Annoying Things…

So i’ve decided to start this section of my blog as somewhere to rant about what i see in the world around me as silly, ridiculous, and even, downright annoying.

There’s only so much a sane person can take, and i really don’t think it’s good to keep it all bottled up, so here i shall rant and spew forth my vitriol upon the world around me.

Every blog needs a rant section. LOL

Rouvy – 2018 ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Men Road Race…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘2018 ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Men Road Race’ route…

So after 2 days of HIIT sessions i was still feeling great and seeing as i had just under 2400Kj to burn to complete the latest Rouvy challenge (more on that in 10 days when the challenge actually ends) i decided i’d ride this and get the challenge finished early. To be honest i wasn’t too sure if my legs would hold out after the 2 previous day’s HIIT sessions so it was more a case of just starting it and seeing where my legs would last too – and they managed to last the whole route.

This was without a doubt a fair bit of ‘suffering’. So if you’re looking for a fair bit of suffering on your turbo trainer then look no further than this route on Rouvy.

I’m now really looking forward to seeing how fast the pro riders manage it in the World’s this year. After looking over at the website it says that the Elite Men’s race has to go around the short lap 7 times (that’s the second climb from the end on the picture above) before attacking that final climb. That penultimate climb is about 1500 feet each time around so it’s gonna be a well nasty course for them – there won’t be any big sprinters taking this race on. All the other road races at the World’s do a differing amount of times of that penultimate climb (from once for juniors up to 4 times for the Men’s Under 23) but only the Elite Men’s have that final climb after doing 7 time up and down that penultimate climb.

I’m writing this after just 5 hour’s sleep as i decided to get up and refuel before going back to bed in order to give my body a big boost of fresh nutrients to help with the recovery as my body will easily have used up all the nutrients i ate 6 hours ago. There’s a lot of different schools of thought on nutrition of fuelling and i have mine, and mine is definitely working wonderfully for me. So while my legs are extremely tired now as i write this, i’m sure that once i go back to bed with a new supply of nutrition in my blood stream my legs will feel a lot better in another 5 hours. Not that i’m going to do any training whatsoever today – total day off the legs after this one regardless, i feel i’ve certainly earned a day off this time.

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Rouvy – Riessersee…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Riessersee’ route…

Another lovely ride through the Bavarian countryside, this one more on the gravel side which makes a lovely change from the roads (not that you feel any difference on the turbo).

I’m not too far off that pesky KOM which i could probably get if i took a few days off my training plan and totally went for it – but i’m not gonna do that just for a KOM. This was set on the second day of my weekly HIIT stuff which is immediately after the first day – i like to wring everything out like that, no rest days in between my HIIT sessions, rest days are for pussies. LOL

First HIIT day is 6 and 2 while second day i turn up the power but only do 3 and 2 which overall comes out at slightly lower watts as i’m at that higher power for a lot less time (hope i’m making sense?). I only just started playing around with this 2 day HIIT thing while i can’t run due to foot injury and it’s going really well so i’m sticking with until i go back to running in a few weeks as the day i’m using for the second HIIT session is normally one of my run days which, oddly enough, i was slowly building into a run HIIT session when i injured my foot.

Anyways, i’ll definitely be coming back to this route in the future as it’s a lovely route and my watts will have gone up some more so it’ll be interesting to see how much closer i can get to that KOM. All good stuff! 😀

#loverouvy #gettingfitter

Rouvy – Palmanova to Palma de Mallorca…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Palmanova to Palma de Mallorca’ route…

While there’s not much to be said for the elevation sync on this route, it is still very much an enjoyable ride for whenever you have an hour to blast out some watts on the peddles. I did originally have the KOM then lost it twice and got it back yesterday. So well happy with that – until someone comes along and takes it away again. All good fun though and keeps me motivated and training hard.

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Rouvy – Oberschwaben-Unterland…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Oberschwaben-Unterland’ route…

Another beautiful sunny ride through the rolling roads of the Bavarian countryside. Definitely coming back to this at higher power as i was on a fairly easy ride day when i did this.

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After Alice (book review)…

After Alice by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading other reviews one has to agree that Gregory has a penchant for using words that are far too big and little used. But then i think one is maybe missing the point…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were very much books of the Victorian age and Gregory’s writing in his spin offs from both simply tends to keep with the language of that age and the words used – he is, after all, a Victorian spin off specialist so why be surprised at the Victorian use of words in his writing? I would definitely say that all the words i had to quickly look up on my Kindle were Victorian throw backs and to be quite honest they didn’t detract from Ada’s story at all for me. If anything, they brought a genuineness to Ada’s story in the they kept with the upper middle class Victorian world in which this is set.

And i also find it nice to learn a few new (old and forgotten) words to baffle people with. Pompous as accused by curmudgeons or simply having fun with language?

There are certainly worse writers out there for using overblown language, and they have no excuse at all for doing so as they are writing contemporary fiction, not Victorian spin offs.

If you can’t be bothered with a little, Victorian style language then maybe this book isn’t for you. But if you can just accept it’s there for a valid reason and deal with it accordingly and enjoy expanding your vocabulary a little along the way then you’re in for a good yarn.

I read this immediately after reading the original 4 books on Wonderland and i felt it flowed really well from those.

Although, unlike the original Alice books this book is certainly not for young children. It’s definitely aimed at a more mature audience – those who enjoyed Alice in their childhood who would like to revisit Wonderland as late teens and adults perhaps.

The story does end with several loose ends, which i hope means Gregory will be coming back to Wonderland in the future to finish these loose ends off.

I for one enjoy Gregory’s writing and will always be a fan of his books.

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Rouvy – Oberallgäu…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Oberallgäu’ route…

A beautiful sunny ride through the rolling roads of the Bavarian countryside. I really like this route. It’s quite surprising that more people on Rouvy don’t ride the Bavarian routes, but at least it makes me look good on Strava – at least for now.

#loverouvy #gettingfitter

Rouvy – Haleakala…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Haleakala’ route…

In order to get my Rouvy Legend level award, i had this route left to ride and 2 challenges to complete. And this route fitted in really nicely with the first of those 2 challenges which is to burn 14,400 kJ in 4 weeks riding. Over 2,000 kJ were burned on this endeavour alone, so well on my way to completing the challenge as well.

It’s certainly an awesome climb, and if i ever get to do Kona i’ll make sure to do the real Haleakala while i’m on the islands.

#loverouvy #gettingfitter

The Hunting of the Snark an Agony, in Eight Fits (book review)…

The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last of the 4 books in the Alice series. Although it’s not actually about Alice, it’s simply a poem about hunting Snarks, but it’s well worth reading if you’ve just read Wonderland and Looking-Glass.

I would have given this 5 stars as it’s a great poem, but the layout on this version leaves a lot to be desired. But it is a free version so shouldn’t really complain.

Would recommend paying a few pence for a version with a better layout.

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Through the Looking-Glass (book review)…

Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, that was quite the adventure.

Like a lot of people, i had these books read to me when i was a young child and have never read them since. And my only idea of the story of Alice is the film version, which isn’t correct at all. So it’s certainly been interesting to revisit them as an adult and understand them as someone’s dreams, especially when dreams take on a whole different meaning as adults.

I definitely would recommend all adults re-reading, Wonderland and Looking-Glass, fun books that give a little better perspective on life in general.

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