Tap tap tap

I’ve managed to keep up with regular riding since the start of the year. It’s hard though. You can’t add in extra time to your day without losing time somewhere else. It’s possible, but you have to be disciplined and make the most of the time that sits around the time spent not doing other things.

I’m getting fitter, very slowly, and thinner, also very slowly. There is a certain satisfaction in being able to fit into clothes again. I took out a suit today only to find it had cobwebs in the crotch. The arachnids had made a nest of my disused groin.

I have some minor goals, primarily in aiming for 125 miles per week. I can’t always get in a long ride at the weekend so this means really pushing it in the week. I work quite long days and have family, so this limits the time to ride. And you get tired. At a push, I can do 100 miles during the week. Even around that mark it can be diminishing returns.

It’s chastening. A fast ride feels fast, but at the same time it’s significantly slower than anything I managed a few years ago. I smashed it up clarken coombe the other day but didn’t even make it into the top 25 on Strava. That’s my top 25.

Onwards and upwards. It’s hard to get a sense of perspective. I’m not aware what race fit means anymore. I am aware that I feel better when I cycle more, unless I’m really tired and hungry.

Today was a windy hellfest. And I loved it.

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4 thoughts on “Tap tap tap

  1. Jon Rollapaluza Warner February 22, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I know that feeling and can only support you in keeping on it I did my first race in 5 yrs 10m TT on a standard road bike no aero gizz it hurt like hell blew big time but it’s spurred me on to do better I just use my 12 mile ride each way to work and 2 mega hard interval sessions and the odd Audax you will soon find your mojo sooner than you think may be just enter a club event and see how you do

  2. Matt Spicer February 22, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    I started a 10m commute on a MTB with road tyres in 2012. Maybe managed on average every other day over the years, if that. I only started ‘proper’ cycling last August. I’ve got a 5,000 mile target for 2017. Like you, I have a 60 hours a week job and a family. Your blog is inspiring and also makes me laugh at times, and nod my head vociferously at times. Thank you! Keep it up. Every time I see a pop up email with an entry from you, I look forward to reading it. Cheers! Matt.

    • traumfahrrad February 23, 2017 / 6:30 am

      Thanks for the sentiment. I’ll try and keep it regular. It’s easier to write when I’m riding for some strange zen flow experience.

  3. Jon Rollapaluza Warner February 23, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Tonight on Facebook south west TT page they are talking about power meters and left and right power balance ! I want to scream and pull my hair out at the same time ! Please someone tell them to train on Fixed

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