Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2051819 times)

SoreTween

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21700 on: March 04, 2018, 09:03:14 pm »
The Sundays I've ridden this year I have been focusing on the meters climbed.  I've been seeking 1000m per 50km routes as that is the TINAT 300 climb rate.  All very well but my rides have tended to be short.  I felt I needed longer in the saddle too.  I've also headed inland or south exclusively.  Time for something longer and to the north.

North from Marina di Massa mean flat & uninteresting and predictably into a headwind.  17Km in I reached the derelict retail parks of Sarzana and after that I came upon Torrione Testaforte and then through the old town:


Then it was past derelict industrial zones, railway yards, container ports, an M5 Portishead style beside-the-motorway bridge, more industrial zones and paralleling Autostradas to 41Km.  This is the best route to a World Heritage site?  Hmmmm.

Then things changed.  I turned off the SP10 before Padivarma and had the roads to myself.  Yes small roads occasionally lumpsome but there were equal stretches of pristine tarmac too.  I crossed this pictureskew bridge complete with many missing planks

and continued to Pignone (52Km) where a spot of navigation issues caused by a road I was due to take being no entry resulted in an unscheduled visit to the town square.  Shame eh?

In those 11 Km I saw 4 cars and 3 of those were in the 100mtr link on a bigger road just after the bridge.  Smiles very much returning.
From there the only road would be hellish in the summer but was OK today.  The snow got thicker and the temperature colder until at about 500mtr altitude both trends reversed.  At 630mtr I crested the route to the coast.  Part way down the other side I stopped to take in this:

A grinworthy hurtle down to Monterosso (69km), the most northern of the Cinque Terre towns
I'd planned two return options, due in equal measures to legs & time I took the easier.  Either involved getting on a train.  A colleague had gone on about the fantastic achievement of building the railway line here.  I'm sure it's a wonder but from inside it's just tunnels.  The trains are great though, at the front I found a huge cycle compartment with 10 danglespaces and room for stacks more than that.

The easy option took me to La Spezia.  Interesting Art Deco town with oodles of opportunity to be squished.  Escaping that past more ports, military ports, container yards and over a smaller (but quite nice) lump to rejoin the flatlands half way home (16Km). Once on the flat I opened the taps and fair destroyed my legs.  My speed is flattered by the tailwind but I left nothing in reserve.

Out to Monterosso
Back from La Spezia
101Km and 890mtr
More pictures

Once again I have been lucky with the weather, Thursday it snowed, Friday it rained, Saturday it binned it down all day and today it was dry until 2 km from my Hotel  ;D
2018 targets: Survive
There is only one infinite resource in this universe; human stupidity.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21701 on: March 05, 2018, 04:11:17 pm »
Solo loop, 48 km. 1st ride in >2 weeks. Knackered now & bum abraded. Decent speed for an old bugger, though. 13°C ave. but still heaps of snow here & there. I most meritoriously rode straight past not just one cake & coffee shop, but two.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

tiermat

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21702 on: March 11, 2018, 03:32:24 pm »
Another Sunday, another ride out! Woke up stupidly early, so got up, ate breakfast then waited for sunrise. Once it had, I got my cycling gear on, got the bike out of the garage and set off, aiming to go further than two weeks ago (didn't get out last week, I might need the miles, but not that desperately!).

14.3 miles, 894ft.  That'll do!
I feel like Captain Kirk, on a brand new planet every day, a little like King Kong on top of the Empire State

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21703 on: March 11, 2018, 05:44:53 pm »
Temperature was firmly into double figures and it wasn't raining[1], which made it a legal requirement to go for a bike ride.

I set out on the gritted-road-sand-not-too-far-from-a-railway 40km loop planning to turn round before turning to jelly, but that didn't actually happen.  I was slow, and my heart rate was alarmingly high throughout, but I felt unfit rather than horridly ill.  That counts as an improvement.

Question is, will I suffer a lurgy relapse tomorrow...?


[1] It didn't stay not raining.
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SoreTween

  • Most of me survived the Pennine Bridleway.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21704 on: March 11, 2018, 07:16:50 pm »
Flippers and snorkel weather all day. Snuck out for 10 km of intervals at 18:30 between downpours.
2018 targets: Survive
There is only one infinite resource in this universe; human stupidity.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21705 on: March 12, 2018, 08:21:28 am »
Many thanks to Audlum CC for their excellent Reliability Ride around the mountains of the Cheshire Plain….

Okay, I made that last bit up…there are no mountains on the Cheshire Plain but what there are is long, almost endless roads made up of false flat after false flat…. Give me a 200 foot climb at 5% any day over an endless 1% road which climbs the same height. So, despite the ride only climbing 250m over 55km, most of the ride seemed to be going uphill!

Also, at the start of the ride, the dispatcher outlined that some roads were quite poor due to road defects. He was right! I thought the roads around Stafford were poor, but it seems a few years ago many of these roads were “resurfaced” but as it was done on the cheap, the new surface has now rubbed off leaving a rutted mess in many places.

Sorry, grumbling again. I enjoyed the ride and found the club very friendly. I have kept the route map and am planning to do the longer version of the ride later in the month when the weather improves…. And the Village Chippy which is across from the car park, is open.

robgul

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21706 on: March 12, 2018, 11:13:50 am »
Significantly pissed off today - I've taken a 2 or 3 month sabbatical from the CfC Charity Bike Shop where I volunteer on Mondays to get out riding my bike on Mondays to get some fitness back after about 4 months off the bike through injury - and what does it do? - bloody rains heavily.

