FH Fitness Thread

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by ECA, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. ECA

    ECA I am a FH squatter

    Just bashed out a quick john o groats to lands end.
    That was fun.
     
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  2. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Cool!

    How long it take you? Pics? Loads more detail please! :)
     
  3. Job

    Job TWAT and FH Object of Ridicule

    Holy...the missus wants to do it.

    I want to do groats to lands end , so we can end up on the piss in Newquay.

    Was that the reason..or just groats looks so depressing to end such an epic ride
     
  4. ECA

    ECA I am a FH squatter

    It's way better to finish in cornwall where you can then bugger off to a bunch of different nice places for a day or two than to end in john o groats where there is one cafe and a chippy and fuck all for miles, and you'd immediately want to get home to escape the bleakness up there.

    The downside is, using mywindsock.com and summing up every day we rode an extra 218 miles of effort due to doing almost every day into significantly more headwind than tailwind.

    It's also probably easier than you think, if you can do two back to back 60-70 mile rides at your normal pace then you can drop that pace down, eat a bit more and do longer days without the stress you'll find it surprisingly doable even if you think you're not ready.
     
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  5. Job

    Job TWAT and FH Object of Ridicule

    If you search a lot of sites says its a myth and you can have headwinds going either way on a very local scale and its mostly luck.
    More important is not finishing in bleaksville.
     
  6. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    C'mon @ECA. More details - full writeup.

    Want to know how many of you. What type of bikes. What you carried. Did you camp or bnb. Where did you stop etc. etc.?
     
  7. ECA

    ECA I am a FH squatter

    So - 4 of us, myself, @Taglim, another 2 friends. Road bikes ( obv - we're not retarded ), went super light - I started off with -

    2 short sleeve jerseys, one long, bib tights, arm warmers, leg warmers, light jacket, waterproof jacket, I only took MTB shoes so I didn't have to carry any - everyone else took bike shoes+shoes.
    Once we got a few days in we all sent stuff home ( and the colder days were out of the way ) - I ditched the lighter jacket ( would've kept a gilet tbh ), and the extra jersey+long jersey+bib tight as the forecast wasn't gonna be cold enough to need anything more than the arm/leg warmers after that.

    We mostly B&Bd , no camping ( honestly madmen ).
    I'm editing up my strava so it has all the stops in the descriptions of the days or I'd post a bit more.

    Best bits imo - coastal roads in Scotland on the A9 were incredible, when we dipped into Wales and road through some of the forests/valleys, and riding into and away from glasgow ( saw some deer on the ncr approaching glasgow and the scenery leaving is pretty great as well ).

    Worst bits - any section where you go through or past a major city, the B7076 which was the main road before the A74 and M6 - no potholes/etc but the road surface was so poor it was hand numbness for everyone - also there's not a lot of the way in food stops around there - all the small towns/cafes got decimated by service stations.

    A82 in scotland was terrible - just homicidal tourists leaving loch ness and driving like complete cocktards, but the cycle routes off it are mostly dirt walking tracks so it's really the only option if it's in your route.
     
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  8. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Awesome m8. Good info too - will keep that in mind.

    Pics? :)
     
  9. Gumbo

    Gumbo FH is my second home

    And yet you want to go to Newquay? Have you been it's like someone took a shit on a shithole, then sprinkled shit on top. Think Great Yarmouth only shitter...

    Travel a mile outside of Newquay and it's lovely, but the centre is a chav filled shithole. (Did I say it's shit?)
     
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  10. Gumbo

    Gumbo FH is my second home

    And awesome thing ECA. I'd love to do an adventure like that some day. Would love to read more, see pics too.
     
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  11. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Problem is, Fistral's great.
     
  12. Gumbo

    Gumbo FH is my second home

    Other halves sister used to have a hotel on that run to the left of Fistral looking out to sea, they sold that up and bought a house just above Lusty Glaze beach.Everything from those extremes outwards is beautiful, everything inside is ugh. Far nicer places to unwind at that end of the country at the end of an adventure.
     

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