Saturday, 21 December 2013
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Two hours in the white peak
Been a while since I've been on my mountain bike with having a cold and then starting a new job so I headed out for a easy two hour bimble. I explored a new cheeky trail which was lovely although I had to scramble over some trees that had come down. I also did Baslow Edge, creeping past the horse riders in the riding school after coming down the footpath. Heading through Froggatt I saw I cool area where there had been sort of fire. After taking a photo a women coming out of adjacent house in her car asked if I wanted something, turns out it was her land. Oops.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Lunch with mum today and she was on the train so after leaving her at Grindleford I walked home along a new path. Lovely skies and Froggatt woods were lovely to walk through.
Monday, 9 December 2013
Lots of carols
Lovely day today with Hannah and Norn. Carols in the Cavern then carols with the Christmas Tree lightening in the village. Finished off my dinner at Pizza Express. Lovely Sunday.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Another day caching
I'm starting a new job next week today might be the last time in a while that I get to go geocaching during the week with my dad. The plan this week was to meet him at hope and we would make our way to Bretton via the abney Moor. I decided to run over to meet him so I didn't have to collect my bike later.
With a big rucksack packed and tired legs I actually did more walking than running but it was a overly morning although the wind was a little biting on the tops. But still means eight miles in the legs.
Caching was fun although less caches found than normal as I forgot to bring spare batteries. We were going to stop at the pub at Bretton but I was shut so we carried on home finishing in the dark.
I'm pretty tired now.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Hannah 's mum joins us on a Monday.
Apparently my pictures from my rides and cafe stop around here have been really tempting so we invited her down. Her and Hannah did a bit of gardening and then we went up to the longshaw estate for food and a walk. A drive around and then home for tea. A lovely day and good to rest my tired sore legs.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Another day in the hills
I met Anna, Carolyn and a couple of boys up on Curbar Gap and it was already a lovely day as I was pedaling up. We headed along Curbar edge but after that it was all new to me. It included Blacka Moor and some really tight singlet rack.
A perfect day but I was starving when I got home. Tired legs after lots of miles this week.
A long and lovely day
Yesterday stayed early as I was getting the 7:30am train from Grindleford. It was a straightforward journey to Horwich and I'm really enjoying the book I'm reading so it was nice to have time to read.
Arriving at Ros's the group was soon ready and we headed up Winter Hill. It was nice to be on the old stomping ground and it was a lovely day.
Back at ros's for lunch and then a pleasant couple of hours playing and cutting and sticking with the boys.
The journey home wasn't quite so straightforward piccadilly was packed and fortunately I got on the train as not everyone did. At Marple the train emptied a lot though and I had a seat. The last bit was riding home which made me smile. I love loving out here so dark and so quiet.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
A morning jog
I can't quite call it a run as I was slow and there was lots of stopping for photos. It was a lovely misty morning and I headed up onto Eyam Moor where I could see for miles.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Another fab Monday rode with Hannah. Tried the cafe at Grindleford station and had the hugest portion of chips. Then some exploring on the way home and a nice chat to a guy from the National Trust who was very pro mountain biking.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Another Monday and some exploring
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Quick afternoon ride
Ali's sister was visiting and she wanted some sister time so I went riding. A nice local loop including a new descent into Eyam. I also tried getting a picture of myself using the timer mode on my phone and discovered the Silent Heritage Site, maybe not the best place for me.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Greg came out from Manchester for a ride. I met him at Grindleford station and we made out way over to the Abney moors. The bridleway was hard going in the mud but fun. After dropping to Bradwell, I think I'm riding more of that descent we headed for breakfast via Silly Dale.
Then it was some playing round the quarries before back to mine. Thanks for coming out Greg.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Miles and smiles
Short and sweet
Another quick four miles with Ali. This time with her on her full sus. She is riding the descents really well at the moment.
Monday, 4 November 2013
Mud and more mud
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Short rides can be lots of fun.
After dragging myself over to Leeds on Saturday it seemed rude not to ride. Just over 5 miles but lots of muddy singletrack. We also got to see where Sarah and Al are moving to.
Then today another short ride, local trails this time. 4 miles of rideable up and techy down. Ali was flying on the downhills and had a huge smile on her face when we got home
Short rides can be lots and lots of fun.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013
Dizzy Coo meets hairy coos
Sarah came over with her cross bike today. She asked me for something easy and not too rocky which is basically impossible out here. I took her up Baslow Edge to meet the hairy coos that live up there. Somehow apart from a five minute shower we missed all the rain and had sunshine.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Both sides of The Dale
Just a short ride today as still very tired but I thought it was important to get out of the house. I did a loop that climbed up one side of the Valley and then across to the other. It's muddy out there now. The ride had bits of everything from the lovely hills to quarries.
