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Monthly Cycling Summary (December 2008)

Posted in Monthly Cycling Summary, Weekly Training Diary by Peter Thomas on 1 January 2009

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2008 Cycling Summary (as at Nov)

2008 Cycling Summary (as at Nov)

Some cycling in December, at least some base for the New Year.
 

Week 93 (22nd – 28th December 2008)

Posted in Weekly Training Diary by Peter Thomas on 28 December 2008

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Haven’t posted for a few weeks as have had a lot on (and consequently only sporadic training). Managed two wall sessions and two MTBs in the Xmas week, which can’t be bad. Still feeling rather overweight though :-o.
 

Training Diary
Day Commentary Stats
Monday 3 hours bouldering at The Castle. Ankle was a bit crunchy, but took some falls with little ill-effect. The pads of my fingers took a bit more punishment as I’m no longer accustomed to yarding between big holds a long way from each other :-o. Problems up to V3, but didn’t really keep count. n/k
Tuesday 15km gentle MTB around Swinley Forest – nice to be out and about, even if it was rather cold!
Wednesday Rest ankle.
Thursday Cook / eat turkey.
Friday Rest ankle.
Saturday 20 km MTB ride round Swinley Forest, again mostly sticking to the main paths. Lovely day, if somewhat cold. No ankle problems :-).
Sunday 3 hours bouldering at Craggy Island Sutton. Was impressed by the venue. Friendly staff and climbers; clean holds and mats; nice, well-thought-out problems; and enough to have a proper work-out. Concentrated more on volume than difficulty as a bit tired from MTBing the day before. Will go back again. A few ankle grumbles, but nothing too bad. Problems up to Font 6a, but again did not keep count n/k

 
Will aim to do some outdoor climbing, and maybe some more MTBing, during the next week.
 

Training Summary
Cycling Other Cardio Wall
Sessions (2)
Road: 0 km Running: 0 km V3: n/k
MTB: 35 km V4: 0
Total: 35 km V5: 0

 
Progress against Short-term Goals

No outdoor routes this week.
5km short of my 40 km minimum, but all of that was MTBing and it was Xmas week.
No running.
No fingerboard sessions, but did get to the wall twice.
No outdoor bouldering.

 
Progress against Medium-term Goals

None.

 

Week 90 (1st – 7th December 2008)

Posted in Weekly Training Diary by Peter Thomas on 7 December 2008

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Three wall-sessions, two road cycles and one MTB ride made this my best week training in forever. Aside from a few ankle twinges at the wall, everything went pretty well. I am however a bit down about how bad my climbing has become. I’m also scared of doing anything bar jug hauling when more than 2m off the mat – a question of time and confidence I guess.
 

Training Diary
Day Commentary Stats
Monday
  1. 30 km road cycle, average “speed” a snail-like 19.3 kmph on light cyclo-cross tyres; I guess all the time off has really taken it’s toll on my fitness :-(. On a more positive note, this is the furthest I have cycled since deciding to take my ankle injury seriously and (touch wood) no adverse effects as yet.
  2. 3 hours bouldering at The Arch. Still wary about pushing hard on ,my right ankle and warier of falling, so not exactly pushing things too much and also tired from cycling! Still a reasonable session all in all and the ankle was in reasonable shape at the end. Problems up to V4.
V3 x 4
V4 x 2
V5 x 0
Tuesday Rest ankle.
Wednesday 25 km road cycle, average “speed” a very slightly improved 22.6 kmph on light cyclo-cross tyres. With the thermometer reading 0°C, I made the schoolboy error of wearing a thicker top layer than I should have and hence over-heated horribly. Accordingly couldn’t manage a fifth lap. The good news is that the ankles was 100% fine :-).
Thursday Rest ankle.
Friday 2 hours bouldering at The Arch. Was pushing and swivelling on my right ankle and taking falls from 1-2m for the first time in ages, but still really scared of exacerbating the injury. In point of fact, it started to flare-up a bit, so I (sensibly for once) stopped climbing. Glad I did as it’s not too bad now. Problems up to V4 (flashed, but sadly soft-touch). V3 x 3
V4 x 1
V5 x 0
Saturday 2.5 hours bouldering at The Arch. Tired after the previous day’s session. Ankle a bit grumbly as well. Problems up to V3. V3 x 4
V4 x 0
V5 x 0
Sunday 20 km MTB ride round Swinley Forest, mostly sticking to the mail paths as the single-track consisted mostly of rutted, then frozen mud. Lovely day nevertheless. No ankle problems either :-). However it did take forever to clean the mud off of the bikes.

 
The simple aim is to sustain this level of training into the next week.
 

Training Summary
Cycling Other Cardio Wall
Sessions (3)
Road: 55 km Running: 0 km V3: 11
MTB: 20 km V4: 3
Total: 75 km V5: 0

 
Progress against Short-term Goals

No outdoor routes this week.
Exceeded my 40 km minimum in the first three days of the week and went on to clock up 75km in total; importantly will no ill-effects.
No running.
No fingerboard sessions, but did get to the wall three times.
No outdoor bouldering.

 
Progress against Medium-term Goals

None.

