Brrr – it’s cold out there !

I did my first outside ride for about two weeks after a weekend off for my birthday.  The worst part is just getting out of the door.  Once I was out it wasn’t too bad as I’d prepared for the cold.  Fortunately, the wind was very light so I didn’t have to worry about too much wind chill and there was no rain.  Some of the road surfaces were a bit slippery so I had to be careful on some of the corners.

The ride ended up being about 3 1/2 hours down to Ogmore via Barry and Rhoose, followed by a cross country route to Cowbridge and a coffee stop courtesy of Waitrose !  It was then a ride back via Welsh St Donats and back along the A48 turning off to Dyfryn Gardens for the ride back to Dinas Powys.

Keeping the training going through December is going to be tough with an increasing number of work Christmas drinks events – the first one was at the end of November.  I haven’t yet resorted to the ultimate sacrifice – getting up early to do a session on the spin bike before work.  The Ride Across Britain is nine months away !


Well, I’ve gone and done it!

Birthday weekend – no training !

I’ve gone and done it and entered the 2018 Deloitte Ride Across Britain.  I can’t back out now as I’ve paid over half the cost and booked the flight back from Inverness after the ride finishes !fullsizeoutput_3c0

I’ve received a training plan from the organisers for between now and the end of August – the main premise is riding followed by lots more riding !  Time in the saddle is key.

Training will have to wait this weekend as I’m celebrating my 50th birthday.  The whole family are coming down to south Wales for weekend for golf, high ropes course and swimming at Celtic Manor Resort followed by indoor surfing at the Cardiff White Water Centre on Sunday.