Tuesday 16th June
Its been a couple of weeks since my last post on the Blog, work has got in the way of many things, but! We have managed to spend time on the beach with Grandaughter [GD] and I have ridden an Audax of 140km [87miles].
The weather has been changeable over the last couple of weeks with, chilly winds, thick cloudy skies and the occasional glimpses of the sun, however, it has now become much warmer in the daytime and positively hot at times.
I have managed a few local rides of 30 -40 miles along with my twice weekly spinning class, which has been hard work especially in the heat. My Hamstring tendonitis still nags after sitting for a long time and I have new injury, my right calf feels as though it wants to cramp up, I have tried massage etc but it doesn’t make any difference, I have to wear a support bandage when spinning as the speed makes it feel worse. I am sure it will go in its own time, I have had it before when running.
Two weekends ago we managed to get a few hours on the beach at Charmouth with GD, even though there was a stiff wind and it was chilly at times, sandcastles were built and knocked down, holes were dug and seawater collected, ice creams eaten before we came home for a game of buses where me and Mrs B had to go upstairs on the bus!
Then began the build up to the 140k Audax from near Romsey, up to Hungerford and back the week after.
A really nice route that went up over Salisbury Plain via Amesbury, Porton Down, and Bulford Camp to Hungerford before returning over a very steep Gibbets Hill before dropping down the very pretty Test Valley, through picturesque villages. We managed to grab a pasty and cuppa at Hungerford. Rich my son was on his last outing before the 100mile Eroica event in the Peak district this coming weekend, he rode on his pre 1987 six speed Claud Butler, and did well to complete the 87miles, but safe in the knowledge that the ‘Eroica’ is only 10 miles further, be it having another 4000ft of climbing!!
We both felt ok and could have done more, we had another friend with us DaveP who seemed as fresh as when we started, surviving on a pasty, banana and half a bottle of water, considerably less than Rich and I ate and drank to get us round the course.