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Goin' Crazy in 2009

  • Offroad Riding - 13002.72 miles [289]
  • Aborted Riding - 61.00 miles [3]
  • Turbo Trainer - 33.70 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
  • (TA) 13097.42 miles

Hurtin' in 2008

  • Offroad Riding - 10602.84 miles [300]
  • Turbo Trainer - 130.20 miles [8]
  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
  • Aborted Riding - 37.20 miles [2]
  • (TOC) 10640.04 miles
  • (TR) 114.56 miles
  • (TA) 10884.8 miles

Riding in 2007

  • Offroad Riding - 8365.93 miles [300]
  • Road Riding - 3599.80 miles [70]
  • Turbo Trainer - 50.90 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
  • (TA) 12016.63 miles

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  • 2004 Pink Surly 1x1
  • 2000 Kona Kaboom
  • 2006 Santa Cruz Chameleon





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Wrapping up the Milestone Week

15 Jul 2007 at 11:47

Hooray! the weather didn't suck this morning, so I managed a rather painful and slow (ave 18.99mph) road ride covering enough to break the 300 miles for the week barrier. It was a hard way to do it though, too high a percentage of offroad riding for comfort.

It's been bugging me for weeks that I've not been able to break the 300, so I'm glad to have put in a good effort this week.

I guess that was milestone #6 for the week.


Milestone #5 of the Week

14 Jul 2007 at 19:37

AKA, My personal stage from Hell


Inspired by the sun actually showing itself for to the first time in ages and an afternoon watching the first proper stage of the TdF, I grabbed the Roadster and hit the blacktop to grab my 2,000th road mile this year.

I knew it was windy from this morning's ride and a trip to the supermarket, but the sun must have added to the strength of my nemesis and it was hell.

I made the mistake of defending my 'never been dropped' record on the road when a MK Cycles rider cruised past me just before Jolly Tar Lane, I cranked it hard ot retake my position at the Tete de la Course, then I tried to open a large gap unfortunately this required forcing 20mph out of my legs into directly into the wind from hell.

I kept my record, but clearly over did it and 45 mins from the end of the ride I blew up completely and had to limp back (into the wind again - not sure how that happens) at an embarrassingly slow speed with my head almost bouncing off my handlebars.

I'm going to eat lots of ice cream now... I've earnt it. (45miles - 87 for the day.)



10 Jul 2007 at 14:08

My earliest childhood memory is falling backwards over Donny the cat and landing with my head on the brass strip that separated the vinyl kitchen floor and the hallway carpet. I needed 3 stitches in my head for that. Luckly we had a children's hospital down the road. Ringo Starr spent two years in the same hospital as a child, and I believe John Peel was born there, and Ian Botham too.

That was the first of three requirements for stitches in my scalp.

Today's ride was the one I was going to do yesterday and started in perfect windfree conditions, but as usually the weather changed and it got windy towards the end, but another 55miles of hurtin' and one ride closer to the end.


Dial "P" for Pain

08 Jul 2007 at 12:30

I remember blowing a BMX tube up to 100 psi when I was about 10, when it exploded I lost my hearing for an hour or so.

Today's ride had everything, except for sun (shock!)
I started off with it looking OK, but during the course of the 62 miles I got rained on seven times with the middle hour being the constant heavy road-flooding type, which never helps your legs. My village remained the only part of the route that was bone dry until 2 minutes before I got back when heavy rain rolled in, and as I type this we're experiencing an enormous thunderstorm.

To try to warm up I did some intervals (chasing cars, racing to lamp posts etc, which didn't really help my get the legs warm, but did make me feel like vomiting.

The weather gets a 1/10, the ride gets a 5/10 and my performance was a 7/10 (because I didn't give up when it started pouring down the first time)

It's now been somewhere around 5 weeks since I last didn't get wet on a ride. I also learn that my bike fills with water in the rain because of the open topped Carbon Seatpost.

OH I forgot: It was so cold and wet my fingers stopped working.
I still managed a 19.9mph ave speed even though I had to mince around for the middle hour as I couldn't see a goddamn thing and didn't want to ride too fast because my brakes didn't work at all.


50miles never tasted so good!

05 Jul 2007 at 14:16

A break in the wetness allowed me back on the road today, It did't last long and I still got soaked, my front tyre didn't like gripping the road and nothing enjoyed all the debris and silt stewn across the road.

The only person to try to kill me today was a Tesco delivery driver, clearly 35 in a 30 isn't fast enough so he had to overtake (after I'd taken a defensive road position) so that he could do 36mph (and slow me down) - pen is.

Still windy, but it was nice to not have to listen the permanent grinding of my rear brake, and get a good sweat-on.


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