Le Peloton #171

DSC_0018Yesterday I did some Le Peloton cxloop and Instatraining in the wet with Patrik and a couple of fast guys

Today was a new wet day:

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And darker as Le Peloton starts at 6 o’clock. I tried to put some color on it. It started alright and kept on going alright. I tried to ride hard but didn’t have the turbo on and got followed by a guy almost the complete short loop. At Erstaviksvägen they became 2 as another guy didn’t know the route. 2 keeping my wheel and I just dreamt of dropping them 😉 but not in my shape…

My alrightride went at a lower effort and heart rate compared to last Wednesday but also shorter time. Faster and easier 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Celebrated with a nice breakfast with a perfect egg (thanks Kalle) and a selfie in the sun:

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Did I mention my Diverge rules? And the feeling of going over roots, fast, on a wet gravelroad with 50mm high carbon wheels feels pretty cool too. 😀

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Le Peloton #170

”The biggest influence in enjoying your ride, or not, is your state of mind. Some days you can’t wait to fight the elements, other days you just want to hide under your duvet. We all know how it works.” – I R I S

Got that in an e-mail today and it felt so perfect to describe this morning.

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It was wet, was raining a little from the side and my motivation floated away on a leaf. I had a plan of riding easy with Emil and after going full gas up the first climb he waited for me and we rode together more or less to Erstaviksvägen. Stopped for fixing our handlebars and I decided to once again go for the shorter loop, Emil went on with the full loop.

It was such a day I wanted to ride in one way but my mind didn’t. I may not be overwhelmed by the result but it hopefully made my mind a little stronger going out and I would have regret if I didn’t go. I hope for a dry ride next one 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Then we had breakfast and all mistakes was gone 😉 And I did something strange while Kalle took a picture of us and a bottle of parts:

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Le Peloton #169

Last Peloton I did was the 26th July, a long time ago so going back today felt new ;).

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I was dark, I knew almost everyone and we had lights and knobby tires. Feels like really long time ago. Last time like this was in the spring on a Specialized Sequoia. Now on a new bike never been in the beautiful forest before. A dreambike worth waiting for.

Sometimes the wait is almost better then when you actually getting the bike/thing you wait for, then it feels like it’s all over and you start thinking of something new. Something ”better”. When I finished my Diverge yesterday (more about it in a blogpost soon) and rode home in regular clothes it felt like home.

I wanted a new Diverge last autumn but it never came. Now when it came I got an S-Works thanks Specialized Nordic and Specialized Concept Store Stockholm. It’s built with so much perfection I got a bit depressed not getting the best bartape in time…

To have such a masterpiece and be able to push full speed at a Le Peloton CX is a special thing. 38mm tires, bad legs and out off shape made it different compared to last time.

Started in front, let Magnus pass before the gravel started and in the first climb at Lilla Sickla a lot of people passed me, I didn’t want to blow everything in the first climb. I pushed on as hard as I could and it felt hard, with a high heart rate but working legs and body. In a climb after the 3rd bridge Johan passed me, he haven’t been passing me in over 2 years… In the longer not so steep climb I tried the speed on my Diverge and flew by Johan like a rocket :p Blew up with a peak heart rate at 191 but it was fun. Then we had to stop and step over a big tree laying over the road and while having trouble clicking in my roadpedals Johan passed me and disappeared. I was alone again but pushed on good. Decided to take the shortest loop and sat a PR on a Strava section chasing Stuart who was in front of me but never caught him.

The futureshock did an amazing job down back to Äventyrsbanan and in some way I was smiling.

