We were really looking forward to getting away in Tribby for Easter Weekend, even though Easter was a bit early and the nights were still dark early and there was a nip in the air. We hadn't any time out since Australia so we were really looking forward to 4 solid days of relaxation and dog walking. Getting Tribby ready over the couple of weeks beforehand was very exciting. We treated the water tank, made sure the water pump and heater worked, swept, dusted and wiped so the inside was clean and gradually put the contents back in and refilled the "goodies" cupboards.
The weather on Friday and Saturday morning was ok - we woke to lovely sunshine. After breakfast we headed out to walk the footpath that Shaun had found the previous day and walk part of the Estuary. It was quite windy at this point, funny watching the birds trying to fly across the water.
Later in the week I was contacted by my friend Nik asking if I wanted to join a group ride - originally 40 miles starting at the Brighton Pier. I struggled to make the decision whether to go or not - Shaun was working on Saturday so I was on my own - having to drive there and back as well do the ride without him! On Friday I asked Nik if she knew the route and she came back to me and said the ride was now only 33 miles but starting from Hove Park at 7.30am, via Devils Dyke (or renamed by me as Bitch Hill).
In the past my anxiety has stopped me from taking part in these rides but I desperately wanted to get out on the bike and I needed some miles in the bank - no cycling next weekend! So after a few moments of "nope I can't do it" I found myself in the car with kit and bike and on my way to Hove at 6.45am to meet up with the guys and girls from BTRS. Quick safety briefing and route explanation, including where the regrouping points were and we were off! I have no idea when but at some point between 10 and 15 miles I managed to touch my front wheel on Nik's back wheel - never a good thing when you're on a bike. So ....... the inevitable stacking of me occurred. Somehow, and I have no idea, I got back on the bike after a little time of being checked over by Kurt, the ride leader, and a few people who had stopped on the road. I think my right knee and elbow took most of the impact. We caught up with the rest of the group at the halfway point. Short rest then back on it and headed to the hilly bit of the course - Devils Dyke. I managed quite a lot of the hilly bits apart from the worst parts of the climb - pain was starting to kick in with my back and right hip so I couldn't ride up the worst part! So proud of Nik though, on her first ever road ride she actually managed to cycle up the whole way - something I've not managed!
We caught up with the rest of the group at the top in the golf club car park.
|Nik bringing up the rear - so proud of her|
|The view from Devils Dyke|
|Photo by Nik Bailey - Love riding with these two!|
|I couldn't be more proud of this one - first proper road ride!|
|Checking my injuries back at the Park|
|My expensive arm warmer was a bit ruined|
|Bruised left leg the day after|
|Sore elbow - imagine if that had been without sleeves|
Casualty list :-
1 arm warmer
1 pair of shorts
lots of skin
1 bottle rack
1 cycling helmet
Luckily it's my birthday in a couple of weeks !