Archive for December, 2009

Let it snow!

31 December 2009

Last ride of the year and fifth ride in a row.  I checked my riding calendar and noticed that the last time I had ridden five days in a row was back in July.  December was turning out to be a busy month.  The rides are not as long as July where I was doing 30km rides and now I am only doing 20km rides.  So I set off having seen the ominous dark clouds on the horizon. (more…)

Breezin’ along

29 December 2009

Third day back on the bike after the little sojourn and I woke to find the trees bent double by very strong winds.  I find wind a different challenge to deal with especially on days where it is blustery, coming from all directions. It is nothing like the constant head wind where you simply just tuck down and get on with it.  The wind comes at you in all directions and you have to be prepared otherwise you are going to be blown off course.

The snow was gone so there didn’t seem any danger of being blown on to unsafe parts of the road but I made sure I was not too close to the kerb just in case.  As I set off mid-morning, traffic was not heavy so this was not of great concern to me.  There were fallen branches to deal with in parts of the ride but nothing too major.  There was, however, half a tree down but that was in one of the neighbours’ front yard and I saw that even before I had left the house so no danger there.

I enjoyed the ride and it was without mishap.  Took two minutes longer to do than normal so I am sure the wind was a factor there.

Back on the road

27 December 2009

Finally I was able to get out.  The snow had disappeared and I replaced my back wheel.  Rather than take the bike into the shop, I put on the spare wheel which I had bought for indoor training and switched tyres so I had the more durable Specialised for outdoor usage.  My summer of punctures predates this blog but it was a mess.  The Specialised tyres are a godsend, literally. Ok, not literally, UPS actually!

So I was back on the roads.  I had missed them and was going stir crazy. Legs were a little stiff after basically eight days of not riding on the roads. The gears seemed to run a little higher than the the other wheel so they will take a little getting used to.  But I am happy.  More of the same.

Training at Ballys

24 December 2009

Ok, with all the snow we have had fallen, I have not been able to get out on the roads.  My back wheel is still a problem so I resorted to going to the gym.  I found one of the stationary bikes available and programmed in a short 20km ride with a random hill climb on a 12 setting.  How hard could it be?  Wow, it was tough.  Continuous pedalling to boot!  I knew I had been in a session once it had finished.  Come on snow, leave already. (Don’t I sound old?  I love the snow!)

Disaster strikes!

19 December 2009

I have been having problems with the freewheel mechanism on the back wheel.  I have taken it into the shop for repair a couple of times. Excess friction was occurring and the wheel would scream whenever I flew downhill freewheeling.  With some descents having corners, pedalling down all the way is not really an option.  The last time I took it into the shop, it seemed to have done the trick.  No more friction.  No more vibrations. And no more screaming. (more…)

And so it begins…

17 December 2009

The training for the 2011 PBP began today.