This morning Jane and Rachel did the Braunstone Parkrun and I cycled over to support their running as it was Jane’s first ever “official” 5k run. In doing this I discovered first hand the hazards of supporting running as a cyclist, especially on an icey Saturday morning.
I got to Braunstone Park without incident. Despite leaving home ages after them I arrived in plenty of time to cheer them on about 1/2 way round their first lap. Then as I moved on the road to a suitable spot to catch them on their second lot I came off my bike. I was turning into the car park near the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the whole corner was just ice. Still no real harm done, it does make a nice change to come off without ripping a nice jacket though, which I was grateful for.
After seeing Jane and Rachel the second time I moved to the finish and then through the woods to catch them a bit earlier. I cam across a woman with a dog who was so out of breath that it was very worrying, turned out her other dog had run off and she couldn’t catch him. So I did a bit of off road riding and herded the dog back to her.
After seeing Jane and Rachel heading towards the finish I went back through the woods to the finish to keep out of the way of the runners. The good news is that Jane finished her run, helped a lot by my support and possibly also a little by Rachel running with her 😉
I had no more problems after that except that the crash has knocked my seat post a bit loose so every so often it swivelled around a bit. I took a roundabout route home, partly to avoid the debris covered paths in Watermead following recent flooding and also to make sure that I made it up to 20 miles. Besides being such a great running supporter I used the ride to test a couple of things
- whether riding before breakfast helps with weight control
- the effectiveness of a new thermos mug that fits in a water bottle holder
More on these later, meanwhile here are the ride details from Strava.