Yesterday I went to the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District with Dave for a bit of a bike ride around the three reservoirs there.
Anyway, back to yesterday, and we arrived at about 1.15pm and parked up, and set our bikes up before changing into our riding gear. It was pretty cold, so I’d gone for a layers approach with t-shirt, hoody and coat, and tracksuit bottoms over some cycling shorts. Dave being the crazy man that he is opted for a Villa top and shorts!
I was really out of practice, but soon got into it, although I do find hills quite difficult. Obviously I need to build up my strength and stamina, and if I can get rid of some weight over the next year it will really help as well.
There was quite a lot of ice and leftover snow around, which made a few sections quite interesting, but it was a bright, dry day which was good. Although when we were in the shade it was absolutely freezing!
Dave was a really good bike partner to have, because I know he was riding a lot slower and took more breaks than he normally would do, but he was totally fine about it. Hopefully the more riding I do, the better I will be with regard to that.
I got a couple of painful muscle twinges nearer the end of the ride, which is a bit concerning, but maybe that’s just down to me not being used to so much exercise!
We actually did 16 miles which is quite a lot really! And to be honest my legs aren’t aching too much, although I have a really sore arse from my saddle! Again, I assume that’s something which you don’t notice after a while!
My goal with the whole biking thing is to be able to cycle long distances without too much pain (and to get much fitter in the process!) Dave’s really keen on doing a Land’s End to John O’Groats ride next year sometime, and I’d really love to be able to join him on that, even though I know it would be the hardest thing I’d ever do! As part of the build up to it, the plan is to look to do a Coast to Coast ride this year, with about 50 – 60 miles a day for about 4 – 5 days, so it could be achievable for me if I really work for it. Hopefully me blogging about it might give me more of an incentive to really train for it, so that I can avoid the embarrassment of looking back at this in a couple of years time having not done it!
You can see the photos from the ride here.