It was a bright, beautiful, sunny morning when I headed out on the road at about 8.15am.
The road seemed quieter than normal (it’s half-term) and despite a chill in the air it didn’t feel quite as cold as it has felt over the past week or so. Either that, or perhaps my toasty warm layers (and socks) are doing their job properly.
At Hyde Park I was rather captivated by the low-lying misting hovering over the playing fields by the South Carriage — especially when coupled with the powder-blue sky and the lovely languid shapes of the bare-branched trees. I just had to stop to take some quick snaps (above and below).
It’s wonderful mornings like this, when it’s bright and cold, and the sun’s rays filter down through the trees that I’m so grateful I made the effort to cycle rather than catch the tube.
Total distance: 6.51miles (10.47km) | Moving time: 37.03min | Average moving speed: 10.5mph | Calories: 306C
When I agreed to take part in London Revolution — cycling 180 miles around London on May 18 & 19 — I thought I might have bitten off more than I could chew. I hadn't cycled for more than two months and had spent most of December and January eating (and drinking) for England. My weight had gone up, my energy levels had gone down.
But after I signed up to the event, a training plan was emailed through. I dreaded opening it. I thought it would be a Bradley Wiggins-style regime that would leave me quaking at the knees. Instead it is a wholly realistic programme and something I can easily achieve almost by commuting alone.
Two-and-a-bit weeks in I can say it is going well. I commuted by bicycle three days on the first week and four on the second — and now I feel like I'm truly back into the swing of things. It didn't take long to get my fitness back, nor to feel the benefits.
I'm generally more energised and motivated at work, am sleeping much better and waking up feeling refreshed instead of sluggish. I'm also considerably lighter — in the space of seven commutes I somehow lost 4kg, which is more than half-a-stone. Go me!
Having the Garmin track my journey and heart rate has been a revelation.
Last week I cycled 52 miles and burned more than 2,000 calories. The previous week it was 28 miles and 1,690 calories. I'll keep you posted how this week turns out.