Saturday, 31 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
14.35miles @ 9.3mph
367m of ascent
I have done this loop at 10mph before, but it was drier and a clearer night. Still not bad for January.
I'd also gone running this morning, tried some exploring but it led to more tarmac than I would like. Think I'll get the map out again and try and plan something different.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Today I turn officially old according to Ali! I got up to an exciting box to open. Seeing as we weren't meant to be doing presents this year it was very exciting! I was made to wait to open that box and open other presents, Jon had got me some cool stuff! (A wired keyboard, we have a silly wireless one that stops working when it feels like it! A DVD about Lance and the all important bottle of wine). Then I started on Ali's box, inside there were lots of little parcels I had to open them in a certain order and the first one was an entry form for transwales!!! To say I was suprised was an understatement, it had been agreed if we could afford it Ali would do it and I would do support! We have even been planning her training (well I have!) The remaining parcels were the all important, Ali washing my bike, Ali putting the tent up, Ali and mel transporting my stuff, Ali cooking me food. I am so lucky and so excited! Only one question left, do I do it singlespeed?
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
43.25miles @ 7.6mph
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
This evening I went over to Horwich for a meeting of Horwich CC, of whom I am now a member. On the way there there was some slush on the roads from the earlier snow. As we got ready to leave two of them tried to give me a lift home but I couldn't wait to get out in the snow. To be fair after seeing a car crash - they were fine, I scooted over to check! I did wonder! I would have loved to have been off road but I was on my road bike. No chance of clipping in, banging the pedals with the cleats doesn't clear the ice as effectively as on my off-road shoes.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Lots of talking to them and they kindly moved for me, before closing ranks again only moving when Jon and Ali asked nicely! After that it was over onto Great Hill, the first part was climbable, with the odd comedy moment due to it being a little boggy. But before long we were reduced to walking as we lost the path! But we got to the top of Great Hill and enjoyed some of Jon's biscuits before heading down the slabs in the direction of Winter Hill. This was nice and rideable but soon the slabs ran out and we entered bog central, all of us ended up lay in it at some point - Ali says she didn't but she got stuck more than either of us!
First it was my turn, Ali left me there while she took a picture!
Then Jon ended up in the bog. After a while it became obvious that Ali had some secret powers as she floated along the top, at this point Jon decided to try and catch her putting loads of power down and flying over his handlebars, it was a good impression of superman and I'm sure he was glad he landed in a bog as it is a little softer!
After that we dropped down the cheeky trail to belmont to some nice pub grub before spinning home on the road. (Thanks Jon for pushing me when I spun out!)
Friday, 16 January 2009
In total we did 11miles and I loved it, except for the fact the brakes didn't seem to do alot. In fact riding home I was nearly over the handlebars as my road brakes felt so strong - not used to that! But I think I will be having some fun on a cross bike, it really seems a do anything bike!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
7.32miles 236m of ascent
Before this I nipped to cooksons with riggers wheel, I got a few looks riding my bike with a wheel on my back, but it felt very lazy to drive it!
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
As I am a geek I had a look at lots of stats, incase you are bored here they are:
Alison 41:14 92/156 finishers 18/66 female finishers 7/22 in F cat
Trio 41:48 98/156 finishers 22/66 female finishers 9/22 in F cat
Sunday, 11 January 2009
8:55 min/mile pace
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
255m of ascent.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
I had a look at my ten mile splits, compared to my overall average. I was pleased to see I finished strong. I felt strong a long the seafront in Southport and was pleasantly suprised to see I averaged 17.3 mph on this stretch.
Average Speed 14.6mph
Total time out of the house 7hrs 36mins
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
5.83miles and 173m of ascent
Monday, 5 January 2009
Down the first descent, lots of dabbing, but after a bit of shouting at myself I got myself clipped in and riding, as you can see the other two walked ;)
Sunday, 4 January 2009
After coming off the cycle path we had a bit of carrying, I amused Ali by inching over a narrow bridge backwards, due to my bike being on my right shoulder same as the handrail.
More trails and avoiding as many roads of possible and at one point we met this fellow, I think he wanted to come and play.