I want to preface this update to my virtual bike ride to India by saying that this week was crap. I mean, really, really crap. I can mention the circumstances (read excuses) for why this weeks distance is so low, but I am sure it will bore you. Suffice to say, I know I didn't do very well, and I promise to do better, despite the fact that I think next week will actually be a lot worse! In fact, it will be a miracle if I virtually get to India at all at this rate!!
Thursday 21st November – With a busy Friday and Saturday on the cards, I had to spend the evening prepping for the weekend, and as a result, had no time to cycle.
Friday 22nd November – I went out for a meal with my brother and parents today in order to celebrate my Mums birthday. It was a lovely meal, but a shame about the service. Afterwards, we went to a pub to watch a band and have a few drinks. As a result, a complete failure on the cycling front.
Saturday 23rd November – I didn't feel too bad in the morning, but was in medical need of a full English breakfast at the local cafe. When I got back, I was too full to cycle, and in the early afternoon, I headed over to the Saints rugby ground. We had landed tickets in a box again, which meant free food and drink for the afternoon. A great day out, but clearly no cycling was going to get done this day! If drinking huge quantity's of beer could be considered endurance training though, I am up there with the best!
Sunday 24th November – Felt remarkably good in the morning, despite someones best attempts to disturb my sleep the night before. I actually got on the bike during the afternoon, and cranked out 20kms. Go me!
Monday 25th November – A really impressive turn on the turbo trainer. I rode harder and faster than I have in a long time, and felt stronger at the end of it. Perhaps it was the bacon sandwich I had at work during the day. It didn't all go smoothly though. Somehow, my SPD wouldn't release from the pedal, and so I had to take my foot out of the shoe and leave it there. Whilst making a weeks worth of chilli, I took apart the shoe and the pedal to finally get the shoe free. Note to self – After this experience, I will be taking a spare MTB SPD cleat and screws with me on my next cycling adventure around the world.
Tuesday 26th November – A remarkably crap day at work, and instead of exercise, I decided that a bottle of red wine was more important.
Wednesday 27th November – A zero kilometres achieved again. At this point I am considering adding up the small distance I cycle to work and back every day, but even that's embarrassing!
Weekly summary – A poxy 40kms cycled. Must do better!
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