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Postby VeganGraham » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:03 pm

I was a bit out with my predictions again.
First of all, the start was postponed by half an hour to 9.30am, because of traffic jams outside, to give everyone a chance to get in and register. The finish was still at 9.00pm, so it was an 11.30 hour marathon.
Secondly, it rained a lot the night before and on in to the morning. The course was very muddy.

There were the usual bottlenecks on the first lap as everyone tried to get down the same bit of singletrack at the same time. I spent a lot of time standing in the queue waiting my turn and eventualy finished my first lap in just under an hour. As I crossed the line one of the race leaders overtook me finishing his second lap.

Two minor crashes. Nothing serious, just sliding off in the mud.
One a bit harder as I hit a tree, but managed to stay on.

I had a short break at the end of almost every lap. I think the longest one was about 8 minutes, usually just enough to eat and drink and refill my camelbak.
I think this is the best tactic for me. It feels like I'm wasting time, stopping every lap when I would rather fly through non-stop, but I think, overall, it gives me the highest average speed.

I did 12 laps, 113km in 10h 38m.
After 10+ hours of riding I lose my ability to do simple arithmetic. For some reason I thought I had 40 minutes left at the end, which wasn't enough to do another lap. 52 minutes would have been, just about, so I missed out there.

34th out of 69 solo men, so just in the top half.
According to my GPS, I used 9300 Kcal.

Thanks to Sammy from MTB Britain Forum for taking a load of photos.
Blue numbers are solo riders, red are pairs or teams of four.

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There's two events next weekend I would like to do, but I'm entered for Mountain Mayhem 24 hour solo the weekend after, so I could do with a break.
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Postby VeganGraham » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:00 pm

Monday at the gym after work;

Squat;
10x20kg
1x80kg
1x90kg
1x100kg
3x90kg
5x80kg


Bench press;
10x20kg
1x60kg
1x65kg
1x70kg
1x72.5kg
5x1x70kg
3x65kg
5x60kg

Clean & push press;
3x20kg
1x50kg
1x55kg
1x60kg F
6x55kg
14x50kg

Deadlift;
1x120kg
1x140kg
1x150kg
4x140kg
6x120kg

Dumbbell pres;
20kg pyramid up to 4 and back
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Postby ralst » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:04 pm

Good job at the marathon, BGW.
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Postby Konstantin » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:31 am

Sounds like a brilliant event, 10 hours is enough for anyone! Good photos too.

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Postby emm7 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:17 pm

very well done for the race! Over 10 hours riding on a bike is amazing. Good photos!
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Postby VeganGraham » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:14 pm

Thanks for the comments.
I had plans to set up my new power cage and olympic bar in a friends stable and make some farmers to use in their yard, but they are moving house soon, so I've had to abandon that.
The new job is easy walking distance from the gym. I've got no mains water and they've got showers and a swimming pool.

Wednesday at the shiny gym;

Squat;
5x20kg
1x90kg
1x100kg
1x105kg F
2x90kg
3x80kg

Clean & push press;
5x20kg
1x50kg
1x55kg
1x60kg
1x62.5kg F
1x60kg
1x60kg
4x55kg
5x50kg

Bench press;
1x60kg
1x65kg
1x70kg
5x65kg
4x60kg

Deadlift;
1x120kg
1x140kg
1x150kg
6x120kg

Military press;
4x40kg
3x40kg

Dumbbell snatch;
25kg, 6R, 6L
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Postby VeganGraham » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:19 pm

Friday at the gym;

Clean & push press;
5x20kg
1x50kg
1x55kg
1x60kg
1x62.5kg F
3x60kg
9x55kg

Deadlift;
1x120kg
1x140kg
1x150kg
1x160kg
4x140kg
4x120kg

Bench press;
3x50kg
1x60kg
1x65kg
1x70kg
1x72.5kg
2x70kg
3x65kg
5x60kg

Squat;
5x20kg
1x80kg
1x90kg
1x100kg F
3x80kg

Dumbbell press;
20kg pyramid up to 4 and back
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Postby VeganGraham » Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:09 pm

I was going to have a weekend off after doing a 12 hour race last weekend and a 24 next, but after sitting around all day doing nothing much on Saturday, I wanted some action.
Two grrrls from BikeRadar, who I have met on forum rides in the Wyre Forest, were entered for the Marin Rough Ride, so as it's only just down the road at Kington, I thought I'd give it a go on the short route.

The start was quite a ride from the camp site. By the time I got there and joined the back of the crowd it was 10.00am and the front riders were setting off, I hardly had chance to stop.
I met the one grrrl from BikeRadar as I overtook her. She said the other grrrl hadn't made it as she was injured, but one of the guys was up ahead in a green shirt. I looked for him, but in a bunch of about 1000 bikes, I couldn't see him.
I saw three other Rohloff hubs, the most I have ever seen in one event.

I got to the split point at about 23km and felt OK, so I went for the longer route.
I ride mostly round the Wyre Forest and there is just nothing round here that can prepare you for Welsh Mountains. The climbs go on and on up to the horizon, then on a bit more up the rest of the hill as it comes in to view.
My hill climbing is definitely improving. I've gone from having everyone overtake me, to having about 75% of the other riders overtake me. I'm riding a lot more now as well, instead of always being the first to get off and walk.
Downhills are still where I'm making up time though. Stony doubletrack or grassy singletrack, I just point it downhill and hang on.
Every now and then I'd get to the crest of the hill with another guy who likes the fast stuff and then it gets really wild, side by side or nose to tail with neither of us wanting to be the first to brake.

