Got a Hill to Climb

Got a Hill to Climb

After spending six weeks in the USA, as part of my PhD, I returned to England at the start of July without any real purpose on the bicycle. Having reached 2nd cat I figured it was time for a break from the bunch – I guess that and not having any transport to races – … Continue reading

CDNW Old Hutton – Race Report

CDNW Old Hutton – Race Report

Things aren’t warming up in the north of England – I started my race season 6 weeks ago in March and things haven’t improved much, Gran Canaria seems like a distant dream. On Sunday I raced in terrible conditions. It’s taken me a few days to warm up and sit down to write the report. … Continue reading

Velo29 Winter Series Round 4 – Race Report

Velo29 Winter Series Round 4 – Race Report

Second season syndrome, it’s something football pundits refer to – a weaker team does well in the first season in the big league but in the second season, with added pressure, the form disappears and everything falls apart. Second season syndrome – will I suffer it!? That essentially is the one idea that looped round … Continue reading

Winter Training Update

Winter Training Update

I’ve not had much time over the last couple of months, so the updates have diminished. What I’ve decided to do is to collect all the training data from the first 12 weeks of the training year together – and compare it with what I set out to do in my original plan! I’d wanted … Continue reading

Gran Canaria Training Week

Gran Canaria Training Week

Here’s a rather long report of a week spent training in Gran Canaria – a nice spot to get some fitness before the race season but also a holiday! A week I’ll never forget, full of banter, with Shane, Aidan, Al, Graham and Daniel – top lads! I did 28 hours, 410 miles and 46,000 … Continue reading

Love or Hate It – Winter Training

Love or Hate It – Winter Training

It’s hard turning the pedals this time of year – maybe not every ride you do but you get days, sometimes weeks where you’d rather just lie on the sofa, radiators on, telly, bit of food. I think I’m currently going through one of these patches and mentally it’s hard to keep training, even after … Continue reading

Week 2 – 2013 Season

Week 2 – 2013 Season

Another week, another set of training hours to complete…13 hours this time: Hours: 13 Miles: 222 Average Speed: 17 mi/h Rides: 6 All the rides are visible on my Strava profile: http://app.strava.com/athletes/271616 On Monday I had some rest, I’ve averaged 12 hours a week recently and this is showing a bit with some fatigue. On Tuesday … Continue reading

Week 1 – 2013 Season

Week 1 – 2013 Season

This week I aimed to complete 12 hours of training – did I actually manage that?..yes! Hours: 12 Miles: 205 Average Speed: 17mph Rides: 6 The week started off with some rest on Monday, then from Tuesday to Thursday I did night rides of about 2 hours each night. One of my friends, Aidan, has … Continue reading