Hey guys, so two days in and I am still on track for 100% Juneathon participation. That’s good, right?!? :-)
And on day number two I decided to go a little more tempo and spent some time getting the bike set up and ready to go on the turbo trainer. It’s been at least 18months I’d have thought since I last went on the bike, and I thought that maybe it would be easy on the knee.
I had great fun changing the road tyre of the back wheel and replacing it with the red one you see in the picture. It’s a special turbo-trainer tyre which has a compound which doesn’t degrade so much from the heat generated on the roller and reduces noise – which is nice because the horrible squeaky noise that regular tyres make is almost as horrendous as nails on a chalkboard.
The trainer that I have is the Tacx Sirius. It was reasonably priced when I bought it a couple of years ago and seems a good quality, sturdy bit of kit.
When I got my garmin for my birthday I was fortunate enough that my Ma & Pa did some excellent shopping around and sourced one with a cadence sensor. Happily, even the battery inside was still working, so I paired it with the magnets from my cateye which worked seamlessly and set Eduardo to work on tracking my ride. I took it nice and easy, and although my knee felt a little sore over the first mile or so, I really felt it easing into the ride.
My bum on the other hand wasn’t so happy having spent so long not in the saddle! In the end I managed a very respectable 5.5 miles in just less than 22 minutes, and I write this now 4 hours later with no lingering after-effects of pushing it too much. So my Juneathon total can start creeping upwards, but sadly it doesn’t count towards my 2012km in 2012 as that is a purely running challenge.
I decided that I might keep visual track of my courgettes as they grow during Juneathon. Lots of people seem to have their ‘thing’ for Juneathon, and I was amazed that having planted them just last weekend they are already looking awesome. So here is instalment number 1 in courgette-watch