Saturday, 11 November 2017

a play in the woods

after last weeks long ride and the resulting continuation ofillness i was determined to not overdo things this week however desperate i was to get out.
So i just went for a play in the woods, sessioning a couple of trails and not really going far. Luckily having a day off in the week meant the woods were quiet and i could lurk about taking pictures of myself.
I do wonder what people think when they catch sight of me with a camera and a bike in the middle of no where running back up a trail to get into position before the timer expires and the camera starts snapping pictures Probably think I'm as mad as i often feel doing it!
so with 14 miles in the bank i was home, feeling ok and hoping that there isn't of last weeks relapse
ride 80
14 miles
total 1734

over done

so I hadn't ridden for a week after having a cold, a proper snotty one, felt grotty for two weeks but finally on Thursday things seemed to improve so when Friday arrived i was desperate to get out on the bike. it was a lovely sunny day with blue skies and reasonably warm temperatures for November in the UK.
I was still expelling vast amounts of thick mucus but i wasn't coughing and my breathing was fine. I'd arranged to meet a friend for coffee about 15 miles away from home. It was a fairly easy route with not too many climbs.
coffee was drunk, chins were wagged and i set off for home in a similar profile but not a reversal of the route I'd used on the way out and i felt great, I even detoured to take a longer route and have a late lunch on the way home (thai green chicken soup food fans). got home, showered and felt smug that i was over my cold and back in the saddle.
Saturday at work passed without incident and i was again pleased at my recovery from the ride, legs not too achy, all was well.
Sunday morning was a different story, proper relapse. felt awful, achy all over, it hurt to lift my arms and my legs felt like they'd done 100 miles into a headwind. my riding plans went on hold and all i managed was a 5 mile walk.
This is my second cold in 2 months and it's mightily pissing me off, i almost never get a cold. I'm going to look at my diet and make some lifestyle changes i think, maybe start taking some suppliments to boost my immune system and hopefully stop this decline
ride 79
36 miles
total 1720

Friday, 27 October 2017

Shirley you can't be serious!

it was  only meant to be a short ride to photograph the bike next to a particular piece of graffiti art but as is usual with these things the art is constantly evolving and just wasn't what i wanted this time so basically i wondered off and ended up doing 30 miles. even a massive thorn in the back tyre didn't dampen the day, thak goodness for tubeless and orange seal!!
ride 78
32 miles
total 1684

Thursday, 19 October 2017

re initiating a lost soul

i've not had the opportunity or if i'm honest the inclination to go out riding at night. i much prefer daylight but last saturdays ride in the dark was fun so when Alex asked if we were doing a night ride this week i thought why not.
Alex has been in the wilderness when it comes to off road riding. once prolific in the dirt, he was really into racing gravity events but he's had his head turned by a road bike in the recent past. even that though became less and less frequent. he'd basically lost what i've heard people called "his Mojo".
Once he'd suggested riding i wasn't letting him off the hook and he borrowed the shop demo full susser. I knew once he hit the trails again in the right conditions (it's still dry and dusty) he'd be hooked again.
As prediicted after a couple of hours in the dirt he was back and even the Puppys urine antics, some near misses, wrong turns into bushes and the inevitable mud pits he was still grinning at the end
welcome back Alex!
ride 77
11 miles
total 1652

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

traditional sunday fayre

i't been a while since i had a MTB session on a sunday afternoon, this is partly due to having a day free in the week and also the fact that everyone else is out in the woods on a sunday afternoon. there are families, dogs, horses etc and it's difficult to avoid them. Today though we seemed to manage it for the most part. sticking to a route away from the honeypots such as the cafes and car parks (people don't seem to stray far from these) we got quite a few good runs in and then tacked on a good loop to add some mileage, it can't all be fun! actually it is. it's always to sit on the sofa on a Sunday night with your legs burning from the effort compounded with the tingle of nettle strikes
ride 76
23 miles
total 1641

rare saturday ride

Free from commitments on a saturday after work I met Ian for a great night ride in the woods. the weather was hot and humid and the trails "buff". we smashed a few descents and ground up some climbs and as it was the weekend we decided a pint was in order. we gate crashed a 50th birthday party too and i got some lovely free food!
ride 75
10 miles
total 1618

one is never enough

not satisfied with one ride today i took the fat bike out in the afternoon for a tour of the local wood. Perfect time during the week as they are empty and great for playing in.
ride 74
9 miles
total 1608

more grass up the middle

Great ride with Russ around a very well sign posted byway in a circular route starting from Ledbury. quite lumpy route, it is afterall on the foothills of the Malverns. i think we probably only rode on a major road for about 100m the rest was lanes like the above. seldom used and great fun
ride 73
22 miles
total 1599

long way in

technically i suppose this shouldn't be in a pic a ride because i vowed not to do reports of commuting to work as they all be the same. However this was a break from the norm. today i decided as i was due to start late and finish late i'd get up early and make the most of the sunshine with a bit of off roading on the way to work. stunning morning for it and i was all set to do the same on the way home
ride 72 however and here's a great tip. if you charge your lights in july ready for a 24hr race and then don't actually use them don't expect that charge to have lasted until October! major panic as i tested the lights an hour before home time and find there's no charge at all! luckily i had a rechargable "commuting light" unluckily i only had time to charge it for 1 hour via a usb. i've never pedalled so fast thinking at any moment i'd be plunged into darkness and the other road users wouldn't be able to see me and I  wouldn't be able to see where i was going.
ride 72
15 miles
total 1577

Thursday, 12 October 2017

shortest ride of the year?

it may have been the shortest ride of the year but it sure hurt a lot more than a lot of them. mainly the next day and the day after when my arm ligaments started to complain that they weren't used to being used in that way. pulling those bars up and landing takes it's toll! i had to have a sit down to recover too :-)
ride 71
2 miles
total 1562