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#1 Slim

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:52 PM

It's been a rubbish year for cycling so far due to wet weather. It was snowing here this morning and there's still a cover of snow on the ground.

 

However, in October last year I invested in a trainer (one of these):

 

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.. and a subscription to Zwift:

 

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The trainer has power and cadence sensors built in, so your effort into the bike pedals translates into movement on the virtual roads, via Bluetooth. I've found it really useful for getting a bit of exercise in my legs on days when I'd rather not go cycling on a real road. Like today. I doubt I'd have the patience or attention span to put the time in on the trainer without the illusion of going somewhere.

 

As well as a number of picturesque routes on a fictional South Pacific island called Watopia, there are routes through London and Richmond (not the North Yorkshire town, somewhere in the US I believe) and it even uploads your tracks to Strava:

 

https://www.strava.c...ties/1367843539

 

Any other virtual cyclists out there?



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 06:55 PM

^^^ Ready Biker One. Crazy times we're living in. Do they have a Santa Monica route? You could ride by Neil's house. Maybe a virtual Neil throws a rake at you.  B)


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#3 Slim

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:27 PM

Sadly no Santa Monica route as yet, but that would certainly be a nice touch.

 

What I didn't mention was that the other cyclists you see on the virtual roads are real people on their own trainers somewhere in the Real World - so you can go on arranged group rides, race people, or just find a group and tag along with them. You can give other people a thumbs up if you want to. Saw hundreds of people out on the roads of Watopia today. You can customise your outfit and bike so you stand out from the crowd a bit and you can unlock new bikes and outfits by putting in the miles.

 

After the free trial period it costs $10 a month I think? Can't remember exactly, something like that.



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:01 PM

That is nuts.

 

You can rent a bike at Santa Monica beach, btw. There is a paved bike path called The Strand that runs parallel with the Pacific coastline for 22 miles. It stretches across several beach communities.

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:44 PM

Some of us only engage in proper out on the road cycling, with a result that I'm only at 208 miles for the year. Although the weather hasn't been conducive to getting out onto the pot-holed, grit covered, occasionally iced over roads. Yup I've come a cropper on ice this year, luckily not breaking any bones, but picking up some nice bruising. Today's snow and icy rain kept me in the hutch.

I'm mad, but not that mad.


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#6 Slim

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:00 AM

I came off on the ice a couple of times in December but haven't gone out in icy weather so far this year. I only count the actual road miles, and am at 158 so far in 2018. Just four rides this year.



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 09:21 PM

We've had the first nice weather of the year now, and I've had a couple of pleasant rides out in sunny weather. I've done the first 100+ miler of the year.

 

But overall the weather has been poor this year and I've only been out on the bike 27 times.

 

Despite this though I've done 1050 miles this year now, which is 168 miles more than the 2017 total this time last year.



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 10:33 PM

Did my first 100km ride of the year today, to complete my first Strava Gran Fondo of the year. Got 4,598ft of climbing in too. It was too warm for that and too early in the season.

The weather was lovely to start off, but it grew to look as if a thunderstorm may break out, thankfully it didn't as I had my bling white cycling shoes on.

I'm now up to 1,240 miles for the year about 100 down on last year in 4 fewer rides. The weather's been grim up North.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 05:11 PM

I'll be riding once again this year...in the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's ride     at Old Orchard beach Maine.       September  8. 2018.       

It grows every year !

 

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#10 Valium

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 04:52 PM

Since the weather wasn't promising today, I started working on a new bike that is going to be my wife's birthday present. Just installed the seat post and the truly manly task of pressing in the head set with one of these01-52-500R1_DO_IT_YOURSELF_Steuersatzwer



#11 Slim

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

I've had a rubbish cycling summer due to a knee injury which I think is going to take another couple of months to get over. Since the beginning of June, I've only done 211 miles.

 

At the moment I'm wary of doing any cycling, although my physio has told me to go and ride the bike. But even 10 miles or less can seem to aggravate it.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:46 PM

I'm up to over 4,000 miles for the year now. Just starting to feel in reasonable condition for a 55 year old. Such a shame the nights are drawing in rapidly.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:48 PM

I've had a rubbish cycling summer due to a knee injury which I think is going to take another couple of months to get over. Since the beginning of June, I've only done 211 miles.

 

At the moment I'm wary of doing any cycling, although my physio has told me to go and ride the bike. But even 10 miles or less can seem to aggravate it.

Get yourself a vibration plate! It has worked wonders for my knee plus other areas. I am surprised they aren't so well known.
I prefer mine without the handle bars. It can be set in front of a chair while sitting to give a great leg/foot massage effect especially after a workout or ride. Speeds up recovery too. Weights can also be held in different positions to work various muscles.
https://www.amazon.c...vibration plate



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:51 PM

I actually bought myself an ultrasound therapy unit - my physio uses one on me and she seems to know what she's doing. Mine is a domestic, hand-held rechargeable unit. Whether it's helping much I don't know. But it's not hurting.



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:23 PM

My big fundraising ride leaves for the Somme valley next week. It's for SSAFA the British Armed Forces charity. I have to do 160 miles in three days, taking in several of the Great War monuments.

 

I started training for this in March.  I have not lost any weight.  Still around 98 kilos.  But I have got better at going up hills. 

 

Wanted to do about 40 miles today but woke up feeling migrainey.   I don't feel in the right shape mentally or physically for this but I hope that the comradeship of the other riders - plenty of ex-military - will carry me through.  Fifty miles / 2000 feet climbing in a day is easy enough, but three times in three days is daunting.   Will have to try to ride every day from now on until departure.

 

I now have a different Strava account as the other one locked me out for some reason, should anyone want to see the pictures I take :)



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Posted Today, 08:27 AM

Only done six miles in the last ten days.  Felt rough all that time, constantly sleepy, can't seem to get going.

 

Managed sixteen this morning, though it should have been more.

 

The old Strava account is back up thanks to emails to tech support, and the new one is deleted.



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Posted Today, 01:14 PM

Come on dudes get with the program.

 


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#18 nickslikk2112

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Posted Today, 09:24 PM

Managed 120 miles @ 17mph with over 8,000 ft of climbing this weekend. Dumped the fridge at the first lay-by I got to.

All done so as I can stuff my face with chocolate digestives.

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