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juneathon day 11: they say it changes when the sun goes down

So tired. And so hungry. And another weekend juggling parenting responsibilities, social engagements, domestic necessity and Juneathon.
I seemed to spend all day grazing… picking at bits of food between meals, finding myself walking through the kitchen and absent mindedly looking in the cupboards to see what else I could devour. And today, being a rest day, meant that I needed to get out and cycle. I did toy with the idea of getting out very early and being back home by 7am but a night of fitful sleep put pay to that foolish idea. Instead I settled on a bike ride at the opposite end of the day. We were planning to go to some friends for dinner this evening and I decided that I would cycle there and back whilst the rest of the family drove. I was a little wary of getting The Look from Mrs eatingtrees again, but she didn’t seemed as horrified by the idea this time so the bike ride was on.
A little tinker mid-afternoon to tighten the headset and fit some lights and then just after 6pm, the family set off in the car and I got going on the bike. It’s about 11kms each way so a nice short distance along mostly quiet country roads. The journey there was unremarkable but pleasant.
After an enormous dinner, dessert and coffee, it was almost 10pm when we made our excuses and left. I changed and jumped back on the bike and the first thing I noticed was how much colder it felt once the sun had gone down, something that I need to remember when packing clothing for the Dunwich Dynamo in July. Once I had got going, I warmed up quite quickly and got into a rhythm. Cycling the same route in the dark is a completely different experience… quite surreal too as everything is in darkness apart from a watery pool of light about 2 metres in front of me. I carried on at a comfortable pace and just daydreamed my way home. I find it very peaceful cycling in the dark and just hope that the Zen-like calm can be summoned up when needed on our Dunwich trip. So 21.5kms on the bike fulfils my Juneathon responsibilty for today. Tomorrow is a 15km run in the Vibrams…


4 Responses to “juneathon day 11: they say it changes when the sun goes down”


  1. June 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’m quite impressed that you can comfortably cycle after a big meal.

    But that was definitely a good way to fit in your Juneathon

  2. June 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Your blog rather puts my measly 4.4 cycle ride to shame. I had a bit of a cop out day today. Beautiful for cycling in the evening though. Hope you feel more awake for you run tomorrow. Good luck!

  3. June 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    us men need to develop a ‘look’ of our own (other than the constantly dumb one that I summon up whenever confronted with a domestic problem!)

  4. 4 eatingtrees
    June 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Highway Kind – I was surprised at my ability to cycle on a full stomach too. Strangely, once I got going, I felt fine.
    Frances – Well done on your cycle ride. It was a nice evening to be out on the bike
    Breanden – yes, we should all work on our “look”. My response to “the look” is usually a mixture of mild insubordination crossed with what I refer to as “bambi-eyes”… a kind of pleading, endearing “but I’m just a man” type of expression. It never works though.


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