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#1 Moving Target

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:09 PM

Still pedalling on Sunday mornings.

I have not done more than thirty miles in one ride Cornwall because it is so darned hilly!

On a positive note, I have climbed more in six months than any year to date.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:49 PM

After a layoff of seven weeks following a fractured left clavicle after being knocked off my bike, I'm back out on the road again, building up over a fortnight from 2 miles to 44 miles, on the flattest roads I can find. Derbyshire is so darned hilly.

 

Prior to my accident I'd been attacking the hills more than usual including my first 1,000 ft climb. OK. so Derbyshire is hilly, but it's not mountainous.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 12:46 AM

After a layoff of seven weeks following a fractured left clavicle after being knocked off my bike, I'm back out on the road again, building up over a fortnight from 2 miles to 44 miles, on the flattest roads I can find. Derbyshire is so darned hilly.

 

Prior to my accident I'd been attacking the hills more than usual including my first 1,000 ft climb. OK. so Derbyshire is hilly, but it's not mountainous.

 

No "hors catégorie"?  (which is the mountain version of "our amps go to 11")


They said I could be anything, so I became a disappointment.

 

 


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 02:50 AM

I don't ride on the road, but I do about 50 miles a week on MTB trails.  Riding on the road never did it for me, but I've ridden trails for almost 30 years.  I'm on Strava if anyone wants to follow...Slim and I follow one another there.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:39 PM

After a layoff of seven weeks following a fractured left clavicle after being knocked off my bike, I'm back out on the road again, building up over a fortnight from 2 miles to 44 miles, on the flattest roads I can find. Derbyshire is so darned hilly.
 
Prior to my accident I'd been attacking the hills more than usual including my first 1,000 ft climb. OK. so Derbyshire is hilly, but it's not mountainous.


Derbyshire is pretty hilly as I recall. Loved driving on the A6 through Matlock and all. It's like a different world up there. Eerie and beautiful. Plus, I copped off with a buxom blonde Derbyshire wench once.

I just wish I could get from 96 kg to 90 kg, it would make such a difference on the climbs.

How did you get knocked off? An Audi presumably?

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:21 PM

I don't ride on the road, but I do about 50 miles a week on MTB trails.  Riding on the road never did it for me, but I've ridden trails for almost 30 years.  I'm on Strava if anyone wants to follow...Slim and I follow one another there.


I seem to have accidentally unfollowed Slim AND Nick - Strava is so bloody quirky to use - so I can't find you.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:48 PM

It is wonky, but I'm Greg Stevens there, in Austin.  Email is greg@stevens.net.  Hit me up!



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:03 PM

I don't ride on the road, but I do about 50 miles a week on MTB trails.  Riding on the road never did it for me, but I've ridden trails for almost 30 years.  I'm on Strava if anyone wants to follow...Slim and I follow one another there.

Geigh.  :rolleyes:


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:55 PM

Derbyshire is pretty hilly as I recall. Loved driving on the A6 through Matlock and all. It's like a different world up there. Eerie and beautiful. Plus, I copped off with a buxom blonde Derbyshire wench once.

I just wish I could get from 96 kg to 90 kg, it would make such a difference on the climbs.

How did you get knocked off? An Audi presumably?

I think it was a Peugeot 108 that kocked me off. Parked facing oncoming traffic in a row of cars, the driver started to edge out as I was passing, I saw it too late, caught my hip on her wing mirror and went down like a ton of bricks - well like 160lb of bricks - picked up load of road rash and a broken clavicle. I was sure the collar bone was fine and the A&E Doc couldn't see a fracture, but the fracture clinic specialist could see it had come apart and then back together again. Looking at it and feeling it nine weeks on it's obvious where it broke!

 

I sometimes cycle over the hills to Matlock, then back over the hills to home - avoiding Bank Road in Matlock where they held last year's British Hill Climbing championships.


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:10 AM

Geigh.  :rolleyes:

 

Don't be jealous...     :P



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:23 AM

Cycling is geigh, why else wear lycra ?