 

My bike

Posted in General Cycling Post by Peter Thomas on 6 December 2008

I have lots of posts here referring to cycling and so I thought that I would post a photo of my bike.

Focus Lost Lagoon 2007

Focus Lost Lagoon 2007

It is a Focus Lost Lagoon Hybrid, which I initially bought for commuting with the idea that I might do some light off-roading as well. It came with 700c rims, narrow cyclo-cross tyres and a rather less beefy fork; the claim being that it would “handle any terrain” (the original spec was something like 2009’s version). After having little control at MTB centres (and bursting two tyres), I decided that maybe I needed to do something about this. It now has a Rock Shox Reba SL Air Pop-Loc 29er fork. I still use the cyclo-cross tyres it came with for road cycling, but in the image it has rather more serious Maxxis Ignitors. It wasn’t on the stand purely for photographic purposes, but as I was getting it ready (and changing the tyres) for some planned MTBing tomorrow.
 
Addendum 1

And just for contrast, here it is, rather less clean, after said MTBing: –

Rather muddier bikes

Rather muddier bikes


 
Addendum 2

Given the number of people who have posted full specifications of their bikes on the LinkedIn.com Awesome Mountain Biking group, I thought that I had better do so too: –

Fork Rock Shox Reba SL Dual Air with Pushloc (upgraded from original spec.)
Shifting System/Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Shift Lever Shimano Deore Rapid Fire
Chainset Shimano Deore
Bottom Bracket Shimano Splined
Gear Ratio Front: 44/32/22, Rear: 11-32
Handlebar Concept SL Lowriser
Stem Concept SL
Saddle Selle Italia X2
Seat Post Concept SL, 2-bolts
Brakes Magura Julie hydraulic, disc brake
Front Hub Shimano Deore, quick release
Rear Hub Shimano Deore, quick release
Rims Rodi Airliner-I disc
Pedals Shimano M520 clipless (upgraded from original spec.)

 
 

Monthly Cycling Summary (November 2008)

Posted in Monthly Cycling Summary, Weekly Training Diary by Peter Thomas on 1 December 2008

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2008 Cycling Summary (as at Nov)

2008 Cycling Summary (as at Nov)

November cycling was (yet again) curtailed by injury.
 

Week 88 (17th – 23rd November 2008)

Posted in Weekly Training Diary by Peter James Thomas on 22 November 2008

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Did some indoor climbing for the first time in weeks. No problems at all with routes and only minimal ones with bouldering. Also did a longer (for me) cycle with no real repercussions. Overall a reasonably positive week.
 

Training Diary
Day Commentary Stats
Monday Rest ankle.  
Tuesday My right ankle was feeling a lot better for the full lay-off and so I thought that it was worth trying some climbing. The idea of falling or jumping off of boulder problems was not however terribly appealing and so I spent 3 hours at The Westway top roping and easy leading. A couple of twinges, but no sharp pain and no crunching sensation in my ankle, so a positive result. My fingers are stronger from all the fingerboard sessions and I can hang most things, even the chalk-covered horrors I was climbing on. However, I seem to have forgotten how to move between holds (plus maybe being rather conservative with my ankle) and need to get this back. Top-roped up to F6a (flashed) and led up to F5+ (flashed).  
Wednesday Ankle slightly sore after climbing and then more so after a 6.5 km walk. Need to make sure that I don’t rush back into things too quickly I guess.  
Thursday Rest ankle.  
Friday 2 hours bouldering at The Arch. First bouldering session since I decided to give the ankle a total rest. No pain or crunching in the joint, but it did start swelling up after a while, so called it a day early. Still paranoid about falling :-(. I found it really easy to hold small holds (a result of the fingerboard sessions I guess), but harder to move between them (both not fully trusting the ankle and a lack of general climbing conditioning). V3 x 2
V4 x 0
V5 x 0
Saturday 24 km MTB (trail) cycle round Richmond Park – have lost quite a bit of fitness, but it wasn’t too bad. Ankle seemed to survive with just a bit of grumbling.  
Sunday Rest ankle.  

 
More of the same next week, a continued gentle reintroduction to my normal routine and see how the ankle copes with it. So far, so good!
 

Training Summary
Cycling Other Cardio Wall
Sessions (1 bouldering, 1 routes)
Road: 0 km Running: 0 km V3: 2
MTB: 24 km     V4: 0
Total: 24 km     V5: 0

 
Progress against Short-term Goals

No outdoor routes this week.
Didn’t hit the 40 km per week goal, but was nevertheless nice to do 24 km in one outing with no adverse impact on the ankle..
Although I am somewhat warily climbing and cycling, running still seems some way off.
No fingerboard sessions, but got to the wall twice: once routes, once bouldering, again without too bad results anklewise.
No outdoor bouldering this week.

 
Progress against Medium-term Goals

Parked for the present due to the ankle.
   

Monthly Cycling Summary (September 2008)

Posted in Monthly Cycling Summary, Weekly Training Diary by Peter James Thomas on 6 October 2008

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2008 Cycling Summary (as at Sept)

2008 Cycling Summary (as at Sept)

September rather tailed-off. After a reasonable start, my last ride was on 14th September. After this I was both ill for a week and then sprained my right ankle on 21st September, which curtailed any further cycling.