The Nearly New Cyclist Diary 2016

Rollin', rollin', rollin' . . .

OK readers . . . as promised here is some (admittedly abysmal) video evidence of me riding the rollers without support AND without launching myself head-first into the garage door.  Note the strategically-positioned wheelie bin - an unlikely but essential accessory.
 

 

Short as it is, I declare this to be proof that I have fulfilled New Year's Resolution 3.  Onward!


Cycling Secrets: Hill Reps, Rollers & Wheelie Bins

If you ride up and down the same hill three times, does that count as hill reps?  As this is my blog, I'm going to say it does.  So here's my first ever hill rep session, from last week . . . .  
 

The hill in question is the infamous Col de Woolwich Ferry (known on Strava by the more prosaic "Woolwich Ferry to Shooters Hill"): an awe-inspiring 2.5km long, at an average gradient of 2.5%.  OK, it's not exactly Angliru, but it's the nearest thing we have in this part...


Stretching it Out

This was yesterday's ride.  It's modest by the standards of real cyclists, but it left me utterly wasted for the whole of the rest of the day.  I had planned to clean my bike but I just didn't have the energy.  The fact it rained all afternoon was another powerful disincentive.

In other news, today I successfully raised my handlebars.  Thank you Youtube.  For a long time I have been concerned that my bike is just too big - no problem when you are commuting for 45 minutes at a time, but potentially...


Back to Reality

Here's today's (pathetic) first road ride of 2016. 

 

I deliberately chose a route that covers part of my old commute so that I could compare "performance" (if that is the right word).  There's one particular climb I used to use to measure my form - Woolwich Ferry to Shooter's Hill Road.  My best time ever (which, I proudly notice, is still 8th on the all-time leaderboard) is 5:26.  Today's effort, after which I briefly thought my heart was going to leap out of my throat: a roundly dispiriting 7:52.  True, I was briefly...


Revolution / Inspiration

Visitors to the site over the last couple of days will be aware that Conquista was present at the Manchester round of the UK's Revolution Series.  Even the buzz of the National Cycling Centre couldn't completely remove the whiff of the school sports day that always seems to hang over Revolution events, but I still had a great time, and even took some photos.  This was a great learning experience, as long as you think it's great to learn that velodrome light sucks.  At least I have a better idea what I'll be dealing with next time (if there is a next...