Training for the Granfondo Weeks 9 through 12

Realize it has been a while since I updated this blog. My training had been going pretty well until a couple of weeks a go. I joined a FirstFondo clinic group ride up Cypress Mountain on August 11th. The weather was mixed with some light rain and dry periods. Made it up Cypress in my fastest time to date – Zone 3 all the way. Got back down to the highway and then exited on 22nd Street in West Vancouver. The rain picked up. I made a sharp turn to the right soon after taking off form the stop sign. As this is a steep downhill (15%) I must have had the brakes pulled too hard. Next thing, I did a 180 fishtail and ended up on the asphalt on my right thigh around the hip. That hurt!. I was able to get up and continue riding. Made it the next 15km home in the rain. However, my thigh had some swelling, and my muscles have been out of kilter since then. I have been on two 30 km rides since, but things are far from normal. This was my first serious crash, but all in all not too bad, as nothing broke, no hospital visit. The bike seems fine, as it landed on top of me, but thanks to the lightweight frame didn’t do any damage to me or to itself, except for some scratches on the seat.

I am taking the bike in for a tuneup this week, and am replacing the Vitorria Rubino Pro slicks that came with the bike, with a 25mm Continental that has more traction and better water dispersion. I am also looking at learning more wet weather braking skills as this is definitely a weakness for me.

Right now I am not sure if I will do the ride as I am still in some discomfort and haven’t trained nearly enough for the long distance. I may switch to the medio which is 55km and assuming I am not in pain, should be quite manageable given my training that I have done to date.

I am doing physio for my leg and seeing my acupuncturist to see if I can relieve the tension in the muscles before the end of next week.

Will have to see what happens.


About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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