So, sometime last year I decided to get back into cycling ... or at the very least start using my bike again in some meaningful way. To this end I decided to set myself a little target to strive for; given I have been doing 9 mile rides fairly regularly earlier in the year, I set my sights on a ~20mile ride to from near my house to Chichester Marina (and back I.e. 10 miles there 10 miles back again).
Unfortunately, having gotten pretty close near the end of 2013, I then got side tracked; allowing cold and wet weather to close in and I failed to achieve the goal during 2013.
When some sunshine (more accurately lack of rain) finally appeared this year, I got back on the bike and started working towards the goal again.
In the early morning hours of the 5th April I made my first proper attempt, but due to a time limitation and failure to properly check a map (the original route turned out to need me to travel down a public footpath which I decided against when I actually arrived at that leg of the journey); I ended up getting the distance in, but not reaching Chichester Marina … so the challenge was still on.
Finally on the 13th April I headed out again, with a new route (increasing the distance to ~24miles). Heading out at midday turned out to be a bit of a problem, not really for me, but some drivers in the centre of Chichester didn't appreciate my presence, but I peddled on regardless. Long story short, I still took a wrong turn (adding ~3 miles to the route) but I reached my goal!!!
Using this trip as an opportunity to play with a camera attached to the bike, I decided to compile a time lapse video as a memento.
Moving forward I have set a few more goals (not really worth mentioning at this point) and to that end I should be swapping my mountain bike for a road bike in the near future (although still keeping the mountain bike as I am considering a few off-road challenges).
My final thought is around getting one of these Fly6 (rear facing video camera and light), given some of the hate thrown in my direction it seems like a good safety option … otherwise I will have to do something crazy like cycling with other people … which is just madness.