Monday, 27 January 2014

Still Dodging the Rain....

Yes...I'm still dodging the rain...

I've never really enjoyed cycling in the rain even though over the years I seem to have spent an awful amount of time doing just that....
A summer shower can be quite enjoyable   but a winter downpour that just goes on and on does seem to spoil my enjoyment of the ride somewhat.....
Unfortunately over the past month, winter downpours seems to have almost become the everyday norm...

Most of my 'training' so far this year in preparation for this year's bigger rides seems to have been on my static bike, although I do try and get out on those very few and far between drier moments, not that there have been many of those.....

Last year I was pretty impressed with the results that I got from using the static bike as the centre of my training plans...it certainly didn't fail me during my ride over the Alps or on the ascent of the Ghisallo.
That having been said I would dearly love some nice dry cold and crisp winter days so that I can get out on the training bike more often....

One development over the past few weeks concerns my blog post where I highlighted the rides that I was planning for this year....
A friend of mine from the backpackers club read about my plans and got in contact to tell me that he would be interested in joining me for part of both the South Downs Way (easy) Double and the Bournemouth-Holyhead-Bournemouth ride...

Anyway a few emails later and it looks as if the dates for these rides have been set....
We should be setting off on the South Downs Way Double on Friday 27th June and the first two weeks of September should see us riding the Holyhead (Lon Las Cymru) ride.....

Hopefully we should have some other riders join us for all or at least part of these two rides but in the meantime it looks as if I will have to continue dodging that rain.....
Looking out of the window I have just noticed that it has started to rain yet again.....

7 comments:

Colleen said...

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have had unusually dry weather. Normally, at this time of year, riding in the rain is just the way it is. It's going to be hard going back to riding in the rain when it returns. It will probably return just when race season begins.

David Adams said...

All this rain is getting very tedious now and you end up spending more time cleaning/maintaining your bikes than riding them. A cold dry spell is well overdue, I'm keeping everything crossed that it's on it's way soon. Looking forward to reading how your big rides go, I'm hoping for some big rides myself this year. Good luck with your rides Trevor.

There She Rides said...

I don't mind if it starts raining while I am riding but I can't persuade myself to get on the bike when the rain is hammering against the windows. It has been doing that a lot, recently.

My other problem is that whichever direction I take, there are floods across the roads which are challenging to navigate on a bike without sails.

Trevor Woodford said...

'Colleen'
I do envy you that dry weather you've been having Colleen....

'David Adams'
Your absolutely right David it has all got very tedious now... 'all comes to he who waits' so I am told, trouble is we seem to have been waiting a longtime.

'There She Rides'
I'm the same...If I'm out riding and it starts to rain I can live with that...but if it is coming down before I start the ride, well that's different. lol.

Dazza F said...

I've been turbo training all winter I'm pleased I sold the old bike and purchased a turbo. Hopefully this'll be natures way of setting us up for a sunny summer with a little rain (at night).
I've been doing The Sufferfest Tour this week video's blogged some of the stages. Its been good really.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPpeF9nX0miXRlcQT1asLA

Trevor Woodford said...

'Dazza F'
Glad to see that you are enjoying your self flagellation mate....lol



J_on_tour said...

Looking forward to some better weather as my bike is underused. Pleased to hear that you are still getting some training in, an opportunity to possibly multi task !