Wednesday, 31 December 2008
I felt very lazy when I got home and found Ali back from a 15 mile run, I can't say she isn't training now!
22.46 miles @ 6.9mph
My three targets for the year were:
- Ride 6000miles - Done by the 28th September
- Run once a week - Failed
- Ride approximately 50/50 road/off-road - 48/52 close enough
Onto mileage for the year:
Total Cycling: 7922.99 miles
Road Cycling: 5145.29 miles
Off-road Cycling: 2777.70 miles (of which singlespeed 1437.28 miles)
Running: 199.24 miles
Then there is timewise. It varied but I'm not sure I'll ever have this sort of time to devote again.
All in all a fantastic year. I finished 3rd at hit the north, 3rd in transwales. I also completed some hard 100mile sportives, this time last year I couldn't have imagined that. So this year was a success.
Here is looking forward to 2009.
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
I am also thinking of trying to get into the three peaks, another event I believe is hard to get into. Then I am going to do most of the NWCCA events next year so that I have enough couting events.
What are your plans?
Monday, 29 December 2008
Let me have a link to the write up to each of the centurys and I'll link to them over there --->
The list of willing participants is here:
So will anyone be out on the 1st getting their first century in?
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Then Christmas Day dawned, up and Ali opened her first presents, I know we weren't doing presents but I had made her a hat and scarf in Cambridge United colours, oh and a couple of Chocolate Oranges as she had been wanting to open the ones I had got for someone else. Then it was pack the car and off to my folks for more presents and a Christmas Brunch. All the pictures were taken on the camera Ali had bought Helen for Christmas so I'm hoping she forwards me some. Then it was in the car and off to Cambridge, popping in at Ali's Dad's before getting to her mums for a lovely dinner cooked by Wendy. After more presents we played on a Wii - great fun I want one.
A tiring but fun day!
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Anyway I ended up going to a place just outside Chorley to pick it up, it was a nice ride there and back and relatively flat - I could have added hills but with no easy gears that wasn't going to happen! I did make sure I waved at Jumbly as I cycled through Adlington, not sure if she saw me though.
Now I need to get on with my presents, all this shopping means I am behind!
30.44 miles @ 15.3 mph
Monday, 22 December 2008
2.86miles @ 8:38 min/mile pace (It measured as 3miles on mapmyride)
Once home it was time for dinner. I had made pizza's with my sister on friday night while Ali was at her work do and there was loads of stuff left so today we decided to have pizzas for tea. Here they are waiting to go in the oven. I'm hungry now so looking forward to the oven beeping so I can eat!
27.62miles @14.8mph - it adds up!
Friday, 19 December 2008
After this I was heading down the singletrack next to the Belmont-Rivi road to get to top barn, got to the top of three steps, rode one, two, straight over the bars landing on my face! Got detached from my bike and up, face hurt but everything else ok, back on bike, oops I'm a bit dizzy, waited a bit then slowly made my way to top barn. Once there I had a look at the bike, I had already realised something was up with my brakes as the lever wasn't in an easy place to use. The rest seemed fine, I rotated the lever, but I think I have actually bent it as it hasn't been right for the whole ride.
Jumbly was out on her new singlespeed, I had a quick spin in the car park and it seems lovely. We did an eight mile loop over to the nab and back, saw a couple of peeps working on the new trail.
Then it was back to Chapel Tea rooms for some cake. Before splitting and heading home, in my case via Belmont. This is when the rain came and visibility dropped. Still I always have lights on my singlespeed so it was fine.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
5.43miles @ 9:41 min/mile
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
30.35 miles @ 14.5mph
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
11.26 miles @ 9.3mph
5.44miles @ 10'58" pace
Monday, 15 December 2008
Plans for the week were:
2 x singlespeed rides
2 x running
1x longish road ride
So what did I do?
I went running once,
did one singlespeed ride
and one road ride.
I haven't been with it since Thursday really, I found Wednesday so tiring, no idea if it was having to conccentrate for a period of time or the driving. I don't drive much anymore now Ali seems to do more of it. Thursday was a write-off I can't remember the day but I'm sure I did nothing. Onto Friday and I made sure I did my errands. Saturday was nice with the tree. But sunday i felt rubbish, stomach was unsettled, then I went to bed, wish I could have stayed there all day but Ali sensibly ensured I got up.
Anyway its a new week and although I'm still not with it, I'm hoping things improve, get through today and back to normal service I think.
So plans for the week I'm unsure, I would like to get out singlespeeding and one long road ride as it keeps the miles up nicely. Also get out running a couple of times, I'm sure Ali needs to go running so maybe we'll run together.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
We got the nice men there to help us get it on the roof and headed home, I knew having bike racks would come in useful one day! We manoeuvred it into the house and set about making room for the tree. Then we got the lights on. Since Ali puts them away so neatly they look like they are new from the shop there were no cables to untangle. Makes it easier, if I was in charge they would be thrown in a bag!
