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The Luce Smith Holme Moss Challenge
Luce Smith, Features Writer
Holme Moss photo by Tejvan Pettinger
I've got myself a challenge. I am going to cycle up the infamous (why isn't it just plain famous? Not sure. Some grammatical genius will tell me no doubt) Holme Moss.

For many, this will be no challenge at all, not even a walk in the park I bet. But, for others, like me, it's a blooming big challenge! The training is on, and I will do it before Autumn 2017. This has come to me as my running has had to be paused due to a few too many knots in my muscles. Knots, like how do they even get there? I can see how muscles get stretched, torn, or even pulled, but knotted? Is it really a sign and my muscles are telling me to 'get knotted' and stop running? Anyway, I have multiple knots (is there a term for this, a group of knots? I'm going to google, bear with.....) so I am resting the running. In its place, my cycling has picked up again, and I'm loving it.

I've been doing a few early ones, like 5:30am, and the air is just so awakening. Listening to the curlews I feel truly blessed to hear their early morning song. Nature really does come alive when most of us are still sleeping! The things we must miss! A rabbit did jump out in front of me though and into the hedge on the other side, which could have been a disaster, but the rabbit was too quick, and I didn't even have to apply my brakes. I did hold my breath for a few seconds though!

The route I like doing, is a steep climb (obviously, Yorkshire has a few hills.......), but after 5 or so miles, there is an awesome descent. Awesome because it's a bit dangerous, and I like to test my adrenaline! There are pot holes everywhere, and loose gravel on the road. But it's a descent, and I've earned myself a leg rest after the beastly hills, and I want to go fast. Faster than fast. Using my lovely Christmas present gadget, I can track my speed, and I am going to break the Lucy Smith Speed scale. That's challenge no2! I'm not going to embarrass myself and share my speed PB, but I will improve. Hopefully without falling into a hedge!

Last weekend, I decided to try out my challenge, and did a route that meant cycling up the initial climb of Holme Moss. It's steep. I nearly chickened out of it, but decided if it was too hard, I'd just do a u-turn and go home, no one would ever need to know! I got into my Granny gears, and set off. It wasn't easy, and it was further than I remembered, but I got to the gallery which was my goal, then turned off and went down by the reservoir and then home.

I did it!

If I do that a few times and get used to it, am sure I can attempt the full thing. The challenge is on! I may even kill two challenges with one bike, as once I reach the peak of Holme Moss, I'm coming straight back down again, so may break the Lucy Smith Speed Scale! I'm on it! Yes, of course I'll be taking a selfie for evidence :)

The only thing about cycling in good weather though, is the cycling tan. I got lines over the weekend, and find the sock ones the funniest! Just need another good spell of sunshine where my feet can catch up and be a matching colour to my legs!

FYI, I can't find the word for a group of knots, but I won't give in.

Commuting is weird, after the month we have had. Shocking news, just awful. All of it. It's been reassuring seeing armed police at the train stations but a bit scary being so close to a gun. I haven't really done much observing or chattering to people as it's just thrown things out of sync. I know people are just getting on with things, but it's not the same. I did overhear a lady tell someone on the phone that they would be home late, and gave detailed instructions on how to get the pizza out of the oven without the door falling off!

I also laughed with a guy as the person in front was trying to get their large bag out of the luggage compartment overhead. It was so funny! But the bag owner saw the funny side too!

Right, off to check what a group of knots is called, there must be a word for this, a collective noun.....I don't even mind which type of knots it's for, I just know there has to be a name! Such fun!

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Wheels
Beat The Bounce
Tour De Bicycles And A Fox
New Words, New Skills
Diversion
Time Flies
The Full Monty
Runnin' In The Rain
Spiders
Rant!
Olympimania
Fog On Ingleborough
Crush
Chicken Sausages
Tried To Write Several Times But....
The Yellow Line
Blueberries and Delays
Choral Tuesday
New Commute Route
Graduation Day
Train Spotting
Street Markets and Pools
To Ghana
Back In The Saddle
Delays
Spare Change
For A Day Or Two
Mod-cons At Home?
This Week I Have Been Mostly....
Travelling Long Haul
Australia vs England...
Off We Go!
Ranting After Christmas
Approaching Christmas
Storms
Emergency Aid
Travel Tickets
This Is A Scent...
New Routines
The Luce Smith Holme Moss Challenge, 21st June 2017, 8:41 AM