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

January 4, 2010

Least. Training. Ever

Filed under: bikes,Racing,rubbish weather — dgpowell @ 5:25 pm

The weather’s not bothered to abait over the past few weeks – the temperature has barely crept over the 0 mark and the snow has returned over and over again to make being outside pretty trecherous – and it’s managed to kick several shades of sh1t out of my training plans.

Long tough road rides have been all but destroyed – I’ve managed to crawl round on the ice for a maximum of 5hrs a few times, followed by some extra turbo trainers sessions (which I secretly hate), for a couple of weeks. I managed one 8 hour ride while up in Cumbria over Christmas, by basically riding from Whitehaven to Ambleside along the coast and A-roads, then turning round and coming back the same way once I got into the hills and just repeating the non-icy sections over and over until the Sellafield Police began to get a bit suspicious, but that’s been pretty much it.

Off road rides have gone the same way – the longest I’ve been out for was 7.5hrs last week for the Daft Night Ride, which was called short due to frankly terrifying weather up on the tops at sometime-past-midnight and my plan to do a big ride to and from the Todmorden cyclocross race were scupered by most of the trails being under a good foot or two of snow. Bah.

Only one week of riding left before the Strathpuffer and nothing looks like changing. I’ve got 2 afternoons off work, for what would usually be ~7hrs riding each, but all the hills around here are still sheet ice and the temperature’s aren’t set to rise for a good 10 days or so, leaving me ‘up the creek’ a bit. Hopefully Sunday’s ride (off road…again hopefully) won’t be too affected by the remaining snow – talk about last minute training!

Saying all that, looking at picures of the race course as it is right now, I get the sneaking suspicion that walking would be better training than riding:
one of the narrow bridges, deep in snow

the 'main climb' under several inches of snow


  1. sacked the bike for the trail running shoes …. says it all really .

    Comment by Terry — January 5, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  2. same for everyone Dave 😉
    The main roads round here are still knackered, the trails are just bloody daft.

    Comment by ase — January 9, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

  3. Yep – like Jase says – It’s the same for us all. It’s bloody good fun though.

    Comment by Dave Haygarth — January 12, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

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