I know this may sound unbelievable, but I went for a bike ride today. On a bike, on an actual road, for the first time in about three months.
After being out of action for so long this ride was something of an experiment. A benchmark to see just how bad shape I was in. I therefore decided on a fairly easy, 15-odd mile and fairly flat route along the back roads to Carrickfergus, returning via the main A roads. The weather, however, was having none of my “easy” intentions and threw a strong, bitterly cold wind in my face.
And, oh, it was awful.
Well, it was a struggle, especially the hills, and I had to stop a few times as I was dizzy from the effort.
But consider: I’ve had tendon problems requiring medical action, and been really quite ill for some time; weather conditions were not good; going into the ride, I was already tired from physical DIY work the day before.
Despite these things, I still managed to cycle 13.7 miles, and to a lot of people that’s a long way. I’m actually feeling pretty positive about it. The 80k Marie Curie Craigavon Cycle at the end of May is definitely within reach (with a bit of work), and from there the rest of 2011.
It all starts here. Again.