The first time I mentioned the #TeamHonkRelay I still had over 20 days to go. Yesterday, Sunday, the Cornwall gang set off from Land’s End and we are all systems go sooo….
Husband got my bike out of the shed for me, he pumped the tyres, sprayed WD40 where it needed to go *shrugs shoulders* and he tightened my crankshaft (I have no idea so please don’t ask)
I looked at it, it was dusty, rusty and I Did Not want to go anywhere near it.
Husband suggested I mounted to check the pedal length and I was very shirty with him, ‘It’s too high!’ I shouted at him. The man has an abundance of patience thank God and I eventually did as I was told, begrudgingly, and we lowered the seat to where I wanted it.
THEN, my cyclist friend sees this photo on Facebook and kindly suggests to do what husband was suggesting as I would consume way too much energy if my seat was too low #humblepie
Then it was time to take it out for a ride, the bit I’ve really been dreading.
I decided to start small, a route that I could do from my front door and back to my front door, I chose a round robin and off I went.
I hadn’t got half way up my first road, (which I had thought was flat) and I was already wishing I’d never got on the bike, I wanted to turn around or just chuck the bike on the pavement and leave it … in a huff.
I pushed on, red faced and heaving, my heart smashing into my ribcage in defiance, telling myself in a worried tone “I don’t think I’m going to make this,” how embarrassing!
I made it all the way round, just. I went indoors and heard husband ask, ‘Already back?’
So I immediately knew that although I was pleased I had completed my first route I was WAY off reaching my goal – Southend on Sea.
If nothing else I am feeling more confident. I have downloaded an app Map My Ride which is keeping track of my progress, here’s a screen shot of today’s humongous effort… what do you mean ONLY 59 calories!
I shall have another go tomorrow at some point too.
Things I like about my cycling love affair so far
- I quite like my padded leggings, they look as if I am wearing a huge nappy but so far I have no pain down below.
- I love my shiny new bike helmet
- I LOVE that I have Krypton written on the light on my handle bar (see photo)
Countdown two weeks as the baton slowly makes its way across the bottom of the UK over to Kent, can I do it?
If you would like to sponsor me please head over to the Team Honk Gravesend page every penny will be gratefully received, thank you
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