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:51 PM

Im not as active as you cyclists...     i dont go over 15 miles for a ride.  Anything less i hit the gym too!


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:47 PM

I think it was a Peugeot 108 that kocked me off. Parked facing oncoming traffic in a row of cars, the driver started to edge out as I was passing, I saw it too late, caught my hip on her wing mirror and went down like a ton of bricks - well like 160lb of bricks - picked up load of road rash and a broken clavicle. I was sure the collar bone was fine and the A&E Doc couldn't see a fracture, but the fracture clinic specialist could see it had come apart and then back together again. Looking at it and feeling it nine weeks on it's obvious where it broke!

 

I sometimes cycle over the hills to Matlock, then back over the hills to home - avoiding Bank Road in Matlock where they held last year's British Hill Climbing championships.

 

 

Yikes, nasty.  I ran into a car once on a roundabout - he was the slowest driver ever, and seeeeeeeeeeeeeeemed to get eeeeeevennnn slowwwwwwwerrrrrrr the neeeearrerrrr I got, and I ploughed into his back wing.

 

Worst I suffered was clipping the kerb in Twickenham and going over the bars. A couple of helpful RFU fans gave me a tot from their hip flask.  Just a few scrapes and my left second finger ached for about a year - might have had a micro-fracture or bone bruise.



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:22 PM

They do say that you're not a proper cyclist until you've broken a collarbone. I was very happy not being a proper cyclist...


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 10:27 PM

A couple of days ago, our old friend Slim went out an cycled 179 miles in a day.

 

I was more than happy in doing 63 miles today. I was only going to do 50, but couldn't resist doing a Strava Gran Fondo - not not a cheese - of 100km. The legs were't too bad, but the old cardio-vascular system isn't yet back up to speed after a 7 week lay-off.

 

https://www.strava.c...ties/1153442151


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

They do say that you're not a proper cyclist until you've broken a collarbone. I was very happy not being a proper cyclist...

 

I have a sore neck today. Must have slept on it wrong.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

A couple of days ago, our old friend Slim went out an cycled 179 miles in a day.
 
I was more than happy in doing 63 miles today. I was only going to do 50, but couldn't resist doing a Strava Gran Fondo - not not a cheese - of 100km. The legs were't too bad, but the old cardio-vascular system isn't yet back up to speed after a 7 week lay-off.
 


Extraordinary.

If I didn't ride for seven weeks I doubt I could do fifteen miles.

I will never do a century. It just hurts too much. Arse, numb hands, knees, numb feet. I have registered with a Cornish sportive, to ride the 44 mile route, and honestly don't know if I can do it.

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:58 PM

Extraordinary.

If I didn't ride for seven weeks I doubt I could do fifteen miles.

I will never do a century. It just hurts too much. Arse, numb hands, knees, numb feet. I have registered with a Cornish sportive, to ride the 44 mile route, and honestly don't know if I can do it.

Just break the 44 miles down into bits. Eight five mile bits, then there's a 4 mile cruise to the end. Oh, and take it steady! When doing sportives I tend to use a gear lower than normal and spin a higher cadence. Does it work.? Well it hasn't stopped me finishing one!

 

Did another 40 miles today. Got some serious saddle sores now.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 10:03 PM

Steven Pinker on bicycles

 


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 07:29 AM

Just break the 44 miles down into bits. Eight five mile bits, then there's a 4 mile cruise to the end. Oh, and take it steady! When doing sportives I tend to use a gear lower than normal and spin a higher cadence. Does it work.? Well it hasn't stopped me finishing one!
 
Did another 40 miles today. Got some serious saddle sores now.


I have done a 64 mile sportive, but that was in London - the only big lumps were Highgate Hill and Crystal Palace. It was overnight which I didn't like - went to quite a dark place in myself, and was relieved to see the sun rise. Mrs MT was delighted at my safe return and put up a FB post to the effect that I'd just stormed Sword Beach or something.

But this is Cornwall which is all lumps. Seen from the air it looks like a child has been punching a sheet of plasticine with overlapping knuckle dents! I really should have moved to Norfolk.....

Dammit, just harden the fuck up and do it.




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