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Jonners

Zwift for the forseable now.

Weather looks minging this weekend
The new songs are an abomination

DavidL

Quote from: Slim on December 01, 2020, 22:53:02 pmHad a beautiful view of a huge full moon, low above the horizon directly in front of me going north-east toward Belton.

Saw it myself driving out of Worcester yesterday afternoon. Huge and quite orange! It startled me, initially

Slim

Quote from: Jonners on December 02, 2020, 12:29:01 pmZwift for the forseable now.

Weather looks minging this weekend

Looks grim here as well, until Sunday. Hope to do at least 30 then. 3 degrees C though, so I'll have to wrap up warm.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Jonners

yep, wrap up, and watch those white lines/drain covers/corners
The new songs are an abomination

Slim

Better than expected weather, when I checked the forecast this morning. The threat of rain had been removed. Temperatures were forecast to be no higher than 4C though, so I didn't expect to be able to do more than 30-odd.

I wrapped up warm, of course. I've given up on the nylon overtrousers I bought from Amazon. Instead I've bought some common-or-garden jogging pants from Tesco and I put those on over my cycling tights. I secured the ankle ends with elasticated velcro bands (thinking these would be more secure than cycling clips) and put my neoprene overshoes on over them. They were a little bit restricting, but I do think they helped to keep my legs warm. Success.

Left the garage on the Tricross at about midday. I couldn't even remember the wind direction from the forecast, so I just decided to follow my nose. My nose went up through Coleorton, up Top Brand, across to Long Whatton then back down through Belton and Coalville. By this time it was obvious that I wasn't going to be too cold. I was quite comfortable. So from there I went west and did a Twycrosser. I was on call, so yet again taking care not to stay too far from base. And I did get a call actually, but fortunately I was able to palm it off onto our network team.

My employers have provided me with a new phone, and I used it to take this sunset pic near Barton in the Beans. I'm guessing I need to spend a bit of time with the settings, because the foreground was in focus instead of the line of trees in the distance that I was pointing at. Also it displayed a message saying "stand within 1.5 metres of subject". I guess it must have been in some sort of portrait mode.



Rain started to come down a few miles from home, as I approached Heather. I came back through Ibstock and was pedalling uphill along a road that had become a shallow stream along Station Road. And yet the roads were dry two miles further north, when I returned home. It hadn't rained here so I suppose the weather forecast, in that respect, was not wrong.

Saw a few pheasants while I was out, including two being carried by the neck, post-mortem, by a cheery group of people in Barbour jackets and flat caps carrying shotguns at Diseworth. They waved pleasantly as I passed, no doubt in good spirits following a successful shooting trip. I returned the favour. I used to disapprove of people killing things for sport, but in this case - where's the harm, really? They don't die for nothing. They leave this world quickly and they get eaten, so their fate is no worse than that of any frozen chicken you'd find at Tesco.

I tried a new LED front blinker, which I bought to save me migrating the one off the Boardman when I use the Tricross. It's rechargeable. It switched itself off without human intervention near Carlton. I switched it back on and it was fine for the rest of the ride. But it came with a matching rear (red) light, and I'd be concerned about that one switching itself off, because I probably wouldn't notice.

Back on 45.93 miles, which takes me to a pleasing 72 this month. A decent knock for 5 days in, considering how poor the weather has been this last week. I only need to do another 256, so I'm ahead of the game. I think should be able to do that before Christmas.

Despite the rain, a nice run out and I'm pleased to have taken a decent bite out of the December distance requirement.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4434097259
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Nïckslïkk2112

Got up exceptionally early for me on a Saturday morning - 08:30 - but that was because our mobile hairdresser was paying us a post-"Lockdown"2, pre-Xmas visit. Of course it meant I was able to get out on the bike in good time.

