I'm starting to investigate other forms of exercise for the 5x50 challenge, where I'm aiming to do 50 days of 30 minutes of exercise every day. (swanscot - I had a go at relearning the 'sun salutation' yoga last night - mmm, quite a bit of flexibility lost since I last did that!) couchto5k.healthunlocked.co...
It was pretty cold (itty bits of snow) so I was very glad to be wearing my polar buff under the cycle helmet. Getting a cold/sore face was one reason I stopped going out cycling years ago, and the buff worked really well. Conveniently, my husband's cycle helmet fitted me, as I couldn't find mine - I can't remember when I last cycled - maybe 6, maybe ten years ago.
I kept seeing cyclists going past in the opposite direction. I'm not sure whether it was actually a race as such or a touring route, though they all had numbers on (but didn't look as though they were racing). Lots of them smiled or nodded at me, which was rather nice.
After 15 minutes I decided to turn round (freezing fingers and beginning to notice I was sitting on a saddle!). There was a gap with no other bikes for a bit (I was going to turn round a bit earlier, but decided not to stop while anyone was looking!) Then I rode back, and was repeatedly overtaken by speedy cyclists - quite a few of them said hello as they went past - they were a friendly lot.
I went 4 miles in 27 minutes, which I was happy with as a starting point. It made an interesting change from running or walking. Bet I have a collection of different aches tomorrow though!