Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2199873 times)

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22600 on: July 29, 2019, 02:44:17 pm »
48k here, still β-fuXX0rzed. It was not fun.  Well it was, but now my legs hurt & feel like lead so it wasn't. :(
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Ruthie

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22601 on: July 31, 2019, 10:35:45 pm »
Not today, but on Monday, we rode about 100km (return) from Darlo to Bowlees in Teesdale, then walked a couple of miles to see an art installation called Hush, which was ver' ver' good. 

I've been crap at cycling this year, and I was fat and slow and it hurt.  It was still good thobut.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22602 on: August 01, 2019, 04:04:34 pm »
I've just done something I haven't done since the 1st June....went for a bike ride....blimey  :facepalm:

Okay, I have never been fast: my average speed last year was just south of 14mph, or able to do long distances: 50km is a nice comfortable distance for me and did expect a bit of a hit from not riding for two months but....well, the only way is up!

The 14 mile ride just undertaken was on the mostly flat roads around Haughton, Ranton and Ellenhall: nothing difficult but slow is not the word: 10.7mph  :facepalm: My riding style was horrid in that I could not spin at more than 70rpm and I hurt in various places such as my neck, back, foot (although not the bad one!) and, er, soft bits.

Frankly, if I didn't know it will get easier the more I do, I would be discouraged. It's going to be quite a challenge to get back to where I was but hey ho....its better than sitting on the sofa all day....although only just.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22603 on: August 01, 2019, 05:09:24 pm »
Not today, but on Monday, we rode about 100km (return) from Darlo to Bowlees in Teesdale, then walked a couple of miles to see an art installation called Hush, which was ver' ver' good. 

I've been crap at cycling this year, and I was fat and slow and it hurt.  It was still good thobut.

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You rode 100km to see someone's washing on the line? Pah! (!)
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T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22604 on: August 01, 2019, 05:10:09 pm »
I've just done something I haven't done since the 1st June....went for a bike ride....blimey  :facepalm:
....

Frankly, if I didn't know it will get easier the more I do, I would be discouraged. It's going to be quite a challenge to get back to where I was but hey ho....its better than sitting on the sofa all day....although only just.

Yeah.  I was out for 9 or 10 weeks in 2016, and my first outing was 8.7 km. Note in log says 'rubbery legs'.  The next ride bears the comment "Felt like shit. Sore legs, no strength". Did 100 km a month later, though.

BTW, ever noticed that it's always the best months of the year that get arsed up?  I was out from mid-May until the end of July.

---o0o---

Did 127k on a circuit that's beginning to feel a bit well-worn. Only decent coffee hole on holiday, too. Still, the stretch along the Rhine-Marne canal is lovely.  Got to within ~3 metres of a heron before it said "ooo, 'elp!" & upped stakes. Fun, all in all, but lots of bumps - sore hands & posterior.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22605 on: August 01, 2019, 08:35:36 pm »
Yesterday, four of us on a short pootle of about 25 miles to a parkland cafe as the Met office weather forecast was a bit dire, promising an 80% chance of heavy rain at 1.0 pm. In the event, although windy and a tad blustery, it did not rain and turned out to be a very pleasant ride during which we managed to keep the prevailing wind to one side most of the time. Good to be out and about. Repeatedly struck by how much countryside is falling prey to development and new roads, not good.  Also noticed later, that nights are drawing in already, bah.
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T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22606 on: August 02, 2019, 08:28:32 am »
Yesterday's picnic spot:

I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22607 on: August 03, 2019, 11:20:56 pm »
I can only imagine that those who built the great industrial infrastructure of The North, now look down upon us and cringe.

Co Durham has some great bike paths now, but once - someone looked at all those freakin hills and thought - "Yeah, great place for a railway." I was a lily-livered southerner when all this got dismantled. What a crime to perpetrate on our industrial legacy; to pull it all apart so we could build roads instead. But hey, we get some awesome off-road cycling as a result.

