So no cycling last Sunday and yesterday thanks to the snow but I was able to get out today but that didn’t last long. I started out with the group up to Stirling but they were going to Doune today which was too far for me at their speed, so I decided I would peel off at Stirling and head back home via Alloa. This all feel to pieces by the time I hit Clackmannan where I got a puncture Unfortunately for me the new wheels I got for my bike in Jan are tubeless and I’m riding with tubes which made changing the tire and tube impossible. After an hour of trying to fix the puncture which resulted in 3 more punctures trying to get the tire back on I gave up in despair and called mum to come and pick me up and take me home. So I’m selling the new wheels and buying some more new clincher (tube) wheels in the hope I never have to go through that again. On the 8 years that I’ve been cycling I’ve never had to call someone to rescue me >:-( not a happy bunny and I only got 35 miles of the 50 miles that I wanted to do!
Distance 44.50 mi | Time 3:04:35 | Speed 14.5 mph | Elevation 2,431 ft
Source: Ride 09/03/2019
Out with the 09:00 crew in a windy mixed bag of weather day. The avg speed was 14 mph which is a bit on the slow side for me but of course this made the ride easy and I was leading a good chunk of the way. I think this was one of the reasons when I joined the club I started cycling with the fast crew, as the next level down was a bit on the slow side. So new strategy will be I’ll ride with the fast wrecking crew tomorrow and see how I get on and maybe I’ll alternate between the fast a slower groups to see if I can find a happy medium.
I was out with the fast group this morning primarily because I’m not riding tomorrow and I know I can keep up with the guys on the shorter distance rides. Even though the stats say I had an avg speed of 15 mph it felt faster than that but again I wasn’t struggling to keep up today so may thats right. Anyhow next week I’ll go with the slower group both days and see how I get on.
Distance 75.25 mi | Time 4:25:56 | Speed 17.0 mph | Elevation 2,411 ft
Source: Ride 24/02/2019
Well today the fast group went psycho warp speed on me and went an avg 19 mph for the first 40 miles to the cafe stop! This absolutely destroyed me so I parted way after the cafe stop and went my own way home and at my speed. It was still a long ride for me clocking up 75 miles and I averaged 17 mph which I’m very happy with but I think this will be my last ride with the fast group as they are killing me every weekend and I’m not getting any faster myself. I’m riding at my limits all the time and I suspect this isn’t conducive to my health and it’s definitely not making for a fun ride. Starting next weekend I’ll be dropping to the slower group like I did yesterday and hopefully I can start to enjoy my rides again.
What a difference a ride makes, I decided to ride the 09:00 group rather than the 08:30 fast group as I’m riding with the fast group tomorrow doing the 100km ride. I know from experience that I can’t keep up with the fast group doing the 100km as I usually get dropped after the cafe stop. So my strategy this week is to do the slower ride today thus leaving me some energy for tomorrow and hopefully I won’t get dropped tomorrow, we shall see Suffice to say todays stats are a bit skewed as the garmin didn’t stop for the cafe stop so the avg speed should be around the 14-15 mph mark rather than 12 mph cos I sure as hell wasn’t riding that slow.
Thanks to the garmin web site having a meltdown I’m only able to upload this now some 7 hours after completing it Anyhow today was a tough ride as the guys when out hard and fast from the off set which meant i was only able to stay in the group up to the cafe stop. After coffee it was a struggle for me to keep up so I decided to go at my own pace, I had gone hard yesterday and hadn’t had enough time to recover. So the last 10-15 miles we me going very slow which is why the avg was only 16 mph.
Well it’s a damp wet start this morning but thankfully the rain stopped after a while as I wasn’t packing any wet gear. It was a fast ride today but I did manage to keep up with the group but got dropped a little up knockhill but I wasn’t the last over so thats a win in my mind
After skipping yesterdays ride due to the dangerous weather today’s ride was ok with me. The route would be to Stirling and back via Saline and since the weather was fine, little winds, I was able to keep up with the group all the way round. So today I did 58 miles at an avg speed of 17.5 mph and I’m happy with that
Distance 47.58 mi | Time 2:48:18 | Speed 17.0 mph | Elevation 2,300 ft
Source: Ride 03/02/2019
So yesterday’s weather was atrocious -5 with about an inch of snow, I opted not to ride and I think it was the wise choice given that only 4 people turned up yesterday. Today was a slightly better day, zero degrees and some of the snow had been wiped away by traffic. Only 5 of us turned up today and we decided to do a loop around the forth which was fine with me as I know the route well and I know I can do it fast. So todays ride was a good ride for me, I was able to stay with the group and lead it some of the way. The only downside was the freezing rain/sleet we had to put up with from Falkirk to Linlithgow, where we stopped for a cafe break. By the time we finished out coffee the rain had stopped so it was a cold but dry ride back home
Brutal windy day today, I only managed to keep up with the group for about 40 miles before I had to drop back and take it at my own pace. Although I made it home in one piece this time, better than last week, I’m still knackerd!