I’m all in favour of being motivated, but jeeees!
Tuesday Night Is Hollingworth Lake Loop Night. The weather looked a bit ropey, but I crossed my fingers, made a (delicious I must say) quick pasta tea and lined myself up for an hour’s ride out.
By the time bike o’clock came, it was raining a bit. “Ah well, never mind”, I thought as I pulled on an extra layer and my buff. I set off. The rain got a bit harder. The wind got a bit blusterier (that’s a word, really).
By the time I got the t’Lake I was knackered. I resolved to do one lap instead of my usual two before heading home. Halfway round the Lake I checked my phone in a sheltered spot, to make sure my new tracker software was working…
User Error 1.
When I started the new tracker software, I hit the standby button on my phone. Don’t do this kids. Use the “backlight off” button on the software instead. Balls!
I did it right, after losing about 5 miles of tracking, and set off again from under the shelter of the big trees. It was very windy by now, and pretty rainy too. Ah well, I was nice and warm and this was dong me good. Wasn’t it?
User Error 2.
I thought it wise to double-check the tracking software. There’s a little bench opposite the Wine Press pub so I rode the bike down a couple of steps to get under the shelter of some more lovely big trees.
And fell off! Mossy paving slabs and rain do not mix well with MTB slicks. Before I knew what had happened, I was rubbing my knee and elbow, whilst the Fat Boy lounged somewhere off to my left. Balls! Again!
Time To Go Home.
From there, I was relived to be heading homewards to be honest. I’m glad I put a few miles in but I’m crossing my fingers that the next time I go out, the weather’s a bit kinder and that I’m a bit less of a numpty with the tech. 🙁
I’ll review the new software in a bit more detail when I’ve tested it properly. Initial feelings are positive, I think.
The route’s on MapMyRide if you fancy a gander. Sorry there are no photos, since the weather was pants and my touchscreen phone wasn’t happy so I kept it in my pocket as much as possible.
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