We rode down the incline from Stanley Crook, through Waterhouses to Langley Park - and it was a beautiful ride through woods, beside waterfalls, through parks to a gert big road climb to Langley Park, that had me beyond the limit my doctors have told me not to go. From LP, we took the Lanchester Valley Way (another ripped up railway) to the Cafe at Bearpark for some welcome scran (I *think* that's the term), before then taking the NCN 70 back toward Bish Aukland.

The van was parked at the top at Stanley Crook, so it was a world of pain (for those of us with "Issues" at least) to get back up the hill, but I made it without dying at least, though puking was a narrowly avoided possibility.

We're going to be living around there soon. I need to up my game and down my weight before I can consider a push-bike as any kind of sensible option.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22608 on: August 04, 2019, 08:56:57 am »
a gert big road climb to Langley Park, that had me beyond the limit my doctors have told me not to go.

Story of my life. ;)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22609 on: August 04, 2019, 08:38:11 pm »
My annual ride lead from Princes Risborough to Quainton for the Uxbridge Loiterers. Six of us, three of whom rode to Princes Risborough and back to Uxbridge as well!

Coffee stop in Haddenham, lunch at the Green Dragon Eco Farm near Quainton. 40 miles with several big hills, so I was quite worn out by the end. Quite warm but mostly a little cloudy to keep the sun at bay.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22610 on: August 10, 2019, 01:16:25 pm »
First ride free of [that hateful nostrum] yesterday. After a week of doing SFA spent mostly in front of the computer recovering from previous ride, this one was a bit shaky and tentative, and after ~30 k I turned home. Other than that it was quite enjoyable, although nothing much of note transpired.

Heh. At the top of one climb another cyclist was sitting by the roadside, so I asked if all was OK. Yes, fine, admiring the view - which is pretty good from there with the Black Forest in the distance on one side, the Vosges on the other and rolling hills stretched out in between.  Only in June the air was much sweeter because now, although the maize is still green, most of the harvest is in and the slurry tankers are out; and while the distant view was fine the foreground fields were crew-cut and unnaturally brown. Such spots I prefer to pass rapidly; the bloke must have had no sense of stink.

We mow the fields and splatter
The pigshit on the land...


 'Tis ever thus, in the country.

:D : on the hills my quads no longer feel as if I'm damaging them, and today they merely feel slightly stiff rather than torn.
:( : unless I'm much mistaken, I'll be heading back to the stent shop before long.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

bludger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22611 on: August 10, 2019, 06:13:17 pm »
Rode 30 km to a circuit crit, raced for 45 minutes, and train doped back into London to have the bike looked at. Rode 10 km home. Placed OK (middle of the ranks) but I'm clearly not suited to bergs owing to being too fat to stay competitive in the bunch. Though I did gratifyingly claw my way back round in TT style and drop people who'd also fallen out.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22612 on: August 10, 2019, 07:40:55 pm »
A Potter around Windsor great park with jhonathan notp stopping for lunch at savill Gardens. Our ride included a accent of crimp Hill  :)
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Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22613 on: August 10, 2019, 08:34:06 pm »
Dragged barakta out of bed and took her to Leicester to witness the silly bikes going fast in circles.  Or, to be more accurate, wobbly ellipses with a large directional speed discrepancy.

I didn't b0rk my Achilles, and managed not to get blown off the track (had a couple of close calls, thobut).

Barakta managed a lap on a borrowed trike, and is now suffering for it.  If only you could fit the NHS with non-UCI-compliant aerodynamic aids.

I'm now knackered, which bodes well for doing it all again at Darley Moor tomorrow...
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ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22614 on: August 10, 2019, 09:06:51 pm »
Thursday, almost perfect conditions here and my only chance to get out and do a weekly ride for the Cruzbike forum summer TT challenge - everybody stakes out a 12mile route and can enter a time each week, points based on improvement vs week one.

