I’ve always been a fair weather cyclist, only venturing out for a leisurely ride on hot days, usually poncing about the countryside on my pink Pashley Poppy.
Since getting my Boardman though
and feeling guilty with it spending most of its time in the garage (although not as much time as my little Raleigh Shopper which I haven’t been on for years),
as my £30-from-gumtree mountain bike
is the one that gets the most use, getting me to the station and back or taking me into town, I’ve taken the opportunity when it’s arisen to get out for a longer ride on the Boardman.
Over the last few weeks, these rides have been a trip to Wye and back (around 20 miles), 28 miles last Sunday and then a record ride for me – 40 miles yesterday.
I was feeling mega-super-hardcore about my 40 miles, until I remembered @naominf RAN 45 miles the day before. Mega-mega-super-super-hardcore.
Although my Janathon exercise effort was to be applauded,
my diet certainly wasn’t. My food intake for the day was:
Breakfast: satsuma, nectarine, plum
Lunch: Creamy hot chocolate and a toasted teacake
Post-bike ride: 2 x hot chocolate (I was freezing) and 3 biscuits
Pre-dinner snack: 2 x Ferrero Rocher
Dinner: pizza and garlic bread
Post-dinner: 1 piece of peanut butter fudge, 3 squares salted chocolate, Tesco mint thin
Think I need to go and make some granola bars so I have something a bit healthier I can munch on instead of Christmas leftovers.
I also need some cold-weather cycling kit as the three-quarter length cycling tights I bought in the summer weren’t quite up to the job of keeping me warm. Any suggestions?