I’ve been out for a couple of rides in the last week – at the weekend I did a few Strava segments, one a ‘TT’, one a longish flat segment and one a short steep hill. The aim was to see how far away from my peak I am, and the news is not too bad – one the TT segment (6.1km) I was 40s off my best, albeit with an unhelpful strong headwind in one direction, and the other two segments were a few seconds off. My legs are feeling better than they have done since my century in May and hopefully will continue to improve.
The TDF is all ready to go now (headset has been replaced, I’ll post about this in the future) and so I’m planning to go back to basics and do some base training and hopefully next year will be a bit more successful!
I’ve not been out for a proper ride for over a week now for several reasons (tiredness, lack of time, lack of motivation) – the one good thing is that my legs feel a lot better than they have for quite a while. They’re still not perfect but the tightness and soreness is reduced, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back on it properly soon.
I’ve been sorting out my winter bike as I’ll no doubt need it again soon. The handlebars were not turning easily unless GT85 was liberally sprayed into the headset, so I’ve taken it all apart. It’s taken me a long time to figure out how to do so (there is very little information specific to the Carrera TDF online) but I’ve finally got the headset off and will order a replacement once I’ve measured things up. I’ll write a full entry about this later which will hopefully help anyone else trying to sort out the headset on their TDF!