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The best way to start…
January 3, 2009, 7:40 pm
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Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 26.2 miles
Time: 2hrs 40mins

There was a small part of me dreading this ride, the first decent mountain bike ride I have had in almost 6 weeks, I knew the lungs would scream, I knew the legs would scream and I knew a small part of me would be screaming, however all in all it was a perfect ride.

Darn cold today again, getting used to this freezing weather, the new thermal knee warmers are perfect, the thermal socks are not, the only downside to the ride was the 40 minutes it took for feeling to come back into my feet after the long ride back down from the forest.

The ride itself was great, ok my fitness has lost quite a bit, it’ll come back though just takes time and plenty of riding but what today did was complete stoke my mountain bike fire again, I am just itching to get out riding again.  The trails were in perfect nick today, some scamblers have been through and actually helped the trail by taking off the top moss layer so each trail just rode really sweet.

Great days ride, followed by curry and beer, what could be better!

Down but not quite out
December 28, 2008, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Cotic Roadrat
Distance: 20 miles

I didn’t think I would even get another bike ride in this year I have been feeling so crap with this flu and chest infection but after 3 weeks of doing nothing I was at breaking point yesterday and needed a ride.

I layered up well as it was still at freezing point outside grabbed the Roadrat and decided to try for an hour at a slow pace to see how I felt, my how things have changed in a short month, fitness feels like it has completely gone! I managed about an hour and 15 minutes, covered 20 miles at a ridiculous pace and then spent the rest of the day coughing my lungs up – great!!

Today though I don’t feel too bad, so I guess the infection has gone and I am left with just a crappy cold, I so much just want to ride every day now but the plan is to ease it back again, so a day off again today, short road ride Monday and then hopefully Davagh for a decent mountain bike ride on Tuesday, I know the legs and lungs will be crap but the soul will be smiling!!

Ending the year with a whimper
December 18, 2008, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Talk the talk

Best laid plans and all that, looks like any riding I get up to the next two weeks will be purely mental and dream related. Got hit with a nasty flu virus on Saturday following nicely with a chest infection, so that’ll more than put and end to any form of biking over the Christmas break, c’est la vie, I could be annoyed, angry and mad but at the end of the day what is the point.

Ever since the trip to Ae back in October things haven’t quite gone to plan at all, so I will aim to take stock, make plans, set goals, get fat and play with the kids toys before the torturous journey back to fitness starts again!

Urban Velo
December 11, 2008, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Talk the talk

I relented and finally paid up a sub to this great magazine, I’ve been reading the online version since Issue 1, it’s just got better and better with every issue.

I was stoked to come home and find a nice parcel from Pittsburgh with the 2 back issues I had ordered – happy days, happy reading.

An icy ride
December 8, 2008, 10:32 am
Filed under: Bike Rides

ice23Saturday morning brought with it a catalogue of disasters that could have meant no ride of any description, which is not something I was looking forward to in the slightest, considering it has been too long since I had a proper mountain bike ride.

My car packed in on Friday so I was without a means to travel to any trails that are worth the ride, a severe frost coupled with fog meant a road ride would have been like dancing with the devil himself.

I prowled about the house for a couple of hours and then had enough, layered up and jumped on the Meta and headed out into the -2 fun anyway.  Had a good hour just spinning round the local small forest and lake trails, it was good fun playing on the ice, well good for learning some new balance skills anyway but at least it was a ride.