A decidedly unmotivated and last-nights-curry laden me clambered aboard the BeOne for a Sunday spin this afternoon, but clamber aboard I did anyway and took in a 20 mile loop out to Dunadry and back.
It was a ride of two halves. The first was hard work and fairly miserable, with a very strong headwind as an unwelcome accompaniment to the hills and hangover. At five miles in I was ready to call it a day. Actually, at every mile up to about ten miles in I was ready to call it a day too. But then I was at the Dunadry bridge turnaround point, and the wind turned around too. I think I accidentally cycled into the jetstream, or someone surreptitiously fitted an engine to my bike. Something like that.
The second half was therefore much easier, and faster, and a welcome relief, though still with enough hills to be challenging.
By the time I was on the home straight I was feeling good and like I had a few more miles in the legs. Maybe not enough for another lap, but enough for another half lap? With the Marie Curie Craigavon 80k less than 8 weeks away, that’s encouraging.
19.5 miles covered at an average speed of 15.6mph. More details and a full GPS track is available on Garmin Connect.