Well done to all in groups 3 and 4 today. We joined forces due to low numbers. The general feeling amoing the wise old heads was that although roads were dry there would be severe windchill on the downhill segments if we were to go climbing. So with the odd snow flake falling in Ashford groups 3 and 4 decided on the "JD classic" route.
We stared with 11 and had 9 from around Glen Of The Downs. One puncture on Newtown Bypass. Think we all stayed in the saddle right up The Long Hill and stayed together as a group all the way. Average just about 27k. Not bad at all.
Speaking as someone who gets hypethermia when I open the fridge freezer, when it started to snow as we sipped our coffee in Ashford, we were all very thankfull we had erred on the side of caution and were not on top of Slieve Mann in that. Good call!
Good call indeed David!
9 in group 5 today rolling along nicely. Adrian was fortunate enough to go home at Arklow and we 'sacraficed' Jim, who fought gamely all day, around Jack Whites. (We did look for you Jim but must have just missed you at the Tap.) Tough day to stay warm and the 29k average over 108km was mostly down to trying to keep heat.
Group 2 also changed route .We cycled to Rathdrum-Ballinaclash-Aughrim-Woodenbridge-Avoca-Rathdrum.65km in 2hr 30m.
Group stayed together until run in from Rathdrum where it was every man/woman for themselves.
Felt like -2C .But only 1C. Wind 11 km/h but from the NW that is why it seemed so cold.
A hard day at the office with Group 5. I got dropped as Noel says around Jack Whites, which was probably over 80k clocked up by that time. Headed straight down the N11 after that - the shortest route to Ashford. Had only clocked up 103k at that point. Nice to get dropped, got to work on maintaining the intensity of those mad fellas. Hasta la vista baby!
Moving to a new block from this week, we've left the hills behind us.... (well kind of), and will start on higher intensity flatter interval type sessions.
NOTE TO ALL GROUP LEADERS, PLEASE LEAVE 3-4 MINS GAP BETWEEN GROUPS WHEN LEAVING ASHFORD AS GROUPS ARE GETTING VERY "BUNCHED" UP AND ARE CAUSING BLOCKS TO TRAFFIC.
Block 3: Week 1 Easy
Group 1 - 50km - Leader – Mike Farrell
Av - 20-22 KPH
Ashford - Rathnew - New Road - Top of Marlton - Vartry Garage - Brittas - Jack Whites - N11 - Tap - Deputies - Gleneally - Miltown - Ashford
Group 2 upwards - Scratenagh Intervals
Route - Ashford - Rathnew - New Road - Top of Marlton - Vartry Garage - Brittas - Jack Whites - "Scratenagh Interval - Start at Jack Whites, Head south on N11 to first turn left (at approx 3km) - short climb to next juncton, left here, then onto the back road, finishing the interval at the top of the final s-bend climb. Regroup and ride/recover back to Jack Whites" - Once your intervals have finished, regroup and head back along N11 to the Tap, Deputies, Gleneally and home
Group 2 - 65km - Leaders - John Darcy / Debs Crean (please split into 2 groups if group is too large)
2 x laps
Group 3 - 70km - Leader - Owen Morris
3 x laps
Group 4 - 80km - Leader – Dave Gillespie
4 x laps
Group 5 - 90km - Leader – Noel Conway/Jim Corbett
5 x laps
SATURDAY: Frost, fog and any icy clearing early on. It will be a dry day generally with good sunshine across the southern half of the country, and a mix of cloud and some sunny spells elsewhere (chance of coastal drizzle in the north). Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees Celsius, with just light variable breezes.
Growing old is Mandatory.... Growing Up is optional.....