Today I bought this…
And now I need a name for my bike.
I like to name things, as I have mentioned before – and the names tend to be male oriented for some reason. So my car is Freddie Freelander, the remote control is called Derrie, my old car was Mike Mercedes, and I had Gary Golf too. My hands are called Mitt 1 and Mitt 2…as they look like boxing gloves…not because I like Mitt Romney! My feet are Trotter 1 and Trotter 2 as, yes, they look like little pigs feet. And I have even christened my boobs Barry and Larry – oh, the shame. My candlestick in the bedroom is called Winston and I also owned something called Vinnie…but I will leave you guessing as to what Vinnie was!
Now, my bike is classed as a hybrid – so part mountain bike, part road bike – Harry? Hugo? Hector? Hannibal? Hamish? Hedwig? Henry? I will have to try a few out and see what it wants to be called…throw some suggestions my way!
Today it was called, ‘Oh feck!’ a few times…and ‘Shiiiiit!’ as I christened him, but more about that in a moment!
Mr WLB also picked his bike up…
Once we were the proud owners of our new Trek beauties, I went and did this…
According to the training plans I have looked at, 20 minutes is a good aim for week one. So 20 minutes it was. I am thinking that this little track could be a really good measure of progress. Day one was 20:51 minutes…let’s see what I can get that figure down to, and I can use the track as a training route and keep going back and forth a few times. It’s off-road, private, usually quiet, and away from prying eyes too…which is always helpful when not-so-graceful clambering is involved!
I got my knickers and leggings and my hoohaa a bit hooked up…but I am sure I will work out which bits need to move where when I become more accomplished! Once I have figured this out, I will venture out in more public places.
We did attempt to head to a park which has good paths. The carpark was jam-packed and there were too many moving targets for my liking…mowing down and maiming a child on my first ride would not have been a confidence booster! So we quickly got out of there.
On my little ride today I saw a fox, and I passed two horses with riders and said, ‘Sorry for being wobbly, I haven’t been on a bike since I was 12′ as I rode past…they shouted back that I looked great and was doing a good job. I got stung by some nettles – which were never a problem when I was on a horse as I was higher up. I can’t even say that I was jealous of the horse riders…my horses will be pleased that I am shifting some weight before getting on them…and to be honest, I was too focussed on staying on the bike to get nostalgic about being on horseback!
It was short but sweet. I could have ridden further. I was sweating a bit – but then I always sweat – maybe that’s due to the hormones…or the extra fecking insulation! I thought it was suitable to end on a positive note.
I have to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to Clair at Trek Coventry – without her I would never have tried getting on a bike again anytime soon. She helped me on board and gave me the confidence to ride again…and I might hold her a tiny bit accountable for my 100k madness next year! In fact, she did the ride this year and has signed up to be a ‘Ride Angel’ at next years event…and reassured me that I would be fine. She is also a pretty marvellous cycle coach I hear…so I may be getting some coaching of my own soon!
Talking about coaching – I do have two spaces if you fancy getting your head in gear – take a look at this first though and then email me if you fancy making those changes. I was working out that the average number of sessions sits between 5 and 6 – which would mean you could be well on the way to doing what you want to do by the time it starts to get colder! But enough of that…this is about bikes!
So that’s been my day really. We had to go and get a bike rack fitted…a strap buckle thing broke on this on the way home…so I will be heading back tomorrow to politely ask for a new one. The horses were all good – my Shetland was showing no remorse for bucking my niece off yesterday! We paid a very quick visit to the shops…most of the day was spent doing bike related stuff really. I am waiting for my sister to come and see my bike…she fancies the ride with me next year, but says she can’t do it on her current bike. They have another one in the shop, so we might get matching ones. I am hoping to ride with her next year if I can…or I might go it alone. I can be a bugger when I get tired – a ratty cow who swears like a docker…and my sister can deal with this. I am not sure that any normal people would…and by ‘normal’ I mean those not used to my acidic tongue, my tired sarcasm, and my bluntness under pressure! Anyway, I am off to relax now – enjoy what is left of your evening!
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Banana with rye toast (2 x HEB) and scrambled egg.
Lunch: Jacket potato, cottage cheese, beans, and salad.
Dinner: Quorn steaks, wholegrain rice, and a veggie cheese melt (2 x HEA).
Snacks: Nakd bars (13.5 syns).
Exercise: Just the little bike ride today!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx