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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #100 on: April 06, 2008, 04:00:08 pm »
Had a nice ride out this morning until I hit the patch of black ice.  Got a loverly war wound now ;D

Still glad I went though

melw1

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #101 on: April 06, 2008, 04:19:47 pm »
Had a lovely ride with our local CTC group - hail was a bit painful at times though.  Really April weather - hot (well kind of!) sunny one min then howling hail storm the next :) Good fun though.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #102 on: April 06, 2008, 06:45:14 pm »
I put off posting a letter yesterday on purpose so I was forced to deliver it by bike today.
This gave me a very nice 35 mile round trip in thick falling snow.  :thumbsup:



Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #103 on: April 06, 2008, 10:44:27 pm »
CTC ride today, in the most amazing weather - sun, clear blue skies, superb visibility, zero temperatures and lots of overnight snow, all mixed up with spring flowers and lush greenery. Arrived at the lunchtime pub in Ilmington (S Warks) to find the place full of Morris dancers, who decamped after lunch to dance around the village streets in the sun. Motor traffic just had to wait until the dancers moved on to the next part of the village.

Return trip was against a headwind & with a couple of brief snow showers, but still mostly sunny with a dramatic skyscape. Was very hot-and-cold.

Total 70 miles & I'm well & truly knackered - an excellent day ;D.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #104 on: April 07, 2008, 09:45:47 pm »
How's the hip bearing up, Nick?

Mrs Mike's gone out so I managed a cold, dark 15 mile lap round the block. I thought it was all a bit harder than normal,  then when I got back I found the back wheel had slipped and was rubbing hard on the chainstay. Ho hum......

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #105 on: April 08, 2008, 10:58:19 pm »
How's the hip bearing up, Nick?
The bearing's fine thanks ;), but muscles & general fitness are taking more time to recover. 190 rpm has become a goal rather than a norm.
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Mrs Mike's gone out so I managed a cold, dark 15 mile lap round the block. I thought it was all a bit harder than normal,  then when I got back I found the back wheel had slipped and was rubbing hard on the chainstay. Ho hum......

You need one of these for your track nuts. Unless you needed the extra exercise... :-X

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #106 on: April 08, 2008, 11:00:29 pm »
Been for a couple of short trundles on the tandem.  First round the corner to pick up Butterfly & swoop back home; then up to Wandsworth for the WCC meeting (and back, getting up a head of steam and overtaking solo cyclists with nonchalance  :thumbsup: )
Getting there...

steveB

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #107 on: April 08, 2008, 11:18:57 pm »
Went out this afternoon for a 15 mile pootle/loop.  Didn't enjoy it as there were too many people about.  The trouble living in a run down, decrepit shithole seaside town is that the place gets so crowded when the kids are off school.  Ban school holidays - it interferes with my quiet time! 

I might go out very early tomorrow.

FatBloke

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #108 on: April 09, 2008, 03:35:30 pm »
50 miles this morning! South Woodham, Bicknacre, The Hanningfields, Stock, Hockley, Westcliff, Saarfend sea front, and home!  8)
This isn't just a thousand to one shot. This is a professional blood sport. It can happen to you. And it can happen again.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #109 on: April 09, 2008, 04:51:56 pm »
36 miles this morning (I bet it was slower than Fatbloke's 50  :) ). Down to Whitstable and back on the new shopper. Lovely it was.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #110 on: April 10, 2008, 05:11:14 pm »
Lovely pootle today. Picked up Lea navigation towpath at Hertford, through Ware and on to Dobbs Weir then retrace to home. 24 miles.

pdm

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #111 on: April 10, 2008, 05:16:23 pm »
Went for a pootle in the Peaks with my son.
58km, 869m climbing
Sheffield-Hathersage-Bradwell-Eyam-Grindleford-Home.

I love the White Peak. Wide open spaces, very little traffic and so much scenery and activity. Sheep and occasional wildlife. Paracenders off the ridge west of Eyam. Several gliders doing the rounds from the gliding club. Very few tourists at this time of year - bliss.

Cool (8 degrees) with a brisk westerly breeze. Partly cloudy.

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #112 on: April 12, 2008, 09:34:29 am »
A bright, brisk and breezy morning and 16.62 miles of rather pedestrian cycling on the Mercian. Averaged 13.5 mph on the way out, and that had dropped to 12.2 by the time I got home. My right had was so numb with cold when I got to the front door that I couldn't feel the keys in my pocket - even though I could hear them.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #113 on: April 12, 2008, 01:51:24 pm »
10km turn around town before breakfastt @ 18.64kmh avg but an uphill, top gear, wind assisted 43.40kmh max.. 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #114 on: April 12, 2008, 02:18:16 pm »
Bonked in Richmond Park after 7 miles and had to retreat on foot.  :-[ I do not like cycling at the moment. I really don't.  :'(

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #115 on: April 12, 2008, 02:19:26 pm »
Went out to meet mike at Duxford and cycled a 60km hilly "loop" (random walk to take all the hills in) then back home - 97km in all.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #116 on: April 12, 2008, 02:34:05 pm »
Does a turbo session count  ::-)

Hit a new max HR of 181 though on a 1min interval. Didn't know for sure the old ticker would go over 178....now I do  :o

Neil

Arthur

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #117 on: April 13, 2008, 04:29:26 pm »
After the near-perfect ride I had last week, the cosmic scales have set themselves well-and-truly back in balance today.

