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#41 Moving Target

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:33 PM

James is taking this seriously! :)

 

I also have a spreadsheet (Excel).  I plan to do 84 miles per month.  I am well behind, having done 14 today and 39 for the month.  But a couple of sportives in the summer and autumn will see me catch up.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:00 AM

Checked the spreadsheet just now, and (damn) I'm down to 822 miles / year! Will get out on the bike and do 8 or 9 at lunchtime.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 05:27 PM

And I did 9 exactly, same as last time (coincidentally, as it was a different route). Which means that as I type, I'm doing 941 miles per year!

 

66 done, 687 to go.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:14 PM

And another 10.84 brings the total to 77.21 this year. Would like to get that figure up to 90 before the end of the month as that'll mean a nice'n'easy 60 per month for the remaining 11 months of the year, to hit 750 by Dec 31. The weather forecast suggests I'd have to do them all on Saturday.

 

Current rate: 1058 per year!



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:11 PM

Boris pushes on with his cycling superhighway in the smoke.....



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:15 PM

Wheeled out another 7.58 miles at lunchtime, 84.79 down, 5.21 to go to hit 90 this month. Saturday probably.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 08:04 AM

You must be dropping some weight.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 11:42 AM

I wasn't overweight to begin with, but I probably have lost a bit. Better stock up on cheese &  onion rolls so I don't waste away.

 

The weather is a bit worse than forecasted I'm afraid and the roads look wet. No mudguards. Might be a plan to buy some.

 

I'm determined to roll out those last 5.21 miles, but I'll leave it an hour or two. Will stick to main roads.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 02:30 PM

In the end that necessary chore turned out to be a delightful ride out - so much so that as I was arriving home after 8.5, I decided to perform a triangle with a nearby village and town before calling it a day. Roads mostly dry and no rain or snow. 14.25 miles, which brings the monthly total to 99.04.

 

If I'd done the maths while I was out there I'd have stuck it out another mile for a nice round 100. Oh well. I need a bit less than 60 miles for each of the 11 remaining months, and that'll do me nicely.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 06:44 PM

And another 8.32 today brings the yearly total to 107.36. Sunny, dry - but cold. That icy gale on your face doesn't half keep you awake. Looking forward to doing this in a t-shirt and shorts in a few months.


Speaking of cycling clothing - how do others approach the delicate subject of gonad management? I don't have proper cycling shorts or anything like that but it's sooo uncomfortable when your testicles are being interfered with by the saddle. Today I handled it by wearing two pairs of underpants, which seemed to keep them nicely in place.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 06:48 PM

And another 8.32 today brings the yearly total to 107.36. Sunny, dry - but cold. That icy gale on your face doesn't half keep you awake. Looking forward to doing this in a t-shirt and shorts in a few months.

Speaking of cycling clothing - how do others approach the delicate subject of gonad management? I don't have proper cycling shorts or anything like that but it's sooo uncomfortable when your testicles are being interfered with by the saddle. Today I handled it by wearing two pairs of underpants, which seemed to keep them nicely in place.

Bike shorts are a must, James.
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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:08 PM


Speaking of cycling clothing - how do others approach the delicate subject of gonad management?

 

Cycling shorts as JARG says. They have to go direct on your skin - briefs on underneath with give you hilarious VPL.   In this weather you want tights at least, but proper cycling trousers are better.

 

Or you could get these briefs that look like a baboon's arse and wear them under cargo shorts.

 

Chamois better is also a must, or at least some cheapo body lotion out of Boots.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:46 PM

Cycling shorts as JARG says. They have to go direct on your skin - briefs on underneath with give you hilarious VLP.  

You know what, I really don't care about my VPL. Although it's not too bad as my cycling shorts are too big...

 

Still not been out on my bike, at this time of year my spare time is devoted to chopping firewood.


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:56 PM

Well I appreciate the advice but never really had a problem with regular underwear until my current saddle. Will investigate these possibilities, though.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:33 PM

I ordered a pair of cycling shorts. Will be wearing them under my hiking trousers (which seem lightweight and loose enough for cycling) until the weather warms up a bit. Weather looks passable tomorrow and I'm going to give it a miss today.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 01:33 PM

In this weather you want one of these. Looks like about a ten-speed, with just one ring at the front.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 05:30 PM

Despite heavy snow this morning the roads cleared up nicely and I had a pleasant 8.64 miles in the winter sun at lunchtime.

 

116.0 exactly done this year and roughly 17 in Feb. 15 a week would see me through the 750 finish line in 2015; I should be able to do more than that though so who knows .. maybe four figures. But I'm still aiming for 750 for now.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 09:19 PM

Be no stopping you when you get the right shorts!

 

Want to do London-Brighton with me?



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:06 AM

I have actually got the shorts in the post this afternoon, and they are pornographically tight. My other half actually asked me not to let my stepdaughter see me in them. Damn they look good on me though. The foam insert feels a bit uncomfortable but I'll find out what it feels like on the saddle tomorrow as long as it doesn't snow.

 

Are you seriously going to do London-Brighton? That's more than 50 miles and it might finish me off. If you are I'm interested to know how you approach it - how many rest breaks (if any?!) for example. I would definitely want to take it easy.

 

I do sometimes reminisce about the long bike trips I used to do 20-odd years ago, would be good to do one again.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 06:36 AM

I have actually got the shorts in the post this afternoon, and they are pornographically tight. My other half actually asked me not to let my stepdaughter see me in them. Damn they look good on me though. The foam insert feels a bit uncomfortable but I'll find out what it feels like on the saddle tomorrow as long as it doesn't snow.

 

Are you seriously going to do London-Brighton? That's more than 50 miles and it might finish me off. If you are I'm interested to know how you approach it - how many rest breaks (if any?!) for example. I would definitely want to take it easy.

 

I do sometimes reminisce about the long bike trips I used to do 20-odd years ago, would be good to do one again.

 

 

Did L2B last year.  It's just a question of training for it.  I did a few 20-milers, then a 30, then a 40 and then decided I was ready. Some hill practice is recommended as you have to get over the South Downs, and Ditchling Beacon at about the 46 mile point is a brute, a one-mile 1-in-8, though Yorkshire and Derbyshire have some fiercer climbs.  You'll be tired by the time you get there, and there is about a five-mile slow drag up to the foot of it.  I was down to just 8 mph on the approach to Ditchling, and sucking down energy gel.

 

I took one one-hour break for a big lunch, and otherwise a couple of fifteen-minute stops in friendly pubs who fill up water bottles.  The important thing is to have lots of snacks on board and get about five litres of water down you.  Over a long ride your blood sugar and electrolytes must be maintained or you start making silly mistakes - I nearly piled into the back of an Audi on a sharp descent.

 

If you're serious then I would suggest getting thin road tyres, to reduce rolling resistance - mine are 30 mm which are quite fat for a road bike, but I weight 92 kg.

 

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