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

December 20, 2010

It’s cold.

Filed under: bikes,rubbish weather — dgpowell @ 10:07 pm

Not exactly an award winning, tabloid style, uber-quality headline there, but it is. Damn cold.
Cold to the point where muscles don’t work as well, lungs freezeburn when you try to push it and the iced ground jackhammers at your arms as you try to fight the bike over it. Cold, but not quite cold enough to not ride.

Well, maybe if the Strathpuffer wasn’t looming scarily on the horizon it would be cold enough to hide inside, clutching a mug of hot chocolate while stood in front of a roaring fire wearing a big wooly jumper. But the Strathpuffer is looming and I’ve done bugger all training for it, so Operation Just Ignore It (as much as possible) is still ongoing.

Last week I was complaining about how the trails had turned to stodge, making everything slow and knackering drivechains. This week the temperatures have plummeted even further than before – when I set off on Sunday morning it was minus nine – and the trails are buried under a good foot or two of snow. Presumably this has happened to show me the error of my whining ways, so I apologise to everyone, it’s obviously my fault.

Anyway, although rides have been called a bit short due to the utter mentalness of the cold (I mean, the drinking tube on my camelback froze solid on Sunday within two hours, despite being tucked INSIDE my jacket, reducing the ride to a Tour de Petrol Stations to kep buying bottles of water to drink.) they’re still going on, snow or no snow. I should be able to get a few decent length, all day rides in next week and the week after to help get me back into the 24hr race frame of mind, I’m pretty sure I’ve enough fitness to ‘just keep going’ as long as I can keep myself fuelled now – 9hr rides in the past few weeks have been done without too much suffering and the 6hr rides in mental cold temperatures haven’t caused any real discomfort (save tingly fingers of course), so I’m heading slowly but surely in the right direction!

I look forward to seeing what craziness the weather has in store for the next few weeks riding too!

tundra-esque

3 Comments

  1. […] » It’s cold. Twinkly Dave: Ragley Bikes Supported Endurance Racer I should be able to get a few decent length, all day rides in next week and the week after to help get me back into the 24hr race frame of mind, via twinklydave.com […]

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  2. nice sheep!

    Comment by Mark — December 21, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  3. Dave, have you tried blowing the water back into the Camelbak bladder after each drink? It keeps the water out of the exposed hose and stops it freezing. It’s a bit of a drag and takes a bit of remembering to do but it does stop you getting a hernia sucking on a frozen pipe (missus).

    Comment by Mr Sparkle — December 21, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

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