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The Tour, some erging, and an update

Posted by thepeteplan on July 26, 2008

It has been a little over a week since I last updated the blog. Last Friday was the beginning of the first “Tour De Harry” cycling tour, taking in the north York moors over a 3 day weekend.

Tour De Harry:

A 280mile drive via Oxford got us up there to meet the group of 8 cyclists. Not the most “normal” looking group of cyclists you ever saw ranging in height from 5’8 to 6’8, in weight from 70kg to 110kg, and in age from 30 to 60. Friday evening we did a 20mile warm up / recce ride around the area we were staying, with the big ride on the Saturday.

We knew when we arrived that we were to be staying in a converted barn. Quite what they converted in from and to I’m not sure, but this is where we slept:

 

The Saturday ride was interupted by a few bike issues – 4 punctures and 1 damage wheel / loss of spokes. Two of us made a breakaway coming up to the lunch stop and that was when I had my one puncture, 2miles out from the village. Unfortunately I wasn’t the most well equipped of inexperienced cyclists, so didn’t carry any spare inner tubes, so this meant a 2mile walk with the bike to the next village, which luckily had a bike shop. The other lucky part here was that I was the only one without proper cycling shoes, making the walk a lot easier.

Overall the Saturday route ended up at just over 70miles, and around 5100ft of total climbing (and another 5100ft of decending). This is the elevation trace from my Garmin 305 bike GPS:

 

As you can see, some very steep up and down hills. The up hills I enjoyed, but the downhills I didn’t. If I went above 30mph I felt a bad wobble from the front wheel, so kept the speed below that the whole day. I put this down to my lack of experience on a road bike, and perhaps something to do with my hand position on the bars.

 

To see what a strange bunch we looked, here is a picture of us mid ride somewhere – I am in the centre of the picture in black shorts and the short sleeve yellow and black top (the only one in trainers, rememeber):

I have since found out that my front wheel wasn’t quite round, as I took it in to the bike shop yesterday for them to true it for me, so a ride later this morning will show me if that has been the problem with high speed descending ever since I first got the bike.

An evening in the pub after the ride ensured that there was no thought of another long ride on the Sunday, luckily, so after breakfast we set off for the 280mile journey back south.

Then from Monday to Wednesday I had a work trip up to Blackpool, another 500miles of driving, and another couple of missed erg sessions. I did find out on Tuesday when I went in search of the hotel gym that it did have 4 model C concept2 ergs, so I got in a quick 10k to break the dry spell.

Erging update:

22nd July in a hotel gym in Blackpool:

10k = approx 37mins / 1:51.4 / 24

This week has also been the first week of phase 3 of Pete Plan 2008, aiming at a 5k test now in 5 weeks time. The first session of the week was to be 12 x 500m / 1min rest – the session I did last week.

Thursday 24th July:

4 x 1350m / 4min rest:

4:29.5 / 1:39.8 / 31
4:29.3 / 1:39.7 / 30
4:29.0 / 1:39.6 / 31
4:28.0 / 1:39.2 / 31

17:55.6 / 5400m / 1:39.5 / 30

Friday 25th July:

Yesterday’s session was a 6k with the first and last 2k fast, and the middle 2k steady.

1k splits:
1:40.8 / 31
1:40.6 / 30
1:50.6 / 26
1:50.5 / 26
1:40.8 / 30
1:39.8 / 31

6k = 20:46.4 / 1:43.8 / 29

With no trips away planned during the rest of Phase 3 of PP08 the erg sessions should be uninterupted, and so I should be back on form within a week or so, and I should be able to push on towards a pb for the end of phase test.

One Response to “The Tour, some erging, and an update”

  1. kemerykane said

    Looks awesome, Pete. Hope you had fun. I am not a cyclist, but have a few friends that do this ride every year… http://www.ridetherockies.com/route.asp – perhaps you should take a trip out some summer and give it a go. It’s a fun race, to be sure. I’m usually in the tent at the end…via SUV. Cheers!

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