A view of Belvoir Castle in the distance.
Yesterday morning I got out on my second decent ride of the year. It's been about five months since I've had the pleasure of cycling the Belvoir Castle loop which starts off in my home town of Nottingham, where my parents live. Like before it was a beautiful sunny day although at only 3 or 4 celcius the temperature was way colder. As I passed iced over pot holes that hadn't thawed in the winter sun I was reminded to take care cycling along the narrow country roads and through the picturesque little villages that make up my favourite home town training ride.
The ride took me through the villages of Cropwell Bishop, Colston Bassett, Harby, Eastwell, Eaton, Branston, Knipton, Harston, Denton, Woolsthorpe, Belvoir, Redmile, Sutton, Granby, Barnstone, Langar, Cotgrave and finally back to West Bridgford in Nottingham. I recorded the distance at just under 74km with 538m of ascent and 622m of descent.
I'm already looking forward to next weekend's training sessions and it's only Sunday evening! Depending on the weather I hope to get a 3 to 4 hour ride in on Saturday and a longish run on Sunday. I'm back in London so the ride will probably be into Essex while the run will take in either Victoria Park or a new route I've been introduced to by Chris which is a harcore 11km run he calls the 3 peak challenge. Ok, there aren't any peaks in London but hey it's good to embellish a bit.