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flurry of activity

On Your Bike – Thirty Is Not Fifty Four – Punk Pensioner in W6

The strange euphoria experienced last week has bled over into this week and meant that I have continued to cram in all sorts of activity over the bank holiday weekend. After an easy 10km run on Thursday night, Friday was taken gently as I had a 30 mile cycle ride with Hauling My Carcass planned for Saturday morning. I haven’t done much cycling this year due to the poor weather and as I don’t use my pushbike for a daily commute, I only tend to go out on it when I either plan a ride in advance or the mood suddenly takes me. Cycling in the pouring rain or snow is not an enjoyable experience for me so have so far limited my cycling to quick half hour hacks around town.

Saturdays ride was a bit of a shock to the system though… 30+ miles – country roads, dual carriageways, some hills and a couple of home made bikes that, like their riders, were not designed for long distances or tough terrain. The first 20 miles were relatively OK. There were more hills than I’d imagined when I was planning the route but a couple of quick stops for water was enough to put us right and steady us for the next stretch. At 25 miles we had our first and only drama of the day when we stopped to check the map to work out our next few miles. As we climbed back onto the bikes, Hauling My Carcass began to push off just as the bike slipped from under him, smacking his knee on the floor and receiving a jab to the stomach from the pedals. The knee began to bruise almost instantly and the pedal scrapes across his midriff were getting more vivid by the second. A quick sit down, a lot of swearing and then we decided that rather than cut the ride short, we would continue on to complete just over 32 and a half miles. My tiredness became apparent at almost exactly 30 miles – a sudden feeling of weakness coupled with a hunger that appeared from nowhere. Fortunately we were only a couple of miles from my house so we called it a day, rode home and ate. What is disconcerting is that in 7 weeks time, during the London to Brighton, 30 miles would still mean 24 miles left to go. I think we may have to stop and picnic at the side of the road to keep us going.
Once fed and relaxed, Hauling My Carcass headed off mid afternoon leaving me to contemplate how sore my legs would be the following day.

Fortunately, there wasn’t as much soreness as I’d anticipated so Sunday was a pleasantly ache-free day. A quick session with the weights in the morning and then a chilled afternoon as I was off to see Iggy and The Stooges in Hammersmith that evening. I am pleased to say that they didn’t disappoint and the sight of a 62 year old man, bare chested and hurling himself around the stage and into the crowd is a remarkable testament to the resilience of the human body.

Another quick run Monday, this time tackling as many hills as I could cram into looping off-road route before lunchtime, and then just the satisfaction of a Bank Holiday weekend well spent.

Soundtrack to this post: Misty In Roots – See Them A Come


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