Runners, Riders and Rabbits……………….

So as promised we headed out on the bikes this morning and just for a change we got lost – even with a map. But to be fair the map was not to scale and clearly not right – it only shows the paths you follow, it doesn’t show other tracks that might confuse some people (us!) Still at least we knew where we were this time -going in the wrong direction. But every cloud has a silver lining and we’ve now found a new route to add to our collection- hopefully we’ll master the map next week!!!

Until I took up this cycling m’larkey I never took much notice of cyclists, well except when they’re hogging the road and I’m late for work – joke!! But when you look closley, just like runners, they come in varying forms. There’s the ‘lycra clad gang’ – bright coloured outfits that leave nothing to the imagination – great if you’ve got a six pack -not so good if you’ve got a beer belly or a huge arse, or both!! Then there’s the ‘off road gang’- – baggy shorts and tops, rucksack and usually splattered in mud. The ‘I’m on my way to work’ gang – shirt n tie top half, trackies bottom half or trousers with clips round – not a good look, laptop bag slung over the shoulder! Don’t forget the the ‘we’re just taking up cycling’ couple- Toys r us bikes, no helmets and no idea what they’re doing and last but not least the ‘we’re off to the bmx track’ gang. Trousers hanging halfway down their boxers, high tops, bizzarely positioned baseball hats  and bikes that are 3 sizes too small.Not sure which group we fit into really, definatily not the lasalthough I wouldn’t mind having a go!!!

While out ‘having a go’ this morning, we came across a group of club runners, a friendly lot who came out with the usual comments like ‘any chance of a lift’ and ‘nice morning for it’ but looking at them I sort of wondered just how bad do I look when out running. Don’t get me wrong I know how badly I wheeze at times and I sweat buckets even in the middle of winter- not a good look, but some of these guys looked like they were on their last legs – mind you some of them were definitely in a much older generation of runners than I am. But there’s me thinking I look like  Wakefield’s answer to Paula Radcliffe (only heavier) and all the time I look like a menopausal running beetroot – oh well, at least I’m out there!!!

So we headed home, down by the railway and nearly caught our tea, thumper – obviously dodging the train ran straight into Ernie’s front wheel  – Rabbit Pie anyone? (Louise don’t worry, thumper survived!!)

Now the hunts is on for a replacement for Boris (my bike). My work are taking part in the cycle2work scheme, a chance to get a fab bike for less than half the price – so this afternoon we went to look at various bikes. So while Ernie wandered around talking about disc brakes and Sh……….something or other gears and well, all sorts really – I’m stood there wondering if they do any of these bikes in pink or purple…………Maybe I haven’t quite got the hang of this cycling m’larkey yet!!!

10.5 miles cycled

3.9 miles run

Work in the morning

Bring it on!!!!



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