Chained up for a few weeks

Apart from a brief two days on the saddle exploring the Canal du Midi  on holiday in the Southern French province of Languedoc, I hadn’t really done any cycling since childhood until I bought my Planet X racing bike in 2011.  Here is my cat Joey inspecting it the day I brought it home…

…Joey is a big cat and it is a small framed bike…

The reason I bought my bike was primarily to enter the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, but also to improve my general fitness.  By my own admission, my bike has been under used since, due to a combination of factors; my relocation to Muscat and their poor quality roads, the generally poor driving skills on the roads of Muscat, my work routine and the fact I switched to do more SCUBA diving as it was on my doorstep.  All of this meant my bike got occasional weekend use. This has just changed though. Continue reading