The plan today was to go for a ride along the Cheshire lanes.

It was fresh, just a few degrees, but it was so sunny and the blue sky went on forever.

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It felt really good to be out, especially after the boring turbo training last night. There were loads of cyclists too; in fact I think there were more cyclists than cars out on the roads.

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The route took me through the lanes through Morley Green, Mobberley, then near to Manchester Airport, at which point I got a bit lost.

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I decided to follow another cyclist, the idea being that the road he was heading would take me out where I wanted to go but avoiding a climb… how wrong was I. I got pretty lost, not helped by the fact there were blank signs:

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It turned into a mini adventure. I had to cross a few fields and dirt tracks by the airport and then go through the Bollin Tunnel on the Runway 2 Trail. Thank goodness for a hybrid bike.

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A lot of mud later I rejoined the cycle path and headed home. I’ve no idea how far I went as Strava stopped at 40 minutes because I was looking at Google maps. But I got home after 1 hour 30 minutes, energised and happy, ready for tea and homemade flapjacks.

So my trainers now look like this:

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You’ll never guess what I put on? Bib tights, and I have got to say they are brilliant. They kept me warm through the whole ride.

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