Friday, 23 December 2011

Rides up til 22nd Dec 2011

Not posted for a while. December has been a busy month. Was in London for a couple of days at the beginning of December, then had a week in Japan.

Managed to go on the Chester Road Club Sunday runs on 4th Dec and 11th Dec. The run on the 4th Dec was a bit shorter than usual due to bad weather - wind/rain etc. However this was nothing compared to the deluge on the 11th Dec, which was when approx 10 riders from the Chester Road Club went out for a couple of hours prior to the CRC christmas dinner (out near Mickle Trafford).

Also went out on Sunday 18th Dec, when there was quite a bit of ice and slush around. No-one else turned up so went for a short ride into North Wales, and then did the same ride on the 22nd Dec - the weather then was quite nice, except for a strong wind going out.

Hope to get a few miles in between Christmas and New Year, so hope the weather improves a bit.

Map of club ride on 4th Dec 2011

Map of club ride on 11th Dec (Christmas run)

Training rides on the 9th, 18th and 22nd December were all on the same course - map below shows the 22nd December ride.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Rides during week of 28th Nov 2011

Managed to cycle to and from work on Friday 25th and Monday 28th November. Stats from 28th November rides shown below:

On Sunday 27th November went out with the Chester Road Club - it was pretty windy (unfortunately on the way back to Chester rather than on the way out). Good work out + a stop at the Ice Cream Farm + there was a good turn out (approx 9 of us at the start of the ride).
Also did a short training ride on Saturday 26th November - now that was even windier than the Sunday ride, as witnessed by my slow overall average speed + the max speed on the downhill section with the wind behind me was almost 42 mph (about 4 or 5 miles higher than normal on that route). 

So, in total, this week, would have done approx 100 miles.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Rides during week ending Nov 20th 2011

Managed to get out on Thurs 17th, Friday 18th (with Neil and Gerry from the Chester Road Club) and went out on the CRC Sunday Club Run on Sunday 20th November. Total mileage was approx 130 miles, with details below. Note that some of the speeds on the 20th Nov run are wrong (eg my max speed was not 50+ mph) - I think because the cadence magnet was either too close or too far from the sensor.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Rides on 11th and 13th November

Short training ride on Friday 11th November - pretty rotten day - windy and drizzle. Reasonable average speed but not as high as the 18 mph I achieved the week before.

On Sunday 13th November, there were 7 of us from the Chester Road Club who went out towards Nantwich. A fairly brisk ride with a moving average of 15.8 mph. Had a fairly leisurely stop at Old Ma's Cafe since they were pretty slow with the service. Also apparently my max speed was just over 40 mph - not sure where that was as I didn't think I went that fast (although we had a strong wind against us for the first 20 miles or so, and after that it was much easier).

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rides on 4th and 6th November

Went out on a fast, short, training ride on Friday 4th November, with an average speed of 18 mph. See below:

Then on Sunday 6th November went out with the Chester Road Club for a steady ride down to Whitchurch and back through the Cheshire Lanes, with a stop at Old Ma's cafe on the way back. Details below:

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday club run 30th October 2011

Went out with the Chester Road Club on Sunday 30th. There were 5 of us and we did a fairly "lumpy" ride - the Garmin 800 reported approx 2000 feet of climbing in 60 miles. Reasonably respectable average speed of 15.2 mph (this was the moving average).

We also stopped at the Station Cafe next to Delamere railway station, which was quite pleasant. The weather was pretty good, quite warm, blue skies, and so we sat outside.

Summary of ride below.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fast Training Ride Thursday 27th Oct 2011

Had Thursday off due to quite a lot of business travel recently (and also coming up).

Despite some rain, managed a pretty good time on my usual short training ride into North Wales.
Started the timer at the start of Lache Lane in Chester and stopped it at the same point on the way back, so I didn't time myself through the traffic of central Chester.

Summary from Garmin Connect below. I was pretty pleased with a 17.7 mph average on this course (which isn't flat by any means) at this time of year.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Chester Road Club Sunday Run 23rd Oct 2011

Nice run today through the Cheshire lanes with a stop at the Ice Cream Farm near Broxton.

Summary of ride from my Garmin 800 below:

Won't be around to go out with the Chester Road Club next Sunday as will be on a plane to Japan, so will try and get some cycling done on Thursday when I have a day off and possibly also early Saturday morning.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Garmin 800

As briefly mentioned in last week's post, I bought a Garmin Edge 800 (with navigation and performance pack) to replace my Shimano Flightdeck system which had become increasingly unreliable.

Positives so far: Easy to fit cadence/speed sensor, and device picked up heart rate monitor and cadence/speed sensor automatically.
Found out how to edit the main screen so it showed what I wanted - see below:
As you can see I picked: Total Elapsed Time, Speed, Distance, Time of Day, Average Speed, Cadence and Heart Rate. Quite easy to edit this to have whatever fields you want on.

Once I'd finished my usual short training ride from Chester to Hope and back, I went onto the Garmin website and uploaded the ride, and got a lot of information - see screenshot below:

Looks like it will be a useful little device.
Have not yet tried out the navigation features yet - will try this out at a later date.

Will use this tomorrow when I go out with the Chester Road Club on their Sunday run.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday Ride with Chester Road Club

On Sunday 16th October I went out on the Sunday run with the Chester Road Club. Six of us turned up and we went through the Cheshire lanes over to Coddington (and later Cuddington) and also passed through Bangor on Dee, Malpas, Farndon and Aldford (not sure if that is the right order or not).  It was mostly flat with one or two small hills thrown in.

My cycle computer conked out but I was told we did 50 miles in around 3 hrs 10 minutes, and that was approx 5 miles before we finished. This was a reasonably brisk 15.8 mph or so. Have just ordered a Garmin Edge 800 to replace my old cycle computer which looks like it will be a good little gadget :)

I plan to go out on these Sunday rides to try and keep the bike fitness up over the winter. Will let you know how it goes. I need to fit some mudguards to the bike, so will need to go down the bike shop during the week and get some of the ones which attach to the frame (as there is not enough clearance on my frame for standard ones).

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Short Training Route

After last week's epic Etape Cymru, went out on Saturday 15th Oct just for a short 20 mile ride out to Hope from Chester and back through Rossett and Doddleston. Map of route shown below:

After last weeks pretty slow time (albeit on an exceptionally hilly route) at least this was a bit more respectable at around 16.5 mph.

Planning to go out with the Chester Road Club on Sunday for 3 or 4 hours so just a short ride out today. Weather was great, blue sky, only slight wind, but a bit chilly.