Author Topic: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019  (Read 23017 times)

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #250 on: June 03, 2019, 03:47:18 pm »

I would like to commend the tomato and lentil soup at Hartlebury, and the carrot soup at arrivée — if anyone wants to share recipes.

Great to see the usual rascals, plus well met a few more  :thumbsup: 


Agree with both the soups, equally I'd love to see the recipes  ;D

Good to meet you on the outward leg, you were always preparing to leave on the return controls, never managed to catch you on the road not helped by needing to stop for multiple chocolate milkshakes.

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #251 on: June 03, 2019, 03:52:34 pm »
Well done everyone, volunteers and food at the ontrols were excellent, although with a start/finish in Bray I wonder if The Fat Duck or The Waterside might have added a touch of class as an Arrivee ?😁
Superb event.

Wondered why you didn't stop when you checked in. Were you off to a booked table at the Fat Duck?

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #252 on: June 03, 2019, 04:04:14 pm »
Good to meet you on the outward leg, you were always preparing to leave on the return controls, never managed to catch you on the road not helped by needing to stop for multiple chocolate milkshakes.

You too, K.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #253 on: June 03, 2019, 04:08:03 pm »

I would like to commend the tomato and lentil soup at Hartlebury,

... you mean the vegan chili?

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #254 on: June 03, 2019, 04:09:46 pm »

I would like to commend the tomato and lentil soup at Hartlebury,

... you mean the vegan chili?

No.  The vegan chili was delicious too, but the tomato and lentil soup was special at audax o'clock breakfast  :thumbsup:
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #255 on: June 03, 2019, 04:14:52 pm »
I think it was Wobbly who was asking about back up plans for a 600, and PBP qualification.  I was kind of the mind to say sod it at the time, and just go out to see the start then spend a few days drinking till everyone came back.  Sorry if my replies were a bit short.  I'm not the best at when in the staet I was in, and it can feel like an interrogation. As I said at the time its not the right time to be asking (or answering) that question.

Sorry Phil. Guilty as charged, Squire.

I was unsettled at seeing you (and Drew) DNF'ing - it's not in the natural order of things - so my "cheerful chap" persona was not appropriate. I shall try to learn from that experience.

Heat is an achilles heel, and once dehydrated enough, is my number one reason for DNF.  So I am just going to have to really focus on that.   So if anyone sees me on Fenland Friends in three weeks, with a watertank mounted to my recumbent, and a fine mist spray keeping me cool. You'll know I've cracked it.  Interestingly some of my best audax rides where I've virtually flown round have been in the rain.  I blame it on my northern roots, and fair hair and skin.

I think when you are tired, fatigued, abandoned something that you really didn't want to, despite knowing it's the right decision, when it is still raw, knowing that it affects PBP.  Then you don't necessarily want to externalise the conversation you having. Like a few in audax, I'm an introvert (yes we hide it well we are told), and so tend to work things out in our heads first, ponder matters in more detail, before sharing or discussing our thoughts with others.  Unlike extroverts who tends to share their limited thoughts very early on, externalising the conversion so others can provide the answers.  One of the many reasons extroverts get the first word in.  So an extrovert would probably respond much better to this externalising the thought process of what are you going to do about PBP? But us introverts  like to work out the answers in our head first, it takes longer before we respond, with our thoughts more fully formed.

So I intend to restore PBP into the natural order of things in three weeks.  I'll be damned if heat gets the better of me next time, even if that means longer stops to rehydrate, cool down. 

Thanks for the support. 

P.S. That's not a rant about extroverts, we are just wired differently, and hence respond differently.


Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #256 on: June 03, 2019, 04:18:42 pm »
... grabbed some cake for my stem cell ...

are you growing a miniature version of yourself?

Well a full size one to take over the riding, whilst I am soaked in a saline solution in my saddle bag would have worked very well.

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #257 on: June 03, 2019, 04:20:24 pm »
Like a few in audax, I'm an introvert (yes we hide it well we are told)

Aye, this, on all three points.
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #258 on: June 03, 2019, 04:22:34 pm »
Eating my own weight in veg today — the food en route was delicious, but a bit carb-heavy at times, and the following wind back from Chester was immense ... :hand:
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #259 on: June 03, 2019, 05:07:35 pm »
I can only add my thanks. Being a bit if a tailender I couldn't spend as much time at the controls as warranted by the superb range, quality and abundance of food PLUS the warm hearted ever helpfull volunteers.  Heroes one and all!
Julia
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #260 on: June 03, 2019, 05:32:15 pm »
Eating my own weight in veg today — the food en route was delicious, but a bit carb-heavy at times, and the following wind back from Chester was immense ... :hand:

Suspect the old 'beans on toast at every control' catering would have out-trumped that...

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #261 on: June 03, 2019, 05:36:02 pm »
Great ride and brilliant support.

Thanks to all at the controls; especially the final few where I was greeted royally despite being right up against the time limits.

