Rosanne
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Conquering Unfinished Business!!

Rosanne
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27 Jul 2015

The weather leading up to the weekend seemd dismal... rained non stop on Friday... we were hoping that the weatherman was actually right this time and that Saturday would be a fine day to ride.

Being in Sofia for work early on in the week, then being hammered by Corporate Accounting later in the week.... I had done ZIP exercise all week....  

We needed the rain to stop so we can ride on Saturday.......

And sunny Saturday it was!!

Bouncing out of bed on Saturday morning, we got our bikes ready and we changed our minds in riding to High Wycombe as we felt that we had unfinished business with Tring.  So we reattempted the 48 mile round trip ride to Tring - staying off the trails when it got rough.

Being familar with the ride from a few weeks ago, we were bit more prepared for all the hills and big roundabouts, where you hold your breath and 'indicate' hoping that the drivers can see you and let you pass...

When we got to the tow paths, when it got a bit rough, we tried dodging the gauntlet of blackberry bushes, nettles and rough pebbles.  Some of the paths were so overgrown it was impossible not to get scratches all over the arms, nettle stinging the legs...

We got to the same point near Hemel Hampstead where we got the punctures last time and opted to ride on the road.

We past a lovely town called BerkHamsted.... lovely high street and all.... but WORST DRIVERS on the road..... I think we both almost lost all our 9 lives on that high street.... people cutting corners on us, scraping by us with less than half a metre of 'personal bike' space... a driver even raced past me, then slammed on his brakes in front of me to drop off his passenger....

Passing that town was a relief... until we got to the hills and head winds on the flats..... there was only 45 mins of riding left and it was SOO tough...   so many hills...

We were so relieved when we started to see signs to 'Tring'...  we were almost there.... half way in the round trip....  

With these rides, we're starting to get our 'comfort' food and drinks during these rides.... mine is Vegemite Toast with melted cheese before the ride.... and an Iced Tea as a refreshment 

After our drinks in the park, trying to stretch out the pain as much as we could....giggling about the town we rode past before Tring called 'Cow Roast'.....we decided to start our trip back to Harrow.... thinking that all the hills we conquerd on the way would just be downhills on the way back!!!

Conveniently... we must have forgotten the down hills on the way there!!  My bike was playing up again.... which mean the front brakes were tight so the bike wasn't free rolling down the hills.... so I ended up having to pedal DOWNHILL as well....

Also I had a lot of trouble going into 3rd gear... so was flipping from 4th to 2nd to minimise the 'clunking' of the gears and the fear of snapping my chain..... Visit back to Halfords AGAIN!

When we went past Berkhamsted, more crazy drivers went past and our legs started to cramp up quite a bit....  we had to soldier on..... there wasnt much talk on the way back... we just had to focus on each hill and just clear through them...

We made really good time on the way back, but legs were burning... there were some tough hills in the last 7 miles... some with traffic lights half way up a hill so we had to stop, then start from scratch to get up the rest of the hill!

I dont think I'd ever been that glad to see the 'Welcome to Harrow' sign ever.... and the sign that says 'Harrow - 2 miles'...  we were almost home!

Getting home, legs were aching so much... it hurt to sit down, hurt to stretch, hurt to stand.... didnt know what to do with myself..... but an ice leg massage worked like a treat and the aching left within 20mins...

Assessing the cycle stats after the ride.... we did a really good time.... and found out that we did 3 times the elevation than the actual race would be..... so hopefully the actual race would be 'easier'.....

Three weeks to go!!!