The time until the LEL ride is decreasing rapidly, and I'm still fat and unfit. I've sorted out my bike. New back wheel, new chainset, new front light (with USB power output to charge up GPS and phone on the move).
The new back wheel has been a bit of a trial. The rim is a lot tighter than my old wheel, and makes changing tubes if I get a puncture very difficult. I broke a tyre lever getting the tyre on the rim the first time I tried.
It's also caused two aborted rides, when I just had to give up changing the tubes any more.
First ride I punctured after 8km. I fixed that and rode on, to puncture again less than 3km further on. I then noticed that the punctures were in the same place, and the tyre was a bit worn out.
So, by ripping up a discarded KFC drinks cup (thick waxed paper) I made a tyre boot and managed to get home. Changing the tubes was a nightmare though.
New tyres purchase, I tried again. This time at 60kmh downhill the back tyre let go again. Couldn't see a reason, but I was using the tube I'd repaired the previous time and thought that the repair had failed.
I then failed in a big way changing the tube. The tyre was a nightmare to get off, and I shredded the new tube putting it back on by getting it caught between the rim and the tyre in a few places. During all this, it started snowing on me as well.
I had a long walk (with a friendly pick up by a local cyclist from a club after 2-3km) and a rescue by RR in the car.
Then I took an afternoon off work, despairing at getting any training in, what with a certain important life event also rapidly approaching.
I did a 55km loop on that ride, but really screwed up part of the route planning, and ended up on a rutted muddy bridle way being the only way I could go, or risking what I know to be a nightmare dual carriageway which is treated as a motorway.
I took the bridleway, on 23mm tyres, and fell off into a big puddle. Soaking wet, ripped clothes, bleeding arm, 30km from home, and it was really cold. I lost my mojo a bit at that, and plodded home via some short cuts from my intended route.
I've not been out since.
However, my times have been improving. Every time I've been out, I've improved my average speed, and got Personal Records on many Strava segments. Not by trying to beat the segment, but just by concentrating on upping my average speed.
I've also lost 10kg in the last two months. So that's going quite well as well.
My times do need to improve. I need to keep up at least a 24kmh moving average to get around the LEL course with time to sleep. Every 1kmh less on the average speed means about an hour less sleeping time per night.
In other news...
I've got about 4 weeks left as an unmarried man. Looking forward to it. Still a lot left to do. Doing a DIY shoestring wedding means a lot more work for us (or rather, RR taking on a lot more work). She's been amazing, and has organised so much. I've pretty much just been handling the money side, and getting the bar sorted.
That's it for me, how are you doing?
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