In a vain attempt to at least manage 1/4 distance in the Rapha Festive 500 I went out on New Years Eve for a short Ride. Frankly, I was a little distracted, and couldn’t concentrate properly – it was a bad case of thinking too much about the events of the year and not enough about keeping myself safe on the road. I quickly realised that this was silly, and if I was going to be doing anything exercise related, it’d be better if it was a walk – at least I can let my mind wander a little more without worrying about going under a truck when I’m walking.
So, there’s a ride log and a walk log, just to complete the set for 2013.
Woke this morning to a bad case of “Wooden Legs” – the TT yesterday must have take far more out of me than I thought. 20 Minutes of stretching and another 15 of attacking the legs with the rolling pin and I was up and about. Looked like I was doing an impression of Douglas Bader, but I was up and about.
Eventually I managed to shuffle around enough to get myself fed and watered, and ready for a ride – I knew that frankly the only thing that’d loosen me up properly was getting out again for a hour or so. So – that’s what I did – and amazingly enough it worked!
Strava details are here – it’s strange – on RP it felt like I was loafing around, but according to the IF and TSS scores (0.874 and 81.3 respectively) it would seem that either a) I was working harder than I thought or b) that my FTP figure is not right. My money is on the FTP figure, and frankly, after my next day off the bike, I’m going to get a PROPER FTP torture test done and start working with sensible figures.
Rest of the day has been consumed by a quick trip to Aldi to check out their annual winter Cyclewear sale – Merino base’s had sold out in my size, but I snagged a surprisingly good quality LS compression base layer for the coming months – and a hour or so of wholesale deforestation in the jungle outside my house that I laughingly refer to as a Garden.
or more honestly a snowstorm…
couple of rides – all short, some cut off because I’ve got the shits and didn’t dare ride any longer, and todays because it was snowing horizontally, and I was fucking perishing!!
Today I just went for my “regular – i’ve got around 1 hour and need to get a riding fix” ride…
details of route and all the various stuff the Garmin 705 records here
Ride’s actually a little longer than this – I start and stop the Garmin recording outside the village police officer’s house, nearby where I live, just in case someone decides to break in and steal my bike
Today’s was a really good ride – made a bit of a late start – 2:30pm so the sun was getting a little low in the sky by the end of the ride, but blue skies, 12c temperatures and sun all the way around – quite a contrast to the weather for the last week, where there’s only really been one day where it’s not been raining
Felt so good on the bike, I actually caught and passed another bike rider ON AN UPHILL SECTION – that’s pretty much unheard of for me