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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Exercise Your Body And Mind

I got my MTB out and did a 9 mile ride. After around 6 months of no cycling, I was pleasantly surprised: 42' 06" last Friday, then 42' dead on Monday. Yesterday I really pushed it and got down to 36' 29" - mind you I felt really bad afterwards, almost to the point of vomiting. Maybe I won't push it so hard again, so early in my schedule. I bought some aero-bars and slick tyres (I've fitted the bars and the front slick today), I'll do the back slick later on tonight. Then tomorrow, I'll do the same route and see how much of a difference slicks/bars will make. I'm thinking I should manage at least a 10% difference in my time, we'll see. Often, when I'm cycling I get my best ideas for business. Seems to me that sitting at a desk or doing the "usual" routine dulls your mind. Anyway, my MTB looks very strange now I've converted it to a (cheap) road bike. I might have to buy myself a proper road-bike soon so I can really start training hard again.

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20 Comments:

At 4/12/2006 01:43:00 PM, Anonymous One Dollar A Day said...

I have slicks for my MTB - you're right, it makes it look really odd, but you'll def see the difference!

I'm a fair weather MTBer, so I've been dusting off my bike and giving it a service today ready to hit the trails again...can't wait!

I've been down the gym during the winter, so hopefully the first ride won't be too painful...

 
At 4/12/2006 04:06:00 PM, Blogger JavaRoasters said...

I got my Trek MTB out yesterday for the first time. Being a "smoker" I take it easy as the start. Toronto has some great bike paths but they are not accessible from all parts of the city but I am lucky, I can go from home to my factory almost all on trails. Of course it is not a direct route and is about 80 -100 km depending on the route. We spend the day doing that in the summer and stop on the islands and have lunch, just make it a nice relaxing day. Also up at the cottage it is right near the Trans Canada Trail and all the other network of trails so as soon as you hit that you can go any where in the country all on bike trails, not that I ever plan to go from sea to sea.

Alot of my friends bike but I have never been out with them because they go about 300km and do it is 6 to 6.5 hours. They bike with people who are on the Ontario Cycling team and those people ride with people who go to the Olympics, I am not even close to capable to ride with them, even on a light day for them. I am sure their $9,000 bikes make a difference also.

If I ever make it to England Burt we will have to go biking one day.

 
At 4/12/2006 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Gary B. said...

OK, back slick is now fitted and I took a spin to the end of the lane and back - weird! It feels like a whole different bike, I'm sure it'll take some getting used to.

Tobz, whereabouts are you in the UK?

JR, sounds good! I've been to Toronto twice and intend to go back again sometime soon (next year maybe). If I do I'll be sure to come and buy some coffee :) I am considering doing the 2008 Transrockies which should be interesting - depends if I can get back on my bike full-time or not!

 
At 4/12/2006 05:20:00 PM, Blogger JavaRoasters said...

I am considering doing the 2008 Transrockies which should be interesting

Have fun, I will stick to the flat lands around here. I am not up for 600 km of HELL!!! If you do make it to Toronto I we will definately have to have dinner and a "nice" bike ride.

 
At 4/12/2006 07:41:00 PM, Anonymous grant said...

what bike do you ride man? Alot of "web" people seem to ride! I myself am a downhill monkey, a intense M1 :p

 
At 4/12/2006 11:57:00 PM, Anonymous Chris H said...

Aim for the sub-30 and average 20mph, you'll be doing well!

Get the weight off the bike and narrow the tyres as far as you can go. Else get a road bike.

I used to do 10 miles each way to work but never got better than 20mph ave. Mind you, the rush hour and 9 sets of lights didn't help.

 
At 4/13/2006 12:32:00 AM, Blogger richandzhaoyan said...

What is it with you all? Man invented the internal combustion engine for a very good reason!!! 20mph..... 120mph is more like it.

Two wheels may be good but two wheels and an engine is where its really at.

