Month: February 2014

If you can train in this part 2

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The bike is safe. Breaking news it might not be, but it is bloody important all the same.

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This is excellent news, the floods came into the garden and entered the shed, but when I arrived home the water level was falling and I was able to perform a quick rescue if the bike. After she had been checked over ( as happens with all rescue attempts) she is a little damp but he is now indoors receiving some much needed tlc. I refrained from using the word moist, as wet would be a much better description.

As for the rest of the items stored in the bike housing building, known as the shed, they will have to fed for themselves until the morning when I will be able to fully assess the damage. The main thing is the bike is safe and well. As the rules say it’s all about the bike and the bike comes first.

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If you can train in this then well done.

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Friday 7th February was going to be an evening of enjoyment with fellow gentlemen at the local dog track, however due to the extreme flