30 March 2010

Back to training

Dear all

I've never had flu before, bad colds yes, flu no. God it was miserable, I was in bed for 3 days & just about all my joints & everything ached. So the end result was I have done nothing for nearly a week now.

However feeling much better now & have started back down the gym. I have been pushing myself on the spin classes to regain my fitnesses. In the past 2 days I have spun for getting on for 5 hours & burnt somewhere in the region of 3400 calories. Tonight I actually pushed myself on a sprint & got my heart rate up to 190 beats per minute, which equates to 105% of my maximum!!

My heart rate download for nights 2hr25min spin class. My sustained sprint at the end where my heart rate went to 105%........ thanks Debbie, she wanted us to cycle 4km in 6 mins... I did & was the only one in the class!!

Other news, Sandra & I are off to Devon again for a 3 day 'boot' camp on the 26/27/28 April. Some tough days in the saddle ahead! We are also joining a few other people to cycle round the Isle of Wight in May. I shall soon be sitting down & working how many weekends before the ride I can get away with doing sportives (Don't tell the Soup Dragon!!)

25 March 2010

Man Flu

Dear all

After last Sundays ride, I felt on top of the world. It was fantastic getting out on my new bike & had great company of Sandra with me. How that changed on Monday, when I woke up with Man Flu, not any old flu but MANFLU.

Men will realise how serious this is & woman will not. The end result is I have done no spin classes or any fitnesses training all week & probably will do nothing until until next Monday when I am hoping to start swimming & cycling again before & into work.

I have now booked the Ferry & the hotel for the Isle of Wight cycle ride in May. I am looking forward to this & many others that I am hoping to do. I shall shortly be booking the hotels for LEJOG

21 March 2010

First one of 2010

Sandra & I managed to actually get out on our bikes today for the first time this year. We did one of our regular 38 mile training routes up & over the North Downs of Kent.

We left mine at 8.30 this morning & we were flying!!

I tried my new bike for the first time today & I was very impressed, it handled like a dream & although the saddle looked like a razor blade it is comfortable to sit on!!

We were a lot faster over the route than normal, all the fitness training I have been doing coupled with the weight loss have helped....... Bring on Devon & Cornwall!!

It felt so good actually being on the bike today & it must be nearly 3 months since I managed to ride on the roads; winter seems to have lasted forever. I am hopeful that all the dreaded cold weather is behind me & I can get out every weekend & start to increase the distances I am doing.

On a brighter note, I was cycling up through Swanley & my mate Clive drove passed & he knew it was me & he'd only seen my from behind. Can't work this one out!!??

38 hilly miles!!

13 March 2010

Nine years today

Dear all

I sometimes wonder why I have put myself through 3 years of misery to continue to cycle from one end of the country to the other?

Today was a timely reminder as it's 9 years today that Tony Hanies died responding to a domestic call, when the car he was driving wishbone snapped going over a pot hole, putting the car into an uncontrollable spin

Pc Tony Haines 415RG

As ever this year I shall be raising funds for COPS (Care of Police Survivors) in memory of Tony & also my dear friend Chris Jefford who died of a brain tumour just over 4 years ago.

I have just been away in St Lucia for 10 days & I am still waiting to try my new bike, but the weather finally looks like it may have turned a corner, so hopefully soon I'll give it a ride!

The spinning continues, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get my heart rate above 90% of my maximum now. My resting pulse is now down below 50 beats per minute. My blood pressure is also down & the weight is still coming off slowly & I'm hoping to be around 15 stone when I start the ride this year.

Heart Rate download from todays 2 hour spin session