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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!!

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.

A mixed bag
November 24, 2008, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Cotic Roadrat
Distance: 37 miles
Time: 2hrs 20mins

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 7 miles
Time: 55mins

Best laid plans and all that.  Saturday was supposed to be a pure mountain ride through the muddy forest, slept in (how is that possible with kids) and missed the window of opportunity for 3 hours in the hills, so pulled the Roadrat out and hit the roads instead, same route as last week to see if the legs could cope any better, they didn’t but that was more down to the Arctic wind that tried it’s level best to freeze me to death.

Usual mix of car driving assholes doing their level best to either put me in the ditch or just plain run me over, lost count of the amount of friendly hand signals that were delivered and at least on one occassion a full on verbal assault – mental note to self, learn to calm down!

Legs were heavy at the end but it was a good ride none the less, no riding during the week made it more painful, that I know, aim this week needs to be to ride more, no matter how exciting it is staring at a blank wall – ride!

Sunday I needed to clear the head after one too many the previous night, so manage an hours escape on the proper bike round the local woods and paths, nothing too interesting to note other than the fact I managed to get out on the mountain bike, a joy to behold after 2 long weeks.  Some tweaking needed to the front mech, but that is an every ride occurrence these days!

Plans are afoot to get a really decent ride in this side of Chrimbo, fingers crossed 13th Dec should see us hitting the trails of Ballinastoe, if the internet tales are to be believed this will be better than the second coming, well almost but not quite.

November 11, 2008, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 22.5 miles
Time: 2hr 15mins

Thank goodness for waterproofing, yesterday the Endura and the Sealskinz held up well, dry feet (they stayed warm for 80% of the ride) and dry/warm hands, it makes a pleasant change from the constant numbness of riding a mountain bike at this time of the year.

The ride itself proved a little deflating, I could tell the legs have not been used to the usual hammering after 3/4 weeks of injury/holiday/illness, it’ll take time to get the precious fitness back, it is always hard work the first few rides when it has been lost, it disappers a lot quicker than it is gained, it is a constant fight to hold on. The legs were just not there, so it was a battle for 23 miles, but satisfying as always.

It is turbo season now although the aim will be to try and get at least one night ride in as well, it may build mental toughness to stare at a blank wall for 60 minutes whilst spinning at a standstill but it sure as hell is not fun!