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Norfolkbound

Member since Nov 2016 • Last active Jun 2021
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Bikes....duh

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  • in Rides & Races
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    @Stoo61 That's the plan, I'm able to do an extra 5/10km each day which helped to catch up too but this also helps with having an evening off once a week. The 200 was part of an event called Round Norfolk Epic, I'm glad I did it as a sportive actually as the organised stops were great and it was nice to feel a part of something different. You should aim for the 24hour on June 21st :)

    @frank9755 the efficiency really shocked me actually, as it shows the benefit from all the cycling. I do find it harder to get my HR high, I've actually struggled with that for a couple years now as my max is only 179 but it used to be 198. Too be honest I'm really enjoying this so will continue with a good amount of volume once I've finished the challenge (I'm not sure if my GF will like this though)....

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    Does a saddle with a cut out reduce the need to stop for a wee when riding? "Asking for a friend"

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    UPDATE: So I'm currently 15km up and on day 145 of the challenge, I'm pretty happy with being back on the positive side of this and have managed to get myself in a good routine with riding.

    I rode 200 miles on Sunday (although strava doesn't say this as I stupidly paused my wahoo for 30 odd minutes), it was a long day but I actually really enjoyed riding for that amount of time. I set out to enjoy the ride and to get my friend to complete the distance. It was also the first time I've worn a HR monitor for a while, I was more interested in calories burnt but I was very surprised with the result. I guess the fitness gained from this challenge has showed as my average HR for the day was 108 bpm which is mental as there was points when we were at the organised stops when my HR was higher when eating then when I was cycling.

    Riding a bike for 13 hours is an amazing experience and I'm definitely going to do it again soon, I'm even thinking of doing a 500km ride in August. Would anyone be keen to join?

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    the challenge itself and the training becomes almost normal for you but the rest of life gets harder

    That's exactly it, there's not much thought that goes into riding now. It's more keeping everyone else happy, I limit myself to 1 social activity a day over the weekend. Any more than this I get too tired and I'm terrible company. I'm just glad I've got an understanding GF.

    Also for this Sundays 200mile, I've got a 3am start..... which is less than appealing

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    So I'm on day 139 and at 13,754km so it's going pretty well. I'm having a rest/light evening tonight as i felt rough cycling home and I want to be recovered for Sunday as I've got a 200mile ride. (That's fairly epic). Evening spins are my favourite, i love hitting out 80km+ after work. I spend a huge amount of time riding alone but i do enjoy it.

    It's weird as I've got in such a good routine now, I can manage work well and i use the weekends to recover but also to do some extra kms, as i do have one lighter day in the week where i only commute. Life on the other hand is hard to manage at points with this challenge, I've had a funeral this week and I've got a memorial next Monday and i found it hard at the funeral to keep eating. I didn't feel right to bring food into the Cathedral so I only ate like a normal person on Tuesday and had about 4hours without food which was too long. I got incredibly tired because of this and I struggled to be there for my GF and her family (I feel pretty bad about this). So I'm going to take her out for food tomorrow night, we'll cycle there though 😂

    I've done a few group rides now which have been good, the first one was about of a macho CG where they were very militant with rotating and times. Odd for me as i spend a lot of time riding so wanted to be at the front more because some of the other guys were struggling so I thought it would help. I got told off and told to go to the faster group, even though i was riding with my mates... I won't return to that one. The second one was amazing, very chilled and chatty. A few of us sat at the front and I spent the whole 60miles getting to know new people which was lovely.

    We've put back LEJOG till the 31st of July too.

    Some days i find the distance really daunting but most of the time it's manageable.

  • in Frame Builders
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    @Tijs i actually find it more comfortable than before, i know it looks mad but it feels good

    @JB the tapes super narrow, half the width of the standard one so that's why it looks like that. There's also some left ;)

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    Yeah it's subtle but it's different. I was hoping it was bright like the frame but it faded once it dried

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    It's more pastel but i kinda dig it, the tape is different to what I've applied before.

  • in Rides & Races
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    If I can fit a bivvy in my bags then I'll take it, I'm quite used to carrying alot of weight when cycling now so it shouldn't be much of an issue. I do like the idea of being able to stop if needed as we've got a few days spare once we have finished for contingency and to have a rest too.

    Well I cycled to both Sheringham and Southwold over the bank holiday weekend and it was crazy busy, I think domestic travel has definitely increased. So rearranging the trains might be the hardest part because of how little bike spots are available.... That's another issue

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