Up normal time, got my road bike out with the intention of going in via the City Centre route, all good. I was just coming up to the traffic lights by the entrance to Rubery Great Park when I hit a massive pot hole, I just didn’t see it as it was in a shadow cast by a tree. Straight away both tyres went flat, 2 pinch punctures! Marvelous!
Every commuter I imagine is like me, in that they know every hole, every crack and every bump on their particular route. That pot hole was a new one.
Anyway aborted route below as a JPG rather than the details.
So a walk back home and get on my Ridgeback then. I really hate that, the temptation to get in the car is huge! But I didn’t succumb to wimpyness and cracked on.
Dawn was just breaking as I was now later than usual, there was low lying mist in the River Rea and there was a glorious red sky to watch.
Have a look at that below, sunrise over NCR 5. Taken in Kings Norton Park at about 0635hrs. Not a great shot but it’s ok for an iPhone.
It was brilliant being back down the cut, very peaceful as usual and I was having fun. A nice way to start the day.
I’ve done a bit of very brief analysis from the Garmin stats of my performance on the Road bike v the Ridgeback and the results are a surprise!
My HR isn’t in the fat burning zone for very long at all. It seems the road bike is giving me a better work out even though it’s lighter and better for pedalling, who’da thunk it?
I set up a course and a virtual opponent for me last night and I raced home via the QE and the Beeches and I beat my best time recorded on the Garmin by a whole 5 minutes! Just shows what a bit of competition does! I was lucky with the traffic lights though…