When I gave this blog its name, I honestly thought it would be a few weeks before I'd be back on the bike, even if I healed as fast as I normally do. But after yesterday's unexpected short outing saw no ill effects, I decided to hit the road again this morning for a "proper" ride … a 30-minute jaunt around some local roads.
I choose the my Specialized Epic mountain bike as my weapon of choice due to its multitude of small gears which would allow me to spin at all times. Jack joined me but he took the fixie and so I hardly saw him.
I didn't go hard in the slightest, indeed I hardly broke a sweat, but it was glorious zooming down an almost empty Holland Rd, feeling that familiar breeze blasting past man and machine.
While definitely not at 100 percent, my leg feels strong and hardly limited me today at all. Let's hope there's no delayed reaction when I get up in the morning and then I'll nip out again and perhaps try some slighter bigger gears.
With things going well, I've set myself a new target: to be strong enough to take on the beast that is Genting Highlands on March 2, in just four weeks time. That day sees the pro peloton visit the famous Malaysian mountain for Stage 4 of le Tour de Langkawi. It's always a glorious occasion, comprising of a climb up the slope followed by watching some of the sport's big names do the same at double the speed.
And with goal in mind it'll keep me motivated to stay on the calorie count regime as the lighter the easier it is to climb the big mountains. That number at the top represents another 400 grams lost but I'm still 3kg off my ideal climbing weight. Wish me luck.