More enforced rest

I’ve managed to pull a hamstring playing squash, so I’m not going to be riding for a while – probably at least a week, then I’m away the week after. Not the best preparation for a long bike ride (I finally signed up for the Essex Explorer at the end of May) but the rest might do me some good, I might even stop having stomach muscle aches too. Not so good for my mental health though as cycling is one of the few times I get to unwind and be alone with my thoughts.

I’m really pleased that pro cycling is back and there have been some great races recently. It was brilliant to see Geraint Thomas win E3 yesterday, and Milan-Sanremo last week was also great to watch – it’d be nice though to see Cav back in proper action without any slipped chains causing him grief (how hard can it be to adjust the derailleurs properly?) It’s pretty disappointing that Cancellara and Boonen will miss Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Would be great to see Wiggo finishing off his road career in style in Roubaix, but I think it’ll probably come down to a sprint and Degenkolb would be the favourite there.

Still not well

I’m feeling pretty miserable at the moment, I’ve not been cycling much recently for a variety of reasons, mostly related to lack of sleep and ill health. I’m on antibiotics for a stomach bug at the moment, I have a toothache which is most likely going to require a root canal and I think have a muscle strain around my groin as well. So I’ve only been out once in the last fortnight, and even on that ride I didn’t feel too well. Rest is best is the usual advice but I’m going mad not being able to go out, and we’re only two and a half months away from the Wiggle Essex Explorer sportive which I was planning to do – the less training I do beforehand the more stressed I am going to be!