Rob

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21707 on: March 12, 2018, 11:20:06 am »
I’ve been fortunate (if being unemployed counts as fortunate  :)) in that I’ve managed to get out 6 of the last 7 days, with only some light showers to contend with. Mostly cool and breezy, tho the last couple of days I swapped merino beanie and three layers for cotton cap and two layers. I’m up to a 45km loop now, though undulating at best with perhaps (a complete guess!) 150m of climbing. Note to self - it’s a rainy day today, read the eTrex manual!
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Marco Stefano

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21708 on: March 12, 2018, 11:48:38 am »
35 miles around the Fens by Fuego; not been out on it for several months so no power to speak of, and I appear to have developed a front inflatable fairing to direct air around my double chins.   :-[

Overcast & breezy but good to be out. First visitation on this bike signalled by a 'flap-flap' from the rear coming back up Ten Mile Bank, caused by plectrum-shaped flint through the tread middle (Kojak). Tube swapped out with no drama, several cyclists slowed and asked if I had everything I needed (top support, chaps, thanks).

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21709 on: March 12, 2018, 12:32:52 pm »
Not been out on the bike for eight weeks for one reason or another but on Saturday decided to do a short club run of 45 miles which I was quite pleased about and then yesterday decided to do another club run of 40 hilly miles, well it nearly killed me especially on the way home but perhaps I was being a little too optimistic doing two club runs over two days when not ridden for eight weeks. 85 miles in the bag though!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21710 on: March 13, 2018, 01:41:10 pm »
Yeh.  A wee stroll up the campsies in the sunshine.  :thumbsup:
Breezing up the crow by sg310, on Flickr

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21711 on: March 13, 2018, 07:16:16 pm »
A little potter out to egham and back via Virginia water and Windsor park .I saw lots of deer in the deer park but the park was quiet with few visitors as I passed through around 530pm . :)
the slower you go the more you see

windy

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21712 on: March 13, 2018, 11:08:46 pm »
Tarbert and Back 117km with lunch at the Harris Distillery

https://www.strava.com/activities/1451071437/embed/4172262bee3a36fb0d73b9ed31532041b98336ac

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ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21713 on: March 14, 2018, 07:36:47 pm »
about 2km on the new Cruzbike to try and get a feel for how I'm going to get on with it.

This is going to be fun!
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Samuel D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21714 on: March 14, 2018, 08:49:52 pm »
Beautiful terrain, windy. I like the look of that bicycle too!

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21715 on: March 15, 2018, 08:17:20 am »
49 k with El Prez, both of us disgustingly unfit. February weather was deadly and March hasn't been much better.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21716 on: March 15, 2018, 06:30:39 pm »
10 miles,yesterday and 9miles today both rides involved Windsor
the slower you go the more you see

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21717 on: March 15, 2018, 10:47:48 pm »
about 11km on the new Cruzbike.  It's quick in a straight line, and easier uphill than any other recumbent I've tried.

The moving BB makes corners play with your brain, as you turn in, your feet follow in the "opposite direction" i.e. RH turn, left foot forward, that and seeing the boom move in front of you give a tendency to push back against it and straighten up again. Learning curve seems quicker than on my two previous 'bents, perhaps experience of 3 years riding them.  Starts and low speed handling need practice though.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Wowbagger

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Monty

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21719 on: March 16, 2018, 05:16:27 pm »
25 miles today. That makes 75 this week, which I've not done since the summer so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself!
Managed my best average speed too today, so am doubly chuffed.
Steady at 15

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21720 on: March 16, 2018, 07:01:08 pm »
36 miles today with Jonathan notp to Dinton pastures and back . A short shower as we arrived at Dinton and sunny smells for the rest of the ride  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21721 on: March 16, 2018, 07:27:47 pm »
Round the campsies is a bloody strong easterly.  Met my wife for lunch in a garden centre en-route and I was glad to have a rest before the last headwind section.

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21722 on: March 16, 2018, 09:50:43 pm »
just another quick loop on the cruzbike, extended to about 12km today, very windy across the fens

Just about got it dialled in in terms of boom length and cockpit setup, it's quick so far and I think has the potential to be a lot quicker.

Feet used to being clipped in were not happy floating about on the platform pedals - you notice it much more than on an upright where gravity plays a part as well.  I think perhaps one more unclipped ride to get the setup checked out, and then it's "grab it by the scruff of the neck time"
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21723 on: March 16, 2018, 10:13:06 pm »
100 km this morning out to the coast and back - slog out, tailwind back.

OK, I'd planned to ride a 300 when the forecast was for showers, but this somehow changed into wall-to-wall rain, so I was pleased to get as far as the coast at Marske as I nearly turned back at Yarm and back to my cosy cosy bed.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #21724 on: March 17, 2018, 10:10:05 am »
Into slough for a hospital appointment .arrived on time and found the door was locked and no one there .The sign on the door said open Mon to Fri and to knock if you have any other appointment time . So I knocked several times but no one there . Not impressed . Another 2and a bit miles  ::-)
the slower you go the more you see