Getting worried.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by gavroche, 4 Apr 2019.

  1. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    Location:
    North Wales
    I haven't ridden my bike for a month now due to bad weather and other commitments and I am getting a bit concerned as we are booked to do the Isle of Man TT course on May 11th. I know it is only 37 miles long but with very little training , it will be hard. At least, days are getting longer now and the weather should improve but I have lost a bit of my motivation too and keep finding excuses to delay my outings. Would going out 3 times a week be enough to get fit again? I was thinking of doing 2x15 miles week days and a longer ride at weekend.
     
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  2. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    You will be fine. I once ran a 35 mile ultra with no training & placed 9th out of 110.
    Just do as you have prescribed.
     
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  3. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    More than ample. Enjoy the Isle of Man and take it easy.
     
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  4. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    Take an ebike
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    You'll be fine. I've ridden it in the Cycling Weekly International Mountain Time Trial, 2 or 3 times. Oh it's a cracking descent !

    It's fairly undulating until you hit the mountain. Not steep, but how hard depends on the wind. Flew up in the big ring first time with a slight tail wind, but the next year was a right grovel with the wind.
     
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  6. I rode Monte Grappa twice without training. Pick a spinning gear and off you go.
     
  7. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

    Location:
    The Isle of Carl
  8. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I did the Cape Argus race in Cape Town three times after UK winters of very little cycling as it takes place on the second Sunday of March every year. It's 110 kms with five quite long hills but despite the lack of serious preparation I managed respectable times of just under 4 hours. That's around 17 mph average. Your base fitness is always there, don't worry.
     
  9. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
    Go for a ride and see how you feel.
     
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  10. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    Did you place in the top ten?
     
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    gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    Location:
    North Wales
    I will be using my Cube Peloton as it has the best granny gears of my 3 bikes: 30/32. The Specialized Roubaix has 34/32 and the Allez 30/30.
     
  12. Salad Dodger

    Salad Dodger Veteran

    Location:
    Kent Coast
    Take a few cable ties and some gaffa tape with you, strap a 1000cc engine into your bike, and you will be good to go. They like that sort of thing in the Isle of Man, apparently.....
     
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  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Better than that...

    in the top third...

    of senior riders....

    about 25,000 of them....
     
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  14. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    Placing 8,000 in a race does not sound very good to me.
     
  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Well there are usually 32,000 riders in the Cape Argus so I'm happy with around 8,000th!
     
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