Sunday, 10 January 2010

Cycling through snow

I decided I couldn't be doing with this Tube nonsense any more this morning and jumped back on to my trusty pink bicycle for my (very early) commute into work.

The first five minutes were a little dodgy as the side roads where I live had received a thin coating of fresh snow last night (just enough to cover all the ice that I know is lurking underneath), but once I hit the slightly busier roads it was fine. Better than fine - it was great to be back on Poppy the bike. And of course the one good thing about cycling at 6am in the morning is that you have the roads pretty much to yourself!

Roll on summer - which in my case is coming very soon as I'm off to New Zealand and Argentina for three blissful weeks of warmth and wine - hurrah!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Cycling in a new decade!

I rescued Poppy the pink bike from the garage where she's been languishing for the past month and struck off for home on her this morning. It was only seven miles but I'm sure it felt much more difficult than normal - I guess that's what happens if you stop cycling for almost two months (hang my head in shame).

Any hoo... it was a beautiful ride in the winter sunshine through some great parts of London - Horseguards (lots of camera snapping tourists), Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Russell Square, Amwell in Islington (loving the shops around there - they seen to be really nurturing quirky, different places in that part of town - I wonder if it's the same landlord), Barnsbury, and finally home to Finsbury Park!

It's my usual commute, but when you're cycling in winter the gloom of the morning and the dark of the evening can make you forget about the interesting places you see along the way. I must have ridden that route more than 300 times, but I spotted something new today - gates on an old building that name it as the Goodenough College. What a great name! I thought the gates would belong to some long since deceased Victorian institution, but their website makes it clear they are still going strong. I wonder what grades are 'good enough' for them?

Anyway, in a bid to get my cycling fitness back I've signed myself up for a spinning class before work tomorrow morning. Which means I've got to have a 6am start. Marvellous...