Friday, 17 August 2012

Lakes trip is ON!

This afternoon I spent my time cleaning and preparing my bike for the trip. De-greasing the drive train, sorting out the kink in the chain ring and fixing a punctured inner tube (shard of green glass).

It was raining so it felt a bit rushed out in the yard, but I also managed to get some air out of the rear brake line so now it feels a bit more solid and not like I'm squeezing a sponge.

The plan has changed slightly - still the same route and an overnight stay, only now we're staying in Eskdale Youth Hostel which makes our first foray into adventure biking that bit easier. I'll be honest, I'm a bit disappointed we're not camping or staying in a pod as I won't get to try out the cool new lightweight equipment I bought, but it is the first time we've done this so the weight saving is a bonus. I'll talk more about my kit in a future post.

The lack of sleeping equipment means I can take my 20 litre pack instead of the hiking specific 35 litre one I was going to use. I use Springpad quite extensively and for this trip I have a few things noted. This link will show you what I'm taking on this trip. Obviously, Sam has other things like the JetBoil, first aid kit and map, but we'll share them tomorrow (I'll take the first aid kit and the Wayfarer meals he got for us). And again, in a future post, I'll talk about how Springpad is useful for my biking plans.

I'll report back after the weekend and update you all on how it went. But for now, wish us luck!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

A very quick update

It's been a while since I've posted so here's what's going on (briefly):

  • Still persevering with heart rate training on my commutes
  • Have included some additional work outs with EA Sports Active 2 on my PS3. I'm doing a 9 week program and I'm onto the 10th session so far.
  • The weekend riding in the Lakes is scheduled to take place this weekend!
  • I've got some maintenance to perform on my bike before then; puncture, clean, lube, slightly bent middle chain ring.
Hopefully tonight I can make a more detailed post.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Cardiac arrest?!

On Monday's commute home I was having some trouble with my on-going attempts in heart rate training.
My heart rate constantly shot up to 229bpm, despite me barely pedalling. The strap was moist, in the right place and I'd restarted the thing 2 or 3 times. At one point, if I believed the HRM 100%, I should be dead. Up went my heart rate to 229, sat there for a bit beeping crazily at me then just dropped to 0. Not gradually decreasing, just 229 -> 0bpm, like my heart had exploded (it hadn't). In the end I just gave up and copied the morning's result for the evening as it felt about the same. Not precise I know, but hey.

I'd cleaned the back of the strap in the morning after the commute in so after returning home, I cleaned it again with a wet wipe and everything is OK now. I guess there was some kind of film/residue on the sensors.
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