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Training Log Archive: andrews

In the 7 days ending Oct 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling5 2:25:01 25.48(10.5/h) 41.0(17.0/h) 475
  Walking2 2:06:41 10.32(12:16) 16.61(7:38) 317
  Total7 4:31:42 35.8(7:35) 57.61(4:43) 792

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Sunday Oct 25 #

11 AM

Cycling race (CX) 54:09 [5] 9.99 km (11.1 kph) +96m
ahr:179 max:188

Instantly remembered how hard cyclocross is, kind of regretting what I'd got into but got into it later on.

Things that went wrong:
1) Sprint from grid start was dreadful, had wheel spin
2) Shoes slipping on muddy slopes - not much to do about this other than buy new shoes with big front spike (not worth it at this point)
3) Having to stop 5 times to unclog my wheels and chain, about 20s each time. Not really sure I can do a great deal about this, using rim breaks instead of disc meant there's less clearance, and the mud was very clayey so it just got stuck. Can't avoid this unless getting a new bike, something to deal with.
4) Tyre choice, I still have no idea about tyres or pressure for different conditions, should figure this out (even though I only have a choice of less aggressive and more aggressive (what I used for this). - This meant I struggled to get grip when accelerating.
5) Too weak, struggled lifting the bike up as the race went on, due to the weight of mud on my bike. Really should have started lifting bike onto shoulder but I didn't.
6) Wussed out of attempting to jump the barriers

Things that were better:
1) I pushed myself the whole way round
2) My cornering got a little better later on (slipped out on 2 consecutive ones first lap)
3) Nearly nailed a technical section and have a cool photo of it.
4) I legitimately beat someone of a similar ability to me
5) My aldi shorts, cycling shoes, aire top and helmet all fitted a green, black and white colour scheme which made me 10% more aero, unfortunately at such a low average speed this was effectively nothing.
6) Didn't make a fool of myself attempting to jump the barriers

Saturday Oct 24 #

11 AM

Cycling 13:55 [3] 4.96 km (21.4 kph) +27m

Rush to the station
4 PM

Cycling 16:19 [3] 4.79 km (17.6 kph) +84m

Back home after making a friend on the train. Got a bit of a soaking. Walked for 2 ish hours up to Hardcastle crags from Hebden Bridge, but not that fast.

Friday Oct 23 #

10 PM

Walking 1:03:19 [1] 8.28 km (7:39 / km) +110m 7:10 / km

Freakishly similar to yesterday in time and distance. Didn't manage to make it three fox sightings in three days, but saw a very majestic dog chilling on the steps outside his house. Foot felt weird for a little bit but then fine.

Thursday Oct 22 #

9 PM

Walking 1:03:22 [2] 8.33 km (7:36 / km) +207m 6:46 / km

Did the 8 terraced street hills from the main road in kirkstall as part of this

Wednesday Oct 21 #

7 PM

Cycling 20:50 [3] 8.54 km (24.6 kph) +162m
ahr:157 max:185

16*500m laps, fastest in 46s, 39.1km/h average

Actually quite fun because of the hill, and seeing different things each lap.

Tuesday Oct 20 #

4 PM

Cycling 39:48 [3] 12.72 km (19.2 kph) +106m

Into the office for the first time since March to collect my Bob the builder fancy dress. Not happy to see signs put up telling you how to use the stairs safely

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