A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


Back to running…?

I’m wary of adding anything about running here in case I injure myself again! I was just getting back into the flow of it, running was going well, and then out of the blue a mysterious ankle/tendon/Achilles type injury appeared. It’s still there as a little niggle, but running doesn’t seem to make it worse, now, so I’m easing myself back into training. I did the Abingdon parkrun a couple of weeks ago, and was pleased enough with my time: 18:43. It’s a flat two-lapper, which is probably the worst sort of course in my opinion - although it’s by the river, through fields, it’s a very pleasant setting - it’s simply the two lap aspect I dislike, especially for a flat course. I prefer three laps - at least then, the first lap isn’t two bad, after two laps you’re tired but you know you only have 1/3 left. With two, you finish one lap and you’re tired, but you know you’re only half-way. Maybe I should try to be more optimistic and look at is as half being done!
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Abingdon - 60 mile loop

This is a lovely loop I did a couple of weeks ago. It was a perfect morning for it (although I was feeling a bit wobbly - not wobbly on the bike, just a bit ill or something. Maybe I was a bit dehydrated, not sure!). The ride was fairly flat, and we travelled light, which meant we kept up a fast pace. We did have an early start, but not super early - maybe 8? And I was back before 1, with a round 60 miles in the bag (I think - the map image here is just from memory, but I think it’s right, at least on the return leg. I was paying less attention to navigating on the way out).

Definitely recommended!