So, I managed to go out for a ride. Drumlanrig Castle grounds. Aim: 4 laps of red route. Well, I have done it before, its mostly swoopy, technical singletrack through trees - right up my street - but not too much climbing. I figured this was do-able. Around 80km I think.
However: stomach cramps; weak legs; a bonk; stopping every now and again to tighten things I replaced the other day; all led to 2.5 laps.
This sounds a trifle poor doesn't it? But, the red route has been extended with several 'eight ball' sections of more 'extreme' riding. Mostly harsh cornering short steeps, inbetween trees. Up and down. All good, but time consuming and definitely a 'grunt' of effort rather than spinning smoothly for a distance. So I'm not too disappointed.
Mostly, it was interesting. I have *no* glycogen stores in my muscles. Its incredible. I have to eat constantly to keep riding anywhere from an inch over 10km, otherwise I bonk. I have very little absolute power. No muscling up climbs, or forcing through bad line choices. All very interesting. I also have very little ability to deal with the cold. It was hovering around freezing point today, and I needed ear warmer, 2 thick wool tops and a gilet, and wool socks. If I had had my druthers, I would also have been wearing my foot covers. In the past I have never worn more than a thin + a thick wool top and gilet. Sounds trivial but it is a real difference.
So what am I getting at? welp: there is a long way to go until fitness. I'm not sure whether it is my usual let-things-slide over Christmas habit, or my continued downtime due to holiday, or mental attitude. Needless to say, I need to turn it around soon.
Otherwise: the bike worked sweet, as ever. The tyre swap to 2.1" rubber afforded a considerable increase in safety margins for hitting rocks. The turning is slower, but I'm adapting rapidly. I am also into my second season on a Selle San Marco saddle. Apart from a tendency to catch the crotch of the cycling shorts in 'off the back' situations, it is very comfortable and durable. The lorica covers combined with the tubular ti rails is a winner.
Ok: off to bed early. I'm pretty wiped out...But ill leave with one last comment. Anejo tequila is aged for around 2-3 years, when compared with reposado at 1 year and gold and silver / months and 'not' respectively. 100% agave is the concentration of blue agave succulent plant (they are very beautiful: we drove past a crop-field in Mexico) as opposed to the combo of fructose/cane sugar syrup and agave in mezcal.
Ok for now.