Seriously, I dont get a lot of time for any kind of two wheel action at present but am looking forward to when my 2 year old lad starts getting the hang of his trike so I can get back into cycling.

Gary... Now your back on the road, please try and call round the warehouse again sometime - the coffee on offer may not be as good as what Peter is offering but it will be a little closer to home!

Drop us a line and I will make sure I am in this time.

Cheers,
Rich

 
At 4/13/2006 09:15:00 AM, Blogger Oli said...

I wonder if this blog can motivate me to fix up my bike as much as it did to start developing AIS-s...

 
At 4/13/2006 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Rich,

Just seen you're a Gloucestershire boy too. Where about's in Stroud are you then?

 
At 4/13/2006 12:46:00 PM, Blogger richandzhaoyan said...

Hi Paul,

The house is in Cashes Green, just outside Stroud, the shop is in the centre of Stroud and the warehouse is just outside Gloucester - Waterwells business park, opposite Quedgley on the A38.

Us Gloucestershire guys are going to have to have a get together sometime, although I would prefer the pub to a bike ride ;)

Where abouts are you based?

Cheers,
Rich

 
At 4/13/2006 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous boo said...

If it's a pub thing can a Wiltshire gal join in? C'mon I'm only up the road!

 
At 4/13/2006 01:16:00 PM, Anonymous HCG said...

Look what you've started!
Now Oli wants me to pick my bike up from Blackpool and start cycling with him... Gah!

x

 
At 4/13/2006 06:54:00 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Nice one.

I live in Charlton Kings and my office/warehouse is on the Lansdown Industrial Estate opposite Cheltenham Spa station.

 
At 4/14/2006 12:15:00 AM, Blogger richandzhaoyan said...

Well, I reckon we should definately get together sometime. I fear we have kind of hijacked Garys original post - the heading Exercise your body and mind - may now have to be altered to exercise your drinking arm!

It would be good to meet up sometime though and put faces to "internet identities" and I am sure there would be no shortage of conversation. Maybe we could pick a pub somewhere in the middle - Wiltshire included of course Boo!

Let us know what you think Gary.

Rich

 
At 4/14/2006 08:49:00 AM, Blogger Oli said...

I like the sound of that [Also in Wiltshire]

 
At 4/14/2006 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Gary B. said...

Let us know what you think Gary.

I'd agree that my post has been hijacked.

The last time anyone tried to organise anything it became a farce. I believe that was the Wiltshire bunch ;)

 
At 4/14/2006 12:11:00 PM, Blogger JavaRoasters said...

may now have to be altered to exercise your drinking arm!

I am getting together with PeterM (aka cannuck1964) sometime this spring. He lives near my sister which is where I spend my weekends. My sister is opening a restaurant there and we have plans for dinner one day. Cyanide (my web host) is the only other person that I have met from osC.

 
At 4/14/2006 02:15:00 PM, Blogger Gary B. said...

OK, I did the same route just now with aero-bars and slicks; 33' 17"

I didn't rattle it round so I could have gone slightly faster, maybe a few minutes faster...

So slicks and bars do make a heckuva difference. Interesting!

 
At 4/14/2006 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous One Dollar A Day said...

I'm in deepest darkest commuter belt Surrey, right next to the North Downs which have some of the best riding in England (according to some magazine article I once read!).

There are quite a few custom built trails around now and there even used to be a "Surrey Shore" a few years back, but it had to be pulled down due to officious land owners!

 
At 4/14/2006 05:40:00 PM, Anonymous Chris H said...

Nice one Gary.

For speed you need to reduce the road friction and wind resistance and increase the efficiency of your energy getting onto the road.

So the slicker and narrower the better. Max the tyre pressures as well. Keep an aerodynamic shape and make sure everything's well lubricated. Keep the cadence steady at about 70 or 80 rpm and use the gears to maintain it. And don't forget to pull up on the pedals as well. Don't try and battle hills, take the advantage when the slopes going down if anything. And drink plenty.

You'll soon have it sub 30!

 

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