Friday, 25 March 2011


Monday 21st March
To Work     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 18.9mph
To Home     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 19.5mph

Tuesday 22nd March
To Work     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 19.4mph
To Home     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 18.8mph

Wednesday 23rd March
To Work     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 19.2mph
T0 Home     Distance 20miles     Av Sp 19.6mph

Thursday 24th March
To Work     Distane 20miles     Av Sp 20.8mph
To Home     Distance 20miles   Av Sp 20.2mph

What a fantastic week to have to commute by bike. Every day was as glorious as the previous but all is not so hunky-dory. Notice how I said every 'day' however I have been starting at 3am!! Bleedin heck! For some odd reason I have been sooo determined to go out, do my full 20 mile commute, come back and repeat for the rest of the week. Bed for 5-6pm and up 12-1am. When these daft shifts come around I can usually muster up enough energy, enthusiasm or passion for 2 days/nights at best and try and get as much sleep inbetween as I possible could. Not this week, not even a hint of backing out, even when I stepped outside to see my breath crystallise infront of my eyes or when avoiding the frost as it glistened like glass. What kept me going?

Generally the wind has been favourable speed wise but direction wise it has been all over the place. Easterly, Westerly and Southerly combined all week to create a treacly mess. It would have been sooo easy to give up especially as the week  went by as energy was dwindling and muscles hurting more and more. I found it difficult to eat enough which is strange but just didn't have enough time to do so. I replaced all the healthy stuff for choccy bars and sweets to perk me up. After the first day, sprinting was out of the question and hills appeared as snow capped mountains but by the last I dug deep to the reserves at the bottom of the tank to put in a solid ride. That last day, Thursday, on the way home, the sun was belting down and wind negligible but I was being blown left and right, left and right in quick succession down some stretches and at times thought I may lose control. It felt like 25mph+ gusts but when I got home to check most sites had the speed as only 4 or 5 mph. Eh?

On Thursday morning I got the dreaded tingle on the back of my throat and wondered how long or bad the inevitable illness would be. This week has really taken it out of me trying to achieve consistant rides throughout.  Friday morning I was coughing and spluttering with a sore throat but otherwise in good spirits. Recovered for Sunday? Plllleeeaaaseseee.

Time Trial season  has begun and I aim to better the number of rides I did last year. I have applied for one on the 16th april L101 course which is a Sat and most TT's are unfortunatley on Sats which I find difficult to get off work. Attending that one will double my record of TT participation! Woohoo.

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