I had terrible insomnia on Friday night – something I periodically suffer from. I gave up at 3.30 am and got up. So what to do? Well, by 5 I had drunk about a gallon of coffee, had plenty breakfast and was on my way round the 65 mile Ettrick Loop! I was physically quite tired but still managed a very respectable 17.4 mph average considering the 4000 feet of ascent involved.
Riding the M5 in the dark is a new skill to learn. I discovered that the helmet mounted light is basically useless, all it does is make your legs light up really bright which messes your night vision up and makes you see less! Staring down the tiller and picking your line through the potholes in the dark is definitely harder on the M5 as your legs take up a sizeable portion of your peripheral vision on each pedal stroke. Like anything it became easier with a bit of experience.
At Tushielaw it became bright enough to see without lights and the descent from Berrybush to the Gordon arms was terrific fun with a slight tailwind. Up to Paddy slacks and a quick stop. By this point my body was rebelling against the lack of sleep, high carb fluid and strong coffee and I was struggling to eat anything. Felt better after a home made flapjack and set off for home again.
Got back after nearly four hours on the bike, and the kids were just getting up….
I slept well last night! We did the Innerleithen loop today on the upwrongs which was also great fun and we actually got some sunshine. Saw Mr. Scarlett on one of his many steeds. A great weekend’s cycling.