Planning needs work

Etape

As much as I have to plan in my day to day work I have completely failed again.  I pre-registered to do the Etape Caledonia  way back last year (in May 2012 in fact) and got the pre-release entry opportunity quite a while ago (last November even) and entered with gusto and there my forward planning and thinking took a rest until yesterday, when, due to the fact that another 4999 have also entered and thought about accommodation earlier, means that I am having a nightmare finding somewhere to crash the night before.

HTBLC

To make matters a little more complicated I am meant to be in London the following day for the HTB Leaders Conference and so need to get my bike back home as well as appear ready and awake at the Royal Albert Hall.  My wife, have I ever mentioned how fantastic she is, rang round, what feels like half of Scotland, to get me somewhere to crash on Saturday before the race.  She did eventually find me something and I have to head home, drop the bike off and then get a red eye the following morning.

I am looking forward to doing this sportive, though I do need to get in a few longer rides before then.

Then to cap it all off after getting back late on the Thursday it is the Baker Hughes 10k in Aberdeen on Saturday and my office has a team.  So after all this I am wondering if I am able to really plan after all.

Dead wheel

When I got my Van Nicholas it came with a set of Easton Circuit wheels.  No matter what you see below please first understand that I have ridden my bike most days, covering between 120 to 200 miles a week and have ridden the bike for four years before this happened.  Other than this final death throw these wheels have remained true and have been fairly maintenance free.

I got into work after my normal commute, pushed my bike into entrance knew something wasn’t quite right.  My immediate thought was a buckled wheel, and on first inspection it looked a little like I had broken yet another spoke, though it has been a little while since I broke the last one.

On inspection though it was a little worse than that.

Yes I was lucky, but this was rather predictable.  When I looked at it in detail I have been riding some pretty shoddy roads for a few years on wheels with 20 spokes both front and rear.  I had already replaced the front wheel as I had worn the rim down so the wear marker had gone.  This was expected considering I mainly using my front brakes.  What I didn’t consider was the concentrated loading the rims where getting with reduced spokes.  So when I looked at the rest of the wheel it was in a pretty poor condition with most of the other eyelets.

Has anyone else experienced this or is it just me?  In view of this please always check your rims on a regular basis; especially if you prone to buying wheels that are minimalistic where spokes are concerned.

Let the ramblings begin.

Black and White Portrait Image

Why am I here?  I will probably ask that question myself in a couple of weeks when I look at my diary and wonder if there is really time for this, however we shall see.  There are so many things that I tend to dip my toe into that are crammed like sardines into my life and I guess my hope is that this space will help me to capture the important bits in some way that will allow me to keep track of where I am.

I guess the main things that I will try and capture are those things that are important to me and as I start to work out how this whole blog thing works they will start to gather into different places.  In the mean time bear with me on this as I try and keep up.