Cycling - 2

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Nïckslïkk2112

Not a bad day for cycling, but the breeze started picking up as the afternoon went on and of course it was a homecoming headwind.
After feeling shattered yesterday, I didn't feel too bad for the first 20 miles today, even setting a best time - for me- up a hill, not much of a hill, but still a hill, a Barrow Hill in fact. Then a bit of inertia set in. I got to nearly 50 miles though. Which was nice.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1919268506/
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Slim

Knocked off work a bit early but didn't really fancy cycling. Cold, gloomy and windy. But at least it was dry and in the end I couldn't be bothered to go through the Zwift / Kinetic app setup and Windows updates nonsense, so I did the decent thing and took the X out. Ended up quite enjoying it. My knees haven't quite recovered yet from their fell-climbing excitement at the weekend but the 16.84 miles they did this evening didn't seem to make them much worse. Quietly encouraged.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1923110485

Set off without a clear plan except that I wanted to do about 15. I took a left just before Twycross and came back through Little Twycross and Shackerstone.

Getting dark when I got back, but I had LED blinkers on front and back.

Quite pleasant really and a nice bit of exercise.

And that takes me over 2K miles for 2018! 2013.09 to be precise. This time last year I'd done 3822. I just hope those carefree days of cycling without worrying about damage to my anatomy make a comeback next year.

Jonners

gears stuck over the weekend, kindly fixed by Run and Ride in Lichfield.

Was surprised to find I had a 10 speed cassette and chain on my bike, which has 11 speed shifters!

All fixed now though
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Slim

So I visited a nearby medical practice in Ashby this morning and the Physician Assistant to whom I spoke agreed with me quite quickly that a scan and more specialised attention was in order. She offered two choices - she could refer me for an MRI herself, or she could refer me to the Musculoskeletal Service, a specialist service dealing in medical conditions of the joints.

She argued that the latter option would be better, as it might take 6 weeks for an MRI. So I opted for that, she printed off a Patient Information Letter and told me that they'd be in touch within seven days. I was out of there in about ten minutes.

They called me this afternoon, and offered me an appointment on January 21st! Best they could do. Three months. Not sure whether to call back and ask if I can try the other option instead.

Anyway. I couldn't get out of work early today but I did want to exercise my knees a bit and hadn't set up Zwift again since I reorganised the garage. So I affixed proper lights to the X and set off to do 15 or so, about half an hour after sunset. Hadn't been for a full-on night ride for some time.

Wasn't too cold. I'd wrapped up warm. But after a couple of minutes I noticed tiny spots of drizzle illuminated in the beam of my LED front light. Not enough to get the road, or the bike wet but it persisted the whole way round. I decided to cut across to Shackerstone along Derby Lane and keep it short.

Derby Lane is a narrow, very quiet track that stretches between Snarestone and Shackerstone for a bit over 2 miles. Very dark indeed along there, especially in cloudy, starless conditions. A lot of fun to do at night.

Knees held up pretty well. 12.01 miles. And that's 8 in a row on the X, I've just noticed. I've bonded with it a bit in recent weeks.

103 this month.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1927331917

Nïckslïkk2112

It was a full winter gear day today! My Garmin said it got down to 0C up on the tops, but I reckon it reads a couple of degrees low. Still it was a bit nippy.
I felt a bit better than last week, still didn't manage to average 16mph, but mile for mile I did more climbing than last Saturday so to improve my average was good. The wind was stronger too, when it was a cross-wind up on the tops it was a bit dodgy.
I thought I saw a flock of Bramblings at one point, but they were probably just Chaffinch, although it could have been a mixed Finch Flock. There was a flock of Blackbird sized birds flying over Beeley Moor, could have been Fieldfare or Redwing, but the low sunlight made it hard to tell. There were definitely lots of Kestrels about though. The fresh Northerly made it a good day to be a windhover.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1930543733/
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Slim

Lovely sunny day today, so I also emerged from the house in full winter gear this afternoon. A few specks of rain turned up just as I was waiting for the GPS watch to sync, but there'd been a brief and very light shower earlier so I thought little of it. But I hadn't got 400 yards before I was being bead-blasted by sharp little hailstones in industrial quantities. I turned back for home. Since I'm rationing my road miles at the moment, I'm not going to spend them being attacked by hostile weather.

The bike (Boardman I) was wet enough that I felt a need to hose it out with GT85 on returning to the garage, and wipe round it with a cloth. Annoying, as this was my first ride out since I lubed it. Ah well.

DavidL

30 miles this morning. Brrrrrrrr!

Nïckslïkk2112

25 miles this afternoon. Coolish.
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The Old Dog

A cold cycle out this morning ,taking advantage of the extra hours sunlight  ::) managed to get out to St Marys Loch which is located to the west of Selkirk or south of Innerleithen if you prefer ,either way it was a decent amount of road mileage ,so worth the effort couple of inclines to negotiate though nothing major ,stopped at Tibbe Shiels for a breather before heading back via the Traquair route which eventually brings you back to Galashiels as usual I've no idea what the mileage was just a fun day out and probably the last decent day this year for a dry cycle ..

Nïckslïkk2112

I'm going to have to shave my legs. Not for go fast purposes, but now I'm back in bib tights, I can see all these hairs poking out. It's very distracting...
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Slim

There are other benefits - for example if you get a bad dose of road rash, it will make it easier to clean and disinfect the abrasion.

Also - let's face it - they look nicer clean-shaven.

döm

cast has been off for 2 weeks now and I'd say the leg is back to 80%. Started out with a very pronounced limp but 4 or 5 days later realised I was walking without one.  Did get on the bike for 5 minutes last week.  Taking it very easy in a very easy gear and on the flat (physio recommendation).


Seeing the physio again next week and hopefully will get an idea of when I can step up the recuperation
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The Old Dog

Quote from: Slim on October 30, 2018, 13:40:20 pm
There are other benefits - for example if you get a bad dose of road rash, it will make it easier to clean and disinfect the abrasion.
Also - let's face it - they look nicer clean-shaven.
Or if your wearing Fishnet stockings  :o   

Slim

So 'er indoors was at the hairdressers earlier on today, and was chatting with one of the other customers - as you do (or so I believe, I've cut my own hair for about 20 years) - anyway the lady she was talking to is 63, and still does long distance rides - did a coast to coast recently, for example.

And not only that, but she only took up cycling after having both knees replaced!

DavidL

Quote from: Slim on November 01, 2018, 00:42:37 am
So 'er indoors was at the hairdressers earlier on today, and was chatting with one of the other customers - as you do (or so I believe, I've cut my own hair for about 20 years) - anyway the lady she was talking to is 63, and still does long distance rides - did a coast to coast recently, for example.

And not only that, but she only took up cycling after having both knees replaced!
Hope for you yet then, my friend. Get yourself booked in for a re-fit  :o


Probably get both done at a knock-down price if you get yourself over to Eastern Europe before 29th March  ;D ;)