After a couple of months of very little, if any, cycling I thought it was about time I got serious about this commuter caper and started riding on a more regular basis once again. I’ve noticed a distinct negative impact on my health and wellbeing recently — lethargy, constant tiredness and a drop in motivation — which I believe is due to lack of exercise. So this morning, despite the chilly air and the early hour, I managed to extract my bike from storage and take to the roads again.
Within 100metres I remembered why it is I love cycling so much: the fresh air, the blood pumping through the veins, the knowledge that I’m moving under my own steam.
Mind you, another 100metres down the line and I was feeling out of breath! I do jest. I am out of condition but I’m not that bad.
Anyway, getting back on the road was a great feeling. London was at its autumnal best: all the trees in Kensington Palace Garden and Hyde Park were adorned in orange, gold and bronze leaves. The sunlight was streaming through them and everything just seemed to be all aglow. I took my time cycling down Rotten Row admiring the view.
Actually, I pretty much took my time the whole route, if only because my fitness levels have dropped a little, plus there were so many changes since my last commute — mainly in road conditions and roadworks — that I couldn’t really rush too much. I just wanted to make sure I got to the office in one piece, which, I’m happy to report, I did.
And then I had to do it all over again on my way home. But that’s another story…
Total distance: 12.89 miles | Ride time: 1hr, 21min and 21sec | Average speed: 10.04mph | Top speed: 17.2mph