Another surprisingly pleasant day, would have been daft not to ride – just did a fairly steady hour and a half, dropped in a couple of gratuitous loops to comply with a daft challenge I’ve been running on the MyFitnessPal website, and other than that, just enjoyed one of the final roll-arounds I’m likely to get on the Dolan this year before it goes into mothballs for the winter – i.e. whenever the Cannondale actually arrives…
Ride details via Strava are here, for anyone made enouugh to be interested.
Made the best of a slightly unseasonably sunny day to get a good solid metric century ride in. As per the typical “Classics Challenge” rides, not only was it a distance challenge, but there were other “spot prize” assignments – Photo Bonuses for pictures of “Autumnal Leaves”, “Roadside Church/Chapel” and “Italian Recovery Food and Drink”
I Couldn’t resist adding in an extra Italian flavour…
(a small Alfa Specialist operating from a Barn near Whitley Bridge)
That’s what they call it – The Time Trial, The Race of Truth – Nowhere to Hide, No Real Tactics, Nobody Else to Blame – Just You, Your Bike and the Stopwatch.
It’s been an awful long time since I rode a “proper, full gas” Time Trial – in fact, I promised myself almost 20 years ago that I’d NEVER put myself through that kind of pain again. Yes, I’ll say it again – PAIN. To ride a Time Trial properly, you have to have a certain masochistic streak.
It’s best summed up with a Quote from Chris Boardman (who knows a thing or two about riding against the clock)
Continually ask yourself one question – can I maintain this pace to the end of the race?
If the answer is ‘yes’, you are not going hard enough
If the answer is ‘no’, you are going too hard
If the answer is ‘maybe’ then you are in the right place
Early doors, managed to get a Reconnaissance run on the local 10 mile TT Course – basically, dropped the bike in the back of the car, drove over to the finishing line, got out, rolled down to the start-line and gave it the beans.
More to see if a) I could remember the route and b) to see ho hard I could push on the hills without blowing… Managed a not-particularly-shabby 28:14 – according to the local club’s website, the “age adjusted” club standard for this is 26:38 gold, 28:52 Silver and 32:11 bronze for old gits like me – so I’m almost “getting there”. Fairly sure theres a few more seconds in there somewhere if I get a proper warmup ride before it too…
And the other way today is a Testing Time… well – at 3pm, there was the interment service for my Dad’s Ashes. Fulfilling my promise that eventually He and my Mother Would be physically (as well as spiritually) Reunited.
And for the final ride of the 3 week challenge, the weather came in, the wind blew, rain (horizontal) – Much as I love my extended ride on a Sunday, I reverted to yet another Out and Back spin to Snaith. Frankly, it was quite enough riding for this week! Not to put too fine a point on it, I’m knackered. I’m on a couple of strict days off the bike I reckon – may well spend some time decorating the house, and waiting in for delivery of the new toy.
In view of tomorrows weather being absolute Cock, I decided to do another slightly longer loop again today – I’ve a sneaking suspicion that tomorrow will, at best, be a gentle tool around the short local loop. Much as I’d LOVE to clear 1000km for the Vuelta Challenge, I can’t see it happening in torrential rain and 20mph winds. My Mother didn’t raise any TRULY STUPID kids…
Anyway – Strava stuff for today’s ride is here… another rake of “trophys” and a few PB’s surprisingly enough!
Part way around, the man with the hammer caught up with me, so during my pause for a Clif bar and a drink, I decided to get a photo (well a hipster bullshit Instagram) of the bike as well…
San Vicente de la Barquera → Oviedo. Alto del Naranco 181km
Decided to do a little longer one today – sort of in celebration of getting all the stuff I wanted to do completed. It’s been a decent week for moving forwards this week – so what better way to celebrate than moving forwards on the bike for 70km or so…
This route is fast becoming a bit of a favourite, allowing me a bit of a speed-work session, then rounding off with a couple of nice solid uphills to balance it out.
Strava stuff for today is here for anyone desperate enough to want to see how slowly I went up the hills… Despite having lost over 73kg, gravity really isn’t my friend.