Final Audax of 2011
Audax UK's calendar ends on the 31st October and as there are gales and storms forecast for half term and next weekend I am mountain biking on both days, I have just one more chance to up my AAA points. So, on Sunday, I sorted out my final AAA ride of this Audax Season.
Audax wise, this has been the best year for me so far. I have become fitter. Sorted out a new saddle, and I have upped my AAA points from 32 points achieved last year, to 46 this year. I really wanted to get to 50 AAA points. But its not gonna happen. Not this year anyhow.
My plans for the AAA calander 2012 is to reach that magical figure of 50 points and to try to get some Audax points for riding 200km rides, I intend to ride more in the UK. I love my home island, but when I cycle 200km rides here, everything tends to get dizzy!
My last ride was a tiring steady one, storms are forecast, and the Island is preparing for them, the trees are stripped bare and branches sway as they perform their seemingly regular daily ballet. Sunday had the best forecast, not so windy, just a force 7, but rain sadly..
The ride is one of my favourite ones, it takes in a good few hills and valleys but its quite short just making the 100km distance. Injebrek is my favourite route, very scenic and beautiful from the reservoir at its base to the moors on the top, going up Injebrek I always end up walking... Try not to, but its so steep, that in the damp the wheels of my bike lose traction and I dont want to risk a fall.... (thats my excuse, I can hardly breathe going up that hill, it makes anything Ive ridden so far seem quite easy).
I met up with Tina to ride the northern bit, as usual it was good to have her company for the miles the route took us though. As we reached Ramsey, we parted company and I headed away to Maughold Church and home via Laxey and Glen Roy. I have never felt so exhausted cycling a 100km DIY Audax as I was this particular Sunday. The wind was relentless and it seemed I was always in a head wind, even though I technically rode a circle of sorts. I got soaked 3 times, when it rained it really chucked it down making the heavy rain drops bounce off the tarmac. Glad I had my Paramo on, torso warm and snugg, everything else as if I had dunked myself in a cold bath. I was worn out so much on the Glen Roy road, I very nearly bailed out. Glad home was just 4 hilly miles away.
I didn't chance the ford the current looked quite fast and the surface can be slippery with aglae so I took the small bridge over instead (no point taking chances on a day like today).
Anyhow.. That it.... Done my effort for this year at least. My final 2 points to my total... phew.
Next year... more 200's hopefully not many of these in gales. I had best not complain too loudly, or the snow maker will hear me eh!