hi, my name's kate bauer, i work for the nhs. i'm about to have a really bad day-actually i'll stop with the '24' simile as it's a bit rubbish and doesn't really work, particularly as i've just had a pretty good day:
16:30 corporate induction training finishes. grab bike and rush home
16:50 inhale a tin of beans
16:53 change brake pads
17:20 swear and ask why, oh why, can't i do the simplest of bike tasks
17:30 jane arrives home and bears the brunt of 'mechanics'
17:35 pack ride-bivvy bag
18:15 realise that i'll have to use other bike (blackie). hope the route's not too hilly as it's 44:16
18:35 apologise and say good bye, 'cos i'm off on a 'skool nite adventure'
18:55 arrive with simon at chris' house
19:00 visit family bathroom. say hi to small children
19:05 and we're on the road
19:15 now we're on the canal. it's flat and straight, 44:16 is going well
19:45 encounter 'path closed' fencing. decide that we can climb round and over
20:15 still on the canal. it's very flat. it's very straight. in the dark still night it's hard to tell if we're actually moving
21:40 second round ordered
22:10 leave pub with warnings of local panther!
22:15 encounter first 'proper' hill. walk
22:35 entering the woods, off road and riding
22:55 bivvy spot selected
23:00 jaffa cakes washed down with hot chocolate and whiskey
23:55 late night chatter fades and beds get made
00:30 get up for a wee
06:00 woken up by alarm 'emergency'-can't believe what a good nights sleep i've had
06:18 rollin' and enjoying last nights hill
06:55 enjoy the warmth of the morning sun
08:15 at chris' house. start to realise i might be late for work
08:38 home. wash. dress. banana.
08:54 get back on bike and head for work-it's all downhill
09:06 sneak into the back of the training room. 6mins late but unnoticed
16:30 another day of corporate induction completed
16:45 sat of the sofa with tea and chocolate. feeling a bit smug