Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Not so fast

Sluggish today.  Got so excited about yesterday's successful return that I spent the whole evening doing some planning & writing my training in my diary.

As a result I got to bed at midnight, woke up sluggish and managed nothing more than an enduro ride to the office and back.  Mind you, I'm walking a fair distance every day.

Hoping tomorrow will go smoothly so I can just get up early on Friday and drive home in order to move house.

Did someone say strength training?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Back from the dead

First training ride today after my rest period.

50 / 50 speed and strength on the way to work and pretty much all strength sets on the hills on the way back... except for an itty bitty sprint to the turn on my way back leaving me riding around the carpark in circles to warm down.

Headed for the clifftops to do a yoga set overlooking the sea.  I've got a bit inflexible.

Felt good to be going fast again after all this time.  I like training on the bike again.

Friday, July 05, 2013


This is the prettiest picture I have found yet of my new (ordered) bike.
I'm posting it so I can look at it when I'm feeling down and tired because it cheers me up and makes me look forwards to next summer when I intend to do Coniston Tri on it.

I am also looking forwards to riding it this summer when my body works again.

I am already welcoming EmVee into my world.  It helps to stare down the barrel of selling Dauntless. :-(

Anyone looking for an entry-level mountain bike?

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The recovery

Has gone like this:

Week 1 - driving every day.  Limping everywhere.  Life a blurr.

Weekend 1 - trying to move around more with Rother Valley swim-sitting and helping organising at the Hilly.  Spend Saturday night till 2 am trying to figure out how to get all my strength and speed training in before the 3 Peaks cyclo-cross.

Week 2 - Monday - ride to Rotherham for training course.  Still falling asleep at work at 2:30pm.  Wobble home slowly on the bike. Still got a sore calf.

Week 2 - Tuesday - ride to Rotherham for training course.  Now falling asleep at work at 12:30pm.  Eating like a horse.  At least my heel is starting to lift of the ground as the calf regains some of its motion.  Feet feel strong again.

Week 3 - Wednesday - ride to Brinsworth.  Attack some of the hills and traffic lights with mini sprints as I feel good and want to try the effects of cryotherapy.  The cryo is good and leaves me with tingly skin but the calf hurts more for the rest of the afternoon.  Wobble home on the bike but jump on the back of a couple of busses and passing cyclists to minimise the wind damage.  Back to being a little imobile this evening.   I don't fall asleep at work but I'm a bit switched off and ready for bed by 8:30pm.

I'm a little upset I didn't get a photo of the shorts, wooly socks, crocks and knee bandages!   Not to mention the wooly hats and facemasks.  Cryo ain't glamorous.
Good news is, I've ordered a new bike and solicitor has been instructed to move us on the 11th July.  Fingers crossed it will all happen.