Weatherwise, it was cloudy, but appeared to be brightening from the east. What I was concerned about though, being as I was doing a slight - avoiding roadworks - variant on my now regular Saturday ride was snow up on the moors. If the weather had been clear I can see from the bedroom windows what conditions would be like, but the moors were misty. However, if they are snow covered it tends to make the mist look brighter and it was resolutely grey. So I hoped for the best.

I managed a more rapid than usual start today and by the time I reached 700ft above sea level there was no sign of any snow. I then dropped down on my route - getting caught behind a tractor - then embarked on the big climb of the day. It was sunny at the bottom, but the mist closed in towards the top and snow started appearing on the grass verges. Snow then started appearing in the road, albeit very soft and slushy, then above 1,000ft there was a good covering of snow and a fair bit of slushy stuff on the road. Ho-hum.

It wasn't too bad though, the worst bit was the pools of meltwater in the road. It was bloody cold and my bumcrack still hasn't warmed up. Funny though how I saw very few cyclists out, until up above the snow-line on Beeley Moor, then there were loads appearing out of the mist. Mostly old-timers with beards. Good not to be the only one out there though. That's 36 miles in December's bag.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4432303836
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

Nïckslïkk2112

Miserable weather today. Grey. Cold. Misty. Drizzly. But it was still, so I went out on the bike. It's better than being cooped up indoors.

Didn't particularly go anywhere, wasn't the weather for that. Just rode randomly around local roads. Managed to rack up 31 miles. I was happy enough with that, could have kept going a bit longer, but my fingers were numb.

Gave the bike a good fettle when I got in and found out why the pros don't like thru-axle disc brake wheels - they can be a real pig to get back on. Took the wheels off to give all parts a god clean and whilst the front wheel went straight back on, the rear wheel took a good 30 minutes of cajoling before it lined up to let the axle through. Don't get that with QR skewers.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4438512086
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

DavidL

Cold, misty and damp so it was mtbs again. Just under 18 miles. Very boggy off-road sections at times (had to dismount a couple of times). Great fun....cleaning the bikes and clothing, not so!

Slim

Forecast here for today is 1C all day, right through until 0500 tomorrow. Not sure how far I'll get in that, this evening! But 25 miles will do. 20 would be better than nothing.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Slim

It certainly was cold out there when I mounted the Boardman at about 5pm, but to make matters slightly worse, the forecast had added mist and fog to the mix. But I'd wrapped up warm so I thought I'd see how far I'd get.

I set off on a Twycrosser, but detoured Heather Lane by going down to Ibstock. Sharp right from there to Heather and from there, the standard route down to Twycross. I went all the way down to Pinwall and Ratcliffe, which I haven't done for a while.

I was quite pleased to find that my tactic of wearing humble Tesco joggers over my cycling tights was definitely helping to keep me warm. Also quite pleased that the fog and mist were very light. Enough to catch the beam of the front light, but not enough to hamper visibility or make my clothes damp.

Up the A444 from Sibson as usual and I was thinking of taking in Gibbet Lane but on a whim, I decided to take a left to take me back to Sheepy. From there I did my ride to Sheepy in reverse. Back through Ibstock again, though I took Pisca Lane instead of Mill Lane.

Really enjoyed that one. Feels like a bit of an achievement to do 33.42 miles at 1 degree C in the dark.

Perhaps I'll do a wholly post-sunset Fondo before long. Lord knows the sun sets early enough at the moment.

I listened to Drive then the Monday Night Club on 5 Live. Always enjoy Chris Sutton's contributions. And I was decently entertained until the inevitable, inevitably one-sided discussion about BLM, which would have made my blood boil if I hadn't been so cold.

106 done this month. 5991 this year.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4443219143

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

DavidL

Quote from: Slim on December 07, 2020, 23:04:52 pmI listened to Drive then the Monday Night Club on 5 Live. Always enjoy Chris Sutton's contributions. And I was decently entertained until the inevitable, inevitably one-sided discussion about BLM, which would have made my blood boil if I hadn't been so cold.

