Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366594 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #125 on: April 13, 2008, 07:48:02 pm »
Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?

Yes please!
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #126 on: April 13, 2008, 07:52:17 pm »

Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?


I may come down for this if I can get transport sorted out. I want to go to Newstead Abbey. Not too fussed about IKEA though. Did you get free coffee and cake. The one hear offers it to those arriving by bike I think, though I haven't tried it yet.

PaulF

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #127 on: April 13, 2008, 07:56:40 pm »


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

And there was me being pleased with myself for doing 3 laps of Richmond Park at an average of 18mph. Work for me to do yet

Hummers

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #128 on: April 13, 2008, 08:01:08 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

Well done toontra.

It makes a massive difference training with cyclists who are just that bit faster than you.

Good luck with LeJog.

H

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #129 on: April 13, 2008, 08:04:31 pm »

Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?



I would be. depending on date being available

Tim Hall

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #130 on: April 13, 2008, 08:06:12 pm »
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #131 on: April 13, 2008, 08:23:56 pm »
Frenchie, MSeries, Aidan
Thanks for the expressions of interest in the Nottingham ride, I will have a play on Bikely, plot a route, then start a new thread for it.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #132 on: April 13, 2008, 08:25:04 pm »
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

Wowbagger, j'accuse.

Me?

In a pub?
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #133 on: April 13, 2008, 08:25:53 pm »
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

Wowbagger, j'accuse.

Me?

In a pub?

Santa should ride with deers; 'tis well known!!  ::-)
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #134 on: April 13, 2008, 10:27:32 pm »
Well, today I went out on my Claud Butler fixed, up the A68 from Darlington, lots of little climbs around here...  I felt quite strong, so I thought I'd go up Harthope Head - reputedly the joint highest road in England.  I've not been up here on fixed before, funnily enough...

A-roads all the way, then from the village of St John's Chapel in Weardale it's a two and a half mile climb to the top.  I did nearly all of it (on a 68" gear) until I had to walk the last couple of hundred yards.  At that point I was pedalling scarcely quicker than walking pace anyway  ::-)

At the top it was clear and sparkling - a hail shower had just passed, and the road glittered.  The views are special - to the west Cross Fell was still covered in snow, and a thick cloud was obscuring its flank, to the south lay the grand panorama of Teesdale, where the river flows out of Cow Green Reservoir and curves around craggy Cronkley Scar, with snow-speckled Mickle Fell behind it.

Then there was the drop down the pass - that was interesting.  I overtook a car, and then had to stop because my right hand was beginning to cramp (must fit a rear brake...).  I rode the brake all the way down until the last dip before the Langdon Beck, when the road rises again.  There, I let it go and span the cranks like a good un  ;D

And I saw about half a dozen ring ouzels - spring must be here!

It was my longest ride of the year - about 80 miles.  Absolutely fabulous.



Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #135 on: April 13, 2008, 11:13:59 pm »
After faffing around with other stuff all day I managed to get a ride in this evening, from Aldershot out to Farnham, then to Elstead and back home via a long stretch of completely deserted country lane, making 17.5 miles in total.

It was the first time I've ridden my new Dawes Horizon without some kind of luggage, and I averaged just over 15 mph which is a first for me (when I've been counting anyway).  :)

Rapples

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #136 on: April 13, 2008, 11:20:25 pm »
Wnt on the club run today, just over 60 miles.  Oh how I laughed as the hail and rain came down :(

All in it was a lovely day, but for 15 mins of hell

groucho

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #137 on: April 14, 2008, 08:31:01 am »
A long, slow windy outward ride into the Vale of Glamorgan, getting soaked 15 mins into the ride, followed with short, fast return. 50 miles in all! Longest ride in ages.
Faith, hope and gluttony.........

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #138 on: April 14, 2008, 11:13:41 am »
I didn't get out all weekend on account of being too zonked from hen night stuff.

Nice commute this morning though. Cycled behind a bloke with a Scottie dog in his rear basket for some of it, it was very well behaved.  I wouldn't trust my dog to do that!

