To say it was hard wouldn't be doing it justice, the first part of the ride to Bridgnorth was against quite a fearsome headwind so I was working pretty hard. I had originally planned to stop at Bridgnorth to have my jam sandwiches and a drink but I decided to crack on and get it done. I'd gone into mission mode which isn't great as my blinkers go on and everything else gets forgotten. I benefitted from a tailwind all the way into Kidderminster and up to Mustow Green where my body was telling to me to refuel. I sat on the wall by the Skoda Dealers and wolfed the sarnies and drink and cracked on as quickly as I could. By this time I was suffering. Every little injury was now letting me know of its presence, my neck and shoulder's were killing me, there was a sharp pain in my right knee (worrying that one) my back was killing me, my feet were numb and I couldn't feel my hands.
Just as I turned off at Bromsgrove for Catshill and the last 7 or 8 miles the wind changed and I was again battling a fearsome headwind. The last few miles disappeared in a world of hurt. I can't remember when I last had to dig in like that. Every yard gained was a small victory and every meter to cover was another reason to stop. But I eventually made it home. A bit battered but morale sky high!
Maybe I was pushing my fitness (or lack of) but you've got to have a go haven't you? I now have a yardstick to look at at where I am. I guess the various pains will always be there as they're the result of the life I've lead, but my cardio vascular system and leg muscles seemed ok. It was just everything else that malfunctioned!
I didn't take any pictures and I forgot my Muvi at 0445hrs this morning, I was just determined to get it done. Maybe next time I'll do it more leisurely and take some catch me naturals for you all to look at.
Started: 3 May 2010 04:56:23
Ride Time: 3:48:16
Stopped Time: 0:09
Distance: 53.48 miles
Average: 13.93 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 46.26 miles/hr
Climb: 1437 feet
50 miles eh? Chuffed to bits!