Two remarkable things happened the other night.
- I went for a ride after a carvery meal out;
- I completed the #June100 challenge, doing my first 100 mile month in, probably, EVER.
It was Friday evening and I’d given up hope of getting any cycling done. I had Avon orders to submit, we were late home from work and my OH’s Dad was moving home. Not an auspicious outlook for the day’s riding.
But, things went a bit better than that. We realised I could put the Avon order in on Saturday; the home moving had gone extremely well; and we decided to go for a local carvery meal rather than cook at home.
The 3 M’s: Motivation, Meat and Momentum.
A plateful of beef, turkey, gammon and all the trimmings is usually a signal for the evening to end. Add to this a pint of San Miguel and normally you’d have two hopes of getting me to exercise – and one of those would be Bob.
But… the June100 had other ideas! I knew I was only 2.74 miles short of target and it was a beautiful evening. So when we got home, bellies full, I filled my drinks bottle, got the shed key and gritted my teeth. I was going to do it.
As you can see, I did it… and it was a fantastic evening ride, just in time to see a stunningly beautiful sunset over Hollingworth Lake. The phone’s camera doesn’t do it full justice, but I still love this photo and I’ll always remember it as the one I took after completing the June100 challenge.
It’s been a great month for me and it’s not quite over yet. Last night, I put the new slicks onto the Focus Fat Boy ready for this Sunday’s Manchester to Blackpool bike ride. Tonight I’m hoping to give them a quick blast out on the roads just to make sure I’m not going to get any pinch flats when I put a few miles in.
The difference in rolling speed will be interesting too – I’m hoping I can get past the magical 30mph mark on the way back down into Littleborough from t’Lake this time!
After tonight’s ride, the June100 will be over for me, so I’d like to thank all those who’ve kept me going over the last few weeks. It’s been emotional and I’m amazed how many have stuck it out, motivating me (and hopefully everyone else) through the challenge. 22 out of 31 riders have already done it, and I think more will finish over the next 2 nights.
Thank you all. I love you (though not in the biblical sense, and I don’t want your babies) and you’ve been a massive help.
Now, about this #July150…. ! 🙂