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muddy puddles

In perfect Peppa Pig style “everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles!” or in my case splashing through them and bunny hopping over them 😊

Friday nights have morphed with the shortening days into MTB night. Two winters ago a group of us were out nearly every week for 2-3 nights but last year the rest of the group moved to the Dark Side and switched to Zwift instead. Admittedly it’s warmer and drier in Zwiftland but it’s still hard to beat the feeling of a frosty night spent rattling around forest trails and splashing through puddles.

This year it looks like I’ve managed to recruit a new group from the club that are interested in getting wet and muddy every Friday night and tonight we had our first spin out together.

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A really enjoyable couple of hours of hills, banter, complaining, downhill speeding and of course…….muddy puddles!

riding into the sunset

I managed to get get badly caught out on my Friday evening spin last week.

Due to a mixture of bad planning and disorganisation I ended up leaving the house about 20min later than planned and without hiviz or proper lights. My handlebar light has a decent constant mode but it was low on battery and almost failed before I got home with the last half hour on a setting too dim for comfort.

This week I was much better organised with the lights all fully charged and in place last night and all my gear left sitting ready to go when I got in from work.

much better prepared

I got away only 5min later than hoped and did the same route as last week which has very little traffic. With an unusually clear evening I was treated to great sunsets over the Bluestacks as well as an impressive moonrise over Castlederg.

sunset over the bluestacks
barnes gap
moonrise over castlederg
moon through the trees on the derg line

It was a perfect night for cycling and I could have stayed out hours longer!

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Over the last couple of weeks I feel like I’ve really got my cycling mojo back again. Last month I managed 235km. That’s not an awful lot but in context it’s my biggest month since November last year and by a long shot!

stats for the year

I’d set myself a target of 450/500km for September and so far I’m at 285km. I’m also feeling fitter and stronger and was pleased to set a distance record on Sunday from November last year and then to beat it on Wednesday 💪

Combine my extra mileage with two nights per week in the gym and I am now optimistic about my condition and fitness come the Spring 😊