Weekending 16 July06

Monday:Spinning class, bit easier on the arms this week, still sweating buckets. Took a bigger bottle of water in this week too.
Tuesday:1 Hour in the gym after work. Added an extra 5kg on a few of the machines.No exercise bike just the cross-trainer and the rowing machine.
Wednesday:Wirral loop(40miles)took some pictures of the prom at Seacombe, had to turn down a ride to the Ice Cream Farm which was pity but the new toy needs collecting from a service. The toy is a Trek Maddone 5.2 for those that know what one is, thought I deserved a treat as I’ve now lost 3 times the weight of one of these.
Weigh in at St Caths.
Thursday: Wasn’t in the mood for the gym as the Tour De France is on so did a loop down Levers Causeway, up Resthill turned around at the top then did it again.Next time three.
Friday: Got to the gym in my kit only to be told it shut at 8 on a friday, DOH looks like a restday then.
Saturday: Came across old Terry going the Mills down Resthill, rode along with him through the farm at Willaston(didn’t know this route so thanks), second Breakfast of the week then started a Wirral loop with Terry. Went down the lane to the marsh and did the climb that emerges by Ness gardens. A nice climb(thanks again), onto Parkgate, Terry left at Gayton. Terry is 76 by the way! Onto WestKirby, Hoylake and along the sea defences  to Moreton Lighthouse where it was time to join the road. Back on coastal route to NewBrighton, Seacombe.Stopped at Woodside to sea cruise ship in Mersey.
Home. 48 miles.
Sunday: Breakfast at the Mills, rode to Ice cream farm with Jim Kevin Alan and Charlie.Back on the canal path. Brilliant sunshine. Another good day out. Up Resthill.
55 miles.

Total 143 miles  1 spinning class and an hour in the gym + a loop up Resthill

Weekending 09July06

Wednesday: 1 hour in the gym after work.
Thursday: same as wednesday.
Friday:Wirral Circular route clockwise(45miles),stopped at Parkgate and the boating lake at New Brighton, swans on the lake.
Saturday:Breakfast at the Eureka Cafe, rode back with Terry as far as the Wheatsheaf in Ness, onto Parkgate, Heswall. Called into see Daves block paving then back home via Station Road and Rest Hill (no problem 1min30)25 miles
Sunday:Breakfast at the Eureka Cafe, joined Kevin and Bill on a ride out to the Ice Cream Farm. Came back via the canal for tea at the mills. Home via Thornton Hough and another trip up Rest Hill. A great day out, 50 miles.

Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool ride report

Rode down to the Birkenhead tunnel and then through it before they closed it off. Which is just as well as I later heard that people were being turned back on the Birkenhead side.

Still I registered on the day and then had to carry the T-shirt around with me, at some points I should have used it as a sweatcloth as it was it ended up going under the new bike to protect the frame from getting scratched on the way home.

The ride: Had a really good ride, saw no crashes but heard about one in the tunnel from a chap I rode the Chester-Liverpool leg with, gather the three of them were OK. Highlights of the trip out were tagging on to a group of four at Gayton and falling off the back of them on the road to Willaston. Neston, Ness and Burton came up and then it was a stop for a Slimmer,s Breakfast at the Eureka Cafe, the third one this week. Rejoined the ride well fueled with only the roundabout on the A55 giving a bit of concern. Met the chap that signed on before me at the Chester stop had a chat and decided to ride back to Liverpool together. It proved to be a good decision as it turned out we have similar abilities and it made for an enjoyable ride back. The hill at Brackenwood didn,t seem as bad this year and neither did the climb out of the Wallasey tunnel, it just goes to show what loosing a couple of stone and getting out more can do for you. Sting in the tail was the emergency exit sliproad at Liverpool tunnel entrance. This is about twice the gradient of the 2 mile climb out of the tunnel itself. Granny ring for me this year although now it wouldnt be a problem on the middle ring.

A brilliant day with great weather will probably do it again next year. I felt for all those doing it on Mountain bikes they,d dragged out the shed, it looked like hard work dragging 40 pounds of steel around with tyres that want to stick to the road.