Started by Dixkot, May 12, 2013, 00:27:41 AM
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QuoteA rain-free day, not too cold. I took the afternoon off to do the December Fondo. A moderate wind was blowing from the south, which made the choice of route difficult - the usual eastbound and westbound routes both involve coming south-ish over the last few miles, and I didn't fancy a headwind after 50-odd.So I did the usual southbound route, all the way down to Welford. The wind wasn't too annoying on the way down although that route actually goes more south-east than directly south, so it wasn't a full-on headwind.Took this pic at Welford:then I pedalled a few hundred metres into the village and turned back for home.As I left the village I noticed that the Wharf Inn pub had a sign outside saying "CLOSED - see border sign across the road". Apart from Welford Marina, it is the only part of the village currently in Tier 3, and literally opposite a "Welcome to Leicestershire" sign. Very unfortunate for the proprietors of that place, because I would guess that the majority of their clientele are from Welford on the other side of the border in Tier 2, presently able to eat Scotch Eggs and drink to their heart's content in Welford's other pub.But you've got to draw the line somewhere.I fuelled up at Gilmorton Village Store on the way back. A couple of sandwiches, a chocolate orange bar, a bag of crisps and insipid coffee, all consumed on the bench on the other side of the road. By the time I'd finished, it was dark and a bit colder. But I wasn't uncomfortable.Encouraged by the success of my Tesco joggers, I bought some proper cycling pants and wore them over my tights. Much lighter material, and more water-resistant I'm sure. But not actually quite as warm. Also, they have zip side pockets that aren't much more than the zips - I couldn't even fit a debit card in there. Just for show I assume. Weird.I made the mistake of coming back through Donington le Heath a few miles from home. I always forget how wet the roads can be along there. Having done my best to avoid puddles the whole ride, I managed to fling up obscene quantities of muddy water on the downhill part, and ended up having to wipe and GT85 the bike back at the garage.Very nice run out though. Nice to go down that way again, hadn't done it since October.I listened to Talk Sport and 5 Live. Saddened to hear of the death of Gerard Houllier, and disconcerted to hear Matt Hancock refer to a new variant of the virus at the press briefing. Quite nice that we won't see Beth Rigby at one of those again, though.Back on 65.52 miles, and that's 259 done this month - not bad for half a December - and 69 to do.https://www.strava.com/activities/4472516483
QuoteI would have been unable to ride a mile yesterday, being wiped out from my booster jab on Tuesday. But I seemed to have recovered quite nicely when I woke up this morning and I had the day off work, so I decided to have a go at the December Fondo. I chose the time-honoured eastbound route to Eastwell, despite a light wind coming from the west. I estimated that the headwind on the way back would be less strenuous than the hills south of Melbourne on the westbound route (and it wasn't bad at all, as things turned out).Definitely wanted an easy bike today and conditions were eminently dry, so I was going to take the Cannondale. But when I opened the garage door I noticed that the Planet X had two frame packs attached already. So I decided to take that, out of sheer idleness.Last time I was out on it I noticed that the saddle was quite uncomfortable, and when I got back to the garage I noticed that it had tilted up a bit at the front. It's a single bolt design and had worked itself backwards a bit. I adjusted it back to the proper inclination and thought no more of it.It was very comfy when I set off today, but 15 miles later it definitely wasn't. I got off and inspected it near Cotes, and sure enough it had worked itself back to a rather uncomfortable angle. I didn't have an Allen key on me but out of sheer bloody-mindedness I decided to keep on anyway. I had broken my own rule of never doing a long ride on a bike that's just been adjusted. And it cost me dear. The rest of the ride was decidedly uncomfortable and the last 20 or so especially were an ordeal.I shouldn't really have done this. An ill-adjusted saddle can do all sorts of mischief to your nether regions, including compromising your sexual health. I'm not, I reluctantly admit, much given or sought after for Hunnish practices these days but I shall seek an opportunity to test the reproductive equipment later. I confess it doesn't stay up as long as it did when I was younger, but I could dig potatoes with it on a good day. Briefly.Apart from having my perineum ravaged that was quite an enjoyable ride, or it would have been. But I'm happy to have got the complete set of monthly Fondos for 2021. That was the 27th Fondo this year, five of them being 100+ milers.Back on 62.43. 146 this month, 4896 this year.https://www.strava.com/activities/6391231105
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