Training with an Iron Man

Was all set to head out for a pedal yesterday morning but Stevie P pulled out to due illness so I ended up going to Callum’s football instead.

Davie and Gilly were heading out this morning but with Callum’s rugby tournament on at Calderglen I had to give this one a miss. Cue Ian making a heart felt plea on Facebook for someone to come out and play after the Giro! Having returned from the rugby tournament about 1:30pm I was free to go out and play and before I could get my brain in gear my fingers had typed a message back committing myself to going out with Ian “Iron Man” Hockey. What had I let myself in for!

Now for those of you who don’t know Ian let me explain. You get cyclists, then you get duathlon dudes and dudettes, then you get triathletes, next in the chain comes Iron Men followed at the top of the spectrum by the “Hockey Family“! No offence intended but they ain’t human! I’m convinced there was a radiation leak where they lived when they were younger and they all gained “Super Powers“!

I got myself kitted up and as soon as the Giro finished I headed to the Arnold Clark garage to meet Ian who was there waiting for me. As soon as Ian saw me approach he set off and we headed through Jackton into Eaglesham.

As we passed the crossroads we hit the first climb out of Eaglesham. Ian just seemed to glide up the climb and distanced himself from me. I didn’t think I was going too slow but there you go. Ian soared up the first climb of the Moors then I caught up with him. Ok it was more like he stepped off the gas to allow me to catch up. I held my own with him for the next two climbs on the Moors, though he looked like at point he could just drop a gear and drop me like a coach drops the fat kid from the school football team! We crested the final climb and approached the A77.

As we turned right onto the A77 a guy on a triathlon bike shot past. Ian nodded to me that we would reel him in and reel him in we did. He didn’t seem to happy about that and put the foot down again, to which with me on the front, yes believe it or not I was on the front, we reeled him in for a second time and left him for dust as we cruised along at 25mph!

Having distanced ourselves from the Triathlon dude we swung a right onto Mearns Road tackling a few hills before turning right onto Humbie Road. As we cruised along Humbie Road Ian asked me how I was feeling to which I replied, “Fine“. He was quick to point out that if I was feeling fine I wasn’t trying hard enough! Lol

At this point he suggested doing the loop again and again before my brain got into gear I was pot committed! Arriving at the traffic lights we swung a right to start the climbs all over again.

As we passed the crossroads we hit the first climb out of Eaglesham. Ian just seemed to glide up the climb and distanced himself from me. I didn’t think I was going too slow but there you go. Ian soared up the first climb of the Moors then I caught up with him. Ok it was more like he stepped off the gas to allow me to catch up. I held my own with him for the next two climbs on the Moors, though he looked like at point he could just drop a gear and drop me like a coach drops the fat kid from the school football team! We crested the final climb and approached the A77.

Now you maybe thinking you’ve just experienced a bit of Deja Vu view there and that you’ve already read the above paragraph, and you’d be correct, the second loop of the Moors went pretty much the same way as the first expect a little faster, so I saved my little fingers some typing and just copied and pasted the paragraph.

Like the first loop we cruised along the A77, this time their was no dude on a triathlon bike to annoy. I half expect Ian to suggest a third loop but thankfully he didn’t and we swung a left at the traffic lights in Eaglesham this time, through Jackton and back into East Kilbride. We took a little detour as Ian showed me where the new headquarters of the Whitelee Warriors Social Club is being built, aka his new hoose!

We passed by Hairmyres and Ian took a right at the roundabout at the Arnold Clark garage and headed home while I plodded on keep my average speed up as I traveled the final couple of miles back to my house recording 41 miles and an average speed of 18.43mph in the process!

While I showered then lay flatout on the couch Ian had headed out for a run, probably trying to burn some of that radiation off!  😉

Felt really strong tonight and Ian certainly made me work for my average speed, miles and calories!

In the best shape of my life! Two weeks ago I averaged a speed of 15.7mph over 56miles in Arran, then last week I recorded an average speed of 18mph over 81 miles in the Eatpe Caledonia, then tonight averaging 18.43mph over 41 miles.

Big thanks to Ian for pushing me tonight, it certainly wasn’t a leisurely Sunday evening pedal!


Stu