On a whim I decided on a bike ride this afternoon. The possibility of rain that was suggested by the Met office didn’t materialise and it was about 2pm. I had time for a couple of hours riding so I got myself ready and off I went.
It doesn’t take quite so long to get ready this week as it did last week with the slightly improved weather we are having. Fewer and lighter clothes makes the operation far less of a chore, a) to find them and b) to get them on. I dispensed with the casquette under my helmet, I had fingerless track mitts on instead of full gloves, no gilet and no tubular neck warmer. In a matter of minutes I was dressed, bottled filled with water and bike out ready for the off. Spontaneity is king!
When I set off I wasn’t really sure exactly what my route would be as I wasn’t sure how I would be feeling. As it turned out I must have been feeling pretty good because I was riding quite hard from the start. Not flat out, just pushing myself all the time but not to the limit. This resulted in my fastest average speed of the year so far and route wasn’t that easy with a few hills interspersed along the way and a strongish head wind for most of the first 12 miles.
My route was the longest option that I had in mind when I set off, I didn’t take any short cut options. I went out on loop from home with the furthest point of the loop being around Stagsden, just outside of Bedford. It made a change from my usual Ouse Valley rides.
Now the weather is hopefully going to be getting better I can take some longer options in all directions. I need to get some miles in to shed the weight I seem to have gained over the winter period of reduced activity. I seem to have put on about 12 lbs. since the end of summer last year. I now weigh in at 11st 6lbs, (160lbs) against the 10st 8lbs, (152lbs) I was then.
Its a similar situation to how things were last year except last spring I was a couple of pounds heavier than now. All this information is stored in my Garmin data. I don’t know where the extra weight is hiding because the clothes the lightweight me was wearing then I am wearing now and they are not tight?
The weight disappeared last year naturally by just riding my bike, I didn’t make any dietary changes, so I am expecting the same to happen again.