Won a race once. AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT

  • retreating…

    into my own head seemed the best way to deal with the torrential rain during yesterday’s ride.
    Within about an hour of me setting off there’d been no let up in the intensity of the rain and my goretex jacket had wet through (i’m not overly annoyed by this as, lets face it, no waterproof fabric save a bin bag would be able to cope with the hammering rain while riding at 20odd mph). I hunkered down over the bars and began to get slightly obsessed with a dry patch on the bars where my hands rest when on the hoods; moving hand positions for climbs was bad, as i the dry area was exposed, i had to keep it nice and warm and comfortable at all costs.
    Another hour later, after a bit of exploring random roads following the decision that the silly fast descent off the nick o pendle into sabden might be a bit sketchy – given that i was getting wheelspin when climbing out of the saddle – i hit the bottom of the climb over waddington fell, settled into a rhythm and stomped my way up, suprising myself by riding right out of the rain and into “proper summer” blue sky.

    Of course, the 2hrs of biblical downpour had stripped my chain of any hint of lube, so i shortened the ride (but managed to keep all the climbing in) and arrived back at home in blazing sunshine, with the jacket stuffed in my jersey pocket, hoping for a suntan.

    Sadly that didn’t happen, but i did get back from feeling strong over all the hills (and climbing them all in at least one gear higher than i was able to earlier in the season, which was nice) in time to watch itv4’s coverage of the tour and see how to ‘really’ climb stuff. Ace.

    Now i just need to get all the water out of the rims and i’ll be ready for this weeks monster rideathons!

     

    9:14 am on July 23, 2007 | 4 Comments | # |

Comments

  • Simon 10:08 am on July 23, 2007 | #

    You cut a ride short because there was no lube left on your chain? Hardly the actions of a champion soloist 😉

  • dgpowell 10:13 am on July 23, 2007 | #

    yeah, i only ended up doing 6hrs, not even enough to get tired, it was rubbish

    have dug out the “extreme conditions” lube now, so i will be making up for my slacking this week
    🙂

  • matt 3:33 pm on July 23, 2007 | #

    I lube my chain with road grime.

  • dgpowell 3:39 pm on July 23, 2007 | #

    it was my own fault for using some sort of “biodegradable all natural” oil
    bah

    what is required is some sort of toxic super-hyper-syntho-oil deriviative that blinds animals at 10 paces and significantly reduces the worlds rainforests when placed between two load bearing surfaces 🙂
    i think wiggle do some