Holidays and Training - Phil Cox

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Continuing with the cycling theme, we have taken a mid-week break at Centre Parcs leaving all of the mundane work stuff behind. It feels great just to please ourselves and not have to worry about anything. We like the Centre Parcs environment where the car is a second class citizen and people walk or cycle to their chosen activities.

Although the shops and attractions are not that far away from our accommodation, it’s nice to jump on your bike and bimble through the forest. Even the kids are keen to drop down to the shops for a pint of milk so it must indeed be a novelty. So far, I have put away a pint of Guinness and a huge, American style meal leaving me painfully full. I did spend a couple of hours in the pool but most of this was sitting in the hot tub making sure the kids weren’t drowning.

The recent chest infection (which is still hanging around in a gunky green way) has meant very minimal training. Today is probably the first time in 10 days that I have felt like doing something. With less than 2 weeks to go before the Radley SWICLE event, I need to remind myself what sitting on a bike actually feels like. I have a two hour ride planned this evening which will mean leaving the Centre Parcs site and riding along the A350; an hour out and an hour back (well, hopefully back in less than an hour). I think a nice, evenly paced ride will serve to blow the cobwebs away and not leave me too sore in the morning. I’m sort of looking forward to it.

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