Smiles not Miles – Week 5 Day 7

End of the smiley-smiley section I think…

Today was a complete clusterfuck from start to finish – decided to chance one last ride on the “fast” bike before mothballing it, hoping for a good long day out – roads covered in ice, not yet gritted so bloody awful, then 25km in I hit what I thought was a bit of ice broken out of a frozen puddle.   Wrong, it was glass. Cut a chunk out of the front tyre, latex in inner-tube couldn’t hold it so sprayed all over the place.  Ended up with tyre held together with a Quavers packet found in the hedgerow and limping home for a measly 52.5km on what’s now looking like the nicest, sunniest day we’ve had in a fortnight once the streets are finally aired.

I am NOT a happy bunny.

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Strava stuff is here for future reference…

Smiles not Miles – Week 5 Day 5

Cooler and Grey-er than yesterday, but dry and calm, and – frankly – at this time of year, thats good enough for me.

Yet again, feeling a little closer to being back “on it” – bit quicker, less snot and lung-butter being produced, and the HR almost identical to yesterday, but with a 5% improvement in normalised power.   Yeah Baby, Yeah!!

Strava stuff here for the data obsessives…

Probably off the bike tomorrow, then, weather permitting a longer one on Sunday… (with the obligatory pause for a couple of minutes at 11:00 am obviously!)

 

Smiles not Miles – Week 5 Day 4

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.

 

Smiles not Miles – Week 5 Day 3

After a day off to address “undercarriage issues” I’m back on the case again today – a bit of a grey one, but the winds dropped substantially, and, more to the point, I could actually sit on the saddle today!   Actually, the easy day and a day off following has done me a power of good – the colds really cleared up, breathing much better and managed to actually “give it the beans” a bit on some of the hillier bits.

Yeah – felt pretty good to be honest.

Strava file pretty much backs that up as well  here