A good week despite the weather


Last week the work commitments cleared even if the weather didn’t. Chose to run when the weather was at its worst but then parts of the late week looked peachy if cold.

THURSDAY

Went out for a ride on the beautiful Mercian steel tourer. I have been reading articles about whether it was better to load some of the weight rando style into the front panniers which lowers the CoG (centre of Gravity) opposed to rear. Now the forks on the Mercian have a decent rake and it responds well to the front being loaded.

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For longer tours I would load all 4 but this was a test shake out with medium load for short tours.

 

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frost steel and cold hands

 

So off I went on cold 2C morning with frosty canal paths. The bike handled well and I relaxed into the ride – most of the time on the Lynskey road bike I have half my eye on the stats on the GPS and find myself getting uptight when the average speed drops below 27kph. Stopped at loch lomond for a pic of Ben lomond over the water covered in snow …This was far more sedate winding my way up to loch lomond then looping out to Helensburgh.

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This was far more sedate winding my way up to loch lomond then looping out to Helensburgh.

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Friday was a short 7.5km run but Saturday was mixed with a break in the weather forecast.

SATURDAY

Munro Bagging and Ben Ledi was in my sights but even on the drive up to Callander it looked like I got the weather a bit wrong.

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A bit too much snow on the hill for no crampons – and visibility was a bit short at the top – and there are too many cases of walkers going missing for me to be a knob about having to do it …. This weekend alone 2 of 3 elderly walkers caught out have died in hospital and a young couple on a valentines trip are feared dead and possibly buried by an avalanche in the Ben Nevis range. So a sedate 12km walk around the woods near the base was good enough for us – still got to blame my better half for the weather as every time she comes with me to climb the weather sets in …

SUNDAY

Back to Glasgow and out for a ride on my other road bike (one neglected could get jealous)

Over the crow road my normal trip / training ride. Again pretty cold but the Rapha Pro Team jacket I bought has been absolutely fantastic this past winter. In fact, when the temp is above 8C, I think it may be too hot to wear.

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They are expensive but so far it has been worth every penny. The only missing chink so far are my gloves – have a very wintry Sealskins MTB pair and then the next are more summer long fingered so getting cold hands if I don’t opt for Sealskins…..

Back to the ride – it was one of those rare perfect wintry days.

 

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snow on the Campsies

 

And the Crow road actually had snow and slush all over it once you cleared the car park on the bend. But still I mad a new friend at the top even if they weren’t very chatty.

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Was very peaceful at the top …

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So another ride in and gradually building up the miles – this work business definitely getting in the way of play.

 

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The crow ride as told in pretty colours

 

 

Out on the bike Saturday


after 4 weeks of little riding I got the time to get out on the bike.

  
Misty in the morning but on approach to the crow it was burning off …. 

  
Huff and puff sweating in the rapha team jacket …..

  
Peachy at the top then quick burn home and pick up kids for parties and training and events and friends etc bland etc.

Another day – training slows now for the 130km eTape Caledonia Sportive (not a race hahaha) on Sunday


Last little ride to try crash train into being ready for the eTape on Sunday.

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One thing I do like about Strava is the ability to analyse segments and see how fit you were compared to times in the past when you had better conditioning. You can see it on a segment here – I went up the Crow Road in 18m 30s the same time August 2 years ago but heart rate now (tired and less fit) was 145bpm compared to a very low 116bpm 18 months back ,,,,, eeeek

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Maybe i just need those extra 3 months of summer rides to get back to speed …..

Today we skived


So went out for a ride today with a school dad who is currently enjoying some nice ‘me’ time between jobs. Went out with him last week and did so again today.

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the route

Weather was also good which as we know in Scotland is sometime a rare thing …..

Stopped for a wee snack half way around.

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my office for the day

 

A good ride made better


There is something to be said for riding and more importantly riding with pals.

the route strava - click to go there
the route strava – click to go there

Up the crow – normal ride on Sunday and joined by ‘new to the road bike lark’ pal. He said up to 60km was fine so this was going to be just under that – up the Crow Road and the Campsies and then straight back down.

Got out of bed – weather report had said sun – made a wish pulled back curtains to drizzle. so running tights over the cycling 3/4 and a waterproof top were donned. Met at his house at 9am then off we went chatting and cycling. Kept the speed low around 22-24kmh on the flat and then headed north. The etiquette on the crow is ‘go for it’ so went up a bit harder then doubled back at the top to come down and join him on his climb. brief stop ….

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nick at the top in the mist

 

in my fetching new Campag top (style police say German colour / italian top / american bike / Japanese group set / mild confusion)

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lot of gunk and grit on the road and the bike needed a wash on its return to the flat …. quick bucket downstairs then back inside ….

sorted

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I do like a sneaky ride in the week


Nothing like getting out for a sneaky ride. Girls to school 9am on the bike and departed by 10am back by 2pm girls form school at 3pm.

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it was a bit of a lst minute arrangement and just goes to show in this modern life how many people can sneak off during the day. I am still  far from fitness of last september but legs getting better all the time.

Got dropped up the crow by allen but clawed back to 2nd man up after half way … celebrated with much needed pee at top (unnecessary carry of 500g at least) and then the food of kings (kongs)

 

 

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Back to milngavie and saw allen and tried my CARL SAGAN wheelie past the camera look but …. FAIL … dropped too soon. Campsies and crow in the background

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