There was a thread on SingleTrackWorld this week about mud, and how much people hated it. Given where most people on that forum live, I can’t help thinking that those that professed to hate mud have chosen the wrong sport. For sure, nice dry dusty trails are great fun when we get them, but in the UK, that’s only for a few months of the year at best…if you live in Wales or Scotland, you’ll probably not be familiar with the concept anyway!!
Let’s face it, unless you’re only going to ride in the summer, you’ve got to learn to live with mud (maybe “enjoy” is too strong), and learn how to clean mud out of every possible nook and cranny..on your bike and you…yuck.
As you can see, our 45km on the South Downs on Saturday was a tad muddy…it turned into a bit of a slog for 3:45 mins. For some strange reason I enjoyed it much more than Mark or Jez…must be my turn to have a bad day next time we go out!!
I did 50km on the road today to finish off my 2 hard weeks, and finish off February’s training. Happy to say that I’ve done more than my target….31 hrs vs 29 targeted. And I’ve felt pretty good during this last two weeks – even the dreaded double turbo* on Wednesday was OK…I wasn’t sick afterwards, and could still walk up the stairs!! 5 months training to go…..
*my double turbo is the CTS Climbing 1 & 2 sessions, back to back….only stopping to change disks and inhale some energy gel…try it…it’s fun..kinda