I will beat the hill……..

but maybe not this week.

So, spring is in the air; the sun is up but there is still a chill, lovely crisp mornings.

The ‘Bike Ride’ has been announced. D day is 4th July. About 17 weeks away… So ‘training’ has taken on a new impetus. As a result, the mini hill that has beaten me so far is back in my sights. I WILL NOT BE BEATEN. Well not next week anyway!!!

On a positive note, having to stop half way up the hill gave me an opportunity to take a photo or two.

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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike……..

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike........

This is my bike! My hubby bought it for me last year when I was training for a charity bike ride. Last year we cycled over 120km in two days up and down the Devon mountains. I have to say here that people talk about the rolling Devon Hills; THEY ARE NOT HILLS, THEY ARE MOUNTAINS!

As part of a team from work we cycled from Bridgewater to Exeter via Taunton, Honiton, Seaton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth. We did it in two days. We raised several hundreds of pounds for charity (School in a Bag) and had great fun doing it.

This year the plan is to omit Bridgewater and Ottery St Mary and do it in ONE day!!!!!!!!!! So I’m training.

When it rains I go to the gym and when the weather is good I can get out on the road. I’d like to say I train daily, or even every other day but in fact it’s nearer 3 or 4 times a week at the moment but weekends are a good time for me to get some road time in.

Today it was freezing cold but dry so I was on the road! 10km to Killerton Park and 10km back home. The advantage of Killerton Park is that it has ‘facilities’, essential on a cold day!!

I have an ‘app’ on my phone that tells me how far and how fast, how many uphills and how many down hills. I’ve also discovered that it talks to me every 5km, which is a bit scary hearing a voice behind you when you’re not expecting it!!!!!

Anyway, today was the first day of good road cycling; the body is still in one piece, if a bit stiff but I’m feeling AWESOME at simply having achieved 20km and not having to walk up any incline whatsoever

Bring on July 4th when we will be doing approx 100km!!!!!!!!!!!!