Holme Moss Special Blog
Luce Smith, Features Writer
I did it! I did it, I did it!
The training plan actually didn't go to plan, which I guess is no surprise! But, at least I knew what was ahead of me! I haven't been on my bike for about 5 weeks, as I decided to finally get myself a rescue dog. More on that later.......
Saturday morning, bit windy, bit cloudy. Took the dog out for a walk, came back and had lunch. Then got it in my head that I had to get on my bike and to the top of Holme Moss. I was a bit nervous, but what's the worst that could happen? I have to turn round and admit more training is needed? I hopped on my bike, set my Garmin up, and I was off.
La la la, la di da da, tra la la.....
Climb number one: I've had a few goes at this bit, so know what's coming. It's steep, but steady away, it's do-able. There were people walking on the other side of the road, are they walking faster than me?? Don't think about it, keep pedalling......
Climb number two: slowly up to Lane Village. Not really a climb, but it's not down hill, and I'm knackered so anything is difficult!
Climb number three: the twisty twervy bit of road. Keep going steady. It's a bit windy and it's not blowing in the right direction for me, it's against me. What did I do wrong?! A few cars pass, possibly thinking "don't bother love, ya'll not make it, just get ya'sen home and paint ya nails".... I keep pedalling.
Climb number four: sheep are on the road on this section, which is of no use at all. I'm not stopping for them! Luckily, a car passes and the sheep trot off into the grass verge. Not looking too pretty really, as their coats were all dishevelled. Must bring a hair brush for them next time.
Climb number five: the last mile up. It seems to take forever. The clouds move over, the wind picks up, and the drizzle begins. I can see the car park, and the ice cream van, but know that the actual top, is past there by about 200metres. There is a three quarter mile marker and I know I am going to struggle up the last bit. Out of the saddle, I get some energy back. The half mile mile marker must be here somewhere......but if it is, I didn't see it, as the next one said quarter mile! Let's smash this! I have little power in my legs, but I persevere. I get past the car park and the ice cream van. I'm glad it's miserable weather as I didn't bring any pennies, and this is not weather for ice cream!
I see the summit sign, and my legs power up. Wohooooooooo! I did it! (Photo for evidence!) it took me 42 minutes to climb from my house to the summit. It took less than half that time to peddle back, and I got my personal best top speed of 34.5mph. Which I was pleased about until my partner announced his top speeds. Well, it was good for me!
I was so relieved to have completed the climb, and I now feel ready to go up and round, with my partner for encouragement! Although I say encouragement, it will be more a case of me playing catch up! So now I've ticked that off my bucket list, I need a new challenge.
Which you could say is being the owner of a Harrier Hound. (Nothing to do with the Holmfirth Harriers I might add). I visited two dog homes and saw lots of different dogs. But, found it easier than I thought I would, to pick my forever dog. She was called Coco and was over in Thirsk.
I've never heard of a Harrier Hound before so Research was done. It's going to be a challenge! But she was cute, had lots of energy and bounce, and I felt I could offer her a good home. So a week after visiting her, she was in the car. Barking, with my partner trying to keep her still and calm whilst I drove! What am I doing? Well, a name change has to happen, and I've named her Bella. Bouncy Bella.
I've had her 5 weeks today, and it's been hectic, but lovely. She is settling in well, and I have a lot of reading to do!
Can you believe this, the trains today were mega delayed and disrupted, sadly due to someone jumping in front of a train. Once allowed back on the station, and onto the train, we set off on a different track, but still headed for Leeds. I overheard a commuter saying "well, they could have jumped after rush hour, I mean, this is really messing up my morning". They said that out loud. I kept my head down as I'm fully aware of my face showing every thought I have! Seriously? Not a young person's comment either, I was disgusted.
Anyway, ending on a happy note, my lovely Bella is a Yorkshire Tea drinker. She was offered some (not from me) and drank the lot. It was so funny to watch! Apparently she quite likes beer too......! Such fun!
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|The Luce Smith Holme Moss Challenge|
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|The Full Monty|
|Runnin' In The Rain|
|Fog On Ingleborough|
|Tried To Write Several Times But....|
|The Yellow Line|
|Blueberries and Delays|
|New Commute Route|
|Street Markets and Pools|
|Back In The Saddle|
|For A Day Or Two|
|Mod-cons At Home?|
|This Week I Have Been Mostly....|
|Travelling Long Haul|
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Holme Moss Special Blog, 16th August 2017, 9:33 AM