Posts Tagged ‘first day’

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. 🙂

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Yesterday was my first cycling day since 2008. It was a spontaneous idea without a real plan where to cycle. So I started my trip from Riverside Gardens in the city centre of Derby and followed the cycle path downstream (south) along the River Derwent towards Pride Park Stadium. I came along the river path, under the large road bridge and passed Pride Park Stadium. Then continued on along the riverbank towards Alvaston Park and took a short ride around the lake (it has an island in the middle). Afterwards I got back on the riverside path, continuing downstream again and passed by BMX Track. Eventually I took a turn to Alvaston, followed the Harvey Road towards Allenton and passed through Osmaston Park. It was getting dark already, so I headed back towards Derby via Portland Street, Pear Tree Road and Normanton Road.

In total I cycled for one hour and managed a distance of 10 km. I need to admit the riverside path is really attractive place for cycling. And next time, when choosing the riverside path, I should also visit Elvaston Castle.

Here are some ideas for the next trips:
Burton-Upon-Trent to Derby, 26 km, difficulty level **
Derby to Nottingham, 30 km, difficulty level *
Derby to Matlock, 35 km, difficulty level ***
Derby to Ashbourne, 35 km, difficulty level ***
Derby to Loughborough, 40 km, difficulty level **
Hucknall – Derby – Hucknall, 90 km, difficulty level ****

But first, it seems I need to take a look at shorter distances! 😀