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  • johnk
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    in reply to: Long Run 27 September #48050 |

    Hi Carol,
    It was a great day, pity you couldn’t have been there.
    Exchange of the day was between Jules and Jim coming down the hill from the cafe:
    Jules; ‘John Keen descends like a stone’.
    Jim: ‘John Keen ascends like a stone too’.

    johnk
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    You would have loved it Carol. Pity you weren’t there!

    johnk
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    ‘There was not much scope for chat’

    I do love Eleanor’s blog, she says it all really.

    I was supposed to be home early yesterday as we, the family, were all going out in the afternoon.
    Before i left in the morning i said to Paula, ‘i’ll be going on the short run’.
    Riding to Northwich i knew i was going on the short run.
    As soon as i got to the club my brain instructed me to go on the long run. Not my fault. It’s my tiny brain’s fault.
    Since last Sunday, aside from a very brief exploratory ride (which was really painful) i have not touched the bike but was taking diclofenac tablets every day up till Thursday. Thankfully in view of how the day unfolded my knee felt much better and only gave some twinges from time to time, nothing like the pain of last week.
    We headed out at a swift pace passing many Manchester 100 riders along the route (it’s so nice flying past sportive riders like that; it makes you seem much better than you actually are).
    Everything was pretty flat and fast really until the Kinnerton grind and then of course the lovely hill up through Treuddyn. As most everyone sped away from me I concentrated on just keeping my heart below 180 and Eleanor behind me. Half way up the climb i had a little scare as an overtaking car towing a caravan pulled in too quickly and banged in to my elbow in doing so. A really close one.
    The descent into Ruthin is always good fun, fast and technical and it was a pretty easy ride sitting behind the combined windbreaks of Iain and Jim.
    Beans on toast all round at a really quaint cafe ended all too soon and we were out into the sun and the joys of the Bwlch pass. It’s the first time since i can remember that i have had to walk up but i did for about 100 yards. The pain of that side of the hill is compensated by the 50mph descent on the other side and thence swiftly up out of Loggerheads only to be passed by ‘Hand of God’ Eleanor.
    Another swift descent down the Rainbow set the trend for the rest of the afternoon as our pace on the way home through Kinnerton to Chester remained ‘challenging’. We took the main road from Chester and i lost touch with the front group going up the rise to Tarvin, my knee at this point protesting quite loudly.
    From there, those of us remaining had a relatively sedate ride home until we all went our separate ways.
    I got home with 112 miles completed only to find my lovely wife had of course gone out and that i had forgotten my house keys. I rang Paula but no reply.
    I plodded down the lane and back again. Nope.
    Went for a slightly longer loop. Still nothing.
    Waited outside. Got cold.
    Went for a longer ride telling myself i could use it as a cool down ride.
    After several more swoops past the house Paula eventually drove past me on the lane and i got in at 6.00pm having had the mother of all cool down rides giving me a total of 127miles for the day.
    It was an excellent day out, well lead by Jim, thankyou. My knee is definitely getting stronger and there was a real improvement. It’s amazing how quickly your body gets it’s self back in order once you start exercising again isn’t it?
    See you next week!

    johnk
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    in reply to: Battered #48001 |

    Actually very impressed Jim. As of Sunday morning there was not a single cut in them and they do seem pretty grippy.

    johnk
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    in reply to: Battered #47999 |

    Hi Carol,
    Much quieter without you yes. We missed you!
    I have been heavily into the Diclofenac to get me sorted for a further hammering next weekend… Sadly i can’t see me being up to the track night.

    johnk
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    in reply to: Hypoxic Training #47962 |

    Hi Colin,
    Sorry i didn’t even see you on Sunday, it would have been good to catch up. Sounds like you are in decent shape now. I’m glad to be back out on the bike although really paying for it the day after in that i can’t walk! See you Sunday.

    johnk
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    in reply to: Long Ride #47948 |

    I hope she is nicely on the mend.

    Good luck Sunday.

    See you out soon.

    johnk
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    in reply to: Long Ride #47946 |

    Thanks Jim,
    It was great to be back out again, i’ve really missed it. Were you racing?

    johnk
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    in reply to: Long Ride #47943 |

    I do apologise to ‘End to End’ Graham!

    Shows how much i am fried.

    johnk
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    Hi Jed
    The results were actually posted on Facebook on Wednesday evening. ….

    johnk
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    in reply to: A plea #47861 |

    Hi Ady
    One Cannot help but notice all of the Facebook posts on the home page. The thing with all of them is that they are all one sided. No debate is entered into. No banter. No life to the club website. Do not get me wrong, I am not anti FB, I have a profile myself but there is a time and a place and I can see that in the very near future there will be no club website. At present it is used a fraction of what it was last year and the reason is the one sided traffic from FB. Recent comments by Jimmy about Italy and Woody about the Tour would, in the past, have bought a response. In the past the briefest of blogs or posts about a clubrun would have elicited some replies, not it is just a feed from FB. Now it is just one sided and so from an outsiders point of view, looking at this website, this is not an active club (not in the way it was).
    Perhaps this doesn’t matter? My suggestion (and I know it won’t be liked) is that, temporarily at least, the FB feed is removed to try to get people back on to the site.
    Just putting it out there. ….

    johnk
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    Mr Froome.

    johnk
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    in reply to: Club 10 1st July #47877 |

    Hi Woody
    For sure you should do specific training on your TT bike, anyone that’s serious does. It’s great training for holding that position. Cancellara, Martin and Contador have all talked about hours out on a TT bike tool it hurts. You remember a could of years ago Wiggins out training on his TT bike and passing the riders on a club 10, Runcorn way I think it was.
    Get out there and do it. Just make sure you roar like an alien!

    johnk
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    in reply to: Club 10 1st July #47873 |

    The alien thing is true in other respects; you should have heard his alien roar coming along towards the finish. Seriously, i thought i’d done something wrong! Awesome time though eh?

    johnk
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    in reply to: Club 10 1st July #47871 |

    I assumed Craig had had a mechanical and Dave was towing him home. .

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