Equipment

New kit

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Today my orders arrived. It means on Sunday I won’t need to wear shorts over tights as I get to try out my new leg warmers, plus no more cold feet due to my neoprene shoe covers. All the above is dhb nd I have to say I am a big fan of their stuff. I will, in the near future, get some of their bib shorts too. Well if it’s good enough for Laura Trott then it’s good enough for me at my level.

To add I have my Garmin Edge 200 set up and ready to go. It really is a case if get it out of the box and once charged off you go. And it charged from dead to full in quick time too. More detail about the items next week after they have been tested, which I am looking forward to doing.

I’ll still be uploading my rides to Strava, just from a Garmin devise rather than a mobile phone. I think training will be helped as I’ll be able to constantly check my average moving speed and check if it is above my target. I’ll also be able to use it for my runs too which is useful. That in your eye-line information which will keep me honest and on my toes!

Lets see how it all fits together and hope it improves my performance.

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If you can train in this part 2

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The bike is safe. Breaking news it might not be, but it is bloody important all the same.

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This is excellent news, the floods came into the garden and entered the shed, but when I arrived home the water level was falling and I was able to perform a quick rescue if the bike. After she had been checked over ( as happens with all rescue attempts) she is a little damp but he is now indoors receiving some much needed tlc. I refrained from using the word moist, as wet would be a much better description.

As for the rest of the items stored in the bike housing building, known as the shed, they will have to fed for themselves until the morning when I will be able to fully assess the damage. The main thing is the bike is safe and well. As the rules say it’s all about the bike and the bike comes first.

The hard work starts now, on and off the bike.

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Followers in Twitter will already know this, but I will be busy on 10th August 2014 as I am cycling in the second #ridelondon through a charity place. There is still a chance that I could receive a ballot entry through the post in the next day or so, but I can say that I have formally accepted the charity place from Sue Ryder Care and now have to raise a minimum of £600 in 200 days, as well as get my body ready for the challenge.

SR logo in shape blue 299 (2)If I get my ballot entry I will still ride for Sue Ryder and they can give the charity place to another rider, but until the 15th February this cannot be conformed. I know I will be there riding for Sue Ryder one way or another.

I have to say there are still a few charity places out there if you act fast and complete applications. I suspect these will fill quickly as people find out they haven’t got a ballot entry, but you never know. I had received an offer via twitter from two other charities, but there is no way I am cycling that course three times, let along on the same day.

So what now. Well the fundraising page needs to be relaunched and the formal training plan put into action. I will receive loads of support from Sue Ryder to ensure I am in the right condition for the event, and as well,as this a lovely Sue Ryder cycling jersey for the big day. Let’s hope I get the size right and can fit into it.

So this means that my Strava profile will be battered with the training rides which will need to be completed to get me in shape. In the past training for London to Brighton was fairly easy. However this is the marathon of sportives and one which I cannot disappoint. I won’t be first across the line, but refuse to be collected by the broom wagon either. As per last year there will be regular updates on my progress, training and fundraising plus a possible guest blog entry on the Sue Ryder blog which they are setting up for training and fundraising tips.

I knew 2014 was going to be big, but it’s going to be massive.

What every cyclist experiences….. Eventually!

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It’s not the forts time and I’m sure it won’t be the last time today will repeat itself, but on the afternoon ride today just at the end of one of the courses I complete I has a crash. Quite a big one for an amateur cyclist. The first thing you need to know is about the bike. Rule 4 “It’s all about the bike” is so true in this instance. In the coming week the bike was due to be in for a service and now it looks like the service will be also a repair to some areas of her lovely frame and other parts. However despite the crash she has held up fairly well despite having me land on her which is never a nice thing to happen!

So the action. As previously mentioned I had just finished a course which I get up to about 40kmph at the top speed and I was on a section of road which I use to slow down after finishing the run and I was overtaken by a car. Nothing strange here except the car didn’t give enough room in my opinion and I then clip the kerb in the verge. Bang crash whallop, my foot was stuck in the pedal and I was on the way down. It felt like an age before I actually hit the ground with a crunch right on top of my bike, then the momentum rolled me over and shoe still in the clip-less pedal I have a bike on top of me. A very intimate position indeed for my bike and me to find ourselves in. At this point the world is looking a very strange place. Thankfully I was, as always, wearing my helmet. I still believe it is personal choice if you want to wear one but I always do and today my decision worked in my favour.

After checking the bike over and doing the best repair job to be me the 4 km home I pop back on and gingerly ride home. I have a few scraps and dents in me legs and arms but this will heal with time and rule 4 kicks in here with some help from rule 5! It really is all about the bike and harden the fuck up! Without the bike I cannot be a cyclist or enjoy cycling. Without a bike I am not a full member of the cycling community. I suppose this is why rule 12 come into its own. With more than one bike you can deal with these incidents and continue to get out on the road. Thankfully I have a spare and this will allow me to return to the road once rule 5 has been fully completed.

I am ok as far as I can tell. I can walk and communicate, although you may not know the difference, and despite a few aches and pains which will no doubt make sleeping difficult tonight I know I will be fine for the return to work in a while. Oh yes work, the joys of being employed and returning to work after your summer break. Oh well I’ve had my rest and now it is the turn of my bike to receive some professional pampering as the service and repair job starts mid week. My quest for the London to Canterbury bike ride will not be affected by this timely crash is ever these was such a thing.

The rules are here’s for anyone who is unfamiliar with them.

B is for b*****ks & G is for Gatorskins

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Today was going to be the “ride as far as possible for two hours” ride and see what happens. Well that was cut short after finding a new claims to try. The climb was fine but on the decent I was created with a very shiny road surface. On this small country road a delivery or building lorry has shed hundreds of nails and screws over the road. I managed to get through most of the carnage but then as I passed through a lovely village pub by back end was out of control. The ride of the bike was not its normal smooth self and I knew something was up.

Yes a puncture in the rear wheel was the cause if this. Something cyclists get all the time. A pain as I was only 6k into the ride. The tyre has been ripped to shreds and that was the end of the ride. Spare tubes I had, but a trip to the local cycle shop was required. The tube was also in a shocking state with three large holes. The bin for that particular tube. Recycled of course.

So bring on the Gatorskins. I must get one for the front. They really are a great tyre. Now I get the opportunity to see how they perform. If you get some make sure you read the tyre and put it on the right way.

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The only funny thing is about the event is I’ve managed to make the letter b on my Strava and MapMyRide maps. This was the warm up before setting off on a much longer ride. Hence the title “b is for bollocks” and G is for Gatorskin for this blog entry.

Well by the time I had got back from the cycle shop and fitted the new tyre and tube it was time for fish and chips from the van which comes every Wednesday. Not a patch on the ones from the Norfolk coast last week but still nice all the same.

Oh well Friday will be the next ride day and a chance to test the Gatorskins. I’ll write a review if them and post.