Nice sunny day so I thought I would do my full 85 miles Ochils loop, haven’t done this since Oct 2012. Shattered now.
Damp, misty and fogy but no rain so did a loop around the Forth via Dumfermline.
Cycling a leisurely pace along route 76 to Stirling this morning, until I hit Stirling and it started to monsoon on me. Decided to head home but it was raining so hard and with so much spray in my face I could hardly see where I was going Soaked to the bone by the time I got back home and that was with me in full wet gear.
So today’s ride was my Fintry loop, which is Falkirk to Stirling, Stirling to the Trossachs and Loch Lomond, although not actually getting to Loch Lomond. At about 4 miles from Loch Lomond I swing South towards Strathblane then East towards Kilysth and back to Falkirk. Unfortunately today there was a prevailing Easterly wind of 18 mph blowing at me for 35 miles going to Loch Lomond. I hate head winds, they sap your energy and are soul destroying and I still had to climb up the hills at Drymen, thank god once I was past the hills I had the wind behind me, but the damage had been done. My legs hurt, my neck hurts, everything hurts, am absolutely knackered. I did 69 miles but I feel like I’ve done 169 miles, I need to live in a country with less wind!