Author Topic: [HAMR] Another go .. TG??  (Read 110158 times)

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #625 on: December 05, 2017, 02:42:29 pm »
Note from Steve's Facebook page. Seems he's been having health issues and will let us know more.

Steve Abraham
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For anyone who saw the video from Sunday (and anyone else really), here is pretty much what I was saying.
Sorry for no video updates since July. I have tried a few times and they haven't worked out. I don't have time to edit, so I have to get straight through without too many mistakes or forgetting important stuff.
I've had a very hard few months and have discovered that I most likely have a condition that is restricting what I can do, which is partly why there haven't been any updates for a long time. That and traffic noise, opportunities to film etc. I won't go into my condition yet. That assumes that I do have it. However, what I am doing to solve my condition seems to be working very well. I have pretty much been setting myself further back every day since I set off in March, so have a lot of damage to undo. What I am doing seems to be working very well and I reckon I am about as bad now as I was in August. I made my discovery about a month ago and have been surprised at how much better I am feeling and how quickly I am improving, but I also realise how bad I got.
So, once I get myself in a better condition; the end of this week would be the earliest at a guess; I will take an "easy" week and catch up on my video updates since the Mersey Roads 24hr in July using my netbook at home (so no traffic noise and you get to see my ugly mug. Maybe put it under the Christmas tree to stop the kids opening the presents early :-)). There will be several updates for all the stuff I have gone through since my last update, some of which might have been very serious. I have probably been close to having to stop the attempt a few times. Once I have caught up with the story from July to the discovery of my condition I will do another update where I reveal all about my condition and try to explain how debilitating it is. It should also explain why I have been having such a hard time, especially in the last few months.
But for now, I am definitely feeling a lot better (even though I don't feel especially "good") and improving every day.

One would be tempted to think bradycardia, by looking at his Strava files

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #626 on: December 14, 2017, 09:04:30 pm »
Fuck.

"I was hit from behind by a car. Just a glancing blow, rather than a direct hit. Took the wing mirror clean off.
Worst of my injuries are in the photos taken about 20 hours later. Right hand side of my drop handlebars is now more like an extra tri-bar. Probably lucky I was on the tri-bars at the time. Not much more than superficial wounds really. Walking is uncomfortable, not in any pain if I am resting and I should be OK in 72 hours, according to the doctor. Been checked out and X-rayed and nothing broken.

So, I was hit and found myself lying at the roadside with my right leg tangled in bent up handlebars and in shock. I untangled myself and a passer by stopped and phoned the police. The person who hit me did stop.

Ended up waiting at the roadside for about an hour in freezing temperatures, covered in blankets and going into hypothermia. It got tough when my temperature went down to 34 degrees and it went as low as 33.

As I've had people here on Strava ask what my resting pulse is, it went down to 37bpm when I was in hospital and warmed up again. It gave the medic a fright until I told him I cycle about 200 miles a day. I even got a free sandwich :-)"

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #627 on: December 14, 2017, 09:16:58 pm »
Oh, arse.  This is not good.  Poor Steve  :(
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #628 on: December 14, 2017, 09:26:21 pm »
look after yourself Steve

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #629 on: December 14, 2017, 09:40:40 pm »
Bugger. He is ok that is the main thing.

'Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence'.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #630 on: December 14, 2017, 09:56:39 pm »
Really bad luck. Time for another change of tactics? A few months in the sunshine State, miles on a circuit like Hillingdon, Stratford or even Hog Hill? Get well soon Steve.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #631 on: December 14, 2017, 09:57:30 pm »
The good news is that his injuries barely qualify for the gore thread:

https://twitter.com/steve_abraham74/status/941421378078740486/photo/1


It does go to show that anything that leaves you sitting around at the roadside at this time of year is bad news, though.  Hopefully he'll be back on the bike and churning out the miles soon enough.  Looks like it's going to warm up a bit over the weekend too.
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #632 on: December 15, 2017, 12:01:45 am »
Shit!  Fuck! 
Best wishes Steve.
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #633 on: December 15, 2017, 06:09:14 am »
Steve's a tough and resilient bugger which is just as well really.

Hope that you are up and about soon Steve and feeling none the worse for your latest 'adventure'.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #634 on: December 15, 2017, 07:17:57 am »
Gah what crappy luck!

Look after yourself Steve.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #635 on: December 15, 2017, 08:29:35 am »
Bugger!

Heal quick Steve

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #636 on: December 15, 2017, 09:13:32 am »
He's posted on Twitter that he's going to try heading out today. Nowt on the tracker yet though.

Go Steve!

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #637 on: December 15, 2017, 12:20:28 pm »
He's posted on Twitter that he's going to try heading out today. Nowt on the tracker yet though.

Go Steve!

not a good day... it's black ice galore.

