Monday, 12 January 2009

Bike commute

Well today has been the first day back to me commuting to work on the bike and I am loving it. The bad news - I am so bike unfit. Is that even a word?! I don't know, I don't care but I am so out of shape.

I haven't been on a bike for just over a month and even then it was just commuting. The last time I have done a proper session was at Silverman. A loooong time ago. And I really wanted to get back on that bike, if for nothing else then commuting since the coach said that the bike will not take priority in my training right now. I had good intentions last week but it was so cold here in London that there was no way I was going to do it.

So I decided, today was the day. Got up, put zillion of layers on and I was off. First to the pool for a swim. The pool is only about 5 mins ride from my place but I already figured out I was too hot. So it was a good chance to ditch few layers. Ride to work was great until at about half way I figured that I am moving so slow and my rear wheel is behaving oddly. Straight away I though I flatted. Oh no, right in front of the Big Ben. Looked back and no, nothing. So I persuaded myself that my rear brake pads must be rubbing. Stopped, got off, moved them a bit and went back on the bike. It seemed easier. I don't actually know whether it was but it must be that mental thing. The thing is it probably wasn't anything and I am just so unfit right now. The ride back home felt same so who knows. Maybe it is brake pads, maybe I am just fat... I better go and check those brakes.


Maggs said...

unfit is a word. the definition is: Maggs.

Maijaleena said...

You're bike commuting in London in the winter? Good for you!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Awesome job with the commute! I too have done the rear brake rubbing thing. You are not alone. :)

BreeWee said...

Way to just get back on the bike and ride... one pedal at a time. I had my debriefing meeting with coach yesterday and he told me flat out I AM IN HORRIBLE BIKE SHAPE! ha ha ha, no worries, we will be fit in no time!

Hope the swimming is still going well for you!

Charisa said...

YAH for bike commuting! And past Big Ben - fun!! :)