#5000colo Day 45: Gentle Jaunt

Distance travelled: 19.58 miles
Cumulative distance: 819.98 miles
Distance remaining: 4180.02 miles
Percentage complete: 16.40
Villages visited: Wreningham, Ashwellthorpe, Tacolneston, Forncett End, Bunwell, Carleton Rode, Spooner Row.

I really must remember to actually take some photos on my rides! Another shonky self-portrait today, I’m afraid.

This morning started with some really intense anxiety. It’s just horrible; it’s a feeling of non-specific terror and fear, a massive, full-body physiological tremor that goes on and on. I feel it right inside my sternum, and behind my eyes. I feel on the verge of tears, but know that I won’t be able to cry. It’s like a huge invisible hand is dangling me over the edge of a precipice; I know it won’t drop me, but it’s impossible to keep calm when you’re so hypertense.

My anti-anxiety medication got me to the point where I felt like the anxiety was a little more manageable, so I hauled myself out of bed, got my gear together, and Katie and I headed over to my sister and brother-in-law’s house in Wymondham. Miles and I had had this date in our diary for several weeks, so I was determined to get there.

What I hadn’t realised is that Miles’s bike is a mountain bike that he’s had since he was 14 years old! Although he’s tall and slim, he doesn’t get a huge amount of exercise, and factor in the bike situation and it was always going to be a slow one. It was strange ‘pootling’ after the exertions of my past few rides, but it was great to have a chat and a catch-up.

A few miles in we switched bikes, so I could experience the immensity of the handicap that Miles was experiencing on the mountain bike, and he could have his first taste of riding a road bike. It took him a little while to get used to the road bike shifters and toe clips, but, once he got to grips with it, he noticed a profound difference!

I found it pretty difficult riding the mountain bike; I found the old-school trigger shifters a bit awkward, and it was so slow and heavy I felt like I was going backwards! Miles has definitely ‘seen the light’, though, and I think I’ve persuaded him to upgrade to a hybrid.

Four days in a row on the bike now, which is great. Hoping to have a full week’s riding ahead; I’ve set myself the target of getting to 2,020 miles by the end of 2020, so I’m really keen to crank up the miles!

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