Ah, it’s May

Several months ago, Father-Grandbeing suggested that we should start our training for Vatternrundan in May. It didn’t seem enough time, to me, but the year ran away with me – May arrived and I hadn’t really done any training. So taking his advice, I have been trying to get a few more miles in – on the two days that I went to work this week I cycled to (5 miles) and home (15 miles) from work.

 

Currently anything over 10 miles seems difficult, particularly on my Giant (Winter bike), so when at the 10 (out of 12) mile point this evening Ollie said “Well that’s one eighteenth of Vatternrundan we’ve just done – that’s okay isn’t it”. Noooo, no it isn’t okay, it’s hard and I can’t do it 17 more times in one go!!

 

 

Got to sleep – up early for a 30 miler. Looking forward to riding the Ribble on Sunday!

 

 

Spoons

The trouble with transitioning between two houses, is that one bike is always at the other house – and this week that has meant that so are my tyre levers and tubes.

 

So today we took out the one spare tube we’ve got here and some tea spoons.

 

Luckily we didn’t have to use them, but I suspect I am going to have to take some with me again tomorrow!

Privy life

Checking in!

 

We’ve only got an outside toilet at our new house now.

Gloves, hat and torch are required! The youth of today believe a smart phone is necessary for entertainment whilst on the loo – nope – not when you’ve only got a privy. Too cold for that nonsense. Entertainment comes in the form of keeping an eye out for spiders, mice etc. instead.

 

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Okay so this isn’t our outside loo!

 

Here’s a gallery of the latest demolition works.

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Despite all of this work, I have managed to get on my bike two small times for some exploring. We have a massive hill, 0.75miles away from our house. When I looked at the gradient stats it got up to 14%. It’s just under a mile long and at the top we have a great view of our house and garden. There’s so much more to explore, and lots and lots of ruralness 🙂

 

I might escape out on my bike tomorrow, whilst the boys work. I tried today but ended up going to the tip and then later on brushing up the dust. A lucky escape from what would have been a very wet ride.

 

Off to sleep in the outhouse now.

 

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When sleeping inside no longer becomes viable.

 

Laura 🙂

Progress and a special birthday

We completed on our house on Friday, and have since completely wrecked it and ourselves! Today is the first day in a few months where I have felt complete and utter -fall asleep in meetings – exhaustion. And I haven’t even done any training.

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Arriving after 9pm in a loud van, trying to reverse into a tight space…ooops sorry new neighbours!

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Finally, I packed the essentials:

 

 

BUT, who’s bitthday is it?! Well, according to Facebook, its a year since I collected my Ribble; talking of which…it’s about time it comes down from the winch.

 

 

When the weather man gets it wrong

After (fair) comments in the office this week, about the state of my filthy bike, I decided to wash it. A proper wash! Something the chain was rather resistant to at first, having previously been re-lubed on top of the dirty stuff.

It was a lovely morning, and weirdly, I decided to clean my bike BEFORE going out on a ride. The weather was forecast as pretty nice all day, so I thought I would have lunch and go out for a ride this afternoon.

But, when I was about half way through (wheels off), and was filling a bucket with water and bubbles it occurred to me that the bubbles were really rather unruly. There were white bits everywhere. But then, at about the same point that a Robin, looking rather pleased, came to sit with me, I realised it was snowing.

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Snow beginning to settle

Snow isn’t the ideal weather for bike washing, but I carried on anyway. Needless to say though, I have ditched the idea of going for a ride this afternoon. I mainly just want to warm up.

Anyone know any bike washers for hire?

 

(The pictures make the snow look really rather pathetic!)

 

 

Hello there, have you missed me?

Hello 2016! Hello Cyclists! Hello Loyal Followers!

Are you still there?!?

It’s been a while. Sorry about that.

So much has happened. I turned 30! I finished the taught section of my Masters, 2016 came along and we’re buying a house!

But, not very much training or blogging has happened. In my defence, I am trying to write a Dissertation proposal.

Its just under 16 weeks until Vatternrundan. That’s around 112 days and I am extremely unfit. When should one start to train for something like this? I don’t want to overdo it again.

Talking of which, I don’t know if I have fully recovered from my fatigue. I may still be fatigued, or I may have become lazy, or it might just be that I have lost fitness. I can now do 20 miles without too much trouble, but after that things begin to get a bit tougher – I may just be unfit though.

I’ve become a cyclocommuter – which is about 10 miles a day. Every little helps, but I am planning on doing a little more each week to try to build the fitness back up. I know I should also be doing core fitness but how do you fit it all in!?!

Hopefully it won’t be so long until next time. Being out on the bike will bring inspiration I am sure.

Laura