Do The Hip Hop, The Hip Hip Hop.

4 06 2011

Ouch !

Last Friday I hit 43.3 Mph, Monday I managed 41 Mph, Tuesday 39 Mph , Wednesday 37 Mph but……….by that time i’d “Damaged” my hip.

I was pushing myself so damn hard that I was in agony when walking, I could sit down, I could sleep, my hip has been an issue ever since the van driver mowed me down 11 months ago, I though I had gotten over it, maybe no.

So my PB for a sprint will now probably  forever stay at 43.3 Mph, I am happy with that, who, 2 years ago would have thought I would have been able to do that ? but still, I do like to push myself to breaking point, maybe I will ease up on the TT style commuting next week and see if it gets a little stronger.

I am proof that what my shirt says is correct

Leopard Trek Baby:

This week, with the weather starting to look like summer, I donned my Leopard Trek kit for the first time, now, normally I go for outlandish kits, but I got this because of Wouter and because Leopard have some awesome riders, at first I thought it would be a little “Boring” for me, but the truth of the matter is that its actually bloody classy AND I averaged 18.5 Mph when I was wearing it BONUS !

New SS Time:

I needed to move on my SS roadie for many reasons, however, ever since I did, I have REALLY missed having one, so this week I purchased a Dawes Civic frame and forks and will turn it into my SS Commuter by the end of the summer

Dawes Civic BEFORE SS'ing

Carbon Vs Alu:

Bcause Royal Mail lost my front Mech, I was forced to take the Carbon bike off sale, its the best thing I have ever done, the latter part of this week I have been on the Caad9, regarded as one of the best Alu bikes out there and its good, yes, but its not a patch on my “Cheap Carbon” the Cadd9 has more explosive speed but its not even close when it comes to consistence pace mile after mile, in that department the Carbon is MILES in front, my Carbon bike took me  a while to get used to, SRAM Groupo, different Geometry and a 53/11 set up, but now I am, I dont even want to be riding the Caad 9 any more ! that’s how good carbon is, even the “Cheap” stuff !

cannondale CAAD9 2010 - Good bike BUT Not a patch on Carbon !

Muscle Man Roadie:

Let me take you back, to the very first time I rode all the way to work, after a few miles, I was taking a rest on a bridge,

Here was where I was resting

As I was taking a rest, an “old boy” on a road bike, SHOT past.

I thought, wow, I wish I could be like that dude and nicknamed him “Muscle Man Roadie” for reasons I dont need to explane.

I have managed to eclipse him on the road a few times in the mornings these days but it being in the mornings, I have never had the time, to slow down and talk to him (I normally just shout “Morning” as I pass)

That changed on Friday evening , for on the way home I spotted him up ahead, I caught him and rode back the last 3 miles with him, we chatted, he was full of admiration for me and admitted that on the first day when he’s seen me on the bridge, he thought I was dying and he even said to himself ” he wont carry on riding” well I did, he saw me on TV and told his wife, the people he works with, pretty much everyone by the sounds of it.

As we parted I said “I wish I can look as good as you, if I make it to your age”  (he is 63, he told me, hope he doesnt mind me saying that) it was said in a purely respectful way, Muscle Man Roadie is full of admiration for me, but I am the same for him, 2 commuters with 2 reasons to be proud, riding in unison, next time, I must ask his name 🙂




4 responses

4 06 2011

Gaz, seriously… please…

Take a break. Get your hip checked out.

Cyclists can ride with bad knees, bad legs, bad feet, but hips – that is the one thing that can park a cyclist.

Someday you want to be the 63-yr-old having the young lad roll up on you telling you he hopes to look as good.

You don’t want to be forced off the bike three years from now because you pushed yourself too hard.

Life is not a sprint, it’s a stage race. 🙂

(by the way, today I do the 100 MON. Check out my blog)

7 06 2011

Fair comment

I took Saturday off

on Sunday I rode 6 miles at a 7mph average ( and 12 miles at 110% effort)

So we’ll say I have taken your advice 🙂

7 06 2011

Have you ever gotten a professional fitting?

I was talking to my brother about your plight and he said hip issues can often grow out of improperly fitted bikes.

Just wondering.

11 06 2011

Good shout


I know my hip issues are all down to having 550+ Pounds on it in the past.

It happens every 6 months or so, lasts a few days and then its gone

It was all cleared up by Monday (Ish)

Awesome job on the 100 MONW btw

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