Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by r04DiE, 20 Mar 2017.
Nice one @r04DiE
Well done @r04DiE
It was a good read that. Welcome to long distance cycling.
Next time ditch the bag and various other bits you dont really need. All you need you can carry in your jersey pockets and a saddle bag.
It's amazing what'll fit in a Carradice.
Tip: get a saddle-bag that's small enough so that you have to think carefully about what you take with you.
In 2011 I went for a 4-day tour in Europe with Frank, Els, and StuartG. Here I am following Frank, carrying my bike down to the beach at Mersea to get the ferry, and that was all my luggage.
Edit: actually, I think it was three days, not four.
I've booked it. It is real. I am frightened.
Thanks, it was fun. I've got myself a frame bag and I will probably get myself a bag for the seatpost too for the LWL.
Travelling nice and lightly! Did you have accommodation booked?
We did indeed. I don't really do camping!
I don't blame you but I have lately had the urge to go for an extremely long ride and sleep in a bivvy. Why? I don't know. A taste of the TCR?
I'm thinking that my cycling diet of two big rides a month, plus a few occasional bits and pieces may need to be upped a bit. It was enough for me to get round a flat 400 like the Saxons but LWL is definitely undulating.
In an ideal world I'd possibly be best off doing proper "training" in addition, with short sessions and hill reps, intervals and stuff like that, spreadsheets too. But I'd never stick to it.
As a start I intend to increase the hilliness of my rides.
You might be right.
I'm not sure what to do, not any hills to speak of on my commute and commuting is largely where I get the distance in. I usually do a couple of hundred km a week, but the past 3 weeks I have upped that to 354, 325 and, last week, 393km, as I managed to do a weekend ride, which is quite rare for me due to family commitments. I think I need to be a bit selfish and maybe take a few hours every weekend to get some time on the bike in.
Also, I can up the commuting from 3 to five days a week, I think. This will put my 200km weekly commute up to 350km, and maybe 100km at the weekend to get up to 550km. I will also chuck the odd 200km audax in, in place of the weekend ride. Think I'll do the Richard Ellis Memorial 200 in October since its recommended by the WLW people.
I'm just muddling through...
It's going to take a bit of selfishness I think. All my riding is weekend riding. I suppose I should do a bit of commuting but I don't like it, so I'd be unlikely to stick to it.
Maybe I could manage a few evening rides. I have some local hills so an hour going up and down perhaps. Or a turbo?
Like you, just muddling...
Good luck with LWL guys.
Although I've dabbled, I remain curiously unbitten by the Audax bug. LWL does look like an attarctive event, but as my home is very close to the half-way point, I'd need to travel to London, ride home, ride back, then travel home again. It isn't going to happen.
Is there a missed opportunity here? LWL seems to be a highly popular event. This year, there was another 400km Audax starting from Chepstow on the same day, which could presumably take place on another date. Wouldn't it be fun, as well as logistically efficient, to hold a parallel WLW event running clockwise along the LWL course, using some or all of the same controls? I could see that being very attractive to folks from around Bristol and South Wales who might not consider LWL for the same reason as myself.
Perhaps I'll do what I thought of doing this year, and plot my own ride which includes the reverse LWL course from the Severn Bridge to Tewkesbury. If I wear my pink Castelli cap and luminous green tee-shirt you should be able to spot me - give me a shout and I'll be delighted to take some photographs.
I'm half bitten. Part of me sees Audaxing as a way to spoil a good ride with needless faffing with bits of paper and observational guessing games, enforced stops where you'd rather press on, not to mention the hassle of getting to and from the start. But on the other hand it's nice to change my usually solitary riding habits occasionally, meet a few people, and if there is food provided all the better. Having the structure of an event also keeps at bay thoughts of "Why the hell am I doing this? I'm bailing out at the next railway station!".
I will keep my eyes peeled. Depending on conditions I may ask you to turn round and perform some domestique duties.
I fully concur with most of that. When I think about it, it's the logistics of getting to the start which is my main barrier; a few years ago we made the mature decision to go down to one car, so when I spot something I fancy on the Audax calendar, there's always going to be quite a lot of "negotiation" to enter into, and if it's more than a couple of months ahead I probably won't know if I can do it. Things should change in three or four years, by which time I'll be the right age to do Audaxes (note the attempt to stay on topic).
OK, I'll make sure I don't plan a pretty outline for that day. Wouldn't want to spoil one of those.
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