The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by Ray P » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:44 pm

That track looks ridable Mark!

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by IslandPink » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:49 pm

Actually I should have clarified, the track is off in the distance, I was standing on the road where I'd parked. I didn't want to take the camera any further given the conditions. The track would be sort-of rideable on 32mm tyres in the summer, but today I had to get a bucket and sponge out to clean my boots off before hanging them up to dry on the porch.
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by IslandPink » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:55 pm

This is the area, you can see the bridle-path/old road traversing above Llangwyfan -
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by jack » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:01 pm

IslandPink wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Good to have someone to even things up, Phil.
Ray P wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:50 pm
.... and some pictures would be nice.
Ray
Well, you asked for it ! :

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Another grim cold wet day in N.Wales, another failure for the Met Office.
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by IslandPink » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:09 pm

Sun came out yesterday .. until I went out for a walk. Big black clouds came over, drizzle started. Ploughed on as usual, Moel Arthur car park, south along the ridge for a bit then back.
I hour 37, pulse 131 average.
Pictures bring over some of the story, but not the squidgy track and detours to avoid mud and water.
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But TODAY will be different !
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by Ray P » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:16 pm

Good looking terrain Mark, but probably a nicer walk when its not waterlogged.

I've just got back from a ride; there's extensive flooding out on the levels so I headed uphill omto the Quantocks to avoid the worst of the wet stuff but still found several places with standing water across the road, fortunately not to deep to get through though. 22miles today and 30 yesterday but the Christmas treats are winning the calorie race at the moment!

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by jack » Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:58 pm

With perfect timing, whilst getting up from a kitchen chair to answer the 'phone (that most tricky and stressful of activities), my lower back went into spasm ⛈️😱🚴🤔😟

Many drugs plus cold & hot compresses later, I can move again. A bit. At least I'm no longer flat on the floor...

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by pre65 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:04 pm

jack wrote:
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With perfect timing, whilst getting up from a kitchen chair to answer the 'phone (that most tricky and stressful of activities), my lower back went into spasm ⛈️😱🚴🤔😟

Many cold & hot compresses later, I can move again. A bit.

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Having had many similar experiences in the past I can empathise with you.
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by IslandPink » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:52 pm

I tend to think this is low minerals - calcium or magnesium. Are you still on that dairy-free diet, Nick ?
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by IslandPink » Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:14 pm

Just been out for another walk on the hills. I took the camera and there was some sunshine, at first, but I had left the SD card by the computer after downloading the two pics yesterday - D'Oh !
I felt a bit jaded but managed 1hour 18 mins .
Yes Ray, the paths on the ridge here are really good, they're actually quite well-drained, but it's been such a relentless onslaught of water this autumn, they are very wet. However from March onwards they dry out and the walking is very good. It's always a work-out, though, the ridge is constantly up and down in either direction.
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by jack » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:06 pm

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I tend to think this is low minerals - calcium or magnesium. Are you still on that dairy-free diet, Nick ?
To use an appositive phase:Fat chance!

Nah. That was only for 3 months. I couldn't stand dairy-free milk and the lack of certain minerals, especially calcium, meant that I was using calcium-enriched oat milk plus taking vitamin D supplements etc. All madness.

Moderation (for some things at least) is the answer, not abstinence.

Bit better now - trick is to keep moving, not to just lie down (however tempting that may be).
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by Ray P » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:43 pm

I'll be tucking into the full works Christmas meal shortly - good job I worked up a good appetite this morning!

Departed: Dec 25, '19, 10:14AM
Starts in: Taunton Deane, England, GB
Distance: 26.2 mi
Elevation: + 1545 / - 1534 ft
Max Grade: 11.8 %
VAM: 487 Vm/h
Moving Time: 01:37:01
Calories: 1029
Avg. Watts: 177
Max Speed: 36.1 mph
Avg. Speed: 16.2 mph
Moving Pace: 00:03:43
Max Heartrate: 131 bpm
Min Heartrate: 78 bpm
Avg. Heartrate: 110.2 bpm

No sign of that monster thunderstorm that the Met Office warned about, in fact it was a beautiful cold, still but sunny morning.

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by jack » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:16 pm

Back on the bike. I'm lardy 👍😀

Only about 60km and 1,500ft of climbing, but quite gentle...
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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by Ray P » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:24 pm

Good ride Nick. :thumbup:

Headed up onto the Quantock Hills again this morning - trying to get my December Climbing Trophy on Strava - just 22miles but nearly 2000ft of elevation gain. I got thoroughly sodden though - had to ride three stretches of around 20yards through standing water about a foot deep in dips in the road - I'll take a different route tomorrow!

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Re: The Audio-Talk Cycling thread.

Post by Ray P » Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:24 pm

Another 26miles and 2000ft of climbing this morning - takes my total elevation gain for the week to more than 10,000ft (3050metres) and distance to 157miles (253Km) - and I stayed mostly dry!

I've got to do around 600ft uphill tomorrow to meet my Strava climbing challenge.

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