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London – Brighton – London: recovery ride.

I was not unfamiliar with the term. The recovery ride was though a term other people used. I just rode. Sometimes faster sometimes slower. Why get all fancy with special ways of saying things. As if doing so validates our motivations and ability. Somehow lifts us above the hoi polloi  and puts us among the rarefied air of serious amateurs.

I did a recovery ride. London to Brighton on the 15th June. Together with four friends I rode down from Seven Sisters to the start of British Heart Foundation’s L2B charity ride.  With tens of thousands of others we left Clapham Common and ambled our way to the coast.  We never actually left with tens of thousands of others. We gate crashed the ride. Filtered in a few miles from the official start. Judge us all harshly. We surely deserve it.

This was the first ride over four miles I had tried since taking time off cycling with Achilles Tendinopathy. First ride in about seven weeks. It went very well. The pace was very slow. 10 mph or so. Lots and lots of stops. It was the perfect ride for easing back into the saddle.

We spent the night down in Brighton. On Monday we took another slow ride back. As far as recovery rides go I thoroughly recommend the occasion. No incentive to ride fast. Long enough to feel like the bases are covered but nothing epic about the distance. I got back feeling fine. No pain from the Achilles at all.

By monaxle

Dad to four boys. Married to their mum. A satisficer. Lifelong cyclist, wannabe nomad, casual snapper and music lover. Occasional glimmers of creativity. Left field, anti establishment and non conformist tendencies. Green politics. Employment in mental health and children and adults social care. Open to learning, development and growth. Often get things wrong. Sometimes getting them right.

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