I scrambled to get a ride in this week ahead of the predicted weather.  I was all set to go out when my son had a major seizure just as I was about to leave, that in itself is something we deal with, but he hit the floor on his shoulder hard enough for me to check for a collar bone fracture, and he'd snagged his index finger somehow and it was looking a bit swollen. Quick trip to the minor injuries unit to check for anything serious.

I finally got out an hour after the planned time, fuelled by adrenaline, no warm up, almost perfect conditions (a light headwind on one side of the course). Result - a massive PB by 5:37 vs week 1. I'd set myself a mental target by the end of this series of 30.0km/h, tonight my average was 32.5, not sure where I go from here, conditions can't get much more perfect.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22615 on: August 11, 2019, 04:04:21 pm »
Group of seven cafe ride. Bit windy but we managed to avoid the later torrential rain.  :thumbsup: Bike fell over outside cafe and is now making derailleur like rattle noises. Can't see anything obvious so will need to get it on the stand tomorrow.
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Feanor

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22616 on: August 11, 2019, 07:01:42 pm »
We were in Edinburgh again this weekend, and Mrs. F wanted to do a route of around 120k as a final ride before her 2-day Ride the North event.

We did the route of the Tour of the Borders event which runs from Peebles.
This turned out to be a very nice route: you are on traffic-free roads pretty much from the start all the way to the finish.
I could have counted the cars on my fingers.

Pretty much all new roads for me, bar the odd section here and there from some Audaxes.
One big hill: the climb out from Talla.

Saturday turned out to be a weather window between the torrential rain of Friday and Sunday, and we got lucky and stayed dry.

I'd definitely recommend this route.
One thing to be aware of is that you pass *nothing* in the way of food stops or shops, except the Gordon Arms pub at the point where the loops meet.
We stopped at the pub on the first passing at about 62k.
It's decent enough, and plenty of cyclists seem to stop there ( because there's nowhere else! )
So plan accordingly.


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Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22617 on: August 11, 2019, 09:30:41 pm »
I'm now knackered, which bodes well for doing it all again at Darley Moor tomorrow...

The wind was back to normal-for-Darley-Moor levels, which came as so much of a relief that we didn't really mind the rain...
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Ruthie

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22618 on: August 11, 2019, 10:15:57 pm »
Yeah.  Took the train to Castleton and did a loop via Westerdale.  We retraced a fair bit of the KTTR ride, which brought back many happy poignant memories.  It was the first time I'd met some of you, including that Crinklylion.


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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22619 on: August 12, 2019, 03:56:58 pm »
Moulton Preservation ride round Richmond Park, around 30 representing just about every model ever made, including my Bridgestone Moulton (and one other). Miraculously we evaded the rain until the very end of the ride.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22620 on: August 12, 2019, 08:47:30 pm »
Yesterday a Potter to Rickmansworth aquadrome with a friend from Windsor . Stopped at the cafe for lunch then set off back down the towpath towards Uxbridge. We meet a cyclist who had a snapped chain which i rejoined then spent a couple of hours at the coy carp pub avoiding some fairly heavy rain before riding back home via Uxbridge and the Slough canal arm :)
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T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22621 on: August 13, 2019, 08:22:53 am »
Yesterday, set out to test my condition but as soon as normal reserves ran out I hit the metabolic wall and crawled home. That's 3 in a row I've cut short.

Back to GP this pm: summat's up. :(
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22622 on: August 14, 2019, 04:24:10 pm »
GP said, more or less, "Pull yourself together, man! Have some filthy paracetamol and get out there!"

So today I did and was well pleased. 117k and still developing a decent bit of power at the end. Legs sore now but they don't feel wounded as they did with the dreaded BBs on board. Happy.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22623 on: August 14, 2019, 05:06:50 pm »
Excellent news.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22624 on: August 14, 2019, 08:18:02 pm »
I spent several hours riding around Windsor in the rain trying to get the bottom bracket on the trice to preform the I am seizing up trick it played on me yesterday spoiling my plan's for a visit to Wolverhampton to visit nobby. Of course it is running fine today  ::-).
the slower you go the more you see