Sunday, 16 March 2014

Shaftesbury Spring 200k Audax

I had cleverly managed to coincide a trip to Cambridge with an audax that started 25miles away. I had rode the 160k route a couple of years ago, riding to and from the start, but this time I was down for the 200k and Ali kindly gave me lifts to/from the start.

It was a lovely day and I set off in shorts, knee warmers, long socks, base layer, Jersey and showerproof. It almost felt like summer. Within four miles I was fixing a puncture, annoyingly I didn't find the cause, I also swapped out of winter gloves at this point. Having had to stop so early I was now at the back of the field. But I caught a couple up before long. Only then I had a rear wheel puncture, I've never punctured on an audax before, then two! This time I found the cause, my rim tape had developed a hole over one of the spoke holes. Some electrical tape to cover that and I was on my way.

The first cafe stop was at a garden centre and I had cake before heading out back to HQ. Unfortunately I was now riding straight into a headwind. Back at HQ I had beans on toast before heading back out into the headwind. In total it was 100k right into a headwind. I didn't see many people while riding. Swapped places once or twice with a few till about 30k to the finish when I met a guy who was struggling to navigate as his garmin was playing up and he didn't have a routesheet holder so was having to get it in and out of his pocket. Soon it was lights on after a lovely sunset. It was nice to have company in the dark and the miles flew back.

Back at HQ a day Ali was already there. Then back to her mum's for pizza. A lovely day, even with the headwind. I'm sore now though.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sunny (s)miles

A lovely day today and I had a risk assessment for a family ride to do. Sometimes things just work out right. It was so nice I even added some extra miles to my commute on the way home.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Racing at Channock Chase

A couple of car loads headed down from Garage Bikes to race the winter event at Channock Chase. With someone in most races we had a fab day, not sure cake is the best pre-race prep but I did enjoy my race and I finished 11th. Was very odd racing for only 15km!

The day after I got to see more of Cannock, always nice to ride somewhere new.

Thanks to @Rocketdog for the photo.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Anglesey run

No snow this year but very very wet. Ali talked me into the sensible decision of dropping down to 10k with her. We had a lovely run staying together the whole time,  Ali kindly waiting on the descent.

Once again we stayed at the same b&b and had a lovely time.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

A Hopey New Year Audax

Yesterday's audax made me feel very slow and I was sore at the end. It started seven miles from home so I rode to the start. Usually it had a rolling start and I left at about 9:15am. It felt like I was being constantly being overtaken and only for the last few miles did I ride with anyone. Still good miles in the legs and I rode 82miles with 2000m of climbing.


I haven't been doing much and the half marathon, which is actually 15. 5miles is only a couple of weeks away. So today I went for a longer run. It took me an hour and a half to cover 6.5 miles. All I can say it was muddy and hilly and my legs were tired.

I met Ali st Hassop station cafe for lunch and hot chocolates.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Christmas Break

It's been a lovely Christmas break made up of mountain bike rides, food , snuggles and bubbles. It's felt like a proper hliday.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Busy but riding

A lovely ride at Phillips Park with Sarah and Vikki today. Nice to be back on my mountain bike.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Two hours in the white peak

Been a while since I've been on my mountain bike with having a cold and then starting a new job so I headed out for a easy two hour bimble. I explored a new cheeky trail which was lovely although I had to scramble over some trees that had come down. I also did Baslow Edge, creeping past the horse riders in the riding school after coming down the footpath. Heading through Froggatt I saw I cool area where there had been sort of fire. After taking a photo a women coming out of adjacent house in her car asked if I wanted something, turns out it was her land. Oops.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Walking home

Lunch with mum today and she was on the train so after leaving her at Grindleford I walked home along a new path. Lovely skies and Froggatt woods were lovely to walk through.