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

July 31, 2007

playing catch up/bruised shins

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 9:15 am

After slacking off for a few weeks (well, not slacking off as such, more “tapering for races, then doing badly at them and not getting very far”…plus i had to impliment Training Plan D, to keep ahead of simon in preperation for SITS) i felt a good bit of training was in order over the last two weeks. Last week in particular was rather big, my biggest training week in fact, with (working from monday to monday) 35.5hrs ridden and 514 miles ridden outside, along with 2x 1hr turbo trainer sessions and a 1hr spinning class. Marvellous. I wish i as a full time pro now, as i think i could enjoy riding that much every week rather than being stuck in this office with pointless bitchy people!
Anyway, the other reason for riding more is, of course, to play catch up to freak boy matt, who’s now many many hundreds of miles ahead of me in this year’s mileage. With any luck he’ll implode soon and then victory will be mine!

Sunday’s ride over in yorkshire had both good bits and, well, pretty dull bits in it. MBRs killer loop out from skipton round bolton abbey etc might well have become a killer, not through toughness but through boredom as rich and i traipsed across flat dull field after flat dull field seemingly included just to prove a point that you can get from one good bit to another without the use of roads (a point well proven, if a little meaningless). There were some fun bits over the moors though, which kind of made up for the dullness and the final descent seemed quite good fun…even though rich had thrown himself overthe bars earlier in the ride to give himself matching scratched and no doubt bruised shins!

I’m not going to complain about the weather, as it’s stopped raining on me every few seconds (i think maybe the sky ran out of water on thursday when it utterly drowned me) and has actually been quite nice out for the past few days…provided the wind isn’t included…
damn, couldn’t make a whole paragraph without mentioning the wind, oh well.


  1. 514 miles in a week? Well done that man! I trained in Wales at the weekend, big hills and singlespeed. Should have done my legs some good.
    I’ve decided to counteract your Training Plan D by implementing Training Plan G. I’m gonna head over to Germany at the weekend for Schlaflos Im Sattel. I’ll have to try not to drink too much beer 🙂

    Comment by Simon — July 31, 2007 @ 9:37 am

  2. I’m retiring in August, so you’ll never catch me 😉

    Comment by matt — July 31, 2007 @ 9:53 am

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