Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

June in Riga

Posted: July 14, 2012 in 20 to 39 km, Up to 19 km
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I was in Riga and I cycled! Two lovely things to do. I don’t have my own bike there, so I borrowed one from my friend. It was a challenging thing to do because his bike was pretty large as it was purchased for a 1.90 m tall man. And I’m only 1.60 m tall. Can you feel the difference? ūüėÄ Nevertheless, it was an unusual experience. But at least I felt safe cause I cycled with my friend who was leading and supporting me all the way.

First we cycled from MeŇĺciems¬†(G) to Berń£i¬†(B). It was raining so we got us raincoats. And here we go – two ladies with yellow raincoats. As it was also windy, we looked like two big balloons on bicycles. Next point was ńĆiekurkalns (C),¬†then Teika (D), followed by a ride through the Biń∑ernieki forest (E). Eventually, we ended at the Biń∑ernieki race track where contestants¬†trained for the¬†Eastern European Drift Championship 2nd stage. That day we cycled about three hours and accomplished a distance of 26 km. Pretty good for a rainy city ride!

As the next day was sunny, we decided to have a second ride to Berń£i. This time we cycled only¬†15 km.¬†We enjoyed the sunny day in a garden. And also mosquito did so.

Altogether I spent three lovely weeks in Latvia. I met my friends and family. Enjoyed being home and also celebrated Midsummer.

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According to my blog, the last day I cycled was October 16. It’s quite a long time, huh. So I decided to kick myself out of my cozy nest and have a ride. It was March 21, when I decided to visit my Latvian friends in Mickleover. The morning was coldish and I knew that all the way to Mickleover I will have to cycle uphill. That was quite a big challenge, especially because of the fact it was my first day of cycling. My bike computer didn’t work, because the computer wire was¬†damaged. And it is only natural that you can’t expect a miracle, if you lend your bicycle for someone else. It took me a little more than usual to reach Mickleover. I cycled cautiously (AKA slowly) and also uphill wasn’t a piece of cake. At least the way back was easy and fast enough. Altogether I cycled a little more than¬†10 km.

Photo: Martin Fisch (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The next week I had a visitor, my friend Ella. She really¬†likes shopping and that is of a great value, because in a very magical way she always manages to find something also for me. I got really nice¬†shoes, a dress and some nice cardigans for the summer time.¬†So the first day we did a shopping marathon until all our money was gone. As the result it was crystal clear that on March 28 we’re going to cycle. The weather was really great – warm and sunny. So I took Ella to the Elvaston Castle. We cycled a little more than 20 km. It was her first cycling day, so I really admire her endurance and avanturistic spirit.

Ella's visit to Elvaston Castle

These two days of cycling are my first steps to a bigger goal. I have made a decision – this season I’m going to cycle to Loughborough¬†(40 km in one way). I almost did it the previous time (in August), but I run out of water and got confused in finding the right way. So this year I’m going to prepare better: 1) I will prepare a proper map (it wasn’t really reasonable to try to find the way just like that; however, it was a¬†spontaneous¬†ride without knowing I’m going to cycle a long distance, so eventually it was a great adventure); and 2) I will take plenty of water and food with me. But first, I need to practice on a little shorter cycle routes. ūüôā

A ride to Chaddesden

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Up to 19 km
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I’m a little sentimental today. Maybe it’s because I’m listening to Latvian classic popular music and some of the singing festivals’ songs.¬†Sun, Thunder, Daugava is a really great song. Every time I’m singing it, I feel touched:

Well, maybe the topic of Latvian folk singing came into my blog just because on Saturday I had a Latvian choir concert in Rowfant House near London Gatwick Airport. And I sang a lot!

Anyway, the main point is – I haven’t cycled since ages (since 14th of August to be exact). And today I finally did it! A day was really warm and sunny (+17 degrees Celsius). So I managed to get back on my bike. Funny enough, I was cycling in my tight jeans skirts. I felt just like Poppy of the Happy-Go-Lucky¬†(it has 7.0 rating on IMDb). You will understand what I’m talking about, if you have watched this cheerful film.

Today I cycled for one hour and five minutes and managed a distance of 12,7 km. My average speed was 11,7 km per hour and maximum – 27,8 km per hour. Aha, I enjoyed a slow ride through the city.

This time I cycled to Chaddesden, locally known as Chad. It’s a large suburb of Derby. I just followed the cycle path downstream along the¬†River Derwent. After I reached Pride Park Stadium, I crossed the river and went on exploring Chad.¬†Unintentionally I stumbled upon a really nice recreation ground in the middle of Sussex Circus. Of course I took a chance and swung for a while. Afterwards I cycled back to the city center via Darley Abbey.

I must admit, it was a nice ride. October in UK is a suitable month for cycling.