Today I returned to one of my all time favourite 'training sessions', although to be honest it's more of a treat than a workout. A few months ago I came up with the brilliant idea of cycling to a nearby cafe.
The next town to the North of ours is about 3.5 miles away, and there is a cycle / foot path all the way there and further. It's a great route for cycling, as long as you keep an eye out for dogs, walkers and horse-riders, especially on a sunny day. Today was lovely and sunny, but freezing, so it wasn't too busy.
I wrapped up warm with 2 jackets and 2 pairs of gloves, and had a fairly relaxed ride along the path. It's slightly uphill most of the way there. I went past the town centre and continued on the path a bit further to extend the distance of the ride, and then turned onto roads to go back into the town.
When I got to the shopping centre, I'd covered about 7.5 miles. I locked up my bike, and went in the warm and cosy cafe. Personally I can't think of a more indulgent treat on an average morning than to sit in a cafe with a latte and a book. Since the kids were born, quiet time for reading has become a real luxury, and to add delicious coffee (and of course a tasty and unhealthy snack), is just the height of hedonistic pleasure.
After 30 mins with my kindle, I rode the 4 miles or so home. It's always a breeze on the way back as not only are my legs powered by caffeine, but it is mostly downhill.
This is a little outing I can only do when I have plenty of time, which is why I haven't done it for a while. I was lucky today that a non-work day coincided with some sunshine.
Tomorrow things will be much tougher, as I'll be dragging myself through a 13-14 mile run, involving no coffee, reading or pastry, so I'm glad I got my treat today.