‘Allo ‘Allo

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Got an invitation from my ‘Rider Friend’ Monsieur Girard to join a singles club in France. I am planning to attempt the three assents of Le “Geant de Provance” on July 2nd 2013 five days before le etape.

It will be difficult but I am already considering trying to become the first Irish Galeriens by doing a fourth assent by MTB. If I succeed I will actually be the second Irish Galeriens as my friend Hugh is doing the Galeriens the same day and will undoubtedly finish some time ahead of me.

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Tour de Conemara

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Wet, wet, wet …

This was a tough day on the bike. Rain started just as I pulled my car in at Clifden. The rain continued all day. Making the cycling difficult.

The road was wet and greasy as we snaked our way out of Clifden. I intended to go off fast but met an old friend and spent the first two hours sitting in and chatting. I reckoned I need my energy later and I was right.

I went well but was never able to get my heart rate up.. I reckon this is because of the intensity of training recently. I finished strongly, particularly on the climbs. I pushed to the limited but was restricted by pain in my legs rather than my cardiovascular capacity maxing out. I was faster than most but there were a few groups I just could not stay with.

Looking at my schedule I reckon I’m going to have to plan carefully to make sure I taper my training down as Dartmoor arrives

Tour de Conemara

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Staying in Galway tonight. Travelling out to Clifden in the morning for the Tour de Conemara.

Many years ago my Grandfather made the same journey to the Mart in Clifden. After a Six hour drive in a van with cattle they arrived at the edge of Clifden.  They came upon a red headed woman walking the side of the road . Reading this as a bad omen he immediately turned the van around and drove the six hours back to Galway.

Lucky Number

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My favorite time of the year. My entry for the Wicklow 200 arrived and the summer season of Sportives is upon us.

This weekend is my last ‘free’weekend before the Etape in July. Hoping to get the balance between intensity and distance correct. First dilemma is this weekend.  Hilly 150km at tempo pace or intensive hill repeats. Will think about it tonight ….

Hail to the King

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19:30 on aTuesday,  sitting in my car in Ardpatprick hiding from a hailstorm. I about to do my Hill repeats on the Lacka.

I was proud of myself for hauling my ass out here after a hard day at work. I got out of my warm car into the rain and began to put my bike together and get change when suddenly the rain turned to hail. Hall in May! ?

Ah well, here we go …