Thursday, 12 May 2016

Out for a bimble with John

I am feeling quite energetic at the moment so when John got in touch to say 'hey do you fancy a short ride out this afters' my reply was 'yeah can do'. 

I am not quite back in my regular routine of riding, truth be known I am just enjoying going out when I fee like it and the days I do not instead of beating myself up for being lazy I now think of them as days where I recharge my batteries and can just chill. Life does not have to be a continuous fight against ones self. I have learnt I have nothing to prove either to anyone else or more importantly to myself. It is good just been 'Me' and having fun doing it.

This week I have ventured out on my road bike for the first time this year. I completed just over 11 miles and I really enjoyed it. Normally I do not like riding the roadie. It quite often feels uncomfortable and well I hate all the plonkers in cars who cut you up. My biggest 'Not Like' is turning right, especially if it's on the approach to a hill. Drivers just don't give you time and I feel really vulnerable.

I also went for a swim this week. I did a nice warm up, then practiced swimming 400metres at my race pace. I am trying to get as fit as possible for when I attend Arctic ONE's Tri-festival on the 30th May down a Eton and Dorney Lake. Gutted I cannot run again this year, but I still have not got my running blade sorted following my chemo and going up and down in volume. Next priority is to get in touch with Paul at Pace Rehabilitation and spend a couple of days being measured,cast and fitted for a new socket. I can then hopefully go on to get a final socket which will enable me to start training and re-learning to run.

Anyhoo back to today, John came down just after 2:20pm and we set off on one of our regular routes. Along the Font to Craghead and up past the Wind Turbines. We then went to one of my favourite haunts, Chapman's Wells and once out of the nature reserve had a quick chat where to go next. I suggested heading towards Burnhope and taking the other back road past the other Wind Turbine Farm. Going this way meant we came out at Sacriston. It was cold up on the tops as the wind seemed to pick up and the sun vanished behind a big dark cloud. Not to worry I had packed my base layer so popped it on. As we rode along passing the trees on our leftside I got my eye on some rather pretty looking flowers. I decided to take a few pics and as normal ended up getting nettled. This means I will be itching for days to come as it always has a lasting effect on me lol.

The Old Girl
Before heading down past the scrap yards at Sacriston, John and I passed a number of fields with sheep and their new born lambs. I got my eye on this cute little fellow and was amazed when I made a 'Baa Baa' sound and 2 of the  lambs came right over to the fence. Awww the little black friendly one was so cute but he/she had a poorly eye. It seemed happy enough though and had John and I bad laughing when it did a little lamb spring as it ran away. It was bouncing all over.
Awww bless this friendly lamb had a poorly eye
Out on the Old Girl

Not a bad day got a bit chilly on the tops

John admiring the view
My Old Bern Lid, phewww it was hot with this on

As we went down into Sacriston I got my eye on a back trail around the back of the houses. So John and I turned around and we ventured along the trail until we came to this fantastic wooded area. We have not been here before and the riding was fun and very scenic. I love being out on new trails exploring and it just shows you do not always have to go far from home.

Discovering new trails
 John and I had a bit explore around and eventually after riding up the hill then going all the way down we came to a dead end and a fence blocking our path. We then had to climb back up and discovered another fence, this one electrified  with a warning sign on a post. As we pushed our bikes up one particular dodgy bit of trail which was un-rideable John noticed a Bumble Bee just sitting on the fence post. On closer inspection the little fellow just looked knackered so I thought it would be a good idea to give him/her some Lucozade and offer some words of reassurance and encouragement. Not sure if this worked but the Bee began moving, it then fell of the post and I went to try and catch it on a leaf, when John shouts out 'Dude that fence is electrified'...Oh Crap I had forgot about that. John's a good mate as if it had been me I wouldn't have said anything as I think it would have been quite funny to see him get a 'zap'

Poor Little Bee

Come on dude you can do it
We then rode along to Edmondsley and down Edmondsley bank 'Wheeeee'. When I got o the bottom and went to change gear I discovered my front mech was not working. On closer inspection I saw that the tensioner for my gear cable has snapped off at the rivets, this is on my Carbon Ibis Mojo. I think it's a relatively easy fix so will get Ern on the job.

From Edmondsley it was a nice ride to Blackhouse and then along and up to come through Craghead again and then home.

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