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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22550 on: June 09, 2019, 11:51:05 pm »
I got my horizon ready for a ride this morning. Then felt wiped out after lunch, so the planned ride didn't happen - but felt good enough later to go for a little spin. 15km, but that bike feels so light after my ex-mtb that i've ridden most of the year so far. It'll take a bit of getting used to :)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22551 on: June 10, 2019, 10:59:21 am »
Shropshire Highlands Challenge yesterday

Some brutal climbs after passing through Knighton  :sick:

But atleast we got round without getting wet, which was a bonus  ;D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22552 on: June 11, 2019, 07:02:16 am »
Fairly wet commute into work for the early shift today - 11.06.19  ;D

and another soaking on the commute home  ::-)

Yet another very wet commute into work this morning - 12.06.19  :(

I can see a pattern developing here  :facepalm:

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22553 on: June 15, 2019, 07:23:44 pm »
Trying to get my 'bent legs back and the rebuilt cruzbike dialled in, and setting up a course to use on an online time trial challenge - might inspire a bit of fitness,

Total of about 40km, 2nd resurrection ride of the cruzbike and my legs were definitely feeling it, not helped by the strong south-westerly
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22554 on: June 17, 2019, 10:50:59 pm »
A perfect evening in Northumberland: I had an appointment in Shilbottle, and had a loop out afters out the back of Alnwick. It's surprisingly hilly.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22555 on: June 21, 2019, 01:27:04 pm »
I've been out: three whole kilometres then turned back because my legs felt like lead - quads felt as if they'd been pulled beyond their elastic limit which, considering that my last outing was only 45k on Monday, they hadn't.  I am pointing the leg-bone of a chicken in the general direction of my cardiologist and his arsenal of poisons.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22556 on: June 22, 2019, 03:05:47 pm »
A coiuple of short rides in the last week or so.

This morning, out before 7 for a 45km circuit on the S40, back is getting used to it again, but legs need some work to bring them back up to par.  I've got a month to do it.  All in all about 45km at 26.5km/h into a stiffening breeze on a glorious sunny morning.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22557 on: June 23, 2019, 01:11:16 pm »
Out with a couple friends this morning in the countryside outside of Birmingham.  One of my friends said he had a dogey knee, so I took the recumbent.  Most tiring 25 miles ever.
[/I could be wrong]

Tim Hall

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22558 on: June 23, 2019, 10:35:11 pm »
Took some of my Scouts for a ride today. Planned a route, put in on my phone, worked off the copy in my head.  All was going well until we got to Balcombe when I consulted my phone.  The red line was no where to be seen. Zoom out. There it is, miles away.  Brain fade meant I'd completely misremembered where we were going.  A brief bit of on the hoof rerouting resulted in a ride of around the right length but with the addition of going down and then up Cob Lane at Ardingly, beloved of the Mid Sussex Hilly. That was quite a scenic route for the young people, but they tackled it well.  Rehydration stop at The Crown at Turner's Hill and ice creams half a  mile from home and all was well.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22559 on: June 24, 2019, 01:53:25 pm »
45k in somewhat shaky condition, having had a gut upset at the weekend.  Had to keep shoving in energy bars to keep gong & damn near flaked out in the queue at the patisserie. OK on way back, fuelled by apricot tart.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22560 on: June 25, 2019, 01:59:51 pm »
Went out on Sunday and did part 2 of a series which hadn't yet until that point existed of rides along river banks. In this case it was the Severn Estuary from Oldbury towards Slimbridge. It was also a tale of two Magnoxes, Olbury and Berkeley. In fact at one point I found myself riding along a footpath alternative bridleway adorned with "no horse riding" signs, needlessly since it was so overgrown the only horse you could have got along it would be a Shetland pony. Imagine my surprise when this brought me out inside the fence of Berkeley nuclear power station compound! In fact I think it was on this path that I probably got bitten by a tick or something similar, which means I'm now a Marvel comics character: "He was just an ordinary cyclist until he was bitten by a radioactive tick. Now he's Tick Man! Faster than Froome, stronger than Hoy, glows brighter than an Edelux II!"

In Slimbridge I spotted a "cake" sign outside the village hall. So I stopped and chose to get two slices of cake – malt loaf (they called it) and lemon drizzle – with my cup of tea. For some reason, they gave me a third slice for free! I was a bit full after that...
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22561 on: June 26, 2019, 11:24:13 pm »
About 60 miles after work - along Gretadale and over the Stang, then as I was feeling good (and sick of the easier route via Richmond), I added bonus hills out of Fremington, up Reels Head to Marske, Clapgate Bank and Gilling Bank. Phew!

Gorgeous evening in the Dales. Shame about the w**k bit.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22562 on: June 29, 2019, 02:57:18 pm »
Finally, first decent loop after a month of being half-crippled by meds:



90 km between 7 am and 11:30, with a 40-minute coffee/cake halt. Not fast but fun.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22563 on: June 30, 2019, 07:12:18 pm »
100 miles (exactly) around the Cotswolds.  I think we'll be ok for the Dun Run now.
Never tell me the odds.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22564 on: June 30, 2019, 09:22:41 pm »
A lot less than 100 miles (I've no idea how many) out around Thornbury. More COR, proper stony this time and some of it steep!
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22565 on: July 01, 2019, 12:01:13 pm »
I'm about to go out for my first July miles - another trip to the hospital.

