I cycled in the middle of the lane, well away from the frozen bits at the edges. Not much traffic anyway as it was all back roads. Anybody that did come past left plenty of room, so that was nice.
I did set Strava to record the ride on the way in, but I had my phone in powersave mode (the battery is getting a bit old and sometimes it won't last through the day if I don't) which stops apps running on the phone getting location data when the phone is locked.
So I got a bit of a surprise when I stopped the ride and Strava said "We can't record this ride because you've not moved". Bugger.
My feet were like blocks of ice when I got there in the morning. Took a while to warm back up again.
The course was ok. I've not been on a training course for a while. This was on workplace first aid, so I'm now a qualified first aider. Was a nice day out anyway.
While the journey in was cold, it was mostly ok. I even quite enjoyed it. I wasn't aiming to ride it quickly or anything.
I did not enjoy the journey home though. It was equally as cold, but now all my cycling clothing was still damp after the journey in. I had dried a base layer top out under the hand dryer, but the bib longs I was wearing were damp, the jersey was damp, the jacket was damp, the buffs were damp.
I was tired and hungry and seemed to be cycling through treacle. To be fair, it felt a lot slower than it was. Not helped by being overtaken by a fitter person on the way.
Total cycled - about 17 miles.
Time. Roughly 1hr 45 minutes.
Speed. 9.8 mph.
Turns out the route home was mostly up a gradual slope, which is why the journey in was nicer than the way home. I did end up feeling that I'm never going to be fit enough for long distance stuff again though.
Cycling miserable and hating it. Perfect Audax training.
I'm not too discouraged though. I'm losing weight, I'm certainly far fitter than I was 6 months ago.
So, there's that.
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