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Cranbury 200k – the report (part 1)

28 April 2010

I was up before my alarm as I had to cycle 7 miles just to get to the starting point; the brevet was starting at 7am.  It was pouring heavily when I got up and as I walked out to get the bike from the car, it was just as bad.  I was soaked before I even started the brevet.  I did see the first goslings of the year at 6:45 and one of the parent geese hissed at me.

Cranbury pre ride huddle

Huddling together out of the rain

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Cranbury 200k – the ride for Sunday

23 April 2010

Let’s see if this works.  I am going to attempt to paste the map into the blog…

Cranbury 200k

That didn’t work (no iframes allowed, apparently) so here is the non-interactive pic…

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The ride for Sunday, starting and finishing at Cranbury

Burning the candles

21 April 2010

In my youth I used to burn the candles at both ends – late to bed and early to get up.  Well, in my student days and the times of trying to be an actor, I was late to bed and very late to get up!!  Come to think of it, burning the candles at both ends is a recent thing.  Last night I was uploading The Dive Club website and didn’t get to bed until 1:30.  This morning, the alarm seemed to go off as soon as my pillow hit the head – at 5:50 I didn’t want to get up.  But I have a training schedule so no slacking!!! (more…)

What’s it with loops?

18 April 2010

I think I must be obsessed with loops.  I have them on my 40k route; I have them on my 20k route, and I have the worst one on my 70k route.  By loops I don’t mean a circular route, I mean a loop within the circular route.  The one on the 70k has me going up the hill from Port Jefferson twice! (more…)

Yoga effects

16 April 2010

I am sure the benefits of Yoga will manifest themselves over time but last night’s Yoga session left me without any core power in my legs this morning. The yoga session itself was “delicious”, as Emily puts it, but afterwards, there was nothing my legs could give. They didn’t feel like I had been cycling all day, there wasn’t that tiredness to them. It was just as if they had nothing to give.

I went on a 40km bike ride and it was like I had no extra oomph needed at certain parts of the course.  I felt for sure I was going to record a slow time.  As it was, I recorded a faster time than the first two 40ks but slower than the previous one which had been fast.  I wasn’t too disappointed in that.

No rain so didn’t test the fenders.

Cold, cold morning

14 April 2010

What a difference the temperature makes to cycling.

When I was out last, on Sunday, I was in my shorts and cycling jersey only. It was not overly hot but it was pleasant and I clocked up my fastest time ever on the route. Today, the thermometer read 33F and I had to try and find where I had put away all the layering clothes. It took ages for my legs to get working and even then, I don’t think they fully warmed up. (more…)

Recovery ride

11 April 2010

I have now started doing a 20km recovery ride after each long ride I do.  The idea is get my body used to the fact that it is cycling the day after a long, hard ride.  Today was no exception despite the fact that both Alma and I picked up a bug at The Dive Club meeting on Tuesday and have both been under the weather since Thursday evening. (more…)

Princeton 115km

11 April 2010

I got breakfast delivered to the room at 6am, quickly ate it and then out to get the bike ready. We were leaving at 7am and the bike was not ready to go.

On Friday, as I putting the bike into the car, I noticed that BOTH of the water bottle cages had snapped.  I have no idea how that had happened and to make it more mysterious, they had snapped on different sides.  So we had to make a detour to the bike shop on our way to New Jersey.  I got some spare gas cylinders as well just in case of another puncture. (more…)

A beautiful sunrise

7 April 2010

The one thing I remember the most about today’s ride was the beautiful sunrise I saw pedalling along Motor Parkway. It made setting off in the dark all worthwhile. I also saw the Apple Blossoms on Motor Parkway coming back which makes me want to cycle there at lunchtime to take some photos. (more…)

Recovery Ride

4 April 2010

Today’s ride was to see how I reacted to the long ride yesterday.  I was only going to do normal 20km route.  Temperature was just above the 50F mark, so I decided to do it in shorts and two tops only.  The fingerless gloves were also going to make another appearance for the second time of the year.  I was also going to see how the new tyres really performed.

The wind made me think a lot.  I know there was some wind but I could not determine from which direction.  On some roads, the flags were flying from the north, on others they were flying from the west.  Regardless, I did not seem to get much benefit of the wind. (more…)