Then we had to open the bubbles we had got for this moment!
Then it was time for all the other decorations. I love the smell of a real tree. Now all it needs is some presents. I have some ready to be wrapped so that is tonights plan, as then the tree will be all ready.
Christmas is feeling close with a tree, although I have a lot of presents to make! We've got a plan for Christmas Day that pleases everyone so hopefully it will be fun.
Last Christmas is a bit of a blur, although we were away at the snow, as I was too ill to appreciate it. So hopefully this year will be fun.
Friday, 12 December 2008
2.16 miles @ 9'31" min/mile pace
The other thing I'm wondering about is combining blogs, at the moment I have two, although the other one is a different format as it is through a forum. I'm thinking of just blogging everything here, but then the other stuff isn't as much fun and definetly doesn't involve any adventures. Decisions decisions.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Thanks to Jon and Ali I'd have never got there without the two of you!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
From here it was new, once in the woods at Tockholes I sucessfully navigated out by a new route and then crossed the A675 and started heading up Great Hill. This was great practice as I had never been up here. So I took compass bearings even though it being a clear day I could see where I was going and tried using the contours on the map to work out exactly where I was. I really struggle with this as I just can't imagine things in 3-D, but its getting better. I had guessed from the map this would be a push/carry but I actually think that in the summer some of it would be rideable. There was a lot of frozen snow about which actually covered some of the boggy stuff up so you could walk on it. The last bit being the steepest meant Rig got carried, sometimes bikes are lazy!
Monday, 8 December 2008
The idea is to do one ride that is over 100km (metric version) or 100miles (imperial version) so who fancies it? Good way to motivate yourself to do one long ride a month.
Trio (am I crazy?)
Running x 2
Singlespeedmtb rides x 5
Road ride x 1
So plans for this coming week
2 x singlespeed rides
2 x running
1x longish road ride
Sunday, 7 December 2008
77.94miles @ 12.9mph
Saturday, 6 December 2008
We then headed back via Barrow Bridge, on the way down I here Ali say I'm going to crash and the next thing I know she is on the floor, I couldn't stop as it was just solid ice till I got to the bottom, fortunately only a few metres away, this time she kindly waited for me to get a picture. I then took Ali home a new way for her, by this point she was a little tired so it was nice to get home.
Friday, 5 December 2008
A loop on main roads round Bolton and through the Valley was actually fun although I found all the hills hard. Still it'll get me fitter.
3.59 miles @ 9'28" pace
Then I headed home, more pushing up the AICR, along Belmont Old Road and then just road on the way home. A nice ride and home for lunch.
22.26miles @ 7.4mph
Thursday, 4 December 2008
I headed out a little later than planned as my friend phoned just as I was about to leave. As soon as I got off-road I found out how hard slush was to ride in, especially on a singlespeed as standing was a no-go area! As it got dark I ended up looking over to Winter Hill to see the mast all lit up. When I got on Winter Hill itself, after a fair amount of pushing, there was a flash and I thought someone was hiding and taking a picture of me, then it was followed by thunder, I guess it was lightening but I was still a little scared. After that it was time to slide downhill, no traction and brakes doing nothing, it was a little scary! At some point I thought of kate all tucked up on her sofa and thought that sounded a nice idea. Once I was home though and no longer scared of the monsters in the dark I realised how much fun it was.
11.72 miles @ 7.1 mph
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Then I got back and Ali wasn't far behind me so we headed out, 3.37 miles in the dark at 9'41" pace. Seeing as we were running in the dark off-road I was pleased with that.
"what's the difference between leg warmers and wearing full length tights? pros
and cons please!"
Well leg warmers are basically just long tubes that go under your shorts and down to you ankles, as such turning shorts into longs.
- You can wear them to start a ride and then take them off as it warms up and put in a rear pocket/rucksac.
- Good for autum and spring riding where tights are a little too warm
- Can use them for warming up for events and then easily remove
- Cheaper than tights
- They are not as warm as tights.
- They can sometimes fall down.
In conclusion they are a great addition to the cycling wardrobe and at this time of year you can wear them as well as tights when its cold!
Running 22.41 miles (Average pace 9:45min/miles)
Road Cycling 421 miles 65% (Average speed 13.5 mph)
Off-road cycling 231 miles 35% (Average Speed 8.3 mph)
150 miles singlespeed
Total Cycling 652 miles
There was also less running but I have kept it up so I was happy with that.
Looking at my graph for hours spent on each discipline I am close to 50/50 on/off road with cycling. With just slightly more time spent on road. I think that is hard to avoid as road riding leads to nice mileage totals which motivates me to get out and do a long ride once a month.
