Sunday, 29 December 2013

Boroughbridge and Wetherby with Otley CC

93km today with the Intermediate group from Otley CC, a step up from Ken's B group.
It was a good pace, I was tired by the end and got dropped like a hot snot on the very last hill.




Saturday, 28 December 2013

Windy

Hardly cycling weather is it?
150kph gales yesterday.
Isn't it great??!
'Oh it's windy again, shame I was going to head out for a 100k spin, now, well, I'll have to stay home and eat 100+ tubes of Pringles.'

I did manage a 90 minute spin Christmas Day though.
Lovely route out to Kirby Overblow-Sicklinghall-Linton-Collingham-Harewood  and home for Christmas lunch.
For the record, I did all the washing up.

Gears were jumping a bit, and brakes needed tightening.
Tried tuning them last night, but I get confused whether the cable needs tightening or loosening in relation to how it jumps on the cassette.
I'll learn at some point, but they were a little better today over a short, windy/ rainy 8k, so I got something right.

Hope to meet Ken and the B group from Otley crew in the morning for club spin to Hebden/ Cracoe.
Bit concerned about keeping up, legs worryingly had nothing in them today going up a few little hills.

Will try cycling over to Otley at 'winter training zone 2' speed.
Whatever that really is for me, I still haven't the zones set up.
Highest bpm so far was today - I hit 172 whilst being blinded by the sun, avoiding a massive pile of horse shit, 2 dogs and their walkers along Gallowgate lane.

I don't like chasing max heart rates, I much prefer chasing my resting heart rate, which was 47 beats over 1 timed minute the other morning.
I'd like to think that means I'm really fit, but I know it just means I have a genetically low hr, because the way I felt today after a 20 minute cycle was the absolute opposite of fit.

Castley Lane, North Yorkshire
Christmas Day cycle - gorgeous weather


Monday, 2 December 2013

Kilcock 70k

Lovely cycle out to Kilcock today, no wind, no rain, no big hills - except for Knockmaroon then Lower Road on the way back.
I'm getting better going up knockmaroon for definite, and at 40 it's a great feeling noticing any improvement which tells me I'm getting physically better / stronger.
I don't have to use the last gears of my cassette going up anymore, granted it is a massive 12-30 cassette, but it's an improvement for me.
Gears shifted well today too, which I was a little concerned about given my removing and replacing the cassette for the first time yesterday.
New brake pads worked really well too.

I fancied an easy cycle alone today.
Said hello to a couple of Rooks and a stunning looking Heron on a grass verge, but they didn't say hello back, unless they muttered and I didn't hear them.
Think I saw lots of Fieldfares/ Redwings in the trees around the farmlands, but couldn't be certain, they were just black silhouettes as they flew awayon my approach.

Cycled Strawberry Beds, Lucan, Leixlip, Maynooth then onto the Rye River Cafe in Kilcock.
They were just closing when I got there (2.30pm) but they did me a sausage s/w (don't ask) and a gorgeous coffee, which I was very grateful for.
I got talking to another cyclist who was just finishing his coffee, he told me he was out on his own because he had missed his club spin from Clondalkin this morning from being out late last night.
I'd say that's a common enough occurrence when Sunday spins usually leave at 9am. For me that means a 7.30am alarm, which isn't always welcome at the weekend.
It certainly wasn't going to happen this morning anyway.

Returned from Kilcock through the back roads which tookj me through lots of farmlands.
I love the smells and sights of the farms, feels like home I suppose.

Garmin stopped navigating from Kilcock, no idea why, it sometimes does that resulting in a few wrong turns, but got home in good time and really enjoyed the cycle.

River Liffey, Lucan
One of the many, many farms on the way home

big fat dunkey/ connemara / shetland pony - who knows?


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Winter Ready

Fitted some new Swissstop Flash Pro Green brake pads to my good bike.
Successfully removed, cleaned and re-assembled my cassette.
And finally fitted last year's Schwalbe studded winter tyres to the new wheels I bought a few weeks back for my commuter.

Winter, I am ready.