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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby kallefs » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:54 am

An 8h cyclocross race :) Well done by the way.
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby bob_summers » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:06 am

Saw this on STW, fantastic result! Sounds like it was a demanding course as well... nice one.
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:22 pm

Either I got it wrong first time, or they've updated the results. I was 2nd/7 single speed, 9th/98 solo male overall (SS, vets & open).
http://www.timelaps.co.uk/assets/upload ... 0/2011#8hr Singlespeed Male
I did a practice lap on Friday in 30:47, which included missing a turn as the course wasn't fully marked, so I had to double back to take the correct route.

This was an 8 hour event with any lap not completed within the 8 hours not counting.
30 minute laps was an unrealistic goal, so I settled for 15 laps at 32 minutes as my target, with 14 laps at 34 and a bit minutes as a fall back plan.

I set my GPS to show total time, current lap and last lap times, so I could keep track of how I was doing.
I did my first lap in 32:40. Allowing for the run at the start and the inevitable first lap traffic jams, I was on schedule.
I kept pressing on. Every lap I thought "I can't hold this pace for eight hours", but I was gaining a minute or so each lap on my target, which meant I could afford to slow down later if I had to. Somehow, I didn't have to.

A lot of the course was twisty, stone surfaced single track which I found almost effortless to ride, almost like a big BMX pump track. I often found myself freewheeling and having to brake behind other riders who were pedalling.
This meant I could treat the single track as recovery sections and save the big effort for the hills.

I had a friend riding in the pairs category mixing up my drinks between her laps, so I always came back to a full bottle for a quick swap.
I lapped her twice, the second time she shouted after me that I was 2nd, although I didn't know how big the gap was between myself and 1st and 3rd
In the end, I was 6 minutes behind 1st and a lap ahead of 3rd in the single speed category.
I would have been 2nd in veterans or 7th in open.
I would have been top quarter in the teams of 4. :D

During the race I was drinking a 750ml bottle of Torq every two laps and about one Torq gel per lap.
I find all that sugar makes me thirsty, but the drink is so sickly I have to force myself to drink it.
I stopped at one point and gulped down about half a litre of water in one go.
I think, in future, I'd be better off with two 0.5 litre bottles, one for torq and one for water, or maybe double up on the gels and just drink water.
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:28 pm

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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby Frostfire » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:30 pm

Great pics and SUPER great to see a vegan uniform on the podium (even though you have pretzel-medals). Well done, these events you do are just insane. Insanly awesome that is ;)
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby vegan hal » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:37 pm

haha! pretzel medals. and pretzels are usually vegan.

Well done BGW! you did awesome!
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby baldy » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:31 am

Well done, certainly time to change your training log title!
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:36 pm

Thanks everyone.
Frostfire, even better than the podium place is that well over half the field, including relay teams of four, got lapped by a veteran in a Vegan Cyclists jersey. :D
Baldy, I can't find my scales, but I'm guessing I'm not much over 90kg at the moment. Still comfortably in the Overweight range on those BMI charts. 8)
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:59 pm

Five cyclists riding up a hill.
Can you guess which one's on a single speed ? :D

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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby Frostfire » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:24 pm

Nice photo, and nice one for getting picked up by the Vegan Society on their fb page! :)
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:54 am

Thanks, I posted it there, then a couple of hours later, they reposted it themselves. I was on the front page twice with over 70 likes. I've never been so popular. 8)
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby thestoatyone » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:38 pm

Smooth work mate!
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby HumanGazelle » Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:17 am

Nice one BGW! And good adaptation of the Vegan Runners style lettering - it makes it look like a proper sports brand 8)
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby IronGirl » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:40 am

Great work BGW. Brilliant to see the Vegan colours up there on the podium. Well done, thoughly deserved after all your hard work this year.
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Re: Too fat to be a cyclist. Too skinny to be a weightlifter

Postby VeganGraham » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:01 pm

No proper training or racing to report recently.
I set myself a target of 10 000km on the bike this year and I have logged every ride on Endomondo, BikeJournal and FetchEveryone, somehow ending up with three different totals.
It soon became apparent that I was falling behind schedule with no chance of catching up.
I pressed on anyway and reset my goal as 9000km.
I just went over it today.

9000km on a mountain bike so far this year.
Over half that logged on a single speed.
Estimated ~40% off road.
Estimated ~30% in the dark.
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