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Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 8:59am
I have never ridden with 'Audax' riders except when i have ridden the events or been somewhere such as Birthday Rides where i was riding with other riders who just happened to ride audax as well as their usual club rides.
My CTC group had no one interested in riding Audax. I went off by myself to ride a late season 200 and following season an early 200, to get the feel of the events.
The next year i was ready and determined to qualify for PBP (and ride it). I rode a 200 in the spring and wondered how i would complete a 300. I completed a 300 and wondered how i would complete a 400. I completed a 400 and wondered how i would complete a 600..... you get the idea.
Qualified, entered and completed PBP.
As long as you are doing decent steady rides and build up some extra miles over the coming months you will be fine. Mostly it is in the head. You will have good spells and bad spells on the rides, you will ride thru the bad spells and it will be good again. Other riders around you will have good and bad spells probably not at the same as you.

For longer rides never think of the whole distance (you will though) try to think of it as ride to the next control, then to the next control......

Re: Good road US road sign

11 December 2014 - 8:58am
Audax67 wrote:The bike needs a glove box to keep the .38 in.
I would suggest openly carried in a hip holster would be more effective and dude a .38? seriously? Berretta 92F surely.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

11 December 2014 - 8:50am
If you are that ill then use the car, in fact i would suggest should you be going out and spreading your germs elsewhere??????
Can you shop online for once?
If you have to go out then use the car, you will mess up and delay your recovery.
Goodness i have had much longer spells off the bike due to either illness or injury..... except on some of those occasions i could not even use a vehicle (unable to drive due to limb breakages).

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

11 December 2014 - 8:39am
Our local main branch of Tesco has a set of three Oxford stands. Quite often when I roll up they are full or nearly full and I end up locking my bike to the fence of the nearby trolley parking bay. Now I have the Bakfiets long John I don't think I can put it anywhere else. The stands are also helpfully sited right out side the fire exits - meaning you can rescue your precious steed from the ensuing inferno on your way out

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

11 December 2014 - 8:25am
The fat commuter wrote:Three or four years back I had what I thought was a bad cold. Looked on the NHS website which stated that if a cold was taking longer than three weeks to clear then a visit to the doctor was in order. Thing being was I looked OK, just didn't feel right. After the three weeks I went to the Doctors' where the doc looked at my ears (bit pink but nothing to worry about), throat - similar diagnosis, temp - ever so slightly up but no fever. I felt as though I was wasting her time. Anyhow, she listened to my chest and said that she was shocked that I'd managed to walk to the surgery - severe chest infection/pneumonia. Not quite bad enough to hospitalise me - but close. Anyway, she said that if you're ill, you need to rest. In my case, I was signed off work. In your case, take it easy. The bike will be still there when you're back to fitness.

Ah the old "cyclist" syndrome*, where doctors are confused by how limited your symptoms are given the extent of disease...
My GE is always surprised... (another Crohn's man, although he relabelled it indeterminate UC again last time)

Tony: If you're not up to riding to the shops, and back, then don't. It's not worth aggravating your immune system more than it already is...


*May apply to other active people as well

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

11 December 2014 - 5:46am
Nah, anything chesty then you really shouldn't be doing anything too aerobic. I was always advised that doing so will take any infection deep into the lungs. That may be total bull' mind, but it's what I choose to believe.

Three or four years back I had what I thought was a bad cold. Looked on the NHS website which stated that if a cold was taking longer than three weeks to clear then a visit to the doctor was in order. Thing being was I looked OK, just didn't feel right. After the three weeks I went to the Doctors' where the doc looked at my ears (bit pink but nothing to worry about), throat - similar diagnosis, temp - ever so slightly up but no fever. I felt as though I was wasting her time. Anyhow, she listened to my chest and said that she was shocked that I'd managed to walk to the surgery - severe chest infection/pneumonia. Not quite bad enough to hospitalise me - but close. Anyway, she said that if you're ill, you need to rest. In my case, I was signed off work. In your case, take it easy. The bike will be still there when you're back to fitness.

I do know what you mean about having to use the car over the bike. I virtually always cycle into work. Tomorrow night I'm working at another site - it's only about ten miles away but it's an awful route, I've no idea if there's a cycle shed or showers, etc. I've decided to use the car instead but I'd much prefer to cycle.

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