Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Av Pace 10:12 min/miles
Av HR 166bpm
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
47.94 miles @ 14.4mph
Average HR 145bpm
Really pleased with that average, I had set my virtual training partner at 14pm and I beat him!
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Oh and sorry yesterdays post was a mammoth post, I don't think I realised how long it was till this morning! If you want more the rest of the pictures are here.
Friday, 26 September 2008
My Garmin Stats:
16.29 miles @ 8.1mph
In the evening after some pasta for tea we got a fire going and spent the evening enjoying the fact that it was summer for the day.
The next morning I was awake by 7am after not getting to sleep till after 3am. I need to get better at sleeping again! We set off about 9:30am after a big breakfast and putting the tents down. It felt a bit cold and then on the first climb the sun came out! After that it was short sleeves all day!
I had decided that a loop round coniston water would be the perfect way to practice my navigation. It turned out that the weather really was in our favour. After a hard climb we dropped to the south of coniston water before heading up the hills on the other side and eventually joining Walna Scar road. I had to go back to try one bit again after chickening out but other than that I rode all of it. We dropped into Coniston and found a nice cafe for lunch. Burger and chips and ice-cream and I was stuffed. It made climbing back into Grizedale hard. After that I made my first random navigation moment. I wanted to check it was the right bridleway before we headed down, so I took a bearing was sure so we headed down. At the bottom I realised that although I had read the map perfectly took a bearing perfectly I had actually never meant to go down there. It didn't matter as it was a fab descent and although the way we came back up was a push I'm glag I found it was I now want to ride down it!
21 miles @ 7.3mph
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
As for no posts since sunday, well I've not been on a bike, no time and some other things happening, just life getting in the way. I'm hoping to make up for it in the next couple of riding with some good riding, nothing long but some good riding.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
We rolled down to leverhulme park, entered - it cost more as I don't have a racing licence so maybe I should get one - and then did a lap of the course, it was very dry and grassy, some bits felt quite draggy on my mountain bike.
At the start there seemed to be 5 or 6 girls and only another 3 on mountain bikes (as well as me and Jon). The start was fast and there were elbows everywhere, I went into the first singletrack behind at least two girls, but it was hard to tell and then went slowly as there was a bottleneck, but it didn't take long to clear. Soon I had passed the two girls in front and I kept going picking some people off and even lapped a few. I was lapped twice by the winners who were flying! There was only one bit I had to get off and carry my bike, up some steps. Right at the end Andrew, a friend of ali's past me so he had one lap on me. We had to wait a while for the prize giving to find out if I had finished in the top 2 as there were prizes for the top two. They originally announced someone else as the winner but she pointed out I had finished in front of her and someone doing the positions was like yes the mountain biker won. So I won my first race of the North West League.
I was also talking to someone from Horwich Cycling Club who had organised the race who was suggesting I joined them so I might look into it.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
It wasn't long before I got to Preston, in fact I only felt like I had been out about 2 hours, obviously it was a little bit more at that point. I wasn't sure when I planned the ride if the rest of the ride would be worth trying to get through Preston - I must say I've never been anywhere in Preston but the train station before so I had no idea what to expect. I had one bit of nasty dual carriageway and had to walk my bike across a road and climb over a central reservation as I couldn't turn right onto the road I wanted but it was fine.
After that it was some nice flattish roads, I did a bit of off-roading but turned round when the pretence of the track being a road finished. The next thing I knew I was climbing up red rock and then back at Horwich before spinning home along Chorley New Road.
A great ride and I'm glad I went out, there haven't been too many days like today this year and to waste one that is also at the weekend would be criminal!
84.15miles @ 15.3 mph (I didn't know I could go this fast!)
Average HR 146bpm
Friday, 19 September 2008
Now that is done I can get out and go shopping, I was going to take the singlespeed out earlier but can't get the EBB to move, I know the trick now, only I can't get the crank off, I must be doing something wrong!
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Average HR 159bpm
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
16.76miles @ 14.8mph
Average HR 152bpm
Sunday, 14 September 2008
There was a breakaway of three riders who seemed to have a significant lead before the main field came through, they move so fast! After that it was time for ice-cream so we headed to the sea wall to find an ice-cream van.
After the ice-cream ali wandered onto the beach to write her name in the sand. The rest of us just watched, I know we are boring.
After that is was time to head back, some nice quiet little roads on the way and only one hill of note, which was made worthwhile by the view back to southport at the top.
All in all a great day and reminds me how much fun riding with people is.
83.79miles @ 13.9mph
Average HR 116bpm
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Then it was back over to Rivington and one last climb up the AICR and then down the ICR, everyone wanted to do it again. Before another cafe stop.
A great ride, ages since I've rode with a group and its nice to be sociable and not just ride for a change. Hopefully I showed people how much fun Rivi can be.
38.67miles @ 8mph
Average HR 131bpm
Friday, 12 September 2008
After that we rode over to Rusholme, had a nice curry and a bottle of wine, it's been ages since we've gone out and done anything (my fault) so it was really nice. Before riding to Victoria and getting the train home.
All this added up to 20 miles of road riding, yet felt like nothing.
24miles @ 14.1mph
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
I was very impressed she ran 9miles in an hour and a half (her longest ever run), I think I'd die if I tried to run that far. To make it harder this run involved 320m of climbing.
Anyway after that I headed along the Witton Weaver Way and turned right over the moors towards the A666, here I had a tough head wind to battle against and ended up walking with my bike to the highest point. Here there were a group of walkers sheltering behind a wall, they waved and one of them said I might see something but not to worry, I had no idea what as the wind was so strong I nodded and smiled. I headed off across the moors and on the first bit of downhill I pulled my rear brake and the lever went right to the bars without doing anything, a bit of pumping brought it back but it was a little scary. I wonder if this means they need bleeding? I carried on and then had to pull aside to let three 4x4's past. This seemed a little odd seeing as this is a public footpath, it is going to be upgraded to a bridleway at some point. A bit further along there were some more, then some more, maybe ten in total. No idea what that was about.
Out onto the A666 and then down to the Srawbury Duck with no further incidents and I decided to head home as it was getting a little late. Turned into a great ride, a trio adventure really. Now hopefully ali's adventure will work out later.
Stats from the Garmin so probably a little undermeasured:
19.14miles @ 7.9mph 122bpm
Thursday, 4 September 2008
While over at rivi I saw matt, his head was down and he was working so hard he nearly missed me - does he notice anything when he is riding. Up on winter hill was very foggy and then on the way home it started raining, fun fun!
Ollie was talking yesterday about doing trans-scotland next year on a singlespeed. I still want to do this sometime, but think it would have to be on a different bike to my current bike, one with a slightly shorter top-tube. I also wonder if I could cope with 7 hard days of singlespeeding, I suppose it's a challenge for a few years time, it does keep nagging me though. I think I'm a little crazy! I think I'd like to have two bikes, one geared and one singlespeed, that had basically the same geometry then moving between them would be easy.
19miles @8.4mph 141bpm
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
25.81miles @ 11.6mph 122bpm