Friday, 2 November 2012

No Cycling....


When this week started it certainly looked as if it was going to be a case of 'No Cycling'. The weather was pretty horrendous with strong winds and very heavy torrential rain... 
Now that I have achieved the mileage that I was aiming for this year, there didn't seem to be the pressure on me to go out on the bike and get a real soaking..... What a relief!!  

Rather than go out in the appalling weather I chickened out and settled for some sessions on the turbo just to keep my legs spinning....
However over the last couple of days the weather has settled down nicely and I have been able to get out and do some really nice autumnal cycling.....
No huge daily mileages, in fact the biggest day that I have done this week was 55 miles. 

Not having to keep pushing on with a target mileage in mind has meant that I have been able to ride at a nice steady pace keeping in zones 1 and 2. 
Plenty of time to take in the scenery as I go and enjoy a totally different type of riding compared to what I have spent the year doing...
My plan now is to reduce my weekly average mileage from the 280/300 that I have been doing down to a figure of about 125/150 until the New Year when I will start building the mileage up a bit again, although I won't be aiming to do 10,000+ miles next year....

Talking about next year, as I have been cycling along at my new slower pace I have been thinking about plans for next year. 
I have always been the sort of person who, when one objective is reached, has to start planning and setting a new one......

One ride that I want to do is the Lon Las Cymru Touring ride that had been scheduled for September this year but had to be postponed due to the other riders involved in the trip having to pull out...
One thing that I have missed this year has been a nice extended touring trip...you know...bike, panniers, tent etc etc. 
I only managed to do a couple of short weekend touring rides and for me that was not enough..

The Lon Las Cymru will only satisfy a week of my needs but I do have a longer touring ride that I am thinking about as well...
I can't say too much at this stage as I have not had a chance to talk to my usual cycling buddy's about it, but the moment the plan is fixed you will be the first to know about it. 

Then, there is the BIG one! 
It's always good to have a big ride planned...either something that is big because of it's distance or something that is big because of it's concept... 

Well I do have a BIG one currently in the planning stages...It is starting to come together quite well and I hope to be able to reveal the plans to you all fairly shortly....
I am quite excited about it. 
What I can tell you is that it's not BIG because of the mileage...although that's not to be overlooked...no this one is BIG because of the concept...also it doesn't involve my tourer as it's more road bike orientated ...More I cannot tell you.......

5 comments:

anniebikes said...

Quit teasing us! I love reading about tours...can't wait til they're revealed. I totally understand about "planning". I too need to have something on my plate to research, plan, dream about. It keeps me going.

rlove2bike said...

I do enjoy the stop and smell the roses rides. I have found myself doing that type of ride more often as of late. Looking forward to you revealing your plans!!

Thanks for the post!
RL

The bike shed said...

The Lon Las is very good as would be four corners ride I've long contemplated - Chepstow to Holyhead then to St Davids (via coastal route) then north east to Chester and back south down the Marches! About 600 miles all in!

Jason Castillo said...

"Plenty of time to take in the scenery as I go and enjoy a totally different type of riding compared to what I have spent the year doing..."

I really need to do this more often... Slow down and enjoy the scenery. - BicycleFriends

Trevor said...

*anniebikes*
It is good to have plans in the pipeline...

*rlove2bike*
I should be in a position to reval the 2013 plans shortly..

*The bike shed*
Four corners sounds a good idea...I will put that on my longer term list Mark.

*Jason Castillo*
It is good to slow down now and again Jason...