Recovery…… a bit more of the same?
Scarcely 20 years old, I found myself playing the role of best man at my brother’s wedding. After my excessively sheltered teenage years (spent in the ascetic confines of a boarding seminary) I knew nothing about drinking, night clubs and stag parties, but I was ‘reliably informed’ that a hangover the following morning was quickly remedied by a bit more of the same………meaning, of course, a couple of pints before the wedding ceremony.
I can’t comment on the truth of this piece of popular wisdom, but when people ask me “Have you recovered from the stresses and strains of your trek to Istanbul?”, I simply tell them that, no sooner home, I was back on the bike within 36 hours….this time with my wife on the back of the tandem. In other words, a bit more of the same…….well, not quite the same, because the refreshment stops came a little sooner, and lasted a little longer……;0)
Refreshing too is the release from the strictures that a tightly scheduled long-distance trek imposes on you. The following circular rides were done at a brisk, but relaxed, pace, and both were peppered with stops at tearooms and lunch venues to ‘chew the fat’ with old cycling friends, many of whom have personal cycling histories that put my own ventures into the shade. But more of that another time…….
The following was my out-and-back ride to meet up with the group to do another 25 miles together. These rides were the first accompanied rides I’d enjoyed in over 3000 miles……quite an adjustment, I can tell you.