Weekending 10 May 2009

Monday: Bank holiday.  Late start and I mean late. Faffed around looking at the weather and waited for things to brighten up which didn’t happen.  By the time I’d decided enough was enough it was nearly 2pm.
By the time I got to the Eureka it was closing time. 3pm on a bank holiday Monday. Time for a tea and a piece of cake. That was about it for the rest of the day with only a bonk break at Lidl as everywhere else was shut. Headed to Parkgate which was a bit subdued given the wheather. The better the car the more obligation to park on a double yellow. Resisted an Ice Cream and just took in North Wales in the sunlight.
Right of  Way seems a strange concept to some as I nearly get taken out by an eighty year old with the obstuction on his side of the road. This is the second time in less than a mile.
Enough is enough I’m back on the Wirall way.
I bump into a few family groups along the way one of them is the three legged dog and a group of six further on by West Kirby where I pickup a puncture.
Hit a large stone where I picked up a concussion punture. Took a bit of time to fix and I took the route out via Acton Park after having a word with one of  the custodians who confirmed that people will complain about anything, even the band.
Further on things are better with a water stop at west kirby. Hoylake was OK and things were much of a muchness until New Brighton.
The puncture took a while sorting as it was important to sort out what type of puncture it was. Nothing was conclusive from the tube as I couldn’t find the leak. Couldn’t find the cause either.
Much went on and met 3 Americans by Woodside who where about to miss their Ferry. They may have made it but it would be close. Called in at Lidl for some bonk busting bites. 2 banannas, a drink and a tuna salad in a tin.
Another puncture, it was glass this time and it also gave me time to look at the first puncture.
Finally made it home.
It’s getting late and I had rear lights on when a car passed  far too close too me for comfort, It may be only short but it’s a very dangerous section of road to cycle on. It’s hard for a lorry and a bus to pass and  yet the lights at Clatterbridge squirt cars every 30 seconds or so through Brimstage.
42.9 slow miles, the figures don’t flattern. All I can say I was out there doing it.
Tuesday: Nothing daft today, no double spinning classes or the like. Saving it all up for the Brimstage 7 along with the new hat.
Rain during the day had me worried about a wet ride but it turned out OK if a little windy.
A couple of faces missing tonight, surely it can’t be the match.
Started off 18th two minutes behind a big chap from Manchester Wheelers.
The time 18 minutes 38 seconds, now the excuses.
Got baulked at the Glegg with a car keeping in tight and then turning in to the pub. That wasn’t too bad but I’d made a good sweep into Liverpool Road slotting in behind two cars that had come through the lights. Trouble was the first one wanted to turn right and this slowed things down. These things happen and there is nothing to do but get on with it. Quicker up the climb by the Seven Stars I’d had a few problems with the big ring jumping on to the middle ring. Passed the Manchester wheeler going downhill to the roundabout which this time was clear. It was great to have a clear run through here with 30 mph on the 705.
Things were going OK with Drayton Motors coming up then the drag back up to the roundabout. Just past here due to the open nature of the ground it was really hard. You don’t like to see these sort of speeds knowing your losing time all the time.
Most of us had a worse time than last due to the conditions. Janet had 8 seconds on me this week so a fancy helmet is worth a second on a 7 mile TT.
Tempo posted a picture on Facebook, I’ll try and post the link.
85.4 Kg this morning and the blood pressure is OK so things are back on track.

BrimstageTT

Slower start with the Glegg visible at 0.5 miles. Next up was the car slowing me down at 2.4 miles, faster up the Seven Stars at 3.6 miles  and a lot quicker on the drop down to the roundabout. From Drayton Motors it was all down hill and I lost time consistently to the end.
Wednesday: Work. Aldi summer cycling offers are on tommorow.
http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_9679.htm

The £2.99 gloves are always worth a buy and I’ll have a look at the tops.
Stuff like the cycling computer and a track pump will get you going if your starting from scratch.
I’m a bit more selective now as I’ve a shedfull of stuff and grown out of it.

Watched the Apprentice and was surprised to see Dave from the Bike Factory on it pointing out faults on the saddle bag the team were pitching. I’d only  been speaking to him at the Eureka on Saturday.
Thursday: Work. No chance of getting to Aldi after it to check out the stuff on offer. No X Bike class either.
Friday: Work. Stopped late so no gym. Still trying to get a chance to read the comic.
Saturday: Work. Website blocked so a couple of texts to Paul to see what was happening. Need to get out early tommorrow if I’m to get out at all this weekend.
Called in at Aldi on the way home and bought the ultra lightweight jacket. There wern’t many left and I’d have like the white one but you can’t have everthing.  It packs into it’s own bag which sewn on to the back. Includes a pocket with flap that the bag slips into so it’s not flapping around.
Sunday: Jack day. Watched F1 and Cav get pipped at the finish of the Giro. No spinning tonight as I gone and entered The Etape Du Tour. 172 kilometres with the finish up Mont Ventoux. The next two months are all about this event. The figures blow the mind, the Ventoux alone took me 2 hours and that was on a trainer. Confirming entry tomorrow, way to go on hitting the big 50.

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2 thoughts on “Weekending 10 May 2009”

  1. Wow what a good find http://www.bikehut.co.uk is! (I have used bikely,mapmyride,www.gmap-pedometer.com) but bikehut does seem to be the best! (Even if you dont use a Garmin!)

    Thanks Frank 🙂

    I currently use RunGPS on a windows mobile phone, It works very well, although battery life is a bit of an issue (As I am sure you found out yourself!), I remedy the power issue by carrying spare PDA batteries and the use of a usb wind charger/ home made voltage regulator and 9 volt battery 🙂

    I do however aspire one day to get my hands on a 705, still not to sure what it wood bring to the party however other than 15 hours power!

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Regards John

  2. Typical – I normally get emails of all the Aldi specials twice a week (sometimes more) & this time I didn’t get one (& hadn’t noticed – Grrr!)

    Rick

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