Cycling on ice….

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 20.39.55My Continental Gatorskin and Four Season Grandprix tyres are pretty good but this afternoon I could have done with a bit more grip.

While the temperature have been above freezing today, the frost which remained in the shade hadn’t melted and by the time I got out into the countryside I could feel the back wheel losing grip once or twice.  Put simply, I loathe cycling on ice. Because of that I decided to turn back towards home and take the main A road.  This was disappointing as otherwise cycling conditions were great: only light winds, crisp clean air and brilliant sunshine.

Consoling myself….

Although I only clocked up 11 or 12 miles, at least these were a few more miles “in the bank” and maintained my goal of cycling everyday during the Christmas holiday.  These weren’t wasted.  As a bit of fun I decided to see how I’d fare in one gear only and I think I was fortunate to pick the right gear in the first place.

I also find I tend to tense up on slippery roads, almost as if I’m expecting to fall.  This probably makes things worse and makes me more vulnerable to taking a fall, something I simply must avoid.  Mind you, we have some wet and windy weather forecast for the next couple of days – that’ll probably provide scope for yet more challenges.

At speeds over 20mph I was spinning nicely and that certainly got me warmed up fairly quickly.  On slower inclines, where normally i’d drop one or two gears, I could feel my quad muscles working harder: this is something I need to do in building up my hill climbing capacity.  With the Coast to Coast in mind, I know my training is already far behind.  Robin, Jeremy, Phil  and Josh are streets ahead of me and while it’s not going to be a race, I know I can’t match their pace at all.  I’m hoping I can manage the distance and climbing, never mind the time.

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