When I wrote about the BUPA 10K run, I mentioned that there was something else on the horizon, and that I would let you know soon. Well, here it is. Those eagle-eyed Readers will already have noticed that I have been doing a lot of cycling recently. Also, the panel on the right now says "Training for the Brands Hatch Cyclothon." Yes, yours truly, along with MiniRRD and 2 others, will be cycling round Brands Hatch for 8 gruelling hours!!
I love cycling, far more than I like running. I decided I needed a new bike, especially if I was going to be doing this Cyclothon. I went to my local bike shop and bought one. Bear in mind that I know precious little about bikes. I wanted to ride home on it, so off I went.
1 minute later, the back tyre was flat. I walked back to the shop, and they put in a valve. The fact that it didn't have one originally did cross my mind, but hey, anyone can make a mistake!! I decided to ride home again.
2 minutes later, the back tyre was flat. I walked back to the shop, where they refunded my money.
I went to a proper shop, where they know what they are doing. I test rode 3 or 4 bikes, and found the perfect bike for me. It's a red one!! I decided not to ride it home, as we live a good 10 miles away...
Later that evening, like an impatient schoolboy ("can I ride my bike now? Oh please, oh please!!) I waited for the rain to stop, then went for a ride on my brand new (red) bike.
1 minute later I fell off. I scraped my left elbow really bad, and my knuckles on my right hand. Undeterred, I got back on and carried on my journey, blood dripping off my elbow and my hand.
20 minutes later I got a puncture. And then it started raining. And then my elbow started hurting. I called MrsRRD, and she came and collected me.
I'm really looking forward to my Cyclothon...
11 months ago