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31st December 2015
Riders: Richard & Greg
Road ride: London to Windsor & back
14 degrees

“You guys are living my husband’s dream” drawled the American tourist as she took a photo of us with her husband and son outside Windsor Castle. (No, it wasn't the same American tourist that had queried why anyone would build such a beautiful castle under the flight path of Heathrow the last time Greg was in this area).

But it hadn't felt like that 90 minutes earlier as we were making an illegal move along the side of the A3 towards the Wisley turn-off.

Greg and I had set off from my house at 9 am on a crisp but sunny and most importantly dry New Year’s Eve; the last ride of the year and we're following Adam’s ‘Windsor’ route (which proved to be a bit knotty). It took the long but pretty route passing canals and quiet fields to just shy of Wisley and this was where we had the first issue. I was following the route on my Garmin 500. Not the best way to follow a route as all you get is the black line on a blank screen but having rounded the Ripley roundabout it seemed to be directing us straight up the A3, a busy dual carriageway with a clear ‘No Cycling’ sign.

A quick call to Adam who was sitting at home playing with himself reassured us that it was only 500 metres and then we could take the Wisley turn-off. But I’m law abiding and it felt uncomfortable as we scooted along inside the solid white line. It also seemed further than 500 metres with the heavy traffic ploughing past us just a metre away at 70mph.

But we were soon off the A3 and onto quiet back roads again. The route took us through a private housing estate, the exclusive Knowle Hill , and Wentworth golf course home of The Open and Windsor Great park, past the Guards Polo Club before we rocked up in Windsor looking for the Cinnamon Café which was ‘right next to the station’ (according to Adam’s instructions). But it would have helped if we were at the correct train station and after asking the local shop owners and cabbies, none of whom had heard of the café we eventually called Adam’s online ride support services again and found not only the right station but the café and had a great flat white and massive lump of cake. Yes, I had a coffee, dunno why as I don’t do caffeine but I just really fancied one.

Following the aforementioned incident with the American family, the husband of which was a big fan of Bianchi and Garmins we headed back for home and another shock awaited us.

After spending the first few hours on quiet backwaters (A3 excepted) we were thrown into a busy A-road return which was fast, furious and very windy. I started to get a twinge in the back of my right knee but I get this every now and then (last time I felt it was on the Paris trip) and I was feeling good and strong and I ignored it.

Greg and I were working together well. Greg is usually so much stronger than me that I let him lead 90% of the time but we were sharing the workload evenly as we headed back through the flat, open but busy Runnymede. Another strong solo rider overtook us and seemed content to let us both draft him for five miles or so until we turned off at the junction haviog just crossed over the M3 and he headed a different way.

But what’s this? The roads are still busy and my right hamstring is starting to cramp up. I must be making a minute adjustment to my riding position due to my knee. It hurts, much worse than the knee but as I’m still feeling strong (the coffee?) and we still have 40km I push on through the pain.

In fact for the second ride in a row I’m actually dropping Greg as we hit the long climb up from the superbly named Effingham to Great Bookham. This really is unknown territory for me (and Greg) as Greg is normally so strong but I can see him struggling.

Through Leatherhead and back to Epsom and Ewell. The last ride of the year and a fast 122 km covered. But hey! It’s New Years Eve and a couple of hours later I’m out for a celebration. But my hamstring is cramping up, it’s really killing me and not even an excessive amount of alcohol is dulling the pain. Not sure what’s going on here. (to be continued)..

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4th January 2016
Riders: Richard
Cycle Commute
6 degrees


So I haven’t touched the bike since last Thursday’s ride and now four days later it’s the first working day of the year and I jump on my single speed commuter for the 18 mile/28km jaunt into work .a new day, a new week, another commuting year and what will my target be this year? 12,000 km as I tackled in 2012, 2013 and 2014? Or a more quality, less quantity, less junk miles based 10,000 km annual target similar to my 2015 achievement?

Well after about 5mile/8km it’s already looking like I will struggle. My knee and hamstring are killing me, sharp pain shooting up and down the leg on every pedal stroke. I complete the commute into work but to top this all off my building pass has stopped working. I can’t even get into the underground car-park so I’m left outside the building (can’t leave your bike ‘ere sir, company policy) and rapidly cooling down on what is a cold early January morning. What a pain in the ‘arris. After overcoming this latest challenge (takes at least 90 minutes), I hobble around all day and then even manage the commute home but I’m broken. I need to take a rest. (To be continued).

 

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8th January


Friday, end of the week and after my horror show commute on Monday I’ve booked myself into see the physio via my personal health insurance. So it’s very cheap as I only pay 15% of costs and it’s in the gym at my workplace so it’s really handy. I explain everything that has happened and Stephen sets to work on making me right.

He's diagnosed me as havig an inflammation of the hamstring where it joins the rear of the knee. No cycling he says.

I’ve had this battle with previous physio’s when my back has given my trouble and I've carried on riding but I don’t care this time. I don’t want to cycle at all the way I’m feeling.


23rd & 25th January
I’ve now had my third physio session and whilst it’s not fixed I have been spinning on the turbo trainer at the physio’s request. And I do mean spinning; there was zero resistance on the rear wheel. I really felt the hamstring s-t-r-e-t-c-h as I hit the bottom of the pedal stroke but thankfully it didn’t hurt. So after a test ride on Saturday where I tried out my new Castelli Gabba 2 but forgot to take my new GoPro Session 4, today I’m back on the commute. On my geared bike (the Bianchi) as it’s too soon for the single speed. I’m slow and have lost all my stamina and I can ‘feel’ my knee and hamstring as I pedal but there’s no actual pain. Things are improving.


30th January & 1st to 5th February
I’m improving, my knee and hamstring still aren’t 100% and my strength, speed and stamina are shot to bits but I’ve managed a weekend ride plus four days commuting this week although Fridays’ commute home was made difficult by the accumulation of a week’s commuting, a strong headwind, a weak bladder, a plastic bag getting caught in my cassette and rear mech and a double puncture that left me walking four km's before being picked up in the car by the lovely Mrs. S and a lift home for the last 5km. I’m almost back!

 

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Deficit Denier 2015

My annual target is 12000 km

My daily target is 32.88 km

My target distance for today is 2860.27 km

My actual distance ridden is 8998 km

This means: I am ahead of the target distance by 6137.73 km

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