Think one thing and end up doing another !!

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by MLC, 29 Apr 2010.

  1. MLC

    MLC New Member

    I started cycling a year ago more or less to the day.

    When I started I thought I knew exactly what type of cycling I wanted to do, or should I say with hindsight what I thought I did not want to do. This led me to join the CTC.

    All was going swimmingly I saved up and bought a bike cash (means C2W is still available!) Specialised Secteur Sport as this would fit with the type of riding I was doing slow, steady and long rides

    My goal was set build up the miles and crack the century

    Having bought the new bike and wanting to go a bit faster I thought I would seek out a couple of clubs and try them out just so that I could quicken up my pace a bit.

    Now I am in a bit of bother

    Having experienced a club ride sitting in a group and going along at 20+mph with others then seeing another group (from the same club) on the road you are about to turn into and having the leaders of my group accelerate away to get on the back for me was absolutely thrilling albeit absolutely exhausting I did haul myself to the back of the leading group but in the end I was spat out the back along with another guy with about 400 metres to the finish. The other guys carried on for another lap !!!!!

    I was spent after 2 laps of the training loop approx 16 miles but had a far, far bigger grin on my face than any CTC ride I have ever participated in and a far bigger average speed !!

    I have recently been loogging my commute averages (my commutes are actually the only way I can fit in any training) and I managed 19 mph avg over 7 miles I want to get this over 21 for 7 but I am not quite sure why? I am getting so obsessed about averages and improving short distance speed when my original goal is or rather was to crack the century???

    Have I just gone over to the dark side of TT’s and Road racing ???

    Have I just answered my own question?
  2. Chrisc

    Chrisc Über Member

    yes... :becool:
  3. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    I could never relate to club riders, I'd sometimes see them when I was riding around on my ancient MTB but I couldn't imagine joining them. I did though, tried a TT. I was so surprised that no-one took the piss out of me or my bike that I kept it up.

    Don't forget that training for speed over short distances is beneficial for longer distances too, you can still aim at that century.
  4. OP

    MLC New Member

    mmm now there is a thought 100 miles sub 5 hours ;)
  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

  6. OP

    MLC New Member

    Thanks GlobaltiI will give that one a read
  7. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    I read this book recently, well about 3 months or so ago ;) planning to read again while away on a trip. I found it to be quite interesting, but it conveyed very little emotion/passion regarding Ruth (maybe intentional, or maybe it was just my imterpretation) despite this being the reason of his career ending, which I found quite odd since it is very passionate about the cycling.
  8. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Join a club and enter a 100 mile TT!
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