Back from Hols, Back on Bike

Well that’s me back from yet another great October week at Center Parcs with the family, eating and drinking like a king! As predicted I’ve come back carrying a little extra than when I went!

It wasn’t all food and drink, there was activites and some cycling involved too. I took my hardtail and used it to commute everywhere with my son so my legs did get some form of workout, albiet not much.

Anyway we got back on the Friday and on Saturday morning I headed over to France to tackle the Mont Ventoux climb! OK when I say I headed over to France I mean virtually, on my Proform Tour de France bike.

Climbing Mont Ventoux on my Proform TDF Bike
Climbing Mont Ventoux on my Proform TDF Bike

Boy that was some climb, even though it was only a virtual climb! The TDF bike replicates the % gradient of the actually climb and adjusts the incline of the bike to match. The bike has an incline and decline capability of 20%. Turns out that the climb was made that little bit harder due to a recent firmware update that reset the gear ratios from 50-34t / 11-28t to 53-39t / 11-23t! Any way I managed to complete the climb, despite contemplating chucking it at one point as my week away was starting to get the better of me! Lol

I had originally planned to hit the real road but with no-one else heading out and the heavy fog in the morning, I decided to jump on the indoor bike and not dice with death with cars in the very poor visibility.

Today (Sun) I was hoping to head out with Gilly and Hugh for a light spin but that was put on the back burner as Jamie wasn’t well. Yesterday he’d been very tired and lay about sleeping a lot then in the evening he decided to empty his stomach everywhere with several bouts of sick. Poor wee soul was white as a sheet! With Callum having rugby training I kept Jamie at home then after a quick trip to the tip managed to head out for a quick 10 mile blast on the bike.

My plan was to take it easy after my week away and Mont Ventoux climb yesterday, I very much doubted any new records would be created! I opted for my 10 mile TT route and set off with the aim of cruising round it, not bursting a lung. I just couldn’t get my chest to settle down, my asthma was playing up but I continued on and much to my surprise I was sitting at an average speed of 19.7mph with 3 miles to go. Could I be on my way to getting that elusive 20mph average I’ve sought after for so long on this route? That question was quickly answered as soon as I turned onto the Queensway (dual carriageway) and was met with a strong headwind which ruined any chance I may have had.

Was happy with the performance considering being away for the week and drowning my body in tonnes of food and pints of Kronenburg 1664! Managed to post an average speed of 18.4mph and managed 6 PB’s in the process, so not all doom and gloom! Great day for it, sun was out, little bit chilly though and that bloody headwind in the last 3 miles! Lol

Stu
Stu