Mostly over this affliction now. I've just 1 more day on the antibiotics and that should be that. So today I decided to get out on the bike and see how things felt.
After a lot of humming and hawing I went on the road. Mainly because I was feeling lazy and did not fancy the packing, driving, unpacking, riding, packing, driving, unpacking, cleaning that goes with the mountain bike. The plan was to do a handy spin on the flat for a couple of hours to ease the body back. But I ended up pushing things for most of the spin. I did my best to stay on the flat, but somehow I ended up on the Newbridge GP loop. And since I was there it would have been rude not to do a couple of laps.
Its a great little loop of about 17km. There's less than 200 metres of climbing a lap, but most of them are crammed into a kicker about 1.5km long and a 3km drag. There are some flat bits in there, but you feel most of your time is spent going up or down.
The first lap was hard going, but I felt better on the second and starting on the drag a group of lads from South Dublin CC passed me. As they passed I resisted tagging on the back... for about 30 seconds. Then as their group began to splinter I just had to push things on :) . Its great having people faster than you to chase and I made the most of the lads in that respect. I'm also glad I bumped into them because one of the lads spotted the QR on my rear wheel was flapping about, on the descent! So with that fixed I finished off the lap and tootled home.
I was great to be back on the bike but I was cramping up on the way back, probably due to the time off and the extra effort I put in chasing the guys on the climb. Anyway here's to more of that in the coming months!
I've lofty plans for the week - 2 hour spin into work on Tuesday and Friday, with the Wednesday night spin in there and maybe a TT session on Thursday, but if I managed half that I won't complain.
Good to see your back. We should have a good few at the races this year !!
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