What…..all the way from St Ives?
Catching sight of the logo on the back of my club shirt, someone asked me the other day in Salcey Forest: “Have you come all the way from St Ives?”. “Well, from a village about 20 miles away” I said. “So when did you set off?” he asked. “Oh, about two hours ago” I replied. There was a pregnant pause…..he gave me one of those looks that told me “You have got to be kidding….what do you take me for?”. Before he could accuse me of deceit or pulling a fast one on him, I pre-empted his retort by saying: “You know there is a St Ives in Cambridgeshire?”. Apparently not. The only St Ives he had ever heard of was in Cornwall, a mere 325 miles away!
However, yesterday it was great to be out on a brisk 62 mile (100 kms) Sunday club run with St Ives CC Cambridgeshire, enjoying the banter of the peloton as the miles rolled by, and sampling the offerings of a brand new café at Woodford Mill, which had a tea garden overlooking the river rushing through a weir. So idyllic was the setting that some in the group were tempted to prolong their stay. But once back on the bike, with the rhythm of peloton restored, we all found ourselves once again in that familiar comfort zone that sees the miles roll by almost effortlessly.