I'd hoped to ride Great Hill, which rises to around 1,250 feet above sea level, on my last two rides but had to change my plan for various reasons. Today I had plenty of time and the weather was dry, though I knew the ground wouldn't be so good, especially under the trees. I checked … Continue reading Returning to Great Hill.
My last ride involved a fully committed section of trail which took over 15 minutes. OK, so it was a mainly downhill piece of trail but if you want to do it quickly you should still be maximising your effort when the trail turns down. Not only that but I had to get to the … Continue reading A recovery ride, or not?
Every time I've ridden up my local hill, Healey Nab recently, the mountain bike trails have improved. After 2,500 diseased larch trees were felled in March it looked as if we'd never get our man made trail system back but amazing progress has been made. The Coronavirus has prevented any calls for volunteers, so whoever … Continue reading Things are improving at Healey Nab.
Some people have lots of trophies in their houses from things they’ve competed in or won at school. Ours is not such a house. My son has won trophies in the Scouts, for instance, but had to hand them back after having it for a year. I’ve never bothered saving things like the medals you … Continue reading Trophies.
I have fitted a new 11 speed cassette to my Boardman FS Pro mountain bike. That means that this year it's had a new mech. and the 3 components of the transmission, chain, chainring and now cassette. This must have cost me over £200 in total but should last a couple of years, though I … Continue reading I can’t stop riding my new favourite trail!
My last few rides have been trail rides where I've had an objective to reach and return from, rather than a structured training ride. I don't want to allow my improved fitness to diminish so today I decided on a ride with a structured training element. I'd ride to Brinscall Woods and do 10 laps … Continue reading Back to training.
A while ago I explored a very remote trail in wet conditions and thought it would be good to check out the whole length in better weather. It hasn't rained for around 3 weeks and the ground is nice and dry so I took a road route to the south side of our local hill, … Continue reading A little exploration and some really good news.
Today the weather is lovely and sunny but after a dog walk I felt a little tired, not particularly motivated to do a ride. Coronavirus actually made me change my first plan. I thought that I'd boost my enthusiasm if I set a challenge and considered doing 5 laps of my training circuit at Birkacre. … Continue reading A great way to motivate yourself.
Despite some doubt that I'll now be able to do a my 47 mile ride any time soon I thought it would still be a good idea to try a bigger ride today, after another longer than usual break. At least we can still ride in England. In France and Italy no leisure rides are … Continue reading A bigger ride.
I haven't contracted Coronavirus, yet, but some estimates have 80% of us catching the disease before it's run it's course. Despite this, and even if I don't contract the disease or the symptoms are so mild I don't notice it, it may still affect my mountain biking. You could say that it's selfish, when untold … Continue reading Coronavirus.