Gloomy and grey- its the only way to describe today in Melbourne.
Having just finished the public holiday long weekend, its back to work and dreaming of what is ahead this week. The last 3 days have been great, so it is hard to be back in the office, but that also gives me time to rest up a little before this weeks journey.
Saturday i left home at sunset for my first bike packing experience. Very cold but good night riding the bike. Watched an amazing sunset followed by a great Moon rise (is that even a word) Got home and set my bivy up along with my sleeping gear.
All my gear worked well including my cheap Chinese saddle bag. So this weekend i hope to go a bit further- probably will not camp out overnight but definitely stretch legs and increase the distance, if feeling good-then maybe just maybe we can sleep out under the stars
Sunday was taken up by Mountain biking at the You Yangs with my daughter and an hour hard solo loop for me- great day out, goo d weather and lots of laughs with my daughter. good Father daughter time.
Alamby at the You Yangs
Monday- had planned to ride 50km outside, but the winter rain started to fall so i loaded up the computer with a Spanish climb and jumped on the Kickr for a sweaty 2 hours of riding in the mountains in the comfort of home
I feel my fitness coming back quickly and that is great, but most of all my spirit for adventure- which up till a few weeks ago was just a spark- is now a raging flame, consuming my spare moments of thought. i find myself looking at maps and planning routes, looking at pic on the internet and wanting to ride to them. It really is exciting.
So as i sit here at work on Tuesday, The day of the week i hate so much..i am not shitty as normal, but happy knowing i had a great weekend and lots too look forward too this week.
Lots of mini adventures on the cards in the near future Snow trip- waterfall ride- rainforrrest- pink lakes-dessert. All these things are within a couple of hours drive from home.
Back on the bike this week after nearly 4 weeks of forced recovery – after my little heart scare. That time has meant missing my goal event for the year – the “moama 3 hr Enduro” While it is disappointing not to attend the race after putting a year of training in, i know other opportunities, dreams and challenges are just on the horizon.
I have had 4 weeks to scour youtube and websites -seeking inspiration for the fuel to fire my adventure. I have watched friends attempt rides and not finish races that i could only dream of entering.. but that has stirred me up, lying in bed at night imagining and dreaming like a child. “Could I” “Should i” “How can I” “that would be cool” are all thoughts i have had. I have also had a few darker thoughts “too hard” cannot do it” I am not good/fit enough” But these always get pushed aside by the excitement of what i may be able to achieve.
I want to ride overnight, I want to go on the rides other wish they had done. I want to camp out, I want to go somewhere, I want to document my journey to amazing places through pictures, to share with others and those taken without a camera, a vision only i see.. memories that only being there in the moment and seeing with your own eyes would make you believe. It all sounds so romantic and dreamy- a fantastic journey and a wonderful life!!
So this week i am back on the bike. Just some small rides and slowly getting back into routine. Riding for fun, and just stretching the legs. I have a bit of a way to go to re-gain my fitness but that’s all part of the journey.
Its very exciting planning and investigating where i want to go.. What is more exciting is going out overnight and coming back the next day. I am looking forward to seeing how far i can go and which little traveled roads i can cycle.
The next 6 months i will be an explorer, testing my legs, gaining distance and go further than ever before.. I have a dream, and a few goals, but a few mini expeditions first to see how it goes and then we can go from there. Who knows? maybe by summer this year- i will be riding (and maybe even racing in scenery like the above pics.