So I started building up my cross bike
I’m excited and scared. I need to learn how to dismount/remount and I need to learn it quick :)
Started trying to lose some weight again as the last few months left me fat.
I thought the only bicycle I had in working order was my On One 456 but that was not the case. I went out on my CAAD9 today, took a risk with no spare tub (had a can of Decathlon’s version of Pit Stop that is untested). I rode very slowly and just tried to get used to being on a bike again. Had no idea where I was going and just followed my nose. I very enjoyable 3 hours which has left my legs hurting and me happy.
Because there has been no cycling. I don’t know why, I’ve jsut been doing other things. Fishing, being a dad and relaxing. I’m starting to get the bug again though (hence me posting this I guess).
Tomorrow I will cycle. Not decided if it will be mountain or road yet, as the only fully working bike is my On One it’s likely to be off road.
I got a new personal best time for a 10 mile timetrial. 26.07.
It was very cold this morning (32f/0c) and with hindsight taking my turbo trainer to warm up on would have made sense. In the first mile I couldn’t get my HR up at all, the legs jsut wouldn’t turn over fast enough. Once I got a bit of heat into them though I was up at my LT heart rate and pushing pretty hard through the dense air.
This is a fair way better than last years 28.37 but then again the wind was not blowing me off the road today. It’s also significantly better than my previous PB of 27.30.
Going 8 seconds faster is going to happen on an evening 10 for sure, what I actually want is 1 minute and 8 seconds faster. That might take a bit more effort and a flatter course.
First time trial of my season this coming Saturday. I’ll be dragging myself out of bed at some silly time as I’m starting at 07:44.
There are still a couple of pieces of the aero puzzle missing. My shoe covers (which will make little to no difference) and my skinsuit, which was supposed to have been shipped yesterday but I’ve had no confirmation of that and with my experiences of the bicycle industry and the bicycle clothing industry in particular I’d be suprised if it turns up this month.
My bike is pretty much as you see it in the pic above (the tyre is inflated now).
- Canyon Speedmax AL
- SRAM Rival Crank, mechs and brakes
- Ebay special bar end shifters
- Tektro brake levers
- Look KEO carbon pedals off my road bike
- Reynolds wheels (old school ones with White Industries hubs) also from road bike
- SLR Saddle
- Planet X base bar
- Oval Clip on aero bars
I’ll also be wearing an aero helmet for the first time.
Raced at Hog Hill again yesterday. It was 3rd and 4th Cats for 1 hour. I did not manage an hour. Everything felt wrong. Asthma, sore muscles and no power. There were no good sensations.
It was however the largest turnout of the Rollapaluza Race Team. Andy, Tom, Sean and myself. With Jan, Julia and Brent watching. I was also blessed to have my fiance and little girl come and watch too.
Jan took some pictures.
Today was a different story altogether. Just popped out for an hour, had no expectations other than I wanted to get the legs turning. I rode tempo, went up for 45 minutes and then descended for 15. Every sensation was great, the weather good and the traffic non existent. Roll on summer.
Getting heavier, training less and eating more.
I missed a race as time with the fam was more important. Started working on the time trial bike a bit, it hurt for more than 5 minutes and I started to lose momentum.
I managed to train tonight in shorts and short sleeves. After work with no lights. It felt great but I cannot maintain the time trial position at all. I am going to try raising the elbow pads back to where they where and leave the extensions where they are. It hurts my wrists like that but it’s got to be better than the neck pain and eye ache from trying to look up.