January 18, 2010

week two


Many varied journeys this week, some of these were a touch challenging but mostly fun!

Snowbike to work

Snow bikeColleagues seemed shocked to find my commute to work was still by bike (MTB) - seemed quite reasonable choice to me, although snow a bit challenging on bike handling skills, with extra physical effort required! Great advantage knowing the route really well, every dip/crack/pothole and alternative escape routes really well. Option of a few off-road sections allowed for some play time too :o)

Those most at risk appeared to be drivers of cars, vans, buses & trucks who were rather less able to rise to the handling challenges posed to their 4 wheels than my 2!?


BHX airport in snow...south to escape the winter freeze :o) ...tricky sections 1) negotiating frozen snowy pavement on way to bus stop 2) frozen runway walk to steps of plane ...too excited to worry or care :o)


TabayescoHill climbing on road bike... given distinct advanced impression by the experienced in our group that respect required... prior research 1) "virtual" climb of route on spin bike (!?) well the running commentary and projected slide show certainly added new twist to spin class :o) 2) course review on map showing terrain & wiggles in road!!

Total distance of ride for day = 83K

Tabayesco climb = 10K

Temperature = 27 degrees Centigrade

Decided not to go for glory speed/power run... that would have involved pain!  Put sensible hat on instead and heeded advice of those experienced at this climb and opted for steady effort with chance to admire the scenery, steep drop offs to side, cuttings through rock, wildlife (falcons) and not get too fussed about having to share the hairpins with an odd vehicle or two...

Time = 42 minutes

Leggies tired & tested but not burned... leave that for next time ;-)

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