How to cycle to the alps (I hope): No5, stay flexible


When changing the latest (of many) puncture on the turbo I noticed that I’ve actually worn ridges in the metal roller that makes contact with the rear tyre

I planned that Tuesday’s 76 miles would be the first of the next 3 day training block so I climbed on the turbo on Wednesday evening to watch the World Cup and clock up another 50km.

It seemed easier than usual – could I have made real progress with the cycling? … No, it was just yet another rear wheel puncture. That, coupled with a total inability on the part of the TV to tune in to the football (another of the delights of rural Oxfordshire) made my mind up pretty quickly – the cycling gods were telling me not to cycle that night.

Interestingly, I managed to change the puncture without tyre levers – I usually manage to get the tyre back on without them but this was the first time I’d removed it with bare hands too. Do I dare attempt the ride to the alps without taking any?

With Thursday being Mrs O’s birthday, there was no cycling then either – apparently, it seems that me celebrating her birthday on the turbo or out on the roads for a few hours was not deemed to be appropriate so it was a really enjoyable day down in sunny Bournemouth.

Happily, I’ve developed an aversion to formal training plans (mainly because of the disappointment when I, inevitably, fail to keep to them) so I just went with the flow and hung up the cycling shoes for a couple of days.

The training hasn’t quite kicked up as I’d planned …

3 day training block Distance Week Distance
1 150km (93m) 1 271km (168m)
2 246km (153m) 2 407km (252m)
3 160km (100 m) 3 319km (198m)
4 249km (155m) 4 Run 21+ m swim & gym
5 205.1km (127m) 5 205.1km (127m)
6 225km (140m) 6 280.5km (174m)
7 123.4km (76.7m) 7 55.5km (34.5m)
8 123.4km (76.7m)

2 thoughts on “How to cycle to the alps (I hope): No5, stay flexible

    1. The Omil Post author

      Wouldn’t for a moment deny the wisdom of what you say, Andy. Managed to get out with some friends for a hilly 50 miles on Monday and I’m leading the club slower ride on Saturday, with the idea of tacking on some more miles to that.



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