Standing in the pouring rain last night waiting for the dog to pick a spot to do his late-night business I figured that today would be pretty wet. And so it was. I guess that so far I’ve been pretty lucky on my training rides. A few spots of drizzle have been the worst – if you exclude crippling cold, ice on country lanes and snow by the the side of the road of course!
So it was throwing it down outside as I made my porridge. Incidentally, I think that porridge has now become my favourite pre-ride breakfast. Aside from the fact that it’s cheap (50-odd pence for 500g) its nutrition stats break down as follows for a 50g serving
- Energy 180kcal
- Protein 5.5g
- Carbs (sugars) 30g (0.6g)
- Fat (saturates) 4g (0.8g)
- Fibre 4.5g
Pretty nutritious and not instant-hit sugary energy like some cereals.
Anyway, I’ve finally joined a cycling club. The North Cheshire Clarion seemed like a friendly bunch when I met them after football last Monday so I bit the bullet and joined. They do a ride on a Saturday morning from the Swan in Winwick which is only 20-30 miles. As I need distance in my training I decided to ride to Winwick, join the ride, and then ride home. The ride there was pretty uneventful – I avoided the East Lancs and went through Boothstown, Leigh and Lowton. By the time I got there I was soaked. I had wet hands under my “waterproof” gloves and wet feet inside my “waterproof” socks covered by shoes and “waterproof” overshoes! In the fact the only bit of waterproof kit I was wearing that actually lived up to the name was my Endura hi-viz jacket. Four club members soon turned up in the club colours. The jerseys look really good – I’m looking forward to getting hold of one in the near future. The ride, although really wet, was very pleasant at a nice, steady pace in what was basically a big figure-of-eight loop around Culcheth at one end and Burtonwood at the other. It made a real difference riding in a group. I think it’s mostly psychological but it’s definitely easier. The loop was about 24 miles which was an enjoyable run, even with the wet conditions. Riding home I decided to take the East Lancs which although unnerving is actually very quick – I zinged along there at an average of 21mph. Then ducked off through Farnworth and up the big hill on Ringley Lane/Road. Thoroughly enjoyable – total of 64 miles at an average speed of 16.3mph and 1269ft of climbing. Total kcalories used was 3243