Today was my toughest physically & emotionally – just was wrong from the start – but think in the end more good than harm was done by the finish & I’m ok for a tough day tomorrow.
The day started with an even bigger puffy eye & a pretty crap breakfast neither of which helped my mojo.
B&B – two simple ingredients to business success – good bed & great breakfast – crap egg, cheap supermarket sausage & I’ve no idea what you did to the toast but it was inedible.
The day started as so many seem to with a climb, this was very manageable in terms of gradient, must have been 6-7 miles but I was completely happy with that. I didn’t have the legs however to attack like the others & just found myself on my own which was fine. Views were stunning & I took forever partly for photo stops!
Once over the top there was a long long downhill drag & the first much needed brew stop after 23 miles, by this time I was really struggling with neck, back & shoulders & ever depleted energy levels.
Looking back I think breakfast had a lot to do with it, I ate two bananas, cake & jelly beans etc at morning brew & thankfully Dave (who lives in Edinburgh) spotted I was struggling and suggested we cycle together to the lunch stop.
This next drag was tough going, the road surface was shot and we shook & rattled for long stretches, it was one road for 15 miles and certainly the company helped enormously.
Lunch was sociable & included soup & sandwiches which on top of the morning brew topped up energy levels.
Next up was Edinburgh, Dave led us to the outskirts & then headed home to say hi to family & I found myself a bit in no man’s land. My usual cycle buddies were well ahead, there were some of the group around me but groups have become quite tight around the individuals that form them but while part of the bigger pack you’re not taken in by other groups naturally.
As such as we navigated by Garmin, written notes, street & road signs, tried to remember to check traffic lights and watch out for cars, buses & tourists – it was quite a challenge – (hence no photos) and having not got through an intersection with a group found myself on my own, which was initially lonely & with the burden of navigation slightly stressful but after a short while and having got through the worst of Edinburgh I just decided to relax, and progress at my own pace in my own company….with food kicking in & the pace much slower physically & emotionally I felt myself bouncing back.
One photo once started to relax! St Mary’s Cathedral:-
Navigation after Edinburgh was on cycle paths or Sustrans cycle routes which were away from traffic & helped my bounce back!
Leading to the Forth Road Bridge & with it being a very still day, a lovely calm crossing.
The other side had all sorts of roadworks going on with signage missing but following my nose I headed in the right direction and found Dave manning the afternoon brew stop.
More bananas, cake, tea & I was good for the last 15 miles at a steady pace and on reasonable road surface!
Evening routine complete…bath/shower, hand washing, drying, rolling, blog….now need that food & good early night.