Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory
Last week I could have realistically hit my Sep100 target. I had four days to go and a hittable target of 15 miles per day to get there. But then things went awry: my Tuesday night long ride went west, for a number of reasons I won’t bore you with here. So…. I failed. this is despite the generous encouragement of £75 worth of charitable pledges from readers of this blog. So, I’m sorry guys and gals but I’ll make it up to you somehow.
A Better Beginning For October
On a fine Saturday afternoon, I was gifted a couple of hours of “Me Time” so I took ’em! I mapped out a loop to Tandle Hills and wasted some time converting kml to gpx so I could stick the track into my phone GPS app. If you ever wanna do that, this little web-based app was what I used. Geekiness over, out I went.
The ride was more pleasant than I’d expected. A couple of short-cuts, found whilst mapping on the laptop, helped a lot and the climbs were more gentle than I thought they’d be. It was muddy off the roads, but hey, mud = good. That’s why I ride a mountain bike.
(hit the photos for a proper view, they’re a bit tall for these thumbnails)
I was in a rush to get back home after a short break at the rather great cafe at Tandle Hills, so I rushed home along Oldham/Rochdale Road to the canal, then a quick burst back homewards along the towpath to finish. 10.6 miles done and a decent enough start to the month’s challenge. There’s a link to the October 100 spreadsheet in the little box to the right, so get yourself signed up and enjoy your month’s riding!
The map’s here if you want a look. 🙂