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

October 13, 2010

Stop the Rot

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine,Racing — dgpowell @ 4:47 pm


Lurching as if thousands of shocks cascade through every vein and sinew, teeth clenched as if trying to resist the breath tearing out through burnt raw lungs, eyes hollow and so very far away. So very far away. Barely connected, barely conscious, a million miles away from the semi literate thoughts, the long drawn out scream from inside.
Words form and fall apart before ever expressing anything more than the faintest of glimmers of reason, but the message is already imprinted in every muscle twitch even as it is lost to an almost all encompassing confusion. One Last Time, Before.

This is a new low. Beyond any mere reduction in chemicals, a weariness rooted in a deep lack of preparation. Muscles contract, feeling like jagged rocks tearing across raw flesh. Reactions reduced to sparks of light each time the cold, weathered and resilient rock batters at the front wheel.

There is no back up in knowing I’ve done all I can to be ready for this. This is exploring what happens when I push just as I am now. I’ve sat, head in hands at the side of the course, hoping the darkness would completely envelop me and take me away from the long, brutal path I’d chosen. One Last Time. ‘See what happens, even when’

“Is there anything I can say or do that would make a difference…”
Not really. Things have to come back to me in their own way. This is about setting fire to the bridge while I’m still stood on it, plugging myself into the mains and seeing how long I can hold on for. I have to be sat here so I can get back up and carry on. So when I feel like this again nothing will be able to stop me. I’ll know I can get back up, so falling down means nothing.

I drag my carcass around the race and let the course batter it. Empty it completely in it’s unprepared state. The more hollow I finish the more space I have to rebuild.

(This pic taken by Mike, off of Cooksons Cycles)

>>EDIT: The results are up

October 5, 2010

Stop The Rot (Relentless24) WeatherWatch

Filed under: Racing — dgpowell @ 10:08 am

Off up to Scotland at the weekend for the always good (I’ve only done it once, but people promise me it’s always good…and it was the one previous time I did it) Relentless 24, in Fort William.
The reason I’ve referred to it as “Stop The Rot” as, a bit like last year, I’m using it as a way of working out where my fitness has slipped to over the past couple of months. It always does at this time of year; busy times at work, races that don’t fit in with what I normally train for (ie the 3 Peaks and various ‘cross races that last a 24th of what I prefer…that sort of thing) plus the end of a season’s training – the season culminating usually in lots of summer races in blazing sunshine*

So it’s time to stop the rot, find out what my body is doing and work out from that what I need to do in order to be in kick asss shape for the Strathpuffer in January. It’ll be quite nice to get into a period of decent, planned training again, rather than the bodged together mess of riding and not riding I’ve been slacking off from recently. I’m looking forward to it, in fact.

Of course, all the slacking off over the past couple of months (the last Big Ride I did was the Kielder100…and that was ages ago!) means I’m not exactly fighting fit right now, so if you have any plans to beat me in a 24hr race this weekend would be the best time to do it 😉
Get a move on though, this’ll be your last chance before I become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine 😀
Last year I didn’t ‘race’ it at all, I told Angela not to let me know what was going on around me and just got on with plodding round at a comfortable pace. This seemed to nearly kill her and she was obviously finding it hard, not shouting at me to speed up, so this year I’ll give it more of a go, even if I’m not in the same shape I was back in June and July.

Anyway, enough rambling, what’s the weather going to be doing while the race unfolds:

Met Office
UK Weather

It might be quite nice! Yay!

*Well…lots of racing anyway

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