Back on the Saddle after a slight absence – I’ve finally started cycling into work 🙂
Last Friday I received my set of keys to the secure Cycle Shed for staff on Campus, meaning that I have a safe location to lock Frankie in. Saturday was the day: I was going into the office and with there being no DLR running, riding in was the perfect answer. Although I’ve done a practice-ride to the office, this was a bit of a big deal for me, as I was doing it without the guidance of The Boy: cycling alone on the road = huge.
Left home at a reasonably early hour, so that I didn’t get hooked up in any Saturday-traffic. This was a wise move as the main road that I had to take was pretty quiet – and there was a moment where I almost came off the bike, which shook me up! I’d not had an incident on it yet, so that was bound to happen at some point… and I now have my 1st cycling-related injury: a cut on one of my Knuckles – Ouch! Funny thing is, I didn’t even realise my Knuckle was busted until I got into work and the adrenalin had calmed down. To be frank, I had more fear that I damaged Frankie… thankfully not.
Made it into work with no further incident and locked her up in the Cycle Shed – which looks a bit like a massive Greenhouse. There is a small gap between the door and the ground, which explains the untidy leaves & such scattered around:
No other cyclists were in work on Saturday (probably out having a fun ride I expect), so it was just Frankie alone in there. This was also the 1st time that I’ve left my bike unattended. Even though everything was locked and secure and I can see the Shed from my office window, I still had feelings of paranoia about leaving her. I know that a Pashley parked in there will draw attention from the other cyclists that use the sheds… I hope I can meet the other members of staff that use it at some stage too.
Anyway – other than the slight knuckle dusting I got, the ride was excellent! I was full of energy when I arrived at work, which made a change to how I usually feel. It was a million times better than getting on the DLR & put me in such a good mood. Sadly I couldn’t ride into work this morning to repeat that sensation: I’m not exactly 100% well & having dizzy spells on and off, so cycling in would not have been wise for anyone! Actually sucked being on the DLR too. Fingers crossed I’ll be riding in again this week…