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DarrenFranks

Member since Jun 2016 • Last active Dec 2019
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    Damn that’s a lumpy course! I had my arse handed to me trying to hang with the climbers at the business end.

    Made more than a few cock-ups, including waiting for groups I’d been working with when I should’ve pressed on. There’s always more riders to work with up the road. I think sub-48 is realistic for a second go.

    Bumped into Rory leaving Villaines and so, so glad I did. We absolutely romped the final 120km and it’s one of the most enjoyable rides I’ve ever done.

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    So true!

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    I'm usually cutting it fine but gave myself an extra day before the Trans Am. I still only arrived a day before registration (landed in Seattle the day before that and travelled to Astoria with another racer) but what a difference, being able to relax the day before a race.

    Aside from 3 pints of 8% silly juice with everybody's favourite #badinfluencer the night before, it was great start.

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    A decent effort around the airport is about 8 minutes so I use it for VO2 Max intervals.
    https://www.strava.com/segments/5697915

    There are a couple of traffic lights but every other lap is usually uninterrupted. It's not perfect but it's another option to throw in with Regents laps, especially now that Loop Road is kiboshed.

    For FTP tests I head out to Thamesmead and use this segment https://www.strava.com/segments/9228148

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think Abdullah is capable of pipping Marcel's time, if he is conscious of it. There's always a little extra in the tank when you're close to the finish and even more so when there's an element of competition.

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    There really doesn't need to be such a rigid distinction. Among the racers I think it was generally acknowledged that Marcel rode a very impressive race but Peter's was more remarkable. I was chuffed for both and judge each ride on their own merits.

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    Looks to be treating himself to a decent rest in Newton. Big time ‘cafe legs’ when he gets rolling again 😁

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    Impressive, though he's been riding for 20 hours since his last stop. Others are likely to be clipping in again shortly and I imagine he'll need to rest soon. There's some tricky terrain between them so it's a decent gap.

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    I didn’t follow the Indy-Pac to know if he can hold that pace for the duration? Matthijs seems to be riding as fast or slightly faster, but with a sustainable routine. It’s a bloody long race!

  • in Rides & Races
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    I could barely walk for the first two weeks, so I was all over the RICE. I'm afraid I don't know much more on tendons, myself. RICE up but keep things mobile (without load). Wait until the pain goes and then half that time again before starting to work the tendon, gently, building up over time in nice small increments.

    I'd be off to see Nicola at Velophysio if I were in the same boat.

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