Archive for August, 2011

15
Aug
11

slight return

It’s been another quiet few weeks for me… the niggling injury seems to be slowly healing but I have had to be sensible and forego any running activity and write off participation in both the Cranleigh 10k and the Bearbrook 10k. Ah well, I shall just have to postpone them and tackle them next year instead.
I haven’t been totally inert over the past 8 weeks and last week I participated in the Suffolk Coast Bike Ride.
Start time was flexible at “any time between 8am and 10am” which was great, particularly as I had a 2 hour drive to get to the event, which meant getting up at 5am to be on the road by 6am. Thankfully, I had been sent a sample of Orbana Healthy Energy Drink to try and so I put it through it’s paces during the drive there and on the first part of the ride. I had heard lots of good things about Orbana so was interested to try it for myself. It comes in a sachet as a powder and just needs to be mixed with water. Ordinarilly, I find it hard to quantify whether a particular product works… not the case this time as I know FOR A FACT, that I would normally feel wretched and half-dead having to get up at 5am after about 4 hours sleep and then drive for 2 hours. Once I’d managed to drag myself from my bed, I found that the Orbana gives you a sense of well being without any of the side effects associated with some highly caffeinated energy drinks. It also tastes good – often many sports drinks are syrupy-sweet which I find too sickly if I drink them for a period of time. Orbana tastes more like diluted fruit juice and kept me feeling positively spritely until at least a couple of hours into the ride, so a big thumbs-up!
The ride itself is a chilled, well organised and enjoyable affair – you can choose the short (30 mile) or the long (60mile) route, the route is through tranquil Suffolk countryside with very little traffic. There are a few short stretches along main roads but mostly it’s on gently undulating country roads and is both well marked and marshalled. Marshalling is friendly, as are the other participants and the whole thing is very civilsed and enjoyable. The route touches the coast at two points and it is nice to get to see the sea before heading back into the Suffolk countryside. We chose the 60 mile route, set off at 9am and were finished by about 2.30pm. This included a leisurely stop for lunch and a not so enjoyable stop to fix a puncture in my front tyre.
So with the year’s cycling events out of the way, I can convert the bike back to fixed gear and use it purely for fun. As for the running, I am hoping to recommence over the next couple of weeks as I am away on holiday and shall try to get out for a few, short early morning runs to see how well the foot has healed. I cannot wait…

Soundtrack to this post: Horace Andy – Do You Love My Music

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