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    This year's Pain? ... Joy? ... Insanity?

    As a few of you may remember, last year I tackled the Tour de Yorkshire ride and had an amazing time. Then in the summer I talked my partner into a gruelling few hours on some of the finest and toughest off-road tracks the Peak District has to offer (seemed only reasonable, since I live here ).

    Well, we both had a fantastic time doing that, so this year I've signed us up again ... and added a few more rides to the list! It's put me at five organised events this year, so I'd really appreciate a bit of motivation from the incredibly supportive hexus massive and in return I'll drop in some details, pictures, and maybe even a few videos from my new action-cam (a Christmas present from my step-son, God love him ).

    Here's the calendar:

    February 4th: Evans RIDE IT Rochdale Road Sportive, medium route (50 miles) event page - event route
    May 5th: Tour de Yorkshire Ride, long route (80 miles) event page - event route
    July 7th: Evans RIDE IT Leeds 100, short route (38 miles) event page - event route
    August 17th: Evans RIDE IT Peak District MTB, short route (15 miles) event page - event route
    August 18th: Evans RIDE IT Peak District Road, medium route (55 miles) event page - event route not available

    If you want to follow my training and how I do on the rides in more detail feel free to check out my strava page (and follow me if you want): https://www.strava.com/athletes/2527050

    I generally post more pictures of my rides (including lots of bad selfies) on twitter and facebook - if you're really interested drop me a PM and I'll let you have my details for those sites. Fair warning though, I also often use social media to try to guilt people into sponsoring me for rides

    If you fancy joining me for any of the above rides feel free to register and let me know, and we'll try to sort out meeting up at the start.
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    Re: This year's Pain? ... Joy? ... Insanity?

    excercise, when succesfulyl achieved and goals are met, is addictive

    that's some schedule... is it hittable ?
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    Re: This year's Pain? ... Joy? ... Insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    ... is it hittable ?
    Oh, totally - they're all well within my wheelhouse as far as biking goes. I'll be doing a lot more miles in total this year than I've listed here. I mean, my round trip commute is almost 28 miles

    In fact, this year's TdY route is slightly less tough than the one I completed last year. The trick is going to be timings and segments. I'm a bit of a big lad for climbing hills, so ideally I'll be looking to lose a few more pounds before May, and then going for a couple of PRs on the hills, as well as having a couple of targets for both moving and elapsed times.

    I was planning to get out for a training ride this afternoon, but we've got winds gusting up to not far off 50mph at the minute, so that one's on hold Going to have an indoor climbing session this evening instead.

    EDIT:
    Just realised I didn't mention my other motivation for this lot: Charity! (mate ). Three of these rides will be sponsored for charities that are important to me and/or my family: The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation for the TdY ride; The Alzheimer's Society for the Leeds 100; and (as is becoming traditional) Glossop Mountain Rescue Team for the Peaks MTB. I'll be posting full details of that on facebook, twitter and probably Strava (in the descriptions of my training rides).
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    Best of luck to you.

    Best of luck scaryjim with your endeavors.

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    Re: This year's Pain? ... Joy? ... Insanity?

    Update:

    So, after a relatively lean January* for biking, and with my first sportive coming up fast, I finally got out on Monday for a proper yomp: https://www.strava.com/activities/2109105048

    That's a ~ 54 mile route with 4000ft of climbing - I'd planned one with ~ 1000ft more climbing, but the first 8 miles were slippery and treacherous where the trees shaded the road, and I decided that bombing down windy Pennine passes might not be a great plan

    It was an enjoyable ride, but pretty tiring (I always forget how much the cold saps the strength out of your legs) and the second half was mostly into a biting headwind that all but froze my fingers off. Still, it got the required miles under my belt, convinced me that I could still do such distances even in the cold weather, and I got to eat lunch surrounded by some amazing scenery:


    So, starting to feel pretty good about Sunday, I decided to work from home today so I could get out and try some more hills then have a rest day tomorrow ... and the ride just got cancelled for the weather! It's understandable: a lot of the organising team from Evans Cycles live down south which has been hammered by snow, the temperatures are not going to get much above freezing, and there is some rain or snow forecast for the afternoon. I can understand them not wanting to take any risks.

    OTOH it does leave me down one ride, which was an integral part of my prep towards the Tour de Yorkshire. I'll have to plot how to replace it in my schedule...!


    *to be fair, I haven't done a ride over 15 miles since August, and nothing over 22 miles since the end of June, so trying to claim it's just January is a bit rich

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