Tag: fitness

Birth Of An Obsession

The above picture, from my personal Instagram account, was posted 5 years ago today. I had just placed an order for my first bike since I was a teenager, a 2013 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid bike, and it frightened me to death. Rewind to the…

A Fairly Brisk Start To 2019!

I didn’t want to let much time pass in the New Year before getting out on my bike but, due to family commitments, that first ride had to wait until the 2nd January. I didn’t go far, 30km, but it was enough to get…

2019 – Year of the Fat Bloke?

It’s that awkward time of the year between Christmas Day and New Year. You know, that time where nobody knows what day it is (aside from those poor few who have to go in to work), BMI is measured in cheese percentage and getting…

Post Ride London Refresh

Ride London was a disappointment, as previously mentioned. The fall, the rain, the closure of the Surrey Hills and (most saddening) the passing of Nigel Buchan-Swanson on Ockley Road. I have just glanced at his Just Giving page and the donations are almost at…

Ride 100 – A Reflection

On Sunday just gone, I stood at the Olympic Park in Stratford with thousands of other cyclists waiting to start the 2018 incarnation of the Prudential Ride London 100 mile sportive. Despite the dullened skies and the ever increasing rain, spirits were high and…

One Week To Go….

Yesterday marked one week to go until the Ride London so a pal of mine, Al (who is also taking part in this year’s ride), and I went on a recce of two of the major climbs on the route, Leith Hill and Box…

Progress Report – An Update

Yesterday, 19th July 2018, marked one year to the day since Adam and I set off for Paris on what turned out to be an amazing journey for both of us, both physically and mentally. That may sound mightily over the top but I…

Saturday Segment Killer

I turn 41 on Wednesday. Not the most celebrated, nor the sexiest of ages but I had all the pomp and circumstance of my 40th last year so I’m happy with this year being fairly low key. One thing I did do last year,…

Brighton & Back!

Today I took part in the Pearson Cycles London to Brighton & Back bike ride which raises money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. I completed the 154km course in 6h 20mins and felt pretty good, apart from another bout of cramp (right at…

Bank Holiday Heatwave

So, in stark contrast to it’s usual performance over Bank Holiday weekends, the weather flicked the V’s to convention and gave us a heatwave with temperatures hitting 28 degrees Celsius on Monday. Despite knowing this was coming I still headed off to meet a…

Sunny Sunday Sortie

Well, Sunday was a complete success……almost. I met up with my pals, Al and Chris, as planned and we headed over to Box Hill. It was a warm day (with a fair breeze) and there were a lot of cyclists out and about, enjoying…

The Countdown Is On!

5 days ago I, randomly, spotted a post from Evans Cycles in my news feed on Facebook, it told me that there were 100 days until the Prudential Ride 100. The shock of that information led me to sharing it on Instagram. 100 days?…