Ride 05/09/2020

Ride 05/09/2020

Club ride returned this month yay Although numbers are limited due to stupid COVID but it was nice to get back to group rides and see the guys again. So it’s back to the usual bun run rides from now on, so a little less variety in rides but more regular that when I was going it alone Usual route today with a stiff westerly wind but that meant I got a push home. Nice to be able to get back to the cafe stops and get my scrambled egg roll and orange juice pick me up half way through the ride

Ride 29/08/2020

Ride 29/08/2020

Well winter is coming as it barely got above 10 degrees centigrade and I was wearing 3 layers and full gloves, although I was still in cycling shorts Decided to do an East bound ride rather than the usual West bound ride and the wind was blowing to the South so I didn’t have to worry about that too much. Along to Glenrothes and up to Milnathort along the A91 which I hand’t been along in a while. at least this section. Up to Yetts o’ Murchart and over Knockhill along to Kingseat to skip out Dunfermline and back home. 47 miles clocked up at an avg speed of 16 mph, all in a mornings ride

Ride 08/08/2020 St Andrews

Ride 08/08/2020 St Andrews

Well it’s a nice sunny day so I decided to ride to St Andrews. 2 hours and 7 mins to ride the 40 miles to St Andrews proves I was hammering this with an avg speed of over 18 mph. Probably not a good idea but I stopped there for some lunch. Now the hard part, the route I had planned home was a far more lumpy affair to the flat down hill route to St Andrews and I was still riding hard so this hurt, the last 5 miles are up hill so I was really struggling by this point as I was almost out of energy, I could barely muster 250 watts so it was a slow affair going up hill. But by the time I got home I had still managed to maintain an avg speed of nearly 17.5 mph which I suspect is probably the fastest 75 mile ride I have on record frigging tired now though.

Ride 02/08/2020

Ride 02/08/2020

Another warm but overcast windy day but this time it had the cheek to rain on me Decided to keep todays ride about bun run distance, I’m still a little tired from yesterdays ride. Did a ride that skipped most of the hills out so it was first along to Kelty and then down to Saline. Through Forestmill and down to Kincardine and along the cost back home. As per usual I would be fighting the headwinds on the outward leg and tailwinds on the homeward leg. I wasn’t expecting it to rain and thankfully it wasn’t hard or long as I had no wet gear what so ever on me. But because the weather was unpredictable I kept my foot down for most of the ride hence the 17 mph avg speed

Ride 01/08/2020 Perth Loop

Ride 01/08/2020 Perth loop

Decided to cycle to Perth, I haven’t been there in a while and it’s a good distance to do as I was looking for about 60 miles today. It’s warm but overcast, still a bit windy but since I’m doing a north south route I wasn’t going to hit the wind too much. What I would be doing is climbing a few hills today and I wanted to do all of this before lunch time. So over Knockhill first then Dunning hill and down to the valley then up over a small hill and down to Perth. I stopped for about 10 mins to grab a bite to eat and then headed on again. Down to Bridge of Earn and then up Glenfarg which would be the last major climb of the day. Along to Scotlandwell and around Loch Leven and back home via Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath, clocking up 63 miles at an avg speed of 16 mph, back home just in time for lunch

Ride 26/07/2020

Ride 26/07/2020

So Sunday’s ride was a more brutal affair, not only did I have to contend with the wind but also the rain Today I was looking to do about 60 miles so I took a fairly flat route around to Stirling and then back home. The ride started out raining but by the time I got to Kincardine it had stopped so I thought I had got past the worst of it but I was so wrong Once past Kincardine and Airth the heavens opened up and it poured it down for the next 30 min, I didn’t stand a chance, I was soaked to the bone by the time I hit Stirling and I still had another 30 miles to ride back home Thank God it’s not cold otherwise I would be screwed, probably only around 16 degrees but warm enough for me to carry on cycling home. As per usual I had the headwind going to Stirling which didn’t help with the bloody rain but a decent tailwind home but not windy or warm enough to dry me off, I was still damp by the time I got home. So 58 miles clocked up at just over 16 mph, not too bad but would have been better without the crap weather.

Ride 25/07/2020

Ride 25/07/2020

So with Garmin partially back up I can post my weekend rides. Saturday’s ride was a damp windy affair, with the bad weather I was keeping the ride short, 40 odd miles was enough. I was riding into a head wind as per usual until the leg home where I would have a tail wind. It did rain a little bit but not enough to bother me. Because of the bad weather I did put my foot down a bit which was why the avg speed for today was over 17 mph but I did skip out Knockhill and just go via Saline.

Ride 18/07/2020

Ride 18/07/2020

So today I decided to ride to Stepps, just outside Glasgow, I did think about going into Glasgow but this would mean a 100 miles bike ride and I’m not ready for that just yet and it was hard enough just to do the 80 miles. I would be riding the first 40 miles against a robust headwind that is to say I hated it! It may only be around the 15-16 mph head wind but that knocks the shite out of me and I was tired by the time I got to Stepps with my legs aching something rotten. Thank God I had a tail wind going home otherwise I would have been in deep dodo. It’s not a particularly hilly ride but I still managed to clock up over 3000 feet of climbing which starts to accumulate against what energy reserves I had left. Anyway by the time I got home I was knackered but had clocked up 81 miles at an avg speed of 15 mph so I’ll live with that