Short as it is, I declare this to be proof that I have fulfilled New Year's Resolution 3. Onward!
The hill in question is the infamous Col de Woolwich Ferry (known on Strava by the more prosaic "Woolwich Ferry to Shooters Hill"): an awe-inspiring 2.5km long, at an average gradient of 2.5%. OK, it's not exactly Angliru, but it's the nearest thing we have in this part...
This was yesterday's ride. It's modest by the standards of real cyclists, but it left me utterly wasted for the whole of the rest of the day. I had planned to clean my bike but I just didn't have the energy. The fact it rained all afternoon was another powerful disincentive.
In other news, today I successfully raised my handlebars. Thank you Youtube. For a long time I have been concerned that my bike is just too big - no problem when you are commuting for 45 minutes at a time, but potentially...
Here's today's (pathetic) first road ride of 2016.
I deliberately chose a route that covers part of my old commute so that I could compare "performance" (if that is the right word). There's one particular climb I used to use to measure my form - Woolwich Ferry to Shooter's Hill Road. My best time ever (which, I proudly notice, is still 8th on the all-time leaderboard) is 5:26. Today's effort, after which I briefly thought my heart was going to leap out of my throat: a roundly dispiriting 7:52. True, I was briefly...
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