I listened mostly to Talk radio today but just caught a little of 5Live too. The nature of the debate around the Millwall fans and BLM could not have been more contrasting. I'm sure that anyone that is put behind a microphone at the BBC is made to do 'the course' beforehand. As with you, it boils my piss. Inevitably, on the odd occasion I hit the 5Live button on the radio nowadays, I hit another pretty quickly afterwards.
BBC indoctrination aside, I also enjoy Chris Sutton. He talks much sense when it comes to the game and his accent is an easy listen, IMO.

dom

Quote from: DavidL on December 08, 2020, 01:16:47 amI listened mostly to Talk radio today but just caught a little of 5Live too. The nature of the debate around the Millwall fans and BLM could not have been more contrasting. I'm sure that anyone that is put behind a microphone at the BBC is made to do 'the course' beforehand. As with you, it boils my piss. Inevitably, on the odd occasion I hit the 5Live button on the radio nowadays, I hit another pretty quickly afterwards.
BBC indoctrination aside, I also enjoy Chris Sutton. He talks much sense when it comes to the game and his accent is an easy listen, IMO.
What was the Talk Radio position? Is it not possible to separate the gesture as a stand for equality rather than demonstrating support for the "marxist" BLM organisation.

If you're on the side of Milwall supporters, surely you must realise that you've gone wrong somewhere?
When the truth offends we lie and lie until we can longer remember it is even there. But it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is repaid

Slim

I had a couple of beers and turned in late, last night. I didn't really fancy propelling myself around on a bike after work but it was a dry afternoon, and there aren't a lot of those in the forecast at the moment.

I decided that I needed to do 41 miles, because I'd calculated that the remaining distance requirement could be fulfilled by four 41 mile rides and a Fondo. The wind was blowing from the west, though not powerfully. So I headed up to Melbourne through Coleorton, up over Swarkestone and hung a left to take the long, flat A road that runs along the water. I really like cruising along that road for miles without having to push up hills. The only catch is that there's no sensible way to get there that doesn't involve a fair bit of climbing, either near Ticknall or Melbourne.

Anyway - I did 21.12 miles and decided to turn back. I wasn't too cold. I had to wait  at the level crossing near Hilton both ways, but I didn't mind. I quite like watching the trains go past.

I ate a large bowl of porridge before setting off - it seems to keep me going very nicely, especially in cold weather - and I didn't bother with the snacks I'd brought with me. Then when I got back to the garage, I noticed that the second bottle cage was empty. I assumed my pod containing a pork pie, a cheese roll and two boiled sweets must have rattled out. Then I noticed it on the bonnet of my car, which I use as a sort of bike stand and equipment table. Apparently I'd left it there when I set off.

Anyway - 42.40 miles which means I've done 6034 this year and 148 this month. 180 to go.

The forecast is for rain on Saturday but only in the morning. I might do the December Fondo in the afternoon.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4451952112
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Nïckslïkk2112

Well, it was pretty dreary when I dragged myself out from my pit this morning. I ummed and ahhed about going out and the rainfall radar didn't look promising. But, I remebered rule #5 - Harden the feck Up- and rule #9 - bad weather cycling is badass - and kitted up and went out.

Yes, it rained, but not an awful lot, especially as reviewing the rainfall radar when I got home said it rained a fair bit. Their overly must be out on the map. I even saw some blue sky.

I did what is now my regular Saturday 36 miler, although Strava had it about 0.3 miles shorter than usual. It also said I'd done a couple of hundred feet less climbing than usual - I've been having to use the elevation correction feature as the barometric altimeter doesn't work well in the wet - which seems odd.

It was also windier than I thought it would be, the Loads Road slog took 90s more than last week, but overall for the ride I was 3 minutes quicker than last week, that'll be because there was no snow on the tops then. Once again there was nary a cyclist on the Road until I got to Beeley Moor. I guess it's a popular place as it can be reached from several ways.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4462029133
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

DavidL

No cycling for me this weekend.....or next. Under doctor's orders after having a mole removed from my calf last Tuesday. Frustrating