Day 30 – Wednesday 22nd April

  • 60 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 11 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 154 bpm
  • Calories = 629 (total so far 9960)
  • Distance covered = 19.14 miles
  • Total distance so far = 341.11

I’ve pushed the level up one more notch for the long cycle day but as I was concentrating on keeping the rpm above 80 (David was watching!), I slipped down slightly on the mileage. Not bad though for the first time at this new level.

My listening today was the soundtrack to the fabulous musical Dream Girls with Jennifer Hudson – happy memories of a trip to the Savoy Theatre with David to see this. Live theatre will be another of the many pleasures that we will welcome back with joy.

I’m heading out into open country again away from the hustle and bustle of Falkirk and its suburbs. Sticking to the A706 I just about make it to the fairly large village of Forth.

It dates back to the 1600s and almost nothing remains of the industries which once expanded the village to the size it is today – coal mining and ironworks.

They may not be everyone’s idea of beauty but wind farms are here to stay. Sadly, for the locals, these provide far fewer jobs. 

However, the community continues to thrive and like us all, finds new, greener paths to follow.  

We have all been aware of the need to reduce emissions and think more carefully about what we eat – but there will be some who think it questionable whether we are moving fast enough towards the greener world we need to sustain the planet in the long term. 

Then suddenly, a dramatic change has been thrust upon us. The skies and roads are virtually empty. Canals in Venice are cleaner than they have been in years and the night skies are clearer. People are reducing the number of trips to the shops – and then only to buy essentials. They are finding new ways to cook and eat, and starting to grow vegetables. And judging by the continuing dearth of baking ingredients, there must be a lot more people out there baking bread and cakes!

By the end of the week, we have found we have either not enough fruit and vegetables – or too many. Rosalind tried out a tasty lunch/brunch recipe from Waitrose – Courgette fritters, roasted tomatoes and eggs.

And Mary piled a medley of vegetables into the oven for an oven baked ratatouille.