All entries for September 2008

September 24, 2008

Too busy to blog

Well it's been so long... I have been very busy at work hence no time to mess about with this blogging nonsense. So I am doing this when I should really be tucked up in bed with a cup of cocoa.

The biking is going really well and I am loving it! In fact I had the option to come in our family car tomorrow and decided not to bother as the last time I did it was very unpleasant indeed.

I now have the sexy new bike gear (although some might not use the word sexy...) so feel like a pro.

Actually managed to overtake another cyclist going uphill this morning (not that I'm competitive or anything) - and they were standing up on their pedals - and they had a full size bike!!! So that made me feel good (I'm told it's all in the gearing).

Played badminton for the second time tonight and then got on the bike to come home - felt like some kind of sports nut - which I definitely am not. Won a couple of games though (it was a tournament) so did better than last time. My doubles partner is very patient.

Will try and keep this up more often.


September 02, 2008

There are bad roads and then there's Charter Avenue

Got to work in one piece this morning but no thanks to the horror that is cycling down Charter Avenue - near the University. A grim place at the best of times but murder to sensitive bike wheels!

I've been told the road is made of concrete with a layer of tarmac on top - this means every 5 metres you get a jarringly deep trench where the concrete sections meet (or rather, don't meet) and the tarmac has caved in.

So, it's back to the hill of hell otherwise known as Westwood Heath Road. A pretty view but you can't see it if you're hunkered down over the bars repeating over and over "don't get off, don't get off, don't get off" while being passed by pedestrians.


September 01, 2008

First day on the Brommie

Writing about web page http://www.brompton.co.uk/

Well, my first day by bike and train to work. Sorry that should be first day by Brompton and train to work. Sold the Mini for a better, greener, leaner life and one with more spare cash!

It went pretty well. At least the bike-related bits did. Didn't fall off which was a bonus as i haven't ridden properly since a teenager. But of course my train was cancelled - something to get used to I suppose. I was completely knackered by the time I arrived at Uni and the guy on reception didn't even recognise me - all sweaty and panting with lid and shades on.

Forgot my towel for the shower so had to pay the outrageous sum of £1.45 to borrow one from the Uni gym. But transformed into professional person, emerging crysalis-like complete with make-up, hair-do and heels. Continued sweating until about lunchtime and, starving to death all morning after unusual burning of calories!

Feeling scared about when it's going to rain and then someone helpfully said 'it won't be this easy when it's icy you know'. Oh yes, I had forgotten. Determined to remain gritted teeth throughout as don't want to go back to being traffic slave but am also pragmatic and honest. Encouragement at this point very welcome.

Still waiting for sexy new bike gear to arrive so as to look like proper cyclist. Just watch me go when I've got my dayglo kit and leggings on!!


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