Monday, 31 March 2008
I was a little hasty
Lovely weather and my first ride without my winter boots on.
18.39miles Average Speed 10mph Average HR 137bpm
Yes that is my fastest ever average! With 100miles in my legs I was impressed. Maybe I will manage transwales!
Mtb: 205.78miles (29%)
Total Cycling: 721.24miles
So I just did more mileage in March than February (630.38miles) but more of it was on road this month. I wonder if I can get to 800miles in April?
Sunday, 30 March 2008
The Cheshire Cat
Well today was the Cheshire Cat Sportive, so I tried to get an early night since the clocks went forward but being so nervous meant I didn't sleep for ages. But I was up bright and early in the morning and we were there by eight after collecting Anna. I was number 59 so after lots of faffing around we got lined up at the start and headed off. Pete was riding slightly faster than I probably would have but I stuck with him. After the 2nd feed station we managed to miss a sign (there were big stretches without signs and no marshelling to speak of) so we added an extra 6miles to our route. After about 50miles it reversed and I was stronger than Pete. But in the end it worked well and I was pleased with my average speed. I also got my medal for getting up mow cop without stopping :) So there it is my first 100mile ride.
104.44miles Average Speed 14.7mph Average HR 159bpm
Friday, 28 March 2008
World Track Championships
People say I'm mad having a mini
Thursday, 27 March 2008
18.59miles Av Speed 9.7mph Av HR 159bpm Max HR 189bpm 574m of climbing
This bike is a full on road bike, with narrow tyres (23mm) it is completely set up for winter riding with full length mudguards, reflective tape and lots of rear lights. The only changes so far are new cables, the pink bar tape and the pink bottle cages.
The last bike in my collection is my Gary Fisher Rig. This bike is very different. It is a mountain bike but apart from that it is completely different to my other bike. To start with it has 29inch wheels (as oppose to 26inch on a standard mountain bike) and it is a single speed (meaning I only have one gear). I blame Vikki for this one, I'd been wanting a singlespeed for ages but she showed me this bike.
So there we have it my stable of bikes, I've been told no more for two years now, so it'll be two years of fixing up the bikes and hopefully improving them.
I know from reading cyclechat that I'm quite slow on my road bike, but what about off-road. I'm faster than I was a year ago but I'm still slower than most people I know. What is a good speed to be riding at off-road?
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
I rode over to the meeting point in Belmont and noticed my legs were still sore but not too too bad, shoulder seemed fine - good job as otherwise it'd have killed me on the singlespeed. Everyone else arrived at about the same time, with Laura telling me to hurry up as she passed me on the way. Everyone else was on these machines with gears and looked super fit, I guessed I would be leading the ride from the back.
We headed up the Belmont road, over Belmont road and I decided we should do the ICR, I cleared it - only the 2nd time ever and the first time on the hardtail. Then up Chinese Gardens, cutting along to the Commonwealth Downhill and up the 2nd part of that, round the pike, where I came down a different way and lost everyone. Opps! Then up to winter hill, via Matchmore lane, round the mast since the barriers were down and there was a little man there, down the Belmont descent and then to the pub.
After a pint I cycled home, over to the A66, Bromley Cross and singletrack home.
22.92miles (12.14 with the group)
Average Speed 8.9mph (7.5 with the group)
Average HR 159bpm
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Back to my own bed and I had one of the worst nights sleep I've had in ages, kept waking up scred stiff and somehow seem to have hurt my shoulder in the night. Going to ice it and rest this morning before deciding which bike to take out later, or maybe even have a rest day.
At the moment I'm really worrying about the Cheshire Cat the 50miles yesterday nearly killed me and I'm going to attempt to ride 97.5miles??? I'm thinking I should have done more training now!
Monday, 24 March 2008
Sunday, 23 March 2008
GPS is great.
Snow, snow, snow
Friday, 21 March 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008
I was going to take a photo but the lack of visability and the fact that my phone doesn't like the rain meant it didn't happen.
Average Speed 7.2mph
Average HR 151 bpm
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Well on monday I said that I saw some baby goats and Ali complained about the lack of pictures,
so today after going to meet her for lunch I headed over to Rivington and took a picture. There
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Sore legs but still a useful day
So task for tomorrow is to fix the geared mtb, I need nagging!
