Le Peloton #162

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You know when you get that good feeling and then it just disappear?

Today started like this:

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Motivation high and thought I would be fast after 2 restdays. At Järnvägspizza I got Emil’s wheel and passing the field at over 50km/h without passing threshold felt like a great start. Then my left leg stiffened and didn’t wanted to be pushing anymore, managed to keep up with the group until Österviksbacken but not up. Rode up alone and turned around at the intersection. Easy spin until the group caught me after Ektorp again. Hanged on to Älta and Col du Storkällan. The steep part went under control and it felt alright. On top where the speed always get’s to high I felt good and when I saw 3 riders break away I went around and tried to pull them back. A big pull to be me and one more at Flaten. A bit to long I think because I didn’t manage to keep up when I got passed 😉 Dropped again but better getting dropped after a hard pull than when the body doesn’t want to work.

A spin in to Cykelcafé Le Mond and we got a lovely breakfast in the sun. Until everyone left for they so called work 😉 and I was left alone again. Missing Emile and Sara that could stay a bit longer.

Map and stats: Strava

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Le Peloton #88

Sometimes variation is the thing that makes motivation go up. Or a race. Usually I always have a race that motivates me but with a year without license and without raceplans (from the beginning) it’s different.

But thanks to Jessica I’m racing next weekend, Lidingöloppet MTB. They say it’s a mtb Marathon but it’s almost all gravel. Last year when I rode I thought, this will I never do again if I won’t borrow my colleague Stefan’s Stumpjumper…

This morning was the first try on the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper I borrowed for Lidingöloppet MTB 7th May 😉 Stiff Khisel fork, superlight Roval Control SL wheels with S-Works Renegade. S-works double crankset with 42 chainring. Can only go one way 😀

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Not so many yesterday morning as it was wet but me and Magnus (with his Surly commuter) did the CX loop. Felt hard in the beginning but had to slow down to wait for Magnus, before the second long climb after Magnus went straight in a corner which made me turn around and wait for him he said I should go and ride in my own tempo.

I did and it felt great in standing but sitting the bike didn’t feel superfast, maybe the wide handlebar and position made it like that, didn’t feel like I got up to speed on the soaking gravel roads either. But did my best back to Sickla. Pretty cool with a 8,1kg mtb anyway.

Sprinted over the bridge at Danvikstull to beat my boss on a Strava segment and felt dead going up Folkungagatan to Le Mond. Love it!

5th overall on Danvikstull, a PR on a segment going back from Erstavik and a really good time on the complete loop. Impressed and motivation on top to go even faster 😀

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Was first at Le Mond 😉

The route: Strava