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06-07-2016, 12:22   #16
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Broke the hour in tonights Connacht 40km TT. Worse prep with around 2 hours kip as my son was sick and then ended up at doc for the full morning with him, so no proper sleep, no proper food or drink, so that wasn't looking good. Turned up then and realised with everything I had forgot my Garmin. My wife put the 2 kids into the car and drove the 30 minutes to leave it to me.
Felt tired, even the warm up was a disaster, just couldn' find my legs. Took a gel way to early and just felt that I wanted to end it before it started.
Outleg I felt alright, average was poor and the average power was at 285 watts which was 20 watts down on the last time I did that TT 3 weeks
ago. I went out at position 3, caught the front 2 by the 10km mark, Got to the turn and was just passed by a lad who started 2 minutes behind me. Total downer on that. 32 minutes, so was looking at a 64 minute finish time, 3.5 minutes more than 3 weeks previous.

But I hit a gel, got some water and turned into the wind. I said I would live on the average watts and not worry about the average speed which was 38kmph bang on. So even on the down (there was 2) and on the hills I kept it over the 300 watts, I was concerned my back and hips were going to give up but I just relaxed and didn't panic.

I kept the lad who passed me in good eye view so maybe that helped. With 10km to go I felt pretty good. I upped the output again and then with 5km to go I realised my time wasn't as bad as I thought. At 3KM out I was at 55.5 minutes so I buried everything I had to see if I could get sub 1 hour.
I managed to finish out the 3KM with just under 400 watts average in just over 4 minutes @ 44.1kmph average. And 4 seconds to spare off the 1 hour!

I have to say I was over the moon.
safe to say that you werent just mooching along then!
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06-07-2016, 12:30   #17
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Any tips on approach for a 40km TT?
As in food or warm up? I just spin the legs for 20 minutes tbh. I eat around 2 hours before and just nibble a bar/banana in the final 30 minutes.
I took at drink twice, 20 and 40 minutes, gel at 30 minutes also.
That was only my 3rd ever, so total newbie!

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safe to say that you werent just mooching along then!
Whats odd is that I put no pressure on myself, I probably have a habit of overthinking leading and getting up in a heap. But ya I just kept it very steady, learned a lot in that one last night.
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Took a day out from family holiday in southern France yesterday for a two hour drive up to Bedoin, base camp for Mont Ventoux.
Got to hire shop at 8.15 and instead of intended domane triple, had my head turned by a lighter emonda with compact & 32 on the back (more later)
The 21 km climb starts gently enough for the first five or so km, but then the middle section through the forest is quite steep. Initial thoughts of getting to chalet renard 6 km from the top without stopping soon went out the window. The heat and the constant gradient in excess of 10% for I don't know how long changed my plans. Got to the chalet anyway, another brief rest, and onwards and upwards - less steep now until that last km, but the goal was in sight then, and I was too busy posing for the photographers (three in all) snapping away and handing out their cards.
There was quite a bit of traffic on the road - cyclists of all shapes and variety, and sightseers in cars, some vintage, & on motorbikes. The top was pretty busy with an ill-organised queue for snaps at the summit sign.
It was an arduous climb, taking me about 2 hours &. 20 or so minutes including stops, but I didn't travel that far for half a days cycling, so down the far side I went to Malucene for lunch followed by another 21k of upward mobility.
The stats from this side are similar at almost 1600m of climbing over similar distances but I had convinced myself that this was a bit kinder. In truth, it possibly was, but still had a 4-5 k bit in the middle averaging greater tha 10%. (The 11k to go marker signifies that the next km averages 12%)
Needless to say, my planned 3 stop strategy soon morphed to 4, then 5, then out the window. As on the first ascent, heat was an issue, with every sip of water being accompanied with splashing some on my head or back of my neck. Having said that, it was only about 28-29 degrees, and cooler at the top, could be worse.
After the tough middle section, I had a coke & coffee at a cafe with 6 k to go. While I was stopped it clouded over and as I was wet from sweat & water I cooled down quite a bit. Never mind, climbing would soon warm me, I thought, but not so. I had just donned my rain jacket for heat, when the rain did come. Not too much, but it kept on up to the top - much less crowded now, and on down to Bedoin I headed.
I had the obligatory stop at the Tom Simpson memorial, in memory of the cyclist who died there on the 1967 tour.
Lovely descent down - similar on both sides- good surface, winding roads, nice bends, but few hairpins. It was wasted on me as I am a crap descender, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
All in all 84 km with total climbing of 3184m at an average of 14.5 kph according to my Garmin.
There is a third ascent from Sault which is easier about 1300 m spread over 26 k and many do the three in the one day. Wouldn't mind trying it, but not with the constraints of one day bike hire.
On the gearing, I would never need or use a 32 in Ireland, but with being conservative early on, and under pressure later, I probably did about half the climbing in 34/32 gear. On the hard part of the second climb, the speedo was reading 7kph or thereabouts for long periods! Grinding a 32 cassette indeed. Had I gone with the triple I would have had a wider choice of low gears available to me at the expense of maybe a kilo of bike.
Anyway, a very memorable day on the bike, on of my toughest yet, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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When I was cycling to work this morning I overtook a 33 as it began to move off from a stop

