I REALLY hate TTs

16 07 2009

So im crap at time trialling! i know this! I knew it when in my first few weeks of riding a bike i got 30mins for 10miles. I was pretty happy and some people said i did well for only being on a racing bike for 4 weeks. Being the last man on the road in that TT that day i dont think the ambulance drivers were too happy slowly tipping along behind me!

Well the other day i had a go at my season goal of sub 24 mins. Pathetic i know but when the fastest time at the end of last season after my first season racing was only 20seconds under the 30min mark despite a years training i was gutted! In the UCD TT at the start of the season i shattered that time by almost 2 mins down to 28:05. Sad time still i know!

Then when i bought a dodgy second hand TT bike with no headset i managed to knock another 2 mins off down to 26:09.

how the good lads do it!

how the good lads do it!

There were lads racing who were walking their dogs before it so the field was mixed and the course was lump on the N11. I hadnt been on the TT bike in 4 months and only been on it 3 times ever i think so it was uncomfortable to say the least! On the Tuesday i avg 315 watts for 20mins but due to the bike i could only hold 260 and it was a struggle with avg hr 176!!!

luckily i did break my time by 2 mins again! so its now 24:09. shocking i know! but progress indeed!

Going to get on the bike a few times and try woodgreen soon and see if i can beat my 24min mark this season!

WHAT A FRED

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Club championships last night

3 07 2009

A good night followed a terrible morning of rain and general dullness. The club championships were a funny affair with riders racing against their teammates not the other riders so with only 4 UCD riders racing it was a strange experience.

A split went on a whopper of a climb and me and anto were at the front of it and Skipper and Ben at the end of it sadly.

During the race anto did many attacks to try and cross the line first in a group of about 20 riders mostly from Lucan with some Usher and orwell in there too. As expected it came down to a sprint and anto came strong at the end with coming about 5th and half a wheel ahead of me. Well deserved and id feel guilty if i had of nipped him.

Looking at the power file from the race my sprint went up to 9oo+ watts for 5 secs then down to 400 when i got stuck behind a lucan rider then back up again so that was frustrating. Il race Saturday and see how it goes but im fairly goosed at present! A nice rest should do the trick!

The skipper cam flying in well up the front of the main group out sprinting many of them with Ben following close behind. A good day out and another 100km+ day.

More details on France training to follow…

Anto, no doubt, resting up before and after the event. What a Pro

Anto, no doubt, resting up before and after the event. What a Pro





Im back, and alive too…

2 07 2009

Well i survived 8 days in France. Just getting back into the swing of things and of course it was lashing today back on bike.

Il go through some of the great videos and pictures i got in the alps.

We did a great video series on Colin doing the Marmotte.

Lets see how the training went when i do the club championships tonight.

Conquered the alp and a cheesy pic!

Conquered the alp and a cheesy pic!

Colin before the Marmotte. (didnt look like this afterwards!)

Colin before the Marmotte. (didnt look like this afterwards!)





on the way to Alps

22 06 2009

More info and pics when i get them!!! lets hope we survive!

My First bike at bottom of alpe D'heuz 2007

My First bike at bottom of alpe D'heuz 2007





talented family!

15 06 2009

Have  a read of this

http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=36562

His future looks bright. Gorey wasnt the last title for him

The winner of Gorey will go far!!!

Details on sundays meath GP to follow.

Still recovering from it!





The transport of the future

6 06 2009

 

Ushers Mobile changing room

Ushers Mobile changing room

One bright spot of the day was the van parked beside us with fitted leather couch, bottle holders, Carpet, bikerack etc etc…

The Usher lads are lucky with this purpose built pimp my bike wagon.

I would have got dropped even faster if i knew i had this to come back to!

Wheres the female masseuse?