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  1. Hi Everyone, Well February’s update is not only late but also very light on any information about cycling as I did very little… I’ve been doing some training courses to pass the time away and got a bit to absorbed in them and not ridden the bike as hoped. I have another course this coming weekend then a little break until early May so hopefully I will get out on the bike more. Don’t hold your breath though… 🙂 Paul,,
  2. Thanks Paul, I can truly see all the benefits from Zwift and as i said to Gerry i will likely use it next winter but being retired now i do have more time than i know what to do with so getting out of the house is quite a priority otherwise i may never speak to any real people... today i just pottered out on the mountain bike on the rather cold sun for a couple of hours, I think this was good for my mind but maybe not so good for my legs as Zwift would be,
  3. Excellent description of the cycling world in Luxembourg... and good to see life is good for you... I look forward to more Tales from Luxembourg during 2020
  4. Thanks Gerry, I think i will look at Zwift for next winter but i really need to man up and get out in the fresh air in February. My time in the saddle for Jan was around 19.5 hours, it would be nice to get it over 30 hours for Feb.
  5. Hi Everyone, In December 2019 with the new decade looming I decided to ride my bike more in the 20’s… So where to start I thought as I’ve not ridden much since 2006 and to be truthful the number of decades I have left to ride have sadly disappeared. So, my masterplan was to try and ride my bike 31 or more times in January, the rules were that each ride must be 30 minutes or longer and could be on or off road or on the turbos. I did not care what speed I did as long as I did something (Who am I kidding, being so slow drove me crazy). So, the 1st January arrived, and I jumped on the turbos… and plugged away for 30 minutes and thought there is the first tick in the box. I did not crack until the 7th Jan when I took a day off from the dreaded turbos. I then managed 12 rides over 10 days on turbos and mountain bike before three days off. Then a couple of days on the turbos in that week. Well the last week of January arrived and I was behind schedule and after going to watch some racing at the National Track Championships I was fired up to reach my goal but had sadly drifted quite a bit behind. I had 5 days left and 11 rides to do, and we were definitely in the quantity verse quality arena now. Clearly the turbos offered the most chance of achieving the goal with a ride in the morning and another in the afternoon. Well I managed to get the 11 rides done in the last week so hit the goal of 31 rides in January. So, did little and often work? The pros: · 30 minutes rides did give my undercarriage a chance to harden up. · 30 minutes is achievable at most levels of fitness and allows you to ride the following day. · Mentally it was good to achieve a goal. · I now am in a better position to ride on the road a little easier. · Turbos removed the embarrassment of being overtaken by almost everyone. The cons: · No real structure to training to allow improvement. · So much turbo work was quite boring. Well it’s now February and I suppose I will have to ride my bike 29 times or more… I will let you know how things went on the 1st March. Train hard & safe. Paul,,
  6. Went to Pompey track tonight and had a potter round on my new track bike "http://www.i-team.cc/team/index.php?app=gallery&image=1501" It was really nice to ride, i had a fun time and the evening gave me desire to train a little so that i could possible go a little faster and join in a bit more.
  7. Nothing on the bike today but some weight training at Mr. Fudge's... Legs felt fine from yesterday, which is good as i only did 12 miles... more on the bike tomorrow .
  8. Well I did a little ride on the road today… once round the Forestside circuit the wrong was round… I was totally crap to be honest and I once again never understand why I let things get so bad so that I need to die for a few months to gain a little bit of fitness… Rode the 66” fixed out and bounced a lot when revving over 100 RPM, this disappears once a get a few miles in the legs. I always know when some level of fitness is coming back as my cadence get higher than my heart rate… :rolleyes: Setup a Strava account but not too sure how I link it to the I-team website… I will get this done shortly. Will try to get out early tomorrow as I have a busy day planned and weight training in the evening.
  9. Well i finished tinkering with my track bike today and it is ready to rock and roll, well me waddle round the track next Friday... Tomorrow i will have a search through my other track wheels and get a couple of spares to take to the track just in case of a puncture... Really looking forward to Friday, i don't think i have ridden the track for about 2 or 3 years and this will be my 4th time on the bike this year (2 x Turbos + 1 x Cafe ride with Marmotters) I will let you know how it goes...
  10. Hi, I felt really good today at work... which is a little strange... I put it down to the training yesterday so i thought i would do a little more today... only 1/2 hour on the turbos again... to be truthful that's all i can do until my bum get use to sitting on the saddle again. I did some stretching again after getting off the bike,always a good time when you are nice and warm. Thinking of popping out on the road on Wednesday for a little ride, but we will see what the weather is doing... Train hard Paul,,
  11. Hi Everyone, Got up this morning and went to follow I-teamer's Brain's for a spot of weight training... It was quite hard early in the morning... as normal was so impressed seeing the weights Brian can lift and the focus he uses to do so... As i was in Pompey i popped over to the track to see the I-team nippers racing on the track... I only stayed for a little while as i was not dressed for the occasion and the early stages of hypothermia were setting it... We have such a lot of good talent with the youngsters, it is a shame we only have one hours track time for the fixed wheelers. Anyway the events i saw the lads did themselves proud. I was all inspired driving home that i got on the turbos when i got there with my recently built road bike and did 30 minutes whiles watching the dvd of the Marmotte... Leg's felt quite good, but that's not surprising as i don't think i have ridden the bike this year...nevertheless it was nice to be on the bike. I then did 10 minutes stretching... WOW i really need that for just general living let alone riding the bike... if i try and touch my toes i miss by about a 12 inches... Quick bath and now i expect i will need a little sleep... actually i think i will have a snooze whilst watching overcoming... that dvd never fails to motivate me and will be a way to finish my little cycling interlude. Train hard Paul,,
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    My 2012 Track Bike...

    Its taken a little while to build... now i suppose i need to train so i can ride it...

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  13. Hi Everyone, Back training again ... lots to do ... but confident of doing it ... Cheers Paul,,
  14. I am back home and will be back training again full time from next week...
  15. I am off to California in the morning... see you all soon...
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