My back aches just thinking of 15rpm!
So a bit pushed for time recently, been out regularly but haven't been able to get near a computer much... while this thread's been falling off the page my cold seems to have moved on and the ribs (doc said just bruised, though they hurt even more after he'd shoved his finger in there nice and firmly) are slowly starting to feel a bit better.
Aia Loop via Igeldo x2
55km, 1080m, 2h10
Bizarre weather, 25º in mid November
Did the regular run, no 33% hills today, keeping it steady so as not to aggravate the ribs.
Aizarnazabal loop via N634 x2
80km, 800m, 2h35 (30.3kmh)
Strong south wind, a hoot on the way back.
42km, 900m, 3h
Went out with a mate, him on a Ransom with supertackies and a Hammerschmidt, me on singlespeed, so we were slooooow on the climbs. I'm really enjoying the whippy but relaxed steel frame, If I was slower on the descent than on my Yeti then it was only because I was taking it easy on the lightweight wheels, the bike wasn't holding me back except where I normally drop the seat. The wheels are Stan's Crest with bladed spokes - you can't just smash it over the rocks! Undid all the hard work by drinking a litre of wheatbeer in the bar afterwards
42km, 1200m, 3h30 (although over 6hrs total)
Further exploring of what is comfortable on singlespeed. I would put this firmly in the uncomfortable category!
Went out with some riding buddies to check out some signposted trails with some natural stuff thrown in to link up various bits. I had done much of it before, but not in a single loop. As usual we ended up climbing a lot of stuff that would make better descents, but found some great stuff including a covered water canal which feeds the hydroelectric power stations. That's the dead flat bit in the route profile which looks like the GPS was off! Nice mix in the end of coastal paths, techy limestone sections and moist forest singletrack. Still with the mad 25º weather.
The usual stop n chats meant we were out of daylight too early and had to cut the last section out and took the main road back to town, the worst bit was the pigeon shooters though, saw a few birds blasted out of the sky and even got rained on by the shot. Roll on January
The SS doesn't really work on group rides where you need to attack hills as sitting back and winching isn't an option. So you end up being unsociable by riding off while everyone is spinning and chatting, or on narrow trails where you can't pass, you have to walk the climbs as there's no way to sustain such a low cadence behind someone spinning in their 22:36. It is surprising what you can get up and over though.
descent into Deba
Won't be seeing this very often for the next 6 months!
"No se deja de pedalear cuando se envejece.
Se envejece cuando se deja de pedalear"