March 18, 2016 by welshcyclist
Had a few enjoyable commutes at the start of the week, even though my chain, every now and then, slips annoyingly. Doesn’t appear to be in any kind of set pattern, or on any particular cogs??? Will have to sort out sooner than later, any suggestions what could be the cause of this, my dear reader?
I was day shift Monday, and Tuesday, having a great time pedalling to and from work, Wednesday morning, too, was fantastic, and I really seemed to fly to work. BUT! There’s always a but, isn’t there?
The pedal home in the evening was very unhappy. I just seemed to run out of steam, energy, whatever you want to call it. From Aberdulais, the last 10 miles, was miserable, and I thought it would never end, what’s more, the trip took me, according to my Garmin watch, 1 hour 53 minutes!! There was a bit of a headwind gusting down the valley, and the traffic had been slow going through Neath, seemed to stop at every set of traffic lights. But that is really slow, even for this extremely slow cyclist, who sees the back wheel of every other cyclist flying past, en route. Speed is not my thing, but taking so much time is different, and frustrating.
No matter how I tried, I could not get my pedals to go faster, the hills were a great struggle, and I had to resort to the granny gears. In fact, as I rode through Glynneath itself, wending the final three quarters of a mile to home, I remained in those granny gears. If I hadn’t done so, I might well be still pedalling. Did I bonk?
That’s the only explanation, I believe. The day had been long at my signal box, I had been constantly on my feet, I normally have a 20 minute doze during my morning break, but I hadn’t bothered, plus the fact it was my third commute in three days. Perhaps these things add up, and take their toll on this old welshcyclist.
After that experience, even though, I had a short shift on Thursday, I took the car. Once again, sod’s law took over, it was the best day so far this year! Sun splitting the trees, and not a cloud to be seen anywhere in the skies overhead. Even had to get my shades on while driving! Doah!!!
Maybe I had had a bonking experience, but I was soon itching to get back in the saddle. It just upsets my day, if I don’t manage to get a pedal.