GPS Audax February, an island in the sun!
I havent written to the blog for AGES.... I am missing my cycling. Its not even as if I am NOT cycling, because I am. But doing miles fewer than I manage when the weather is milder, like many other cyclists of course, and the days longer... soon the season gets underway again, and I am champing at the bit for the next long day out.
Anyway, here is my route today:
Last year I managed 20 x 100 Audax runs. I would love to repeat that again this year, and its my ambition to ride my first 200km Audax in 2011 as well. Its time I went up a level. Planning on the Isle of Man though is a bit problematic. The island is only 35 miles long and 15 miles wide, so to do a 200km route, you will have to criss cross the routes previously ridden earlier in the day. Ah well, my Manx 200 is still in its planning mode more on that one another time.
The Sunrise just after I had set off at 8am this morning.
I set off at just after sun up, it was cold, i feared ice, but last night it rained pretty much all night long, and although at 5am this morning the stars were out, the cloud cover from earlier in the night drove off any thoughts of Jack Frost a visitin'. I am currently using a new map card in my SATMAP device. I am cycling THE BIG ONE in July this year, and so I now have complete OS mapping for the whole of the British Isles, sadly though someone forgot to mention to the map makers, the hills on the Isle of Man and so Island subsequently registers as ZERO hills, flat as a pancake, which meant I had to choose an up-se-down-sey route to ensure I got the right number of AAA points (Altitude Audax), ie more than 1.25. (I am hoping for 3 points for today, but on reflection, I think its nearer 2.5.
Certainly by the time I was half way round, I was beginning to think that the entire route was uphill. Its amazing how unfit you get when not really doing much in the way of hill work at the weekends, and certainly I am only riding an Audax 100km on a monthly basis, whereas last year, by April, I was completing at least 2 of these a month. So although I managed todays ride fine and dandy, I wasn't at all quick. In fact I was pretty slow to be honest, but had a fab run out. I even managed to put my Paramo summer jacket on, and even this travelled for half the route in the saddle bag.
The Sound, the very end of the Isle of Man. Stopped for a control point here. Mr Sunshine was with me for most of the day too!
Lots of lambs out, and spring flowers poking their green though.... its comin' is this thing called Spring!