>The Pit Pony

>There used to be a regularly shown piece of film of pit ponies being brought to the surface for their once a year holiday. The ponies, released from the perma-dark imprisonment of the mine, went bonkers. Running and jumping around the field – a picture of unconfined joy.


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Today I rode a bike outdoors for the first time in what seems like weeks. I scampered over to Hillingdon and span round for lap after lap. After two and a bit hours I was pretty knackered and cut the session short. I think the daylight tired me out. I wasn’t quite in pit pony heaven, but the parallel wasn’t lost on me.

I’ve actually got into quite a productive groove with the turble, but it’s taking its toll on my body. The relative lack of movement and adjustment keeps too constant a pressure on joints and ‘contact points’. It’s good to get back on a bike that moves with you. It’s good to ride in company again as well.

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on December 31, 2010, in Cycling, Hillingdon, training load. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. >Many young people have no concept of the lives Pit Ponies led. pitponyman has uploaded a few video shorts of 1990's Pit Ponies in Wales onto you tube for information / enjoyment. Just search You Tube for pitponyman channel and enjoy.

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