November has whizzed by and I am delighted to have recorded 333 bicycle miles, the most miles I have ever done in a month. There are other records too, most miles in a week, most climbs, longest rides, etc, etc. All in all a very good month. Towards the end of the month I did my first ever 50 miler – I followed this up with my first ever venture into Dartmoor. Yep, pretty good going. I am now nursing a cold but desperate to get back on the bike.
My target is to cycle 1000 miles by the end of January and as RunKeeper reliably informs me I am a third of the way along to achieving that goal. A typical week now involves 3 rides, two x 3 hour plus and one x 2 hour ride. The weather is getting colder but with my new gear ( Helly Hansen base layers, Gore shell jacket, and overshoes) it is no problem. The aches and pains begin after about 3 hours but I console myself with the fact that most riders suffer some discomfort after 3 hours and when I get my next bike which will have a carbon frame and be built for more comfort and longer sportive-type riding then the aches and pains will start to reside somewhat.
Yes, the positives from November will spur me on through December and January. I am already set to rejoin the gym to build strength and definition in my core and upper body. More muscle, higher metabolic rate, more calories burnt, less fat, better physique, stronger faster riding, the positives keep rolling on. The other thing I want to do is try out a group bike ride. I’ll check out one of the local bike clubs to see if a ride can be sorted out.