#5000colo Day 42: Back on the Bike!

Distance travelled: 14.34 miles
Cumulative distance: 746.00 miles
Distance remaining: 4254.00 miles
Percentage complete: 14.92
Villages visited: Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Spixworth.

It felt so good to be back in the saddle after three days off! After Sunday’s exertions I took Monday as a rest day, and Tuesday was my wife Katie’s birthday, so I decided against trying to nip out for a ride… especially as I’d already spent two hours of the day doing my Mental Health First Aid training!

Katie went for a massage and a haircut, and then in the evening we had a couple of friends round to watch the Norwich v Birmingham match (socially distanced, of course!). I was honoured to have been selected to be the Community Hero for the match; obviously I wasn’t able to attend in person, but apparently there is a surprise still to come from one of the sponsors.

I did the second instalment of the MHFA training on Wednesday morning, and then took advantage of Katie going to visit a friend in Attleborough to plot a route from there. We stopped off at Bicycle Links for what I hoped would be a quick pit stop, but unfortunately the rear derailleur hanger snapped.

Tim said he hoped to be able to get a new one by the following day (ie. today, Thursday), but my chance of a rainy ride around Attleborough way was curtailed. I was gutted; not only did that mean three consecutive days without riding, but it was also really wet, and I’ve really come to enjoy riding in rainy conditions!

Anyway, I picked the bike up late this afternoon, and was like a kid at Christmas; I got home, got kitted up and went for a twilight time trial. I gave it absolutely everything, and knocked nearly two minutes off my time from last week!

I’ve got rides planned for the next three days, although tomorrow’s ride is variable depending on whether or not I’ll be able to drive. The car needs to have a part fitted, but it depends how long that will take as to whether I go for a ride while it’s being done, or wait for it to be fitted and then ride off somewhere.

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