Sunday, 8 November 2015

Back in Otley CC Jersey

Brother's 40th has me back in Yorkshire.
Celebrations Friday and Saturday left me free for Sunday morning cycle.
Emailed Ken to let him know I was around but going to head out again with Otley's Social series instead of out with the B's.
My back has been feeling a little dodge this week. Sharp pains across the back and trapped nerve feeling back in butt and down to foot. Busy week, lots of commuting by bike, in addition to the 70k last Sunday with no rest day was a bit dumb. If I'm honest, if I was really sensible, I would have stayed home today. But up I got at 7.30am and went through the motions of getting ready, thinking if my back really seizes in pain I'll stop getting ready and call it quits.
Next I know I'm cycling towards Otley and at Buttercross getting in line with Gill's group who are heading out towards Roundhay Park in Leeds.
Saw Ken, said hello and noticed there were only 5 people heading out with the B's.
There were 50 odd gathered for the Social series.
Probably only a matter of time before there's more of a merge into the B's and Inters, but for now if there's a Social cycle on, it seems to swallow up all the cyclists at Buttercross.
For me, there's so many more women, the routes are shorter and I'm pretty much guaranteed to be back home by 1.30pm having done a full cycle with the Social group, where with the B's I'd have to leave midway through their cycle to cycle home alone to be home for the same time.
I loved today's cycle. There were no massive hills, going up West Chevin then up by the back of the airport wasn't too bad.
Got to see Eccup reservoir which I've wanted to see for ages. The scenery round Eccup was amazing, same going up Chevin.
Coffee at The Mansion house in Roundhay park was nice. When we arrived, the faster (fitter) Social group were already had their feet under the table sipping their coffee.
Apparently they had cycled up Black Hill just out of Arthington (used in the Tour de France route), I was happy to hear we'd only be cycling down it. 
It will be a long, long time til I'm able to join the Faster Social group, if ever.
I struggle with hills, despite the fact again I got a PR today on Castley hill?
PR on two tough hills in one week and yet not feeling it's happening at the time of struggling up is puzzling me. I haven't lost that much weight!
Anyhow, PRs, times and avg kmph is not what today's cycle was about, it was about getting out, the Yorkshire scenery, the other cyclists, fresh air and love of cycling adventures.
Thanks to Gill for leading, it was great, it really gave me a lift. Yeah my back is still dodge, but painkillers and Epsom salt bath might help.