Friday, 25 October 2013
Out on the mountain bike
Ali was only going to work in the afternoon, having worked from home in the morning. I knew that I would probably do nothing and then best myself over it so I decided to get my mountain bike out leave at the same time as Ali and ride the route I had plotted in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. Only the very start and end of the route were on trails I had ridden before. I went through Chatsworth where I saw deer. Weather was lovely as well. At first the trails were wet but soon became muddy I even walked a couple of hills due to lack of traction (still have a semi-slick) on the back. I kept looking at the views which were stunning. About half an hour from home the weather changed and the rain started but it didn't matter. I got home and hosed both me and the bike down.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Getting back out on the bike
After the Doctor yesterday telling me that I really was to get back out on the bike but also not to worry if I didn't enjoy it just yet I set myself the task of putting cross tyres back on kermit. Then I headed out over to Baslow Edge. Only a short ride but I followed a new track and I was having fun. All progress.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Just a short run this evening with Ali after the Doctor had visited me. 1.7miles but nice and hilly. I found myself grinning as we came over the hill and was so glad we had got out.
Dr told me I needed to get back out on my bike so I guess that is the next thing.
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Running with Ali
Sunday, 13 October 2013
My first DNF on an Audax
The first section was flat and fast, although windy I assume it was a tailwind as we were moving fast. I rode sometimes with a group and sometimes on my own and made reasonable time to the first control. By this point I was remembering all the things I had forgotten to bring, including a bike pump although fortunately I did have a CO2 inflator with me.
From her I rode on my own, there was a random Giraffe and Panda in a field.
I wasn't enjoying it at all and felt clammy and rubbish (probably partly new med side effects). I also knew the next control was a café where I should stop and eat and I just didn't think I could cope with people. I text Ali and dropped into Leek to be picked up.
The rest of the day was spent on the sofa curled up feeling pretty rubbish.
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Dusk til Dawn
I was unsure about this race I know I've lost a lot of fitness, I've been getting more and more lifts to and from work, feeling tired all the time, and 12hours is a long time. But I'd entered and Ali was also racing with Hannah in female pairs.
Leading up to the race we had some 'Amy' moments but it was soon start time and I watched Ali zoom off. I spent the first lap riding with the winner from last year but knew I had to let her go. The course was lovely but I wasn't enjoying it. A second lap and I wanted to stop, I made an agreement with myself that at 100miles I could. On I plugged, knees started hurting and I realised saddle had slipped so a quick stop to sort that. A lap with Ali and after a couple more. I was getting slower and slower and I wasn't enjoying it, which is odd even when hurting I'm usually smiling on the bike.
Time to rest and get ready for next year.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Three Peaks Cyclo-cross 2013
The road section was crazy as always although I lost the back of the main group, could tell at that point I had lost fitness over this summer, still my main aim was to make the cut-offs and finish so that was fine. Onto Simon Fell and it hadn't got any flatter, this year you could also see the whole line of riders/walkers up to the top. I soon was into my slow rhythm to the top, my main aim being to not stop which I managed. I was finding the carrying hard though, but I managed a PB to the top by a minute (probably as much to do with the better conditions but one I am pleased with).
|That's me bottom left|
Up onto Ingleborough and I was riding the singletrack but once we started climbing the wind became quite strong and at one point I was more of less crawling at the top. Dibbed in and started descending, a bit more walking than I would like and also one crash when the wind blew my bike off the track and I went over the bars but no damage. It was great to have my cheer squad at the bottom.
I headed along the road to Whernside and for the first time I caught someone and we shared the work to the bottom. Then it was another climb before some more descending, I managed to find some of the lines off the side of the track which helped me ride more of it.
I made the last cutoff and headed up PYG lots of riding on the way up was good but my legs were struggling. The turn around came and after walking the top section it was riding all the way, I enjoyed the descent and felt strong on the way to the finish actually passing two guys on the way to the finish.
Sub 6hours isn't anything amazing but I'm chuffed to have finished again.
So next year....yes I may try and actually train....
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Riding before work with Mark
Monday, 23 September 2013
Getting out of the house
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
A new trail and a new hill
Monday, 2 September 2013
Traffic Jams and Ice-cream
|We came down the White trail on the opposite side of the valley.|