Ten minutes after leaving home I had a bit of a tickle in my throat. Tried coughing to clear it. Spent the rest of the ride, and the afternoon so far, coughing.

It seemed like I was having to put twice the normal effort in to maintain any sort of headway. Got off twice to check that that the wheel and bottom bracket bearings were moving freely. They were - I wasn't.

My front brake developed a loud grinding noise, even though the pads were clean and have plenty of wear left.

I'd left my glasses at home, so naturally I got some grit in my left eye.

It rained, and I wasn't in the frame of mid to think 'Oh well', and carry on with a smile.

I turned around and came home with a miserable 12 miles on the computer.

Bah  :( :(

Edit...it appears my initial assessment was wrong. I'm getting ready for work, and guess what the bloody weather has just started doing. >:(

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #118 on: April 13, 2008, 05:17:28 pm »
104.96 miles in 8h 33m 21s including the Witham 100k audax, which was my first ever sub 6-hour 100k. My riding time was only just over 5 hours. Chris S was excellent company on a very good day, and I only needed the waterproof for about 3 miles on the ride home.

I had a drive train incident in which suddenly my pedalling became very jerky. At first I thought I had managed the allegedly impossible and buggered the internal workings of the Rohloff, but then discovered that the bottom bracket had become very eccentric indeed as it was hanging out of the right hand side of the shell. I straightened it and tightened the nuts, but I have a feeling that the bearing is partially seized. Must investigate in the morning.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #119 on: April 13, 2008, 05:19:39 pm »
Very impressive Wow. I hope you aren't too tired for crossword puzzles, you have been missed.  ;)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #120 on: April 13, 2008, 05:21:29 pm »
Wow, Wow! (Ouah! Wow in French)

I am still in PJs and badly jet-lagged...
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #121 on: April 13, 2008, 05:25:18 pm »
Two laps of the Follow the Dog singletrack at Cannock Chase, fixed.  Hard, hard work on 63" and knobblies, including a 44 mile round trip to get to the start on the road.  I'm as knackered now as I am after a 200km audax, and in only half the time. :thumbsup:

CathH

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #122 on: April 13, 2008, 05:39:28 pm »
10 miles in torrential rain, hail and thunder & lightning.  It was great.  I took refuge in a bus shelter whilst the worst of the fireworks went on.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #123 on: April 13, 2008, 05:50:32 pm »
A landmark for me today.  I occasionally go out on a group run on Sunday mornings.  There used to be 2 groups (fast & slow) and I'd go with the slow.  Then the slow group gradually disappeared over the months so just the fast group left.  I tried 3 times to keep up but got dropped every time about 25 miles in, usually on hilly sections.

Today, after doing a few audaxes and starting power training in the gym 3 times a week, not only did I keep up but I was near the front for the whole 80km, didn't get out of breath on the hills and was involved in leading a 15k stretch doing 25mph average on the way home.  Average for the 80k was 17.8mph.

Completely exhilarating and so chuffed.  I can now confidently go out on group runs without feeling a twerp and getting left in the back-end of Essex without a clue as to where I am, and my solo 7-day LEJoG in May now seems far less daunting.

And it's largely thanks to the guys here and the "old" forum who introduced me to the concept of audaxing, and posting links to other sites dealing with power training.

So thanks all  ;D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #124 on: April 13, 2008, 07:44:50 pm »
Today I had a pootle with my daughters, one on the tagalong, one independent, around the Attenborough nature reserve
Recovering from a ride around Nottingham yesterday.
I took a route out through Long Eaton-Kegworth-East  Leake-Costock-Wysall-Widmerpool-Cropwell Bishop-Langar-Scarrington-Gunthorpe Bridge-Lowdham-Oxton-Haywood Oaks-Blidworth-Ravenshead-Newstead Abbey-Annesley-Underwood-Eastwood-Ikea-Awsworth-Cossall-Trowell-Stapleford-Bramcote and home.
A great, if not lengthy way to get around Nottingham, it is a ride I had been planning for a while and links up a lot of areas that I have ridden at different times previously.
Out at 6.30, took me 6 hours all in, got home just before the rain.
Not too sure how far i went, probably about 70 miles or so, but no computer on my recently fixed Mercian.
Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?