Saturday, January 19, 2019

Back For More

As threatened, that's race number two bagged - and inside a week to boot. And it was quite an appropriate one, apparently Craig yr Allt Winter is a beginners fell race....

For a race on a relatively small hill it was actually a more interesting route than I was expecting, with a good amount of up and down crammed in to the 6.5km, roughly 350m ascent. I really enjoyed it. I was pretty crap again but, I think, slightly less crap than last week. This weeks race was 1.5km longer with 50m more ascent and I managed a slight average pace increase. I'm happy with that - for a beginner.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Been A Lazy Git This Week

But my excuse is a stressy week at work trying to bring a new control system online and failing. The battle will commence Monday...

Putting that to the back of my mind, tomorrow I continue the return with another race - it's going to be a bit like the buses. Nothing for two and a half years and then three come along together.... So Craig yr Allt fell race it is. I've never run it before. Bring it on.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thought I'd Got Away With It...

But I was wrong. My legs, more specifically, my quads have got more and more sore throughout the day - I suppose that's what you get after your first race for two and a half years!!! Yes, I've worked out (I think) my last race before yesterday was Fan-y-Big, July 2016.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

I'm Back!

Yes, my first race in a long, long time is complete. The 5k, 300m ascent of the Mynydd Llangorse fell race and all the old racing feelings came flooding back. So I wasn't near the front - but I was far enough from the back that I was happy. Once the race was under way and after the initial argy-bargy was over, the race positions settled down and I began to start plotting when to work hard and when to ease back in order to keep ahead of the runner behind and capture the place ahead. It didn't matter that I was way back in the field. The important bit was beating the runner ahead... and then the next... and the next...

As expected I was bloody rubbish on the up. But I knew that would be the case and so I put in some effort along the first flat section before the main climb in order to gain a few places. Things were all pretty steady during the up and then came the down. I was nowhere near as reckless as once I could be but I still managed to pick up half a dozen places on the decent. I'll take that as a beginner!

So that's it. I'm back. Bring on the next one...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Warming Up For Tomorrow...

So tomorrow it is. My first race, in god knows how long. It's certainly been well over a year. I'm not fit. I'm certainly not going to be fast but if I wait till either of those happen I don't think I'll ever 'race' again....

Today I warmed up with a 5k #Zwift and now I'm all set to trundle around Mynydd Llangorse tomorrow. Once more into the real world, dear friends, once more....

Friday, January 11, 2019

Oops, Where Did Stage 3 Go...

Yes, I missed it. I managed to crack on with Stage 4 of the Tour du #Zwift tonight though. I'll have to use one of the catch up days at the end to get Stage 3 ridden. Today's ride was pretty good. Not all out but a pretty steady, consistent effort throughout. 40km, 285m ascent. Job done and bring on the weekend as I could do with a bloody good lie in.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Stage Two

Thirty five kilometres around the virtual Central Park to complete Stage Two of the Tour du #Zwift. A medium to hard effort. With over 2000 riders there was plenty of scope for bridging to the next group up the road. I started off around 1500th place and slowly moved up to towards 900th place. That meant for lots of efforts throughout the entire hours ride. Good workout.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Let The Tour Du Zwift Begin...

Stage 1 of 9. A relatively gentle introduction, just 28km on the Jungle route. Riding with over 1000 other riders online it was an enjoyable 45 minutes. I set off steady, still feeling lacking in the power department. Once we hit the jungle loop I started to feel competitive though... From there I started picking up places and gained almost 100 places to move from just inside to the top 500 to just inside the top 400 by the end. I really enjoyed grinding out the hill - probably because that's where I really cut through the field.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

So The New Tack Began...

With a little jaunt around a small corner of the forest at the New Years Day Orienteering Score Event and in typical Creber style it had a few little surprises to set it apart from a normal score event... Not least of which was a fifty point bonus for those lucky enough to find - and then carry round the rest of the course - a small breeze-block. Bloody lucky them!

I had a pretty good outing and finished middle of the pack. I was happy with that as I wasn't expecting much. Could have been a top quarter finish if not for the second Creber surprise - roaming controls. After spending three or four minutes playing hide and seek with the sneaky Judith, aka the human tree, I decided I couldn't waste any more time trying to find the high point control and moved on. After that, I didn't bother with any more of the roaming controls and moved through the rest of the course to come home with just a minute to spare.

Good to be back...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

First Time On Two Legs For A While...

and definitely back to square one. I got the dull ache in the soles of my feet for the first ten minutes and then, as before, it eased off. Last time it took about four or five weeks of 'running' before it stopped occurring  - that's four or five weeks of doing some running, not running for four or five weeks forest gump style... Never really caused me much of an issue or lasting after effects so other than a little discomfort for a few minutes, I'm not really bothered about it.

As to the start of the campaign, I'll likely be heading the four miles over to Brierly for New Years Day 'getting hopelessly lost in the forest' orienteering...

Friday, December 28, 2018

Change Of Tack...

So it looks like the universe is reversing on its previous omen.... With my replacement calendar to hand, I have decided that I might be waiting forever if I wait to be fit before returning to the battle so I'm going to forgo the getting fit bit and return anyway... (and no making fun of the slow, old fart trundling along at the back)

As to today, it was decent effort interval reps on Zwift. I worked up quite a sweat but I've had to down rate the FTP to make the sessions doable. Still not sure if it's me or the kit.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Short, Sharp Christmas Zwift

It still felt a bit hard work vs the power output but better than the last few times. For just a thirty minute blast I got the heart rate up and sweating so I think I'm ready for the mince pies and mulled wine. Bring on the festivities and a merritudinal Christmas day to you all...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Bit of Brithday Bkool

No Zwifting today.... Did a spot of Bkooling instead. Same setup, different software, same end result. A decent hours effort, starting north west of virtual Monmouth and ending virtually further north and west at Cross Ash. Bkool's main difference is that the routes are gps uploads of real routes. That provides more ride variation. The main reason I rode Bkool instead of Zwift was to determine if my trainer is getting a problem or I'm getting weaker.... Conclusion... I'm getting weaker. My power was nicely higher than my previous rides on Bkool but not as high as over the last month or two on Zwift and it also felt hard effort on the legs. I therefore think Zwift is working fine and that it's just me that's a little bit crapper - but then I am a year older than last month....

Monday, December 17, 2018

30 After Work

Finally managed a stage of the Zwift Tour of London. Stage 3 but I won't be getting the virtual t-shirt this event as I've missed too many stages to catch up. It was a reasonably hard effort for 30km. Once again my power was down while the effort seemed high. Not sure what's up but I'll keep on plugging away...