29 June 2009


25 June 2009

Mark Cavendish eat your heart out

As you know much to my better judgement I was talked into doing London to Brighton by Rae (who I spoke to yesterday & is hopefully being released from hospital today or tomorrow). I bumped into some people I used to work with & one of them had a camera at the finish & caught the moment when I out sprinted the chap behind me. We had raced for about a quarter of a mile & I was absolutely knackered.

When you cross the finishing line you get your medal & a bottle of water. I undid the bottle, but couldn't actually drink any as I was breathing so hard!!

I had reached about 35 mph & had cycled 70 miles to get here.

23 June 2009

6 weeks & counting......eek!

Dear reader,

Where does the time go?? It only seemed like a few weeks ago LEJOG was still 6 months away & low & behold it's now 6 weeks. I am spinning as often as I can & am seriously monitoring my food intake, which is having the right sort of effect as I have lost 2.5 kg this week. Which is good until you look at it in terms of percentages of my overall body weight. I am still the same percentage of fat as a pork scratching, but I am at least a lot fitter than this time last year & I am hoping in the next 6 weeks to be able lose another 10 kg. Watch this space!!

The training will continue right up to the weekend before we leave, when I shall do nothing for 3 days prior to the ride.

On other news Rae had his operation yesterday, so here's to a quick & painless recovery & hopefully back on his bike very soon. The final line up for the ride is Sandra, Chris, Kev, Trevor & myself with Neal as the wheelman!!

This is the inside of my garage, am I becoming obsessed??? It doesn't show the other bike on the other side of the garage & I still want another one......

Been a busy day for me today, did Marcia's spin class this morning & decided to have a real hard effort this evening. I started spinning at 5.30pm & did the 6pm class that lasted for 45 mins. I continued spinning until the 7.15pm class which finished at 8pm. I span for 2 & a half hours & feel fine

20 mins into my 'warm up'

The end & was I glad to finish!!

21 June 2009

London to Brighton 2009

I vowed last year that I wouldn't do London to Brighton again. It's well organised, but I feel far too many riders on crowded narrow country lanes, with people who cycle far too fast & do not have the required bike handling skills. Right, rant over & I did it again this year at the last minute. Rae who was doing LEJOG with us had a relapse last weekend whilst we were out riding & he is now booked in for an operation tomorrow & now very sadly will not be joining us for the main event, don't worry Rae we will do it next year (what am I saying, but sadly folks I am already looking ahead to 2010!!). Rae twisted my arm last weekend to do it today, so it's his fault & he wasn't even there!!.

The ride was uneventful for me (not others who crashed at the side of the road!). You can't ride a fantastic fast time because of the crowds, but it was a good day. I am clearly a lot fitter than last year & managed to make Turners Hill look easy. I got a lot further up 'The Beacon' than last year & I'm afraid had to walk the last 400 yards. My pulse had been over 100% of my maximum for about 5 mins & I thought it prudent to stop!!

I also cycled up to the start & back to Lewes where my wife met me. All in all a good training ride, which increased my confidence as I seem to be a lot fitter than this time last year. We only have just over 6 weeks now until we leave for Devon

Facts of the ride

Distance traveled 75.8 miles
Average speed 11.6 mph
Maximum speed 36.5 mph
Total calories 4255
Average heat beat 74% (131 bpm)
Maximum beat beat 121% (215 bpm) - Ditchling Beacon!!

The Profile of Ditchling Beacon & I certainly do not remember the downhill bit!!

The days route

14 June 2009

Great Kent Ride

Dear readers

The training is continuing & I was joined by Chris, Rae & Gav as we cycled a 60 mile round trip to & from Ashford in Kent. It started well as we covered nearly 18 miles in the first hour (ok I admit it's like a billiard table with no wind). This part of Kent is made for riding a pedal cycle on & it was virtually perfect cycling weather, which makes a nice change!!

After a nice cup of tea we pushed on over the Walland Marsh towards Rye, before turning back in land. Again still perfectly flat & windless.

Oh dear how that changed when we turned off the main road onto a much quieter one, I suddenly thought I was in the Alps!!

It was an unwelcome addition to the route, but at least it was relatively short. We had a little rest at the top & carried on, only to be held up a few hundred yards down the road by an unusual traffic jam!!

The woollie peloton going the other way!!

The ride was then fairly straight forward back to Ashford, with one added bonus of a hill that was 20% at it's maximum. This nearly killed me, but I just dropped down to a low gear & grinded my way up.

London to Brighton next week, another 60 odd miles!

I think the steepest hill I have ever cycled up??

Facts of the ride

Distance travelled: 59.6 miles
Calories burnt: 3477
Average speed: 14.7 mph
Top speed: 34.4 mph
Average Heart Rate: 87% (154 bpm)
Maximum Heart Rate: 104% (185 bpm) - on that bloody hill!!

8 June 2009

Norwich 100 miler

The Norwich 100 miler!!

They day started badly when we got stuck on the M11 at 5.30am for an accident & didn't move for over an hour. (I'm not blaming anyone for being 15 mins late to mine, but we would have missed this Gav!).  So we arrived in Norwich just over an hour late, oh well these things happen.  To put 100 miles into a distance to comprehend it's roughly Trafalgar Square to Birmingham or to put it another way.... a hell of a long way!!

We started cycling at 8.30am & you will be pleased to know that I didn't come off this time!  We started in sunshine, but very soon into the ride we had  a few drops of rain, but nothing spectacular.  But the further we got away from the start the heavier it began to fall.  Dear reader after last years LEJOG I am used to cycling in rain, but yesterday was truly miserable.  We stopped after 30 miles & had a well deserved cup of tea to warm us up.  The sun actually came out & about 10 yards after we left the village hall, the heavens opened & this then stayed with us for the next 50 miles.

25 miles in & damp at this stage!

We then pressed onto the coast road where the downpour was joined by the unwelcome addition of a strong head wind.  To show how strong this wind was, on a fairly level piece of road, I was doing 14mph & I stopped pedaling.  Within 50 yards the wind had stopped me!!  The rain was the worst thing & it's hard to describe the miserable cold feeling of padded cycling short that has absorbed about as much water as an olympic sized swimming pool!

Needless to say it was hard work & we rapidly started to run out of energy, but we did it.  If anyone tells you that Norfolk is flat then they are liars!!

When we drove home the blue sky finally came through & I had to put my sunglasses on................ my mother wouldn't like the words I was thinking!

I have a little under 2 months to go now & I have to work on losing weight & my endurance.  I'm still a little over 19st 7lbs which is a hell of a lot of weight to carry up & over hills.  Next Sunday I am doing another ride with Rae & Gav from Ashford.  It's only 60 miles & hopefully it will be hot, sunny & DRY!!

Facts of the ride:

Distance 101.4 miles (ride time 7:34 mins)
Calories 6359
Top Speed 30.3 mph
Average Speed 12.9 mph
Max heart rate 107% (191 bpm)
Average heart rate 85%   (152 bpm)

The Route in detail

2 June 2009

West Kent 2015 Appeal

Dear all

Those of you know that apart from Cycling my other passion is Freemasonry.  The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Province of West Kent, Jonathan Winpenny announced today that we are to hold a festival in aid of the Masonic Samaritan Fund culminating in 2015

To acknowledge this I am adding the 2015 appeal for my masonic chums to sponsor me on!
2015 Festival Appeal