started acting funny too. Wrong set up of the bicycle. The saddle was still way too high after the last modifications. Got back, ate a lot and gone to sleep to recover for the following days Isle of Wight ride.
This time the weather was great, I had a company and there were many more cyclists as the Isle of Wight Randonnee was taking a place. The ferries were full of cyclists. We took the earliest one as the next one was already fully booked. My company was Jeff as he was still preparing for his Bryan Chapman Memorial audax.
There were many riders of different capabilities and the routes were amasing too. Me and Jeff cycled both organised routes. And it always nice to cycle Isle of Wight Hills. Well organised and highly recommend yearly event.
This week I managed to break my personal mileage record.