24 January 2010

Body Pump added to the regime

Dear all

Much to my better judgement I have now added body pump 3 times a week to my training. I blame Linda from the gym for bullying me into doing it!! For those of you unaware it's a fitness workout to music with a weight training bar where you target certain muscle areas. First time I did it was fine, but my god how I ached the following day!!

On other news I am ordering my new bike on Tuesday, so hopefully should have that in the next few weeks, which I am hoping with coincide with an up turn in the weather?

Next Sunday the first ride of the year & it's a gentle one to break us in.... the Hell of Ashdown. It's only 65 miles but we climb somewhere in the region of 6,000ft & having been over some of these hills they are not slow gradual climbs...... bugger!!

It is my intention when I get my new bike to go to Neal & spend 3 days getting used to it up & over Exmoor & Dartmoor. It's savage terrain, but that's what I need

Have I mentioned 12 stone by Xmas!!

19 January 2010

The pain continues

Dear Reader

The bad weather has curtailed my cycling into work, however I plan to be back on it from next week. I have however upped the amount of time I spend spinning & also the classes. Mondays & Tuesdays I now do double classes & spin for around 3 hours now at a time. My old mate Glen is with me & the time does fly bye.

I am also now finding it harder to get my pulse above my 'maximum' of 181 beats per minute, but I am however able to sustain a higher heart rate for a longer period of time. This means my endurance is increasing & I must be getting fitter?? I will let you know on the 31st when I cycle the Hell of Ashdown!

My 3 hour work out Monday

Only managed a meagre 2hours & 45 mins!!

2 January 2010

2010 the year of pain

Hi all

I have decided that this is definitely the last year I am doing LEJOG. Not because of the actual ride, it's the fact I use half my annual leave entitlement on the ride & I so need a foreign holiday!! I love the ride, the companionship & more important the good fun we have!

I am just waiting for my voucher to come through at work & I shall be ordering my Specialised Roubaix bike

My new baby!!

The training is going well for the early part of the season, I am still swimming every morning on my way into work for 45 mins & have been using my old Cannondale Bad-boy to cycle in. It's only a 12 mile round trip, but I do have a nice 3 mile climb coming home!!

I have decided that 2010 really must be the year of pain to make Devon & Cornwall bearable, as often as I can I plan to get out & continually cycle the North & South Downs in a massive effort to increase my effectiveness over these hills. I have to resign myself to the fact that I am no Michael Rasmussen & tend to climb more like Chippo or Tom Boonan!! (If you don't follow cycling, the first is like a mountain goat & goes up them about as quick as a rat come out of drainpipe! & the last 2 are sprinters who struggle over them)

I am away next weekend, but after that I am de-toxing big time, being careful what calories I consume & pushing myself to burn more!!

On the Summer solstice I am looking at seeing how far I can cycle in day light between sunrise at 04:32 & sunset at 21:40...... should be fun, are you up for it??!!!

I plan to be 12 stone by Christmas & Happy New Year!!