Two years ago, my hunk of hugs, John, sometimes referred to as Wookie (which is another post sometime), said he wanted to do the MS Bike Tour. It has varied in length over the years but is a minimum 100 kilometres (about 60 miles) over two days. It has an optional 60 more k as well for the masochists out there.
So John began training and I bought myself a mountain bike to train with him. Not being very athletic, ever, but keen on encouraging the man and getting myself outside and in better shape, I joined him. Almost before the bike tour I had decided to do the next one which was in 2007. So I continued to train and bought a hybrid bike as the mountain bike isn't suitable for the road. And I did the tour last summer.
Because of where I live, weather is not really the greatest for riding this time of year and we will undoubtedly have a couple more storms before Mother's Day (sometimes after!); but I'm itching to get outside again. I dug out the bike over the weekend and set off today to get myself warmed up. The mountain bike is good to train on for short distances and is wonderful in the woodsy trails. I was out riding for about a half hour and enlisted some locals to take a pic.
In the background is the town of Bedford, where I live, and the historic Bedford Basin where the convoys prepared to head overseas during world War 2. I often bike all the way around and back in the spring and summer as there is a great training road with all kinds of hills (yech). It's a great way to measure my progress as it takes fewer stops to get up those hills each time I bike it.
It's a start...