I noticed this morning that I did 13 times as many miles on my bike in June as all of us did in the car. (about 400 bile miles to 30 car miles).
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22566 on: July 01, 2019, 02:38:28 pm »
Bedfordshire yesterday to Scald End farm and cafe the long way around. Service terrible and slow, despite the place being largely empty. Apologies from the crew later, but damage is done amongst the group thinks. Lovely weather for a ride.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22567 on: July 02, 2019, 05:09:02 pm »
About 98km today, slightly unplanned

Followed the NCN down the river, including the COR bit, on the Cruzbike.  Coped OK, but I kept a foot unclipped just in case - that's not a winter recumbent route!

Slightly different route to normal down to Addenbrookes, missed the superb cycle path that starts at ANglesey Abbey, again!  it's smack in your face coming out of the car park, but vry anonymous if you're riding down the road, and there's only one entrance to it.  It's nicely segregated and almost brand new, nice smooth tarmac.  Next time.  Slightly misrouted, but only to a different point on a road I needed to be on anyway.

On the way back the plan was to ride to Waterbeach and catch the train, for about 75km total, but when I got there it was >45mins to the next train, hourly obviously at that time of day.  Sod it, I thought and rode home which took about 15 mins longer than waiting, but involved abut 2km of A10 before I could get onto the back roads again.  Ran out of water about 8km from home, and got a bit over-sunned, but a good confidence ride back on the Cruzbike.

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22568 on: July 03, 2019, 01:43:07 pm »
40 frustrating km with El Prez, he on his electric flivver soaring on the climbs and dawdling on the flat and me, gent that I am, saying nary a word. Teams out in several places strewing chippings, cars zipping past and spraying them at our legs & points north.  At one point I bawled "gravillons*, merde!" at one of the teams and was told to take the cycle path. Which we did when we came to it, only to find it liberally bestrewn with chippings thrown there by passing vehicles.  And presently, out beyond Chippingsville, there was this:



Witness the power of veganism: there's a 100% vegan tree root under there.

Anyway, I had intended to do a decent distance, but once I had deposited El P at his domicile I was too p'd off to enjoy it and buggered off home.

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

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22569 on: July 06, 2019, 08:27:40 am »
Yesterday I got back into three figures again, albeit metric, for the first time after starting on the dreaded beta blockers. Revisited a local tourist trap at the top of a climb that would have been easy without the lack of training, had lunch in my favourite patisserie then crawled home half dead.  Started in 18°C that dropped to 15 then hit 32 towards the end.  Met a bloke who was walking 1000 km to Brittany for charity, following a route developed on Google Maps and dragging a 45 kg trailer. :o

When I stopped to get water at a somewhat scattergun pump in one place, a few seconds after I started filling a wasp appeared and began to drink the spillage.  He was followed by a dozen others within a minute, and by the time I finished there were a couple of dozen all siphoning it up, so I spilt a bit more to help them along.  By the time I got home, by pig-headedness more than anything else, I'd emptied half a litre down my back.

121 km/930 vertical metres. Knackered today.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22570 on: July 06, 2019, 03:34:41 pm »
35 mile cafe run on the track bike.  Averaged over 18mph on the way out (that included getting out of Swinedun) and hit 175rpm on the way back.  No-one passed us.
Never tell me the odds.

bludger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22571 on: July 06, 2019, 03:43:35 pm »
Managed 15 km to a pub and back yesterday but my road rash is still staying wet and minging so have to take a day off today ☹️
Hopefully in a better state by tomorrow morning for a longer 45 km spin.
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T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22572 on: July 06, 2019, 04:01:47 pm »
It's when it dries and you stretch it that the fun starts.  'Ware infection.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22573 on: July 06, 2019, 04:03:42 pm »
Yeah I'm starting to get that - keeping the areas drenched in savlon and watching the tour in the meantime.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22574 on: July 06, 2019, 10:58:59 pm »
In the end I think I did about 70kms but the bike and its counter are not yet out of the car (do that after dogwalking). The youngest had blagged a ride yesterday with boyfriend 40kms from home to his parents with a ton of gear but forgot her drugs. Cue plan to take them out there this morning early in the relative cool. Only early and in relative cool was a thunderstorm, plan B and the car was invoked! Except it cleared up and a bit later wife sent me on my way (turns out she slept through the thunderstorm, even though holding an intelligent conversation at the time ???).

So a passage by the office to return a client's keys and on my way at 9.30. (much too late for what was planned). A hot ride along a declassified nationale and then brave the patches of chippings on downhill bends (which I knew about from yesterday) and medicines posed just after midday. I had a different route home which should have given some longer stretches of downhill false flat. It involved a certain amount of real climbing to start though. The names say it all le Bois d'Echelle, St Leger la Montagne, Grandmont. The road was not the only thing climbing either! I should have refilled my bottle at the boyfriends. No taps in evidence, the communes seem to have adopted plug-in fittings to stop people pinching the water (not surprising given the prices of Lyonnaise des Eaux). Between Grandmont and St Sylvestre, when I was getting desperate and had already decided to stop and buy at the next supermarket (about 10kms distant) I passed a very useful tap (that might have been a camping-car facility) and refilled (and had a cold wash at the same time, wonderful).

I carried on my way not really profiting from the downhill and suffering badly from the heat. Less shadow on the side of the road (none at all in fact) and needing more and longer recovery halts. (I hadn't foreseen anything over 30° after the thunderstorm). Eventually it was a question of risk a malaise, sleep until night time or call out the recovery. Nearly a 800ml bottle gone in 20kms! I called out the wife, who came with a bottle of fizzy water, of which 1l went down on the 10 minute ride home. 33° in the shade, nearly 40° on the road, even with a bit of wind. I didn't miss much from a riding point of view, just the battle with the holiday traffic across town, but about 10kms all the same.