C2C training week 16 – another Welsh energy drain

After not managing to ride all the way to Cardiff a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d have another go for this weekend’s long ride. I had to give up the first attempt at Newport, due to exhaustion of my both own energy and remaining hours of the day. This time, the ride went better, making me much more confident about the Coast to Coast unicycle challenge, but a different kind of energy problem meant that I had to stop at Newport again.

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C2C training week 15 – Lemurs in Devon and another Bastard Hills attempt

I went on holiday with my family in Devon this week, and I naturally took my unicycle with me, so I could keep up with the training for the Coast to Coast unicycle challenge. When I got back, I had another go at riding the Bastard Hills of North Bristol route without dismounting, which I failed yet again. Oh, and I rode to Bath and back, just for fun.
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C2C training week 14 – A big ride to Wales

I picked up a lot of bumf last week, at Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride and the Bike and Walk to Work Breakfast, including a Sustrans map of South Gloucestershire. Before looking at this map, I hadn’t realised just how close the Severn Bridge is to where I live, so I was suddenly struck by a strange thought: “For this weekend’s training ride for the Coast to Coast unicycle challenge ride, why don’t I try riding to Cardiff?”

This way to see the idea fleshed out

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New look for the blog

I’ve finally got round to picking a suitable theme for the blog. Out with the depressing black, and in with something much brighter. I’ve also added a custom header image to promote the Coast to Coast unicycle challenge ride rather more strongly. This theme also shows the tagline I set up when I created the blog (it’s at the top-right of the page), which the previous theme never revealed.

Hope you like it!

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C2C training weeks 12&13 – Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride, twice

After a week off to recover from the knee damage caused by riding up too many steep hills, I got back into my stride again in the next week. I was interviewed on Radio Bristol, I found a nice new commuting route for those days when I’m slightly short of time, and I rode in Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride, continuing my year-by-year progression up through the ride lengths. The second week was even more intense, though no interviews this time.

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C2C training weeks 10&11 – Breakthroughs and setbacks

The last fortnight has seen mixed fortunes in my training for August’s Coast to Coast challenge ride. I managed my longest week’s distance so far in the first half, including some good hill climbing practice, I more or lesss solved my saddle problems, and I finally got some more concrete details about the route we’ll be riding in August. However, I hardly rode at all in the last week, since injuring myself on Monday. Next week starts off with an interview on Radio Bristol, so hopefully I’ll be back on the wheel then.

This way for the rise and fall

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C2C training week 9 – Saddled with doubt

If I’m going to survive the Coast to Coast ride, at 30-odd miles a day for 5 or 6 days, I’m definitely going to need a comfortable saddle. The saddle I have been using is OK for about 30-40 minutes, after which the pressure starts getting to me, and I pretty much have to stop for a break after an hour or so. I’ve heard good things about the Fusion Freeride saddle from a number of unicycle riders, so I decided to get one. This week’s training was all about trying to make it live up to the promise.

No pain, no gain, in the pursuit of less pain

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Finally, the Bastard Hills of North Bristol ride report

The Bastard Hills of North Bristol was on the 23rd of May, but it’s taken me ages to write it up, due to time constraints and general slackness. For a change, I managed to leave the house on time, and I was only beaten to the meeting place by one other attendee. People arrived in dribs and drabs, and by the time we set off, about 20 minutes late, there were about 15-20 riders, but as expected, I was the only one with only one wheel; everyone else took the easy way out by riding bikes. A couple of near exceptions to this: Danny, who is also on the Severn Wheelers unicycle hockey team, was riding a recumbent bike, and a couple of people (including one of the organisers) were riding single speed bikes.

Plenty of bastards this way

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C2C training week 8 – Final Bastard Hills training

This week’s training for the Coast to Coast ride was mainly focussed on hill climbing, in preparation for the Bastard Hills of North Bristol ride on the Sunday. I’m sure there’ll be some big hills on the ride in August though, so it should help for that, too. I’m posting this almost a week late, because I still haven’t finished writing up the Bastard Hills ride, which was originally part of this post, but it’s getting long enough now that I’ll post it separately later.

Up and down, up and down

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C2C training week 7 – long days, and steep too

I only rode on 5 days this week, but managed an average of nearly 14 miles per day; not bad for just one wheel. My normal commute is about 5 miles per day, but the C2C ride will be about 30 miles per day, so maintaining this level of endurance might be just about enough. I also had some mixed success while attempting to climb Europe’s steepest street.

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