At the next lights I was stopped and the bus pulled right up to me and the driver opened the doors, I was expecting him to give out to me or something

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"What's your average cadence"
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When I was cycling to work this morning I overtook a 33 as it began to move off from a stop

At the next lights I was stopped and the bus pulled right up to me and the driver opened the doors, I was expecting him to give out to me or something

He said:

"What's your average cadence"
There's a driver on the No.33 who is a keen cyclist and races. Sometimes goes out with the McNally Swords groups. Probably him. He gives me the odd beep when I'm commuting.
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Haven't been out since Sunday...
A summer headcold... pits ...Probably won't be able to get out till weekend hopefully. Poxy summer headcold..... you expect these in the winter
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There's a driver on the No.33 who is a keen cyclist and races. Sometimes goes out with the McNally Swords groups. Probably him. He gives me the odd beep when I'm commuting.
It's probably him so, I'll have to keep an eye out for him at the club
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He also drives the 16, but I'm yet to meet him on the road

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Asked on Strava, he confirmed it was him in the 33

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So the Sun is out in Dublin , "Howth for lunch" I said.

Plan was to do the Sutton to Howth Village Climb non stop (as it's only my second time doing it ).

Bagged it at a slow pace at 19mins. So as treat and reward for my little effort I had a nice seafood lunch at "Octopussy's Seafood Tapas Bar".




So I was feeling great on my return leg of my lunch spin, when along those Clontarf Sea Front road works I was forced into a Pot Hole at speed ,,,cheers Mr Van Driver..

The result was an instant "Double Puncture" event. ( Only had one spare tube)

Thanks to the friendly guys at "360 Cycles" I was back on the road quick enough.

***So a heads up warning to watch out for that Clontarf road surface during these road works.

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When I was cycling to work this morning I overtook a 33 as it began to move off from a stop

At the next lights I was stopped and the bus pulled right up to me and the driver opened the doors, I was expecting him to give out to me or something

He said:

"What's your average cadence"
Thats great, I really hope you told him & not think he was taking the p**s. in the 3 years or so since I have begun cycling, I have noticed the behaviour of Dublin Bus drivers has improved greatly towards cyclists, some of the private companies could do with taking a leaf out of their book!
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Boss owed me a day off so I said feck it I'd take it today.

Had a route in mind and set out to see where the morning would take me. 8 hours later I had 200km in the legs and felling of satisfaction that this has been my most productive day all week!

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***So a heads up warning to watch out for that Clontarf road surface during these road works.

Those roadworks are Hell on Earth. Avoid that road like the plague now.
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Headed out to the hills after work, planning on Ballyboden - Bohernabreena - Glassamucky and back down, but missed the turn off and ended up coming up Piperstown instead which is still a nice climb. Met two rather lost young hikers near Piperstown wondering where exactly on the Wicklow Way they were, having come from Marlay Park, Enniskerry and Glencree, and felt rather sad telling them the nearest point to the Wicklow way from where they were at that point was probably Marlay Park. One way of discovering Ireland I guess.
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Boss owed me a day off so I said feck it I'd take it today.

Had a route in mind and set out to see where the morning would take me. 8 hours later I had 200km in the legs and felling of satisfaction that this has been my most productive day all week!

https://www.strava.com/activities/633246516
Looks like a nice route, might give it a go in the coming weeks
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I left home this morning for my usual commute to work. On the incline to Whitehall, Alek pulled alongside me and we had a chat.

On my way home I met Alek again on Dorset St. and we yapped all the way to the South Circulsr Road where our routes split.

Nice to have a chat on a commute with a fellow Boardsie and Alek is sound. It was an interesting twist to my usual commute.
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