Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

August 25, 2007


Filed under: bikes,work — dgpowell @ 9:37 pm

currently feeling as weak as a kitten, can’t eat much, stomache aches…
illness sucks

can’t even muster up energy to change TV channel and get DanceX off the screen, aaarg

was meant to be doing some nice ‘clambering over fells’ training for the 3 peaks before going away on holiday on monday, but will now be curled up on the sofa

oh well, some hasty re-planning of the training roster means this is now my off season and i’ll kick off training for next year in september, rather than keep hold of what fitness was left after the 24hr races of this year for the 3 peaks…should be fun trying to fit training in with 12hr days at work!

August 23, 2007

like a fell runner, but slower and with longer shorts

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 9:22 am

So i’ve started clambering up some steep slopes in preperation for the 3 peaks cyclocross doolally in a months time.
It’s actually gone quite well so far, i don’t think i’ll be bounding up the fells like the top guys will be, but i’ve managed to keep a decent fast walking pace (you could probably describe it as a ‘trot’, or the kind of pace a fat man makes towards the cake stand when he’s trying to make out he’s not really interested in the cakes, but actually really is) up the steepest slopes i could find. Sadly the 3 peaks is famed for going straight up stuff so steep you have to pull yourself up using the fence to the side of the track so i imagine it’ll still be a very steep learning curve (pun intended) come race day, but it’s still a good idea to get as used to shouldering the bike as possible.

I’ve managed to catch people up each time i’ve gone up anything on foot (going over whins fell – you can see the climb in the background going up the fell – on sunday i saw a couple of walkers about halfway up and set myself the challenge of catching them before the descent on the other side, which i duly did) and last night i managed to beat a rider up the steep back of beacon fell. I saw him riding up a fire road as i came hammering (or, more accurately, rattling, as everything on the scandal is loose and worn out right now) down and decided to try and get back to the main path round the top of the fell before him by running up through the trees.
I dismounted in a full on cyclocross stylee at full pelt as i hit the road at the bottom of the climb (i seem to be getting quite good at it now, i even managed a one footed bunny hop over a waterbar!) threw the bike over my shoulder and set about stomping up the fellside. I reached the path to find it still empty, so I tried a cyclocross remount, nearly castrated myself, decided i should just get on normally and just managed to get back riding again as i saw him reach the top of the fireroad climb. Ace!

He seemed most confused…

August 14, 2007

SITS – suffering like a cowboy

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 10:06 am

I’ve copied this wholesale from On-One as i can’t be bothered trying to say the same things in a different way…except for throwing out much thanks to Guy, without whom i would not have finished at all.

results: clicky

I had quite high hopes for SITS this year; i knew i was fit enough to be competitive, i liked the event last time, i knew i had kit good enough to win on and i had full on support on the shape of Guy.
mens solo podium
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Sadly my body had other ideas. I don’t want to go into too much detail – for modesty reasons – but suffice to say that by 16hrs in i could not sit down. At All. Even For A Second.
This meant that to carry on i had to ride stood up constantly (if you don’t think that sounds hard, try it!), which put an awful lot of pressure on my hands, which, in turn, blistered up quite badly and bruised (in fact i can hardly type this right now!).
me in a world of pain on the last lap
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Despite my body falling apart my legs felt quite good throughout and although i wasn’t really able to ‘put the hammer down’ and try to imrove my position i was able to consolodate the 6th place i was already in. To be honest it felt like scant reward for the suffering, but in a peverse way it felt nice to have ridden through the pain rather than give in!
a record of my race
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Top Tip: if you want maximum exposure at a race, don’t bother knackering yourself in to win, the best way to get EVERYONE looking at you is to be the very last person over the line…it worked for me!

Geeky Race Stats:
6th place solo mens catagory (90something competitors).
29 laps in 25hrs 10mins (227.59 miles)
19079ft climbing (5815.28metres)
av. riding speed: 10.1mph
av. heart rate: 143bpm (194max)
3 punctures
1 snapped chain
3 “proper” crashes
1 “proper” sulk (infinate grumpy moments)
1 ruined backside
2 battered hands
2 sore calf muscles

August 8, 2007

Good News Day

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - other peoples,not bikes — dgpowell @ 9:35 am

john is back
John Boyman – an example of what would happen if Trinny & Susannah and Mr Motivator were cloned to create the ultimate athlete/fashionista – is back in facebook form (you’ll need a facebook login to see). Hurrah! The legend lives on!

Guy has offered to step in to help at SITS this weekend, which i am now determined to go fast at – i’ve not blown up at a race at all this year, so this might be a good time to see how far i can get at speed before dying (then see how well i can hang on once dead). Big up to him, again (he’s stepped in at previous races to save the day).
speaking of SITS, the WeatherWatch this time round comes from, as they claim there’ll be no rain during or before the race. everyone else claims it’ll be poo over the weekend, so stuff them, rules!

I passed my driving test yesterday (woo) so now I’m road legal, despite stalling while trying to get across a dual carrigeway turning right and spending most of the test apologising to the examiner! 7 minor faults seems almost miraculous considering just how badly i thought i was driving, perhaps she was just taking pity on me…

Oh and the strathpuffer ’08 dates are out, yay! More sub zero stupidity in the pitch black!

August 6, 2007

A Little Taster Session

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 9:39 am

Sunday morning was spent riding round Pen-y-Ghent, partly because it was supposed to be a nice little ride and partly because i wanted to get an idea of where i’d be going on the 3 peaks (further exploration of ingleborough and whernside to follow in the coming weeks). The weather made an appearance, looking quite nice and summery, which added to the enjoyment nd the general consensus was that the route was a great example of everything the dales are good at.
We trawled for ages through terrible overdeveloped urban sprawl, fighting our way through the crowds in search of any sort of greenery before eventually finding several big holes – complete with dead sheep at the bottom. Pen-y-Ghent itself, that had been peeping over the tops of the hills near to where we started, failed to look any less impressive as we got up close to it (though any pics of it had to be shot into the sun so look a bit crap) and i was left thinking that it was going to be bloomin hard clamberng over it after 30something miles…
Further round, the track took on a more technical, multi-line, flavour – the kind of riding i could do all day with a big grin on my face. The kind of trail that cheers me up almost infinately more than any trail centre could (though, thanks to some half finished rebuilding of the main path, i got to sample some gravel whoops/jumps too, just like ain a real bike park!).
Eventually the twisty, turny, avoid the rock, miss the deep puddle, get stuck in a rut, bounce out over a lip, splash through a stream, thrutch over a rock, pedal through a lumpy bit, twist some more, turn some more, lean back down the steep bit, type trail brought us to a road – after some sitting around double checking everything on the route guide…which wasn’t exactly unpleasant in itself:
cabal reclining in the dales
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we followed the road for a while, noticing that the hills on either side seemed to be getting bigger and eventually (as is so often the case) a climb arrived.
rich climbing.
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It wasn’t an awful climb, one to sit back on and get into a rhythm (of swatting away annoying flies, wiping the sweat away then panic steering as you veered off the track) and once over the hump the track took on a speedy double track character back to another road, which turned into a great pasty stop 🙂
A short pootle along the road brought us back round to the “front” of PYG and to a great descent (fairly fast, with tricky ruts, rocks, slippy bits etc) pretty much all the way back to the start.

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