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johnkParticipant29 September 2015 at 09:27Post count: 225johnkParticipant14 September 2015 at 17:31Post count: 225johnkParticipant14 September 2015 at 15:35Post count: 225
‘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!johnkParticipant8 September 2015 at 11:43Post count: 225johnkParticipant8 September 2015 at 10:07Post count: 225johnkParticipant27 August 2015 at 17:53Post count: 225johnkParticipant18 August 2015 at 09:18Post count: 225johnkParticipant18 August 2015 at 09:09Post count: 225johnkParticipant17 August 2015 at 13:32Post count: 225johnkParticipant10 July 2015 at 06:10Post count: 225johnkParticipant6 July 2015 at 22:11Post count: 225
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. ….johnkParticipant5 July 2015 at 18:45Post count: 225johnkParticipant3 July 2015 at 06:14Post count: 225
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!johnkParticipant2 July 2015 at 14:59Post count: 225