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

June 7, 2009

a carcass dragged

Filed under: bikes,rubbish weather — dgpowell @ 9:49 pm

Had 2 afternoons off work this week, so in my continuing attempt to regain a dreg of fitness before mountain mayhem I took myself off into the hills on the road bike for some private suffering.

Tuesday’s ride was nice, the sun was out, it wasn’t insanely windy and the hills didn’t seem as horrible as they had during the previous week. I knocked out 120 miles, feeling better the further I rode and (just like last year) got sorely tempted to have a go at the Garstang time trial that was taking place as I cruised down the A6 towards the end of the ride. Eventually I will weaken enough to sort it out and actually have a crack at it (provided there’s somewhere leave the bottles and camelback). No, really, I wil this time.

Friday’s ride was supposed to be done in the rain, according to the misery-mongers on the bbc. So I dressed accordingly and carried waterproof stuff with me. It didn’t rain on me…and wasn’t as cold as they threatened either, so i nearly boiled. Still, it was better than being in work and a near-comfortable 105 miles in the hills was good news.

I spent a couple of hours on the turbo trainer during the week just to spin out the legs and do some easy stuff without having to battle the traffic. I don’t like using the turbo trainer, but at least when taking it easy I can still watch telly 🙂

Wasn’t sure what to do today, eventually I decided to head out on the road again and have yet another go on the hills (the good thing about having nice long loops is that they don’t get boring quite so much). The wind was back with a vengance and was an absolute bugger for the first 25 or so miles.
“Oh well” I thought, “it’ll get easier once I’ve reached the bottom of the loop and start to ride north”. Evidently the wind can hear my thoughts and did a quick about turn at the same time as me and continued to blast me in the face for a further 35-odd miles. Grr. Saw a few people out doing this ride while i was up on tatham fells and even spotted a food stop situated where I normally scoff a cereal bar, it was tempting to stop and try to buy a brew, but I carried on and “treated” myself to a High5 gel. I would have preferred the brew!
Got home 93 miles later (see there’s so many route variations you could do a different ride every day with the same “core” set of climbs) still feeling OK – i could tell I’d been for a ride, but wasn’t by any means tired and ate all the pasties in the house 🙂


  1. Wind yesterday and today was baaad, blow off the pike climb both days, to top 1/3rd of school climb was about 4mph.

    It’s not like we’re not used to it though, must be 10 days a month this windy.

    Yesterday was very wet indeed.

    Comment by matt — June 7, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  2. good to see the prep is going well.

    Tell wayne his jumpers safe from my supernoodles this year as im not coming down , doing the puffer lite in a PAIR instead. Although im down for all three 10s as a solo.

    Aims this year are damage limitation. Getting bad overuse injurys and its not me over doing it as ive done the base milage to high heaven ! YOGA !

    Take it easy dave and give em hell at mayhem for me !

    Comment by terry — June 8, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  3. oh and to make you jelous my 300k on saturday was done in relitively good weather ! as was my suffering for it lying on a hammock yesterday in the garden !

    Comment by terry — June 8, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  4. Shit Dave, Im in Croatia next week I aint back until the 20th!! please tell me you will be ok without my bike bimblin skills 🙁

    Comment by Wayne — June 8, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

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