It is very unfortunate, but sadly to be expected... poor weather leads to cycling being restricted to busy roads... combine that with monster daily mileage and accidents become very likely

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #638 on: December 15, 2017, 01:21:59 pm »
Add to that generally low driving standards. GWS Steve.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #639 on: December 23, 2017, 07:31:57 pm »
Has anyone done a recent schedule analysis? If I try to do it in detail I'm bound to make some schoolboy error, so I'm scared ...

BUT I think from Graham's post a few weeks back (Nov 9th?) Steve needed 203 miles-per-day = 327km-ish. Looking at https://frrt.org/tg/riders?offset=50&limit=50 I'm seeing only a couple of days over that figure, and most under 300km [and of course one day spent mucking about in ambulances etc].

So it feels like it's slippnig away :( Or are the frrt figures way below his "official" numbers?
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #640 on: December 23, 2017, 08:23:19 pm »
As of yesterday (or rather, early this morning), Steve has ridden 60,600.8 miles and has 71 days to go.

He now needs 203.7 miles/day to beat Tommy and 218 miles/day to beat Kurt. The last six days he's done 199.6 miles/day and been fairly consistent day-to-day.

Steve's pace for the *first* 71 days of this attempt was 221.9 miles/day. So the Kurt record isn't *quite* out of reach but an increasingly large surge in daily mileage is required to reach it.

I'm using the UMCA spreadsheet numbers (updated Dec 12) then the distances from Strava for recent rides.

(Anyway, Merry Xmas Steve. I hope you're proud of this attempt however it works out)

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #641 on: December 25, 2017, 04:11:59 am »
Has anyone done a recent schedule analysis? If I try to do it in detail I'm bound to make some schoolboy error, so I'm scared ...

BUT I think from Graham's post a few weeks back (Nov 9th?) Steve needed 203 miles-per-day = 327km-ish. Looking at https://frrt.org/tg/riders?offset=50&limit=50 I'm seeing only a couple of days over that figure, and most under 300km [and of course one day spent mucking about in ambulances etc].

So it feels like it's slippnig away :( Or are the frrt figures way below his "official" numbers?

I thought that, looking at the Ivanoscope.

It quotes track and route distance, I don't know the difference but taking the higher route distance it looks like Steve is averaging about 275km/170miles a day for the last couple of months.

If so, he will fall short of Tommy by a couple of thousand miles.

However, Graham's post above this one looks better informed, and it gives Steve 200 miles a day.

Easy for me to say, but it seems an odd tactic to fall short of Tommy by about four miles a day, each day.

On t'other hand, that deficit - under 300 miles - could be made up by Steve in the last few days if he does a spurt of mega miles which we know he's capable of.

It does look to me as if beating Tommy is now the only realistic target.

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #642 on: December 25, 2017, 10:01:28 am »
Steve’s beaten Kurt already by a huge distance, simply by not being a total knob.
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #643 on: December 25, 2017, 10:18:48 am »
I have no data on Kurt's knobbidity, but for sheer guts Steve's got all his modern rivals beaten four ways from, well, Christmas.
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #644 on: December 25, 2017, 10:59:37 am »
Yep. Steve - you the man.
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #645 on: December 25, 2017, 04:39:18 pm »
Some stats ...

Steve's stats as at 24 Dec 17                                    
Days: 296, 81.1% of year, 69 days remaining                                    
Dist: 98,108 km / 60,961 mi                                    
Avg daily dist: 331.4 km / 206.0 mi (Last 7 days: 311.7 km / 193.7 mi per day)                                    
                                    
Required rates for various records                                    
8.7 miles/day required for René Menzies (1937) 61,561 miles                                    
24.6 miles/day required for Ossie Nicholson (1937) 62,657 miles                                    
38.4 miles/day required for Steve Abraham (2015) 63,609 miles                                    
60.4 miles/day required for Bernard Bennett (1939) 65,127 miles                                    
204.4 miles/day required for Tommy Godwin (1939) 75,065 miles                                    
219.0 miles/day required for Kurt Searvogel (2015) 76,076 miles                                    
371.2 miles/day required for Amanda Coker (2016) 86,573 miles                                    

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #646 on: December 25, 2017, 10:16:22 pm »
What has Kurt done to be a knob? As far as I can tell, he just rode his bike a lot. And very well. And a very long way. Please enlighten me....
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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #647 on: December 25, 2017, 10:35:38 pm »
Steve’s beaten Kurt already by a huge distance, simply by not being a total knob.

Errr, WTF??

Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #648 on: December 25, 2017, 11:37:30 pm »
Kurt and Alicia visit this site from time to time so I'd like them to know that the vast majority of posters have nothing but admiration for both their efforts.  I'm sure Steve would agree,

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Re: Another go .. TG??
« Reply #649 on: December 26, 2017, 12:05:28 am »
Kurt and Alicia visit this site from time to time so I'd like them to know that the vast majority of posters have nothing but admiration for both their efforts.  I'm sure Steve would agree,

Yes Indeed.  Support for all nutters heros from here.  :thumbsup:
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