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #139 on: April 14, 2008, 12:07:54 pm »
Yes finally.  It wasn't that easy or pleasant.  I only managed 14 miles.  Well at mile 7 I thought I was going to be sick or pass out but stopped for a drink and contemplated carrying on, my sensible head on I realised I should turn around and head for home, which I did.  By mile 10 I was starting to feel a little more relaxed as an articulated lorry cut me up.  My average wasn't great at 13.5mph but it was better than I had hoped for given my recent illness.  I feel pretty pathetic.  I had a moment when my foot slipped on the new pedals and I landed on the saddle with rather more force than was  fair for a lady.  Will I be able to ride 70 miles this weekend, I don't think so.

RogerT

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #140 on: April 14, 2008, 12:17:00 pm »
Annie

Don't you listen to anyone ??

TAKE IT EASY untill you are fully recovered.  The you can start doing these silly long distance rides again.

PS , missed you yesterday, had to make my own Marmite Sarnies, not the same  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #141 on: April 14, 2008, 12:53:22 pm »
Annie

Don't you listen to anyone ??

TAKE IT EASY untill you are fully recovered.  The you can start doing these silly long distance rides again.

PS , missed you yesterday, had to make my own Marmite Sarnies, not the same  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I am listening, I know I should have stayed at home but I didn't.  One day at a time.

I can't believe anyone missed my silliness but thank you.  Well done by the way :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #142 on: April 14, 2008, 01:22:12 pm »
Well done, Annie!  Keep it up! :thumbsup:

Just put a new (sprung) stoker saddle on the tandem, and a superior front brake.  It's ready for the road again.  I just need several weeks' notice to organise work and stuff to make way for a ride sometime.

TheLurker

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #143 on: April 14, 2008, 01:25:30 pm »
Aye. Commute in this morning, lovely if a bit frosty in places, and just back in from a short lunchtime social (Cirencester, Sapperton, Daglingworth & back). Route nice, weather not so pleasant,  the occasional hailstone here and there.
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annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #144 on: April 14, 2008, 01:35:34 pm »
Well done, Annie!  Keep it up! :thumbsup:

Just put a new (sprung) stoker saddle on the tandem, and a superior front brake.  It's ready for the road again.  I just need several weeks' notice to organise work and stuff to make way for a ride sometime.

Is that saddle my size?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #145 on: April 14, 2008, 02:16:41 pm »
It's similar to one of these, just black and not specially aged.  It's also not, I must point out, specifically for aged ladies... that wouldn't be at all appropriate... just a nice comfy sprung Brooks saddle!  But like last time, you could swap for your own, but that still didn't solve every problem, did it? :)

mike morley

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #146 on: April 14, 2008, 03:13:28 pm »
Yes finally.  It wasn't that easy or pleasant.  I only managed 14 miles.  Well at mile 7 I thought I was going to be sick or pass out but stopped for a drink and contemplated carrying on, my sensible head on I realised I should turn around and head for home, which I did.  By mile 10 I was starting to feel a little more relaxed as an articulated lorry cut me up.  My average wasn't great at 13.5mph but it was better than I had hoped for given my recent illness.  I feel pretty pathetic.  I had a moment when my foot slipped on the new pedals and I landed on the saddle with rather more force than was  fair for a lady.  Will I be able to ride 70 miles this weekend, I don't think so.
Annie, glad to see you have surfaced again on your bike. I would just like to reinforce the advice from Clark Gable (RogerT) that you take it easy. I did 123mls last week. Still considering if I should ride L3 first FNttC Southend but forecast not good for a FWC like me.
 :thumbsup:

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #147 on: April 15, 2008, 09:32:54 am »
An absolutely gorgeous 16 miles - the usual ones - but not the usual ones if you get my drift. There was little wind, a beautiful crispness in the air as the frost lifted, not a cloud in the sky. I cranked the Thorn up to 34 mph on the descent to the sea front. The tide was in, the birds were singing, the rape was in flower and I had a good look at a green woodpecker. On the busy stretch a Morris Minor got stuck behind me for half a mile or so and didn't have the power to overtake in the short gaps that were available, so I led a rather impatient procession back into Southend. Then I had breakfast! :thumbsup:
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #148 on: April 15, 2008, 11:32:28 am »
Just done 37 km on my steamroller  :D :D

Oh the fun and joy riding a fixed, it feels like starting all over learning
to ride again, but then after the first couple of km it was smooth riding.

 :D :D :D :D

G

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #149 on: April 15, 2008, 11:35:52 am »
It's officially a bit nippy to be out in a tri suit.  Brrr!
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