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Cycling log - random events in the day of a cyclist

Discussion in 'off topic' started by avole, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Chomping at the bit. Had a couple of minor ops last week and have been told not to do anything strenuous! I've been using the Boris Bike for my commutes but really want to get out there and put some miles in but think I'd best heed the advice of those who 'know best!'
     
  2. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    Just had a message via Strava that I've lost one of my KOM's, in France. :( Lost it by miles as well - the chap was 33s quicker. It was part of a 207km ride at a 30kmh average as well, which isn't bad going. The guy has shitloads of KOM's as well

    Might need to take the TT bike next time I'm over there, as that's about the only chance I have of getting it back!
     
  3. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    You saying he did 207km at 30kph? If so that's better than not bad I'd say.

    One of your KOMs? I don't have a single KOM. Anywhere.
     
  4. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I've never had many (I think my peak was 4) and I'm down to just 1 now - and that one is downhill (and not a very popular segment either). There area a few local ones here in Edinburgh that I've got my eye on (when I actually start riding again!) but I doubt I'll ever have many.

    The guy that just took my lone French KOM has 6 pages of KOM's. Mine wasn't the only he took in his ride yesterday either. From his profile he might be a racer, but he's definitely a pretty serious rider. Light years better/faster than me anyway.
     
  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Gulp. Just agreed to do a century ride around Northumberland next Sat. That's going to be a challenge.
     
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  6. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Just did one to Bangor on Dee and back from Manchester. I'm absolutely cream-crackered.
    Can get rather hilly Northumberland. :eek:
     
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  7. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Rode to work this week. Round trip of 140km and just over 1800m ascent. There are a lot of hills round here.
     
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  8. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Didn't fancy getting drenched this morning so rode on Zwift. Thought it would be a real struggle given that I've not done much proper cycling for a while. Pleasantly surprised with my effort.
     
  9. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Done it. I'm knackered. Dropped Saturday, the weather was vile. Today was great. First 70 was easy, if moderately hilly. Stopped at Seahouses, then struggled to restart. 75 to 80 was hell, then I had a rest and a sandwich. 85 to 90 better, another breather at 90, then just ground out the last 10. No power, every minor slope was a granny gear special. Note to self - next time get notice and train!
     
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  10. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    Well done, Steve!
     
  11. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    I recognize those symptoms only too well Steve. What I found interesting was that I had to keep prompting my brain to turn my legs over...was a bit weird...like my brain was more tired than my legs.
     
  12. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Thanks gents. I didn't have to consciously pedal, it was just that it wasn't effective in converting pedalling to forward motion and whenever i got the chance to freewheel I took it, with the result that I was trundling along at 6 or 7 mph. That last 30 miles, with 2 short stops, took 3 hours 20 min. That's a scant 10mph when rolling, plus 2 x 10 min sitting on the grass.
     
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  13. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Nice job to finish 100miles with no training. I'm not sure I could cycle 100 miles right now. Good call on taking a bike with a granny ring. I'm long past my 53/39 front 12-23 rear days (and that was when I lived in East Anglia). I did once have the experience of legs ceasing to respond to brain when I was young and foolish and tried to cycle 140 miles with only one short stop to eat an ice cream. I thought electrolyte drink alone was sufficient, but I was very wrong. It was only a mars bar and 15 minutes lie down that got me home.
     
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  14. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    Had a couple of lazy weeks, just a couple of days commuting in each, so kicked off this week's commutes with a trip up Winter Hill - about 800ft climbing straight out of the front door, a PR on the descent and downhill all the way to Manchester. Piss poor pictures and hazy, can see hills of North Wales from up there when clear:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  15. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    a touch moist this morning so no heroics, just a 3 mile diversion to delay arrival and avoid terrible surface redressing on the steepest bit of my normal route. Tried to ride up it on Monday evening and had to bale out onto the pavement due to all the gravel. Bad enough at 10mph so didn't fancy it at over 30mph on the way down. Otherwise, all very civilized.
     
  16. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    100% drizzle in Mcr.
     
  17. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    I briefly left the drizzle envelope when I skirted the Greater Manchester/Lancashire border for a few minutes but soon plunged back in for the rest of the journey
     
  18. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Dreadful weather here, changeable and blowing a gale. I finished building a MTB for bike packing yesterday, which I may take for a test ride later, but am umming and ahhing as I know it really needs a new cup and cone on the drive side of the rear wheel.

    In the meantime, I have been reading about this wonderful bunch of ladies and gentleman without whom, I suspect, many of the conveniences available for the more adventurous touring cyclist would never have been realised. As one who has traversed some very remote places by bike with the best that modern cycling technology has to offer, I am a little in awe of these people. Very tempted to get the book.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/13/break-the-cycle-britains-oldest-off-road-club

    https://roughstuffarchive.com

    https://www.isolapress.com/shop/rsf-archives
     
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  19. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    It's been a pretty sodden week in the NW but the sun is out and, fingers crossed, Sunday a.m. looks decent for a long ride.
     
  20. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I'm still aching from Sunday. I had a good stretch last night, that made me feel better. The muscles in my back are still sore though. I've not been on a bike since, it hasn't stopped raining in Lincolnshire.
     
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