My plan this last few weeks has been to build up strength in my legs and my fitness level after being inactive, cycling wise, for nearly two years, during which time I also broke a couple of ribs.
Because the weather has been absolutely awful up until this last few days, and because I had a set back through catching a virus which really knocked me for six, I haven't been able to have more than the odd ride here and there over the last few weeks to do much about getting myself fit for decent long rides.
It's been a beautiful spring day today so early this morning I attached my Bayley's basket on the back so that he could come with me this time, and we set out to go a little further than I have been doing up until now.
I intended to keep riding until my legs started aching, then stop for a rest somewhere that Bayley could have a run around (we have a great many open areas, parks, beaches, etc, here) before making my way back. I was actually thrilled to find that my legs simply wouldn't start feeling the strain of cycling. I felt I could have cycled for hours.
I did however link up with a beach pathway where Bayley could get out of his basket and run along safely beside me as long as I rode reasonable slowly for him to keep up with me, and again when I cut through a park.
I started to feel hungry for my lunch so had to turn around and head for home. Even after the journey back, and after parking up in the bike shed, I felt I had hardly done any cycling at all. I neither ached, nor was I even out of breath.
I now know that I will once again be able to cycle the distance to the 2 towns either side of me, and to comfortably be able to also make the journeys to visit family that live what is normally a car journey away.
In other words, my cycle has once again become my normal mode of personal transport.
I am absolutely thrilled that it has taken far less time to build up my fitness and strength than I thought it would.