jon.ruder.90 Fri, Feb 21 2014 Likes0 2 Comments Facebook 0 Twitter 0 A week of two halves At the end of my last blog I was wondering what the year ahead would bring….the immediate answer two Sundays ago was burning legs, stinging eyes, raw cheeks, 15 miles into strong head winds, and one very tired rider – it felt like we’d covered 50 miles instead of the 30 my Bryton Rider 20 claimed I’d done!! Then again, I can’t entirely trust the Rider’s read out as later that day it told me I’d clocked up an amazing 224,568 miles since last September – I know I’m getting into this riding lark but frankly that’s ridiculous! One warm bath, a bowl of chilli and a quick Rider reset patch download, and all was back to normal, toasty warm inside and out of the horocious weather (see ‘socks’ photo as proof!). What a contrast to the next Sunday ride – it really was a week of two halves – the Lobbs Cycles Halstead social ride was accompanied by beautiful sunshine and bright blue skies – I could have ridden all day if it has not been for the fact I had to come back and do stuff…unfortunately nursery painting doesn’t come with a remote control! Anyway, enough about the great British weather – I’m sure we’ve all heard enough about that. In ‘other news’…I’ve changed my whole training routine since I last blogged, to now include swimming and….shock horror…running!!!! The root cause of this bizarre turn of events is Mr and Mrs Jones – Bev and Pete, who I know through work – who are self-confessed fitness junkies, have inadvertently persuaded, cajoled and inspired me via Twitter to enter the Halstead mini Triathlon on 1st June – a 400m swim, 20km ride, and (ykes!) 5km run. Wish me luck! I’m also excited to have received my London to Southend and London to Brighton ride confirmation details, and have bagged a place on the epic Prudential Ride London Surrey 100 ride on 10th August – I missed out in the ballot, but am riding for Oxfam…any sponsorship to support both me and the great work Oxfam does would be very welcome! You can donate here:- http://www.justgiving.com/JonRuderOxfam Finally…an update on my puncture tally for the year so far…I can proudly add one more from the horrendously wet and windy January ride. Saying, that I think I got off lightly as poor Steve from Lobbs cycle was literally blown off his bike! …I guess there remain some benefits of being over my 15 stone target as it will take more than a 40mph wind to put me off my bike!! But still, roll on more sunny Sundays – I’ve got a lot of training to fit in, but loads to look forward to this year!!