Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by 13 rider, 28 Dec 2017.
From yesterday's 50km ride
Only just noticed, last year I didn't track challenge points because I was posting separate rides both the 50km and 100km challenges. I just did a quick total, 100 points exactly, I bet if I'd aimed for that (and still made sure I hit all my other distance & climbing goals) I'd have missed it for certain! So, like 2017, I'm not going to watch the points until after the year is finished!
Good morning all. Just come back from a nice 40 mile ride so was wondering if I could join the challenge @13 rider?
I would say so! Great effort by the way
Thanks @Chris Doyle. Understand that the challenge rules allow for a food stop, which is lucky as the ride was broken by a nice riverside breakfast in Henley!
Yeah it doesn’t have to be non stop as such, here’s @13 rider post on the rules.
Hope this helps
More than welcome .word of warning 50kms become very addictive . Cafes stops are encouraged
Nipped out for a pootle round this morning and by 'eck it was cold - again!
Anyway, almost before I knew it I was half a mile from home with the Garmin showing 28 miles ...you can guess the rest...
Left instead of right at the end of the road and shortly afterwards there were 31.1 miles (50.05 km) on the screen and I was back home with another point in the bag
Another tough (for me) ride this month. Last month's struggle was due to a lay off after shingles. Today's effort comes after a bout of flu. I do need to do more regular little rides to build some fitness up and re-toughen my backside too! About 25 klicks in I was really uncomfortable, the saddle and my bottom having a disagreement, shall we say.
Keep at it @Eribiste! It's always difficult and frustrating after a layoff for any reason!!
I haven’t been on the bike since, what, early November? I considered doing a couple of shorter rides before trying for a metric 50, but where’s the fun in that?
Today was bright, dry, not freezing, and didn’t look too windy, and most importantly Mrs The Stupid One was at home to keep an eye on the horrible kids, so at 2 pm I set off. 3 km later I was feeling the lack of exercise and December’s overconsumption. The distance on the Cateye Strada - its maiden voyage - was not climbing very quickly at all, and the Wirral Way was pretty busy with walkers, dogs and cyclists of all ages so speed wasn’t great. It was windier than I thought, to boot.
Still, I dug in, knowing there were chocolate mini-rolls and hot coffee in the bag. Also a fleece and a snood, and I took advantage of all of it when I finally got to the turnaround. Sadly the nearest bench to the bridge had lost one of its two slats, so I had to perch. Bother.
Journey back was faster: less busy, tailwind, and I was scared of the dark so I hurried along. The sore hips and cramping foot were worth it!
Couldn't get my temperature right on today's ride. Merino top over the base layer was too warm, but without the top, in the breeze, just slightly the wrong side of chilly.
Chain needs replacing and derailleur frequently operating in a different time zone to the lever. Time for a complete strip down, but it's going to be Thursday or Friday before that can be done. So it's back to my old Raleigh hybrid for commuting.
On the plus side, as dawn broke, had the pleasure of seeing an owl swooping down determined to get its mouse, even though it was only 2 - 3 metres ahead of me in the hedgerow edge and disturbing a buzzard which flew ahead to sit on a branch at eye level to watch me as I passed by. Never get that in a car.
Strava links are nice but not required for proof Just a quick description will do .It's all done on trust
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