Archive | February 2012

Aftermath of the first century

Following last week’s century, I’ve been seeing how I recovered from the ride to see if there’s anything I need to focus on.

Starting with the most obvious, my legs have been fine. Monday was a bit slower than normal but I suspect it might be down to the headwind.

My posterior was a bit tender, it seems my saddle varies between comfy and agony. This seems to be a characteristic of the Brooks Swift, it’s collapsing in the middle a bit due to a combination of thin leather and the lack of a supporting band to keep the sides together. Time will tell as to whether this calms down a bit or if I need to look for another saddle. Tensioning doesn’t seem to make a difference as one side of the saddle is already tight enough so I think I’ll just need to live with it.

Finally, the surprising pain has been in both hands, in the same place at the wrist. This was unexpected, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to the gloves.

I have been wearing Edinburgh Bicycles winter gloves, and on the commute they’ve been great. However, the padding on them is on the outside of the hands which seems to force my wrists inwards when I’m riding on the tops, and 100 miles of this isn’t the best. However, this is the first time I’ve experienced pain with those gloves so I may need to look at other postural issues.

I’ve got a free day next Sunday so might try for more of the same and get some proper distance in again, hopefully this time without pain.

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First century of the year

Al again – James has all manner of excuses like a dissertation and studying
so I’ll let him off.

I did my first century of the year on Sunday, not for the distance on the day but to see how I coped the day after. 161.1km on Sunday on a lovely route with some great climbs:

Out from the West of Edinburgh to Kirkliston and then across the bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. West along the Sustrans 76 (great path but slow going) to Stirling, then climbed towards North Third reservoir. Descent to Carron Bridge, then back up and over to Kilsyth. Canal from Kilsyth (awful mud) to just past Falkirk and on road through Shieldhill towards Bathgate. The final stretch saw me ride through Livingston and Kirknewton into a blizzard for the home stretch. Great fun, although at 4k short when I got to my door I needed to do another quick circuit to make the century!

Today, Monday, I rode into work as normal, but felt a bit tight in my legs when sitting at my desk. The ride home was along the canal with a headwind strong enough to put a swell on the water that you could probably surf, which was good training although it felt like purgatory at the time! Tomorrow should hopefully feel better but we shall see…

Lessons learnt from Sunday’s ride:
100 miles equals 6251 calories from the HRM – we’ll need to eat constantly on the trip!
Powerlinks are worth ten times their weight in gold – chain snapped in Stirling but I was back on the road in minutes. However, at four quid a shot SRAM are having a laugh!!
Powerbars freeze so should be kept in jersey pockets as opposed to in a tri bag.
Cherry Cranberry Powerbars are perhaps the best tasting energy bars out there.