Cold, frosty and clear day today, very little wind, I decided to get my bike out. I've entered a 100 mile sportive in September so I need to try to get my mileage up. Plan for today was a long, slow ride. Anything over 50 miles would satisfy me. I'd drawn a map out the night before using the excellent Memory Map software (I love playing with maps) and was ready to go this morning after a big coffee.
Here is the route I took:
My plan was to keep my effort level low, within zone 2, and to build endurance.
10 miles from home and the lovely Sale Fell, the course I tookgoes along the front
past the church until I got to the dual carriageway.
Dodd and Carl Side behind across Bassenthwaite
Barf with the Bishop in sight. There's a great little scree run down from the bishop to the clerk.
still frosty on the roads, buffs in full effect here: one on my head, one round my neck over my chin and nose
Just outside Keswick, the easiest Wainwright
Blencathra, one of my favourites - still some snow on top
It was a cold day today and after a while, I really couldn't be bothered to keep taking my gloves on and off to take pictures so I just enjoyed the rest of the ride.
With one or two exceptions...
73 miles altogether, great day.