The final descent back to the campsite was along some swoopy singletrack followed by some fast and rough forestry roads. I love that sort of stuff, moving around on the bike and using my weight to keep it all flowing.

73km and 2300m of ascent in 6h 23m. 4500Kcal. :D

Other stuff;
The saddle moved again at Bristol. The clamp relies on friction to secure it, as I get tired and sit down more, one big hit can shift it. I've bought a new seat post with a more positive locating method. It hasn't moved yet.
I'll be sticking with the Continental Race King 2.0s. I gain far more in rolling resistance than I lose in grip. They were a bit borderline trying to stop from high speed on grassy descents on a couple of occasions. I can live with that.
My brake pads and discs are now all a nice bluey colour. I think I got them a bit hot today. :D
I've bought a new (second hand) frame off ebay. My current frame is a medium and, according to the manufacturer's website, I am 2" too tall for it. I've finally decided they are right and bought a large.

I called in to see a cycling friend near Leominster on the way home. :wink:
He's had some problems recently and a few people were worried about him as they had lost touch.
He was out, but I spoke to his wife.
The situation hasn't been resolved, but he's OK.
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Postby VeganGraham » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:50 pm

Didn't feel like doing much today after yesterday's ride, but I had a go anyway.

The usual 25km or so round trip commute.

At the gym;

Squat;
5x20kg
1x80kg
1x90kg
1x100kg
1x100kg
2x90kg
5x80kg

Clean & push press;
5x20kg
1x50kg
1x55kg
1x60kg
1x62.5kg
2x60kg
9x55kg
5x50kg (Fast to failure)

Deadlift;
1x120kg
1x140kg
1x150kg
1x160kg
1x165kg F
8x120kg (Fast to failure)

Dumbbell press;
20kg pyramid up to 6 and back

Bench press;
5x20kg
1x60kg
1x65kg
1x70kg
1x70kg
1x70kg
3x65kg
6x60kg
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Postby VeganGraham » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:21 pm

Update from last Sunday.
I was 88th out of 300 on the 75km route.

Not been commuting by bike for a couple of days as I've been on a training course at another depot.
Had a headache, on and off, for almost a week and generally didn't feel up to much today, but I was in town shopping so I thought I ought to do something.

Wednesday at the gym;

Squat;
5x20kg
1x80kg
1x90kg
1x100kg
2x90kg
2x80kg

Bench press;
3x60kg
1x65kg
1x70kg
1x75kg
1x70kg
4x65kg
6x60kg

Clean & push press;
5x20kg
1x50kg
1x55kg
1x60kg F
5x50kg

Dumbbell press;
15kg 15R, 10L
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Postby VeganGraham » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:54 am

Just about to head down to Eastnor for the Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race.

Trash talk predictions;
200+ km
18+ hours of riding
Top third finish. Possibly.
Top half finish. Fairly confident.
18000 Kcal.
Showing off in font of a crowd of thousands while wearing pink lycra.
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Postby baldy » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:30 am

[quote="Big Good Wolf"]
Showing off in font of a crowd of thousands while wearing pink lycra.
Living the dream man! Enjoy and good luck.
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Postby VeganGraham » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:58 pm

One of these days I'll get somewhere near my predictions.

10 laps
140km
12 hours actual riding
101st out of 150 solo men
About 9000 Kcal
Looking good in pink & yellow lycra 8)

The Fox distributor was there so I asked them about my leaking forks and they fitted some new seals for free while I waited.
I was a bit concerned about having my forks in bits only two hours before the race started, but he seemed to know what he was doing, so I let him get on with it.

The 2.00pm start was a half mile run around part of the course to where all the bikes were propped up against the barriers.
The usual first lap traffic jams at the start of every section of singletrack, but not too bad.

I did 6 laps by 11.30pm and couldn't carry on.
I slept for about 6 hours, then got up and did another 4.

I think I've found the limit of what I can do with no proper training and a crap diet.
I only just started commuting by bike again 3 weeks ago. I'm just on the border line between it building me up and wearing me down. A few more weeks and I'll be sprinting my 14km commute. I'm not quite there yet.
I did a 73km race the weekend before and a 12 hour race the weekend before that.
I think I might have taken too much on.

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Postby Frostfire » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:01 am

You look very happy in that picture! :D Good job on the race :)

I'm still floored by how much you cycle - keep it up!
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Postby fredrikw » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:41 am

[quote="Big Good Wolf"]I think I've found the limit of what I can do with no proper training and a crap diet.

Yeah, I've been waiting for a long time now for seeing proper cycling training here, and not just endless columns of lifting numbers. Lifting might be good as an off-season activity, and I say might because not everyone agree that it is useful at all for cycling, but if you're serious about your cycling which your race schedule seem to tell us, you really should get your act together and start training for it. Pick up a copy of Joe Friel's Traning bible book, it'll help you outline a training schedule which definitely will help you go faster and harder.

But perhaps this isn't really what you want to do? In that case: ignore what I just said and carry on ;)
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