Monday, 17 March 2008
Faffing isn't as much fun on your own
The awareness test
I found this interesting after seeing it on fat cyclist
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Claire in the peaks
Road, Mountain, Road
67.83miles in total
Home -> New Mills
28.65miles Average Speed 13.4mph
8.71miles Average Speed 7.2mph
New Mills -> Home
30.48miles Average Speed 12.7mph
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Not really with it.
42.12miles Average Speed 12.3mph 1038m climbed
Friday, 14 March 2008
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Review: Gore Bikewear Phantom Lady Jacket
Well after a month or so of riding with this Jacket I feel it is about time I write a review. This Jacket seems to be the perfect weight (my friend has one from a few years ago and it is definetly lighter) It feels like any long-sleeve Jersey and folds up small enough for my Rucksac when needed. I wasn't sure about the zip-off sleeves but have found myself using them alot, they are perfect for evening to night rides as it gets colder. The other main concern for me was the one back pocket (must be the roadie in me that likes having three) but the one back pocket holds enough for me when I'm on my road bike. But this Jacket has been perfect for me off-road due to the removeable sleeves, I tend to change my layering a lot more off-road than on.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
24.64miles Average Speed 11.7mph
Monday, 10 March 2008
199 Single Speed miles
Turned into a nice day and only had two rain showers.
29.14miles Average Speed 8.1mph 903m of climbing
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Peel Tower, Punctures and lots of food.
Good short ride then back to mine for food, lots of food!
About 12miles in total, I'm not sure I'm done a ride that short when out with just Vikki.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Does Rivington close at 5pm
Really pleased with my average. Think I'm definetly getting faster, now the question is will I be as fast on my geared bike?
21.14miles Average Speed 8.6mph 710m climbed
Friday, 7 March 2008
Headed out to meet Vikki at the climb up to the Pike at 8am, after only a mile I was ready to give up, everything seemed to hurt and even a little road climbed had killed me - I guess I really should fix my geared bike for days like today. Anyway we met and I thought it would be a good idea to do the Ice Cream Run, I don't think Vikki agreed, saying at the bottom that she would prefer to do descents like that on her other bike. Ahh well she is used to my silly ideas by now. my next silly idea was to climb up the commonwealth downhill, I have no problems on my geared bike and although I rode it all I need quite a few rest stops. (Photo above is Vikki getting to the top of the climb) Then it was time for good idea number three, I had seen a finger post pointing up, what looked like an easy climb, to Winter Hill. So we headed up there, it started as a lovely climb and then turned into a bog fest with some steep steps put in to keep us on our toes. I walked at least half of that climb. Then we headed down Winter Hill the way we usually climb up, which although being a hard uphill is quite a nice downhill. Then back to Pigeon Tower and I headed home via the Belmont Old Road.
A good ride and an excellent reason for getting up early.
27.4miles Average Speed 7.7mph 911m climbed
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Appeal to identify hurt cyclist
I regularly cycle here so it is a little scarey, but a reminder to carry some form of ID.
Chatting, red lights and good food
58.3miles Av Speed 13.2mph
Monday, 3 March 2008
Anyway my totals for February are:
Road Bike: 405miles (652km)
Mtb Bike: 225miles (362km)
Total Cycling: 630miles (1014km)
Running: 19miles ( 31km)
So for March I want to see if I can get 700miles of riding in a month.
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Then it was time for a chocolate stop and back lanes back to leek.
67.5km Av. Speed 19.7km/h 1100m climbed
Saturday, 1 March 2008
Windy West Pennine Moors
I'd agreed to plan a CD ride so we met up at Rivington, me just making the 10 O'Clock start as Ali decided to cycle there with me so I was trying to get her bike ready. There were only three of us there due to various illness and Helen only lasted the first hill, it really wasn't the day to ride if you weren't feeling a hundred percent. So it was left to me and Emily to carry on. It felt like we were always cycling into a head wind, I guess that can only make me stronger?
79.79km Av. Speed 16.5km/h 1857m climbed