Now onto December, this is likely to be the last month I have a lot of time during the week for long rides so I want to make sure I am doing at least one long road ride and one long off-road ride a week. With also keeping up the running that will keep me busy. The other thing is to try and do core work at least once a week, I know all the benefits but I am generally just lazy when it comes down to it. So here is to a priductive, if cold, December.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
It was a good race and I was actually one of the last to finish as I got through the bell just before the winners finished.
I would have waited for results and prize giving but it was getting dark and I had no lights!
Oh and hi to whoever recognised me from my blog, fame at last! ;)
Saturday, 29 November 2008
What sort of cyclist would you say you are?
Friday, 28 November 2008
The plan started off well, I realised that I was running at quite an easy pace (turns out the first section was at 10 min/mile pace) but I didn't feel like pushing it.
Then it was the steps, I think you can spot them in the elevation profile? The first two went fine, then the third I was attacked by a dog whose owner explained he was scared of people running, I then had to wait for them to clear the steps which took ages! Then it was a slow jog back home.
Once home I did some core work, last week I did none and I really think it will help my singlespeeding so I am trying to incorporate it into my routine.
In total I covered 4.59miles and was out for 50'33"
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Stats: 29.41miles @ 8.2mph 920m climbed
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
In conclusion you just need to practice practice practice. Those of us out on our bikes all through the winter whatever the weather will have the advantage in the long run as we will reach the magical 10,000hours sooner.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Stats: 80.66miles @ 12.2mph 1851m climbed
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Mon 23mile road ride I did this in the rain
Tues 4 hour singlespeed ride + running Nothing, but knee was sore
Wed 46 mile road ride 19mile singlespeed ride off-road
Thurs Running 13mile singlespeed off-road and 3.4miles running
Fri Singlespeed ride 80mile road ride
Sat Southport ride 30mile singlespeed ride
Sun Rest 26mile singlespeed ride
So I guess it was a pretty good week after all. I love road miles as they add up quicker but then I've had some great mountain bike rides this week.
Got home and a quick wash of the bike with the bucket I had left behind the front droor, clothes off and woolly dry clothes on and its time for a lazy afternoon.
Stats 26miles @ 8mph; 850m climbed
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Just as we were about to set out I spotted Ali's keys so I thought we'd better drop them off with her. Then Jon realised his chain wasn't on correctly, after watching him struggle for a short while I undid the power link - no idea why he was making it look so hard! After dropping the keys off with Ali, turns out she had taken the front door key off and did have a key! We headed over to Rivington. Once there I took Jon down Jon's 200yards. Past the Lamas, one tried to eat my rucksac!
Then up the commonwealth down, where he rode my bike up and I rode his. I found his hard going, it was just too big, he says mine is lovely but I must have superhuman legs to get up the hills! Then I took him down the ICR, anyone who knows Jon will know he is not the biggest fan of downhills, he cleared it as well! Then over to Healey Nab where Jon thought I was joking when we got to the last drop - it really is a lot steeper than it looks in the photo's it looks vertical from the top - eventually after a few goes I got him down it.
Then we headed to the cafe, while we froze outside and they seemed to forget our bacon butties, but my chocolate cake was good. Before heading home via Belmont Old Road and the cheeky trail I had tried on thursday night, some of it was still a walk even in the light!
A great ride and reminded me how much fun biking is!
30.98miles @ 8.2mph
Friday, 21 November 2008
I got to Southport at 3pm, an hour later than I would expect! Took a while but I found a chippy open and enjoyed chips with my sandwiches away from the sea front, I normally ride back to the sea wall but it was just too cold there! Then it was time to go back to the coast road and start the battle again. It was probably after Tarleton that the wind seemed to die down, but no no tail wind! I was glad I had put my Joystick on my bike as it was pitch black by the time I was getting close to Addlington and I was on a country lane, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had enough light to see by. The joystick seemed to work as well on road as my bigger light, I think because it penetrates further it worked well for road riding.
On the way back I was surprised as I could see Winter Hill from the coast, that's normally my sign that I am near home not as far away as I was going to get! There was a lovely sunset which I did my best to capture but I only had my camera with me. Home along Chorley New Road, I couldn't bear the thought of hills. This was when cars started trying to kill me, I guess everyone wanted to get home since it was Friday evening?
When I got home I was so glad to be home but I was really glad I had gone, I know I would have done nothing all day and beat myself up about it. Although I didn't really enjoy it I am pleased with myself for battling through!
78.9miles @ 12.6mph
Thursday, 20 November 2008
3.37 @ 9'39" min/mile pace
It was lovely weather as I headed up, well apart from the headwind which meant I was moving so so slow! I even managed to sneak along the road under the mast, no muddy detour today. I kept waiting for someone to come and shout at me. I reached the top just as it was getting dark, probably the worst time to do a descent, lights do nothing but you don't have enough lights. Then on the way back I explored a new path, by this point it was very dark and I walked down it. But I think all but one set of steps will be rideable and I will be back in daylight!