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 !