Weekending 11 May 08

Monday: Shopped till I dropped in Chester. You can’t get GTA IV for love nor money.
Had a look at the Specialised Time Trial bike in the Specialised shop it really is something else with the rear brake mounted below the bottom bracket. If I could get it on the Ride to work Scheme I’d have one.
Came home and did some secret time trialing. Looking at the TrainingCentre I’ve just realised I’ve lost all my maps including the Basemap.  Stopped at Drayton  Motors for a blow, then did the rest of the course.
Tuesday: Spinning class at West  Kirby, I’m taking it real easy on this one as I have the race of truth at 19.17. The truth hurts when you are going backwards like I am. 19 minutes 30 seconds. An improvement on last week but others are taking minutes out of their times. Even Dave Large who I took 59 seconds out of last week beat me by 10 seconds. Keith Boardman went past me so he was going well. At least three people mentioned to me that I need some Tri bars. I’m thinking there is something else more basic that I need to work on.
I don’t know if I’m putting too much in to the drag up to the Clegg as I’m down on the Chester High Road which is flat and know what I should be doing even without Tri bars and everything else. Not to worry Spain next week some good rides from Gandia on the cards.
Wednesday: Ride day. Not limited to what level of ride you need on a Wednesday. Take what  comes. Got halfway to the Eureka and had to turn back as I hadn’t put the saddle bag on after the time trial. Did 77 miles on a brilliant ride even if I was off the back a few times. It puts the disapointment of not doing as well I thought I was into perspective.

Ride write up with pictures later.

Spinning class at West Kirby, shower , home.
Got to sort out some pictures for the CTC magazine of the 75 Mile TT the other week.
Thursday: Spinning class at West Kirby followed by half an hour in the gym.
Picked up Cycling Weekly and some fruit and started editing yesterdays ride. Weather was that good I had to go out for a ride. Long sleeve jersey on today as I had caught the sun yesterday. Factor 50 on the legs. 17 miles incorporating Ness, Parkgate, Lower Heswall, Heswall, Pensby, the cash machine then home.
More editing of yesterdays ride, cook tea. Ride to club monthly meeting then ride home with the super duper Cateyes. Worth the ridiculous amount I’d paid for them at this time of night.
Friday: Work, nothing planned. Update site, sort out which map I’m going to need for next week.
Saturday:Work. Uploaded Map of Valencia into the Edge 705.
Sunday:Work. Missed a good days riding looking at the weather. Must start packing for Tuesday.

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