Saturday, 29 August 2015

From not being able to walk in Feb to cycling 200km this week

My Physio would probably hit me over the head with the notebook I used to keep to make sure I progressed back to activity slowly and gradually.
But if I died tomorrow I'd die happy.
I've had such a good week, the weather, the Yorkshire scenery and cycling has been a tremendous lift for me.
I've loved it.
Thanks to Ella in Chevin cycles Otley for fixing my bike, thanks to Ken and everyone I cycled with over the week.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Cycling like Bats outta hell

You know when you're cycling along a long straight road and sometimes a bird will fly a metre in front of you for a few minutes?
Last night coming home along the River Wharfe in darkness I had a bat fly along with me for a while.
It really made coming off the main road worthwhile.
Mind you, so did the sound of the river, the movement of the cows in the fields and the reflection of the moon on the water.
The cycle home was a good chance to slow down the old heartrate too, after a gear clattering and too fast for me cycle from Otley to Bolton bridge back thru Ilkley with the faster Wednesday evening cycle group. 
Cycling like bats outta hell they were.
53km by the time I got home, and I felt every kilometre.
Not a hugely enjoyable cycle, but a good workout towards my rehab.

Gives you some idea of how dark the country road back along the river was.

Otley CC offer door to door service

'Hi Ken, hope you're keeping well. I see you're going to Wetherby Sunday, you don't happen to be passing my house en route?'
'Hi Siobhan, long time no hear. Yes we will be, meet you at the corner?'
'Great, yes, save me cycling to Otley and back, see you 9.30am'
'Jolly good'

Good job there was a lay-by just here.
Ken would have been squished Ken.
The route was a meandering 70km round trip. Weeton, Sicklinghall, Wetherby, toasted tea cakes, onto Green Hammerton where we stopped at a farm shop with goats who were partial to saddle leather.
Great to be back cycling, even better to be back surrounded by Yorkshire accents.
Is that.
We cycled back through Weeton and the lads dropped me off at my house before heading off on their way home to Otley.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Well hello

Oh hello.
It's been a while.
2 months unable to walk, 7 months off the bike.
But one Nerve Root block injection into my sciatic nerve later and I'm back pedalling short distances around town.
I'll never take you for granted again.
Where my bike took me today