Monday, 13 February 2012

Today's ride

Things that made me happy on today's cycle:
1) Tim says "we were doing 22mph and you accelerated away"
2) nothing else, I can't cycle up a hill and Tim can't take advantage of a downhill

so in the next 82 days we have to learn how to cycle a long distance without dying

that should be easy then...

Training Begins! (Huzzah!)

Stuart and I finally got a start on training together by cycling a Crieff to Comrie loop that was just over 18 miles. It has revealed a few useful pieces of information;

1) I have girly little chicken legs.
2) Stuart has girly little chicken lungs.
3) I can climb not too badly and
4) Stuart accelerates like a beast. (much to my annoyance)

Fun times though. The big cycle in May is only just short of 10 times the distance we cycled today. There's a heartening thought to end on.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

January update

I took my bike to Centre Parc when we were there a few weeks ago.  Round around the park a few times and up and down the hills and I am feeling worse than ever.  Tim now has his bike and has been hassled to putting up a picture.  I am putting a Feb 1 start date for training, and will be posting some sort of training schedule up, with updates of how far behind I am falling!

Also my first poster goes up on Tuesday - a big thanks to Paul & Jackie at JAVA LAVA in Crieff.

Friday, 2 December 2011

First Ride

I psyched myself up for a ride, donned some ridiculous clothing to keep warm and headed out.  Thwipping along comfortably on the road out of Crieff towards Comrie when 'pedunck' or some such noise and all of a sudden my chain is dragging on the road.  Five minutes riding followed by a fifteen minute walk home.

So I got a chain-link fixing tool and this morning with a little effort, a little frustration and a little gentle coaching and encouragement from Annie I fixed the chain, gave it an upended pedal test and now just have to start juicing myself up to get back in the saddle and out on the road.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

I Ordered My Bike!

So Stuart thinks he can outdo me by getting a cool yellow bike does he? Well he can. But I went to the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative today and ordered my bike and accessories. The bike is nothing too fancy but it fitted me nicely and will do what's needed. Here's a link to it if you want a look ...

As you may have noticed, it's nice and reduced as well.

Unfortunately, I can't pick it up until January 20th as I'm getting it on Cyclescheme through my work and the voucher to get it won't be issued until then. So until then I am using visualisation techniques. I believe that means my training is going better than Stuarts. Awesome.

*have added picture Tim

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


So, my bike arrived today - bright yellow and lovely.  Now I have to re-attach the saddle and pedals, set the saddle and handlebars to the correct height and start some cycling.  I will log these on map my ride, so anyone interested can see how little I am doing.  For anyone local, please don't knock me off as you drive past helpless with laughter.

Tim - the pressure is on.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Route plan

Ok, I have a bike, that is I will have a bike when it gets here next week (pictures will follow).  So now I have to start thinking of real training - Well I have some routes on Mapmyride, I'll start with of those.

But of course the training is for a purpose and to that end I include below target mile markers and timings for the ride up.  From experience the first two should be on track, but it gets tougher after that.

Miles Ends

1-17 Perth 1 mile past Perth 0-60 mins
18-34 Kindallachan 1.5 miles before Ballinluig junction 61-120 mins

15 minute break 121-135 mins
35-51 Pitagowan B847 junction 136-195 mins
52-68 Dalwhinnie 1.5 miles before A889 junction 196-255 mins

15 minute break 256-270 mins
69-85 Kingussie 0.5 mile after A86 junction 271-330 mins
86-102 Carrbridge 2 miles before A938 junction 331-390 mins

30 minute break 391-420 mins
103-119 Daviot 2 miles before Daviot 421-480 mins
120-136 Duncanston Top of Black Isle B9169 junction 481-540 mins

15 minute break 541-555 mins
137-153 Kildary 1 mile before B817 556-615 mins
154-172 Embo
616-675 mins
So on the above schedule a 0600h start gets us in about 1715h, or an annoying 15 minutes after the sauna closes.