Those 2 words in my title sum up my experience since the beginning of June. Before that we had 3 of the driest months we've ever had. May was also the sunniest month on record in England but then something changed. It's been a regular pattern in summer since around 2006. We get a good … Continue reading Muddy summer.
After May being the sunniest month ever in England, June was not so good. 2 days into July and things haven't improved. At least I've got mountain biking to cheer me up! I have to take weather conditions into account to plan a ride. Even if it had been sunny earlier today the ground is … Continue reading High and dry.
To a viking warrior heaven was Valhalla, a paradise of drinking, eating and fighting. In my personal Valhalla I'd drop the fighting and replace it with mountain biking! The north of England had a long history of Viking invasion, starting with raids as far back as 793 AD. Vikings were not just raiders and thieves … Continue reading Finding Valhalla.
Despite some doubt that I'll now be able to do a my 47 mile ride any time soon I thought it would still be a good idea to try a bigger ride today, after another longer than usual break. At least we can still ride in England. In France and Italy no leisure rides are … Continue reading A bigger ride.
For a variety of reasons I haven't ridden for 5 days so was keen to get a good ride in today to maintain my fitness. With Healey Nab out of action for training I decided to ride to the top of Great Hill, especially concentrating on the Strava segment "Great Hill, out and back". I … Continue reading A good training ride.
I like to feel fit. It's a life affirming thing to feel that you're in a good physical position. I also know that it gets harder as you get older and through mountain biking I've measured some deterioration! It isn't something to be too sad about and failing to accept the inevitable march of time … Continue reading How can you know you’re getting fitter?
....turns out to be another vast exaggeration! Yes, it's rained. We've been told that the wind would gust to 80 mph but all we've had is a slight breeze. Proof positive I believe of some bizarre attempt to worry everyone. Every weather event, even trivial ones, keep being styled by the TV news as unprecedented. … Continue reading Another month’s worth of rain in a day….
Although we recently had a full week without rain it's been a very wet autumn and the rest of the week doesn't look too good. I was a bit tired after doing a hard days work yesterday and saw on the forecast that the best time to ride would be earlier in the morning. I … Continue reading Nice to get out.
I was doubly hopeful about my riding, today. Firstly, I was taking a new route up Healey Nab, to add some interest. Secondly, it was frosty this morning. The weather forecast informs us that we can expect up to a week of cold but dry weather. That's a treat, at this time of year. I … Continue reading Feeling hopeful.
I usually only use my bikes for sport but in the past two days I've used my Proflex to go shopping. Yesterday I first visited a cash machine where I didn't even need to get off the bike. It was vastly more convenient than having to park the car 100 yards away on the car … Continue reading Sport and transport.