Saturday, April 7, 2012

Time trial test course

It's always fun to ride against yourself. This aint no typical time trial course, but it's fun and not so much traffic. I did it in 32.56 two weeks ago and 31.20 yesterday, that is a big improvement during a two week period. I'm however not even close to my best time of 29:14, but that time came from when I was elite and it was warm outside. Having a course where you race against the clock and save your times is always good for keeping track of your shape.
If I can improve one more minute I will be very happy and have fitness enough to be in the swedish elite-category. In fact, anybody between 19 and 29 of age can race in elite-category in Sweden, but it's always more fun to race when you are fast enough to actually participate in the race...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gravel and dirt road commuting

Thanks to Easter we only worked half this day, so I took a detour on my way home. Instead of a one hour ride home it took two hours to get home today. I did some gravel and dirt roads with varying surface. Mud, snow and some dry and fast roads as well. A great mix in Swedish forests. Found some big tracks from what could be a big dog or maybe a wolf!? I would love to see a wolf in the wild sometime, that would be a dream come true! 
I had the worst legs of 2012, but it's always nice to be on my bike so it didn't bother me too much. I hope that the weather gets warmer soon so the roads get dry, hard and fast again. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Rapha-bike has arrived!

Got the Paris - Roubaix edition TREK bike from Rapha yesterday. This bike is the price I won in the Rapha Festive 500 this winter. My local bike shop called me when I was still at work and told me that they had a TREK-bike in a box and that box had my name on it... When I got to the shop they had built the bike for me!
It's a TREK Madone 6.9 frame with Shimano Ultegra, Bontrager Race X Lite wheels, Bontrager XXX-stem etc. but the thing that really stands out is the custom paint job. It's really amazing!