Another long cycle today. I got up at 5:30 by mistake as I thought it must be late as it was so light outside but I couldn't see the clock. So once I got the the bathroom and found out the time, I was wide awake and couldn't be bothered to go back to bed so I watched In Bruges. Very good film.
Anyway, I got to Surbiton about 8:30 and John was waiting. No sigh of Ed. Ed turned up about 25 minutes late as he had a puncture on his carbon wheels just as he left his house. We got going at nearly 9 and I led the way for a bit. I remembered how much I hate being in the lead of a group of riders and the pressure to cycle fast. I'm definitely a follower in cycling as well as in life.
By the time I got to the hill up to Esher, John had left me behind and we had both left Ed behind. It was clear who was better than who at that point. The day pretty much went on the same way with John about 2 minutes ahead of me and Ed about a minute or so behind me. John was much better a climbing and seemed to sail up hills.
When I got home I had to cycle another 9 miles to the other side of Dulwich for Saffron's 5th birthday. On the way back I set off at the same time as Cath in the car but I beat them over the 6 miles home.
I really enjoyed the ride and really want to keep it up and Ed wasn't put off so it looks like we will try and get in shape for E'tape.
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