Sometimes , when you see a single cyclist pedaling along an isolated country road it may look like a lonely form of exercise . Sometimes it can be anything but that .
Yesterday morning , I headed off for what I thought was going to be a nice handy 2 hour training spin . The morning was dry and cool with very little wind . Perfect weather for cycling . The direction that I choose was to head towards Clogheen , on into Cahir and back to Clonmel . By using some back roads it would be a nice quiet spin .
Between Ardfinnan and Clonmel who was coming against me in his big blue van only my friend Bernard . We stopped up on the side of the road and spent 15 mins plotting and planning our assault on this years Marmotte in France in July . Then on I went again headed for Clogheen .
Another friend of mine Mickey O’Donnell ( or Mickey and Donald as Kate calls him during her Disney moments ) lives on the far side of Clogheen and spent a few days in hospital last week after a fall so I decided to call for a few minutes to see how he was . Thankfully he was recovering well and 2 cups of tea and 1 1/2 hours later I was once more throwing my leg over the saddle and on the road again .
The road I was now on passes by my cousins farm and as I could hear the tractor running in the yard I stopped to say hello . Another hour and 2 more cups of tea saw me back on the road again now headed towards home feeling great as I always do after meeting my cousins who have a fantastic outlook on life .
On in through Cahir and along the back road near Grange through Knocklofty and who should I meet coming against me only Mr. www.sustainablesolutionsireland.com , Mehall ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald himself . Fresh from closing yet another deal with a client for one of his wood pellet boilers and a solar system he was full of the joys of spring .
On through Loughtally and home I found myself having covered only 50 miles in 5 hours at an average of 12.5 Miles Per Tea .
Group cycling can be a lot more sociable than a night in the pub as you move up and down the line getting a chance to chat to everyone for a while and have a bit of craic but even a lone cyclist can have a very enjoyable social spin , even if it’s not exactly the best form of training .
Garmin details of the spin here : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/24345825