Somewhat stiff and sore today but escaped relatively unscathed considering the numbers of cuts and abrasions. The upside is that I can now justify buying some new kit as managed to destroy a number of other items aside from the helmet. Will check the bike closely at the weekend but hopefully just a bit of adjustment is required as it got me through the final 240k okay.


Special thanks to Phil for hanging around for me at the finish. Am looking forward to tempering the aches with several beers in Berlin this evening.

Howard

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #262 on: June 03, 2019, 05:41:33 pm »
Mend well Howard!

DO check that frame!

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #263 on: June 03, 2019, 05:49:37 pm »


Heat is an achilles heel, and once dehydrated enough, is my number one reason for DNF.  So I am just going to have to really focus on that.   So if anyone sees me on Fenland Friends in three weeks, with a watertank mounted to my recumbent, and a fine mist spray keeping me cool. You'll know I've cracked it.  Interestingly some of my best audax rides where I've virtually flown round have been in the rain.  I blame it on my northern roots, and fair hair and skin.

Given the violence of the symptoms you described, I would get a GP appointment, just to stay on the safe side.

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #264 on: June 03, 2019, 06:50:19 pm »
Yep, can't commend the volunteers, organiser and catering highly enough. Especially the bespoke vegan pasta and spicy ratatouille they knocked up for me (being awkward dairy free). And the scotch eggs at the finish. And fresh hot sausage rolls. And the fresh coffee. And the........I could go on.


Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #265 on: June 03, 2019, 07:50:39 pm »
Bad luck Phil, many a slip between cup and lip....and all that.
Sod PBP - it's a load of old bollocks anyway

But when the reason is totally physiological for DNF, you hardly have any choice in the matter. The decision's already been made for you.

But what did leap out of the page at me was this:

Meanwhile I'm going to ponder my rehydration strategy and think I am going to have to go back to having electrolytes in my water and carry some sachets of diorlyte. 

 :o :o

We're all different, but I could never survive on just drinking plain water on a ride like this and with the conditions as they were on Saturday. You need that water getting into your cells.

Hydration is one thing, but effective hydration is even better. And personally, for me, I HAVE to have electrolyte tabs on rides like this.

Good luck on the FF. get the recumbent out, get some hydration gear, rock up, take it steady and you'll be fine.

edit: ok, I've just noticed you've started a tread about your hydration experiences
Garry Broad

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #266 on: June 03, 2019, 08:27:28 pm »
Right Fenland Friends now entered. Now to go ride the recumbent on a turbo in a sauna as training.

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #267 on: June 03, 2019, 08:36:24 pm »
After a very tough but largely on-track first 565km, fuelled by the mountains of food (I was the Dulwich rider with multiple plates), total disaster very nearly struck in Wallingford, when my rear wheel suddenly started rubbing on the frame.

Closer inspection revealed that a drive-side spoke had pulled straight through the rim bed, with the wheel unable to complete a revolution. Game over.

Or so I though. I was literally googling "Wallingford taxis" and vowing never to do another 600 again, when a local dog walker asked if everything was OK. He turned out to be a keen cyclist, and 15 mins later we'd successfully installed his 9-speed winter wheel, allowing me to carefully complete the final 40km across the Chilterns and complete my PBP qualification.

Thank goodness for the generosity of cyclists!

And thanks to all the volunteers who couldn't do enough for us at the controls, I'll miss that at the next Co-op...

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #268 on: June 03, 2019, 08:58:56 pm »
Mark that's a great tale of serendipity. Think I saw you come in whilst waiting for Howard. Think I saw 3 or 4 Dulwich tops.

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #269 on: June 03, 2019, 09:20:50 pm »
PhilW, thank you for your advice and help re route and Wahoo. The problem was mine rather than Wahoo's, I overloaded it with the complete route and more points than it could cope with. Following your advice I reloaded the remaining legs and no more problems. Until tiredness and time overcame my will, so a DNF 18 km short of Christleton. A bus shelter providing a sleeping place until dawn.
Sorry to hear you DNF'd through ill health. Good luck with PBP qualifying.
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #270 on: June 03, 2019, 09:44:29 pm »
Phil, yes, there were 5 Dulwich in total, and amazingly we all finished!

Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #271 on: June 03, 2019, 09:52:52 pm »
Great fun as a volunteer as well this weekend.
Yep, and very busy when the bulge arrived...  :thumbsup:

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #272 on: June 03, 2019, 10:09:03 pm »
War and peace write up in spoiler
TLDR; Tough day at the office, hot, then wet with lumps in the middle.... SR & PBP qualifications completed 1.5hrs sleep, 38 hours elapsed.
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Regards,

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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #273 on: June 03, 2019, 10:40:58 pm »
Bravo Jibers, great write up and congratulations for qualifying for "Le French Ride".  Looks like I missed out on a classic...  I have FF to look forward to - nothing like leaving qualifying until the final weekend!
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Re: Windsor Chester Windsor 2019
« Reply #274 on: June 03, 2019, 10:47:40 pm »
hot, then wet with lumps in the middle....

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