Passed the finish and rolled a bit easier to Le Mond for breakfast. I wasn’t so fast, I was suffering as much as I think this was the hardest Le Peloton this year according to suffer score 😉 But I’ve been longing so much for this. Push to my limit on a bike working just as I want it to work and feeling light. Even not being able to eat breakfast properly because of lactate acid in all of my body I was happy, this was a big win for me 😀

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198 Watts and 174 in average heart rate on the Le Peloton CX shortest loop today. Extra fun with a Quarq tracking my progress with my left leg too. Not 50/50 yet but could have been worse. Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #167

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Another early morning. Yesterday to Älgö felt hard but I hang on. I think my body doesn’t like to rest too much. Today after a hard ride yesterday it was up to speed. Took it easy on the warm up and didn’t take any turn until after Nacka Forum. Became a hard one as Filip had attacked. Easy on Järnvägspizza and tried to hang on to Östervik. The climb that ruined my rides with stiff legs so many times before this year.

Today they worked, could advance and go up in front after the climb. The Lightweight Lizard was back.

In stationsbacken back from Fisksätra a few riders rode away and got a gap. I went up and did my best to chase back. Back at Storängen and after the hole group got stuck behind a slow bus to Sickla it was time to give gas again. Felt good but when I came to the top on Hellasbacken there was a new gap to 4-5 riders. A long one. I felt good and got the stupid thought of attack up to them, ended halfway with my legs standing straight out. Caught by the group again and we chased together until we got all back in Älta.

A new gap in Storkällan and I was up trying to chase again.

Got last in the sprint and it felt like the hardest training so far this year. I may not have been the fastest but I felt the ability to dig deep and ride hard. A feeling I’ve been missing for a while. The feeling when you finish and don’t know how to sit upright on your bike and when you think if you even will manage to eat some breakfast 😉

I was able to eat an waffle at Le Mond 🙂

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Map and stats: Strava

My bike performed perfectly today too even that it never gets enough love:

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If I was satisfied with the morning ride I did another fun ride after work. Emil asked if I wanted to do a short mtbride. I was up if I could ride e-bike and it was okey. Maybe wrong style with clothes and helmet but the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is a really fun toy:

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People can thing whatever they want about e-bikes but the Turbo Levo makes the heaviest legs feel fine and it floats over every root and rock. 😀

Le Peloton #166

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Do my arms look small?

Tired body, tired mind this morning. Started with the fast guys but before Duvnäs I changed my mind, wasn’t up to riding fast so took left up the climb. Took it easy until the 2nd group came. Felt nice to feel fast instead of just trying to hang on. Attacked in the end with Peter who took the sprint 😉

Ended at Le Mond in the sun as usual. Now time for an easy day tomorrow, last time was Monday last week 😉

Map and stats from this morning: Strava

Le Peloton du nord

Sumo Cycling did Le Peloton du nord today which meant an early morning, too early. The alarm went off 4.25 and when I met the others at SCS at 5.15 I felt a sleep still 😉

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Emil, Anders, Michael and I rode through a dead Stockholm, met up with Christian and headed north to Enebyberg. 26,5km from my door.

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Marcus joined to so 6 Sumo’s including the new Christian who hasn’t got a jersey yet. Other fast riders from different teams met up and 6.10 we rolled out for a ride I didn’t knew so much about. Asked how long it was and heard around 35km.

Felt really hard in the beginning with a fast commute there and tired body, went fast. The kilometers went and when we came to Skålhamravägen I recognized me and thought it wasn’t so far left. Changed to attack mode and rode a bit more active. On that small twisting road with the speed we had my Tarmac came to its right. The bike got me to smile and ride even faster, didn’t think about how fast the others were 😉 The last climb became a bit too long for everyone I think and it felt good when we hit the finishline.

At Le Peloton you usually ride slow with heavy legs after the finish, here it felt fast and far to the café. My legs died once more and I ended in my own tempo down to Gateau:

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My view after the ride:

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Map and stats: Strava

Then back to Stockholm and the known places again. The others rode fast, I got dropped… But me, Emil and Anders rode the last part together and ended the all in a great way. With the years first (for me) bath:

Happy ending so to speak and the water felt warm 🙂 Then I tried to survive at work, but that’s another story 😉