I ran on my own on Monday, with a cheeky little 6:40 mile in the middle, which surprisingly didn't feel completely eyeballs out. Then on Tuesday I ran at work with Herb, with a steady 5m on the canal feeling nice and steady.
Thursday was time for my first ride in on my Boardman winter bike, and all seems lovely, although the nobbly tyres will have to go. I wasn't quite as much of a drag on Herb this time, but I was still struggling to hold his wheel a lot of the way.
Friday's run was a change from up and down the canal, with a trip down to the Fisherman's and a hillier return through the streets of Bingle.
Saturday saw me at Xscape in Castleford watching M & L reacquaint themselves with skis and snow and stuff - which thankfully went very well, so the next couple of lessons are booked in. They both enjoyed it, and M was clearly getting some of the "muscle memory" back as she was snowploughing pretty confidently by the end:
Today's club run was planned to be a A+B ride up to Arncliffe then over to Malham, but with a big group and slippy roads Herb and I decided we'd probably cut off and come home a different way. It was good to be out with a larger group, but the leader(s) didn't do much of a job as there were people being spat off the back all the way up Wharfedale. We sort of regrouped at Threshfield, but then we were off again at a fair old lick. Herb and I came back down the Hawkswick side of Littondale, which is a beautiful little road, then headed home through Hebden, App'trick and a cuppa at CAv Pav. 53 rather damp miles, but we were saying if we can keep up a decent mileage through the winter we should hit the spring in better shape than this year. Which will help as we've booked a September trip to Pollensa for a long weekend's cycling, and I really want to get up the Puig Major without struggling this time!