I started off today with good intentions by getting dressed in my cycling clothes as soon as I got up. But after an hour or so of faffing about - cleaning out the wood burning stove and fetching and carrying logs, cleaning and tidying, then breakfast, I felt cold and thought I'd change into jeans and boots for a walk in the woods.
But I looked at my 10K training plan and it said "Cross Train" today and a wee walk in the woods is not really pushing myself! Heck, I'd just ordered a new high-vis waterproof cycle jacket last night, so better stop being such a wimp and get out there on my bike!
Marathon-running and mountain bike-cycling son was around and he decided to come with me - on the understanding that I was going as slowly as I wished.
Once I got going, I loved it. The first 1km from the house is downhill and is a wee bit cold when not warmed up, but that is followed by plenty of uphill.
We explored a privately-owned wood that I'd not walked or cycled in for years and it was great. A nice. bumpy track for part of the way, followed by a surfaced private road that leads to the 'Big House' (think Monarch of the Glen stylee big house), but this one is on an island in the middle of the river. Oh, and it's for sale if you have a spare few million lying around (£15 million to be precise).
I did 15.3 km in just over an hour: runkeeper.com/user/59524307...