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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

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  • 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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Upside Down Ride*

29 Nov 2008 at 15:14

What a hard ride! For starters it was sub zero, which, being suited to 12-16degrees my body loudly objected to, then there was the fog, that'll be 2 scoops of "I can't see shit", then there was the ice.. oh the ice, 2 slides into walls in the first 3 miles had me changing my *whole* route, and leaving me with the task of mentally calculating how to get 30 miles without the 11 mile lead-in.

The fog remained for the whole ride up to the ride until I climbed to the mountainous altitude of 600ft above sea level, there, everything was clear as a sunny winter's day, the ice remained, ready to pounce as soon as you got slightly cocky.

But the view. oh the view.. I can only imagine that this is what you see when you climb up proper mountains, when you're way above the clouds looking down on them as they create a blanket of white fluffyness for as far as the eye can see (in this case the WHOLE of East Lancashire and onto Wales). Despite having ridden the same area excessively for the past 3 years today was the most gobsmacking view I've had. So you'll all be glad to hear I can't find my camera so you don't get a picture!

Onto the Pike then down to the bottom, then up to the Mast and down the bottom again, second time down and the fog had thickened again and visibility was down to somewhere around 20ft and freezing any water droplets on my body.

As I mentioned, I had to mentally calculate my distance so not to fall under 30 miles, to make sure I slithered up School Climb again, then back down again and homewards, slipping around on the roads and listening for cars coming out of the murkyness.

Almost a 4 hour ride, but my GPS switched off somewhere early on, definitely over 30 miles, but at a terribly low pace with more than enough out-of-control moments.

This pre-winter's already seen more ice than last years, I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.. but what do I care, 8 more rides and I never have to ride in the ice again, although this probably means 8 more rides in the ice.... bugger.

* clouds on the ground.

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samurihttp://www.samuri.co.uk

23:54 29 Nov

it *was* one of the coldest days for riding, and I stayed low. Ice on the front of my tights and coat, ice on my bars. My light was iced to the mount.

samurihttp://www.samuri.co.uk

23:54 29 Nov

oh, and well done for the 10000 miles, that rocks hugely. I'll not achieve half that this year. fecking work.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

00:03 30 Nov

You could have done it if you could commute.

And yes, very cold but bearable, offroad it was probably warmer than the rest of the week because it was less wet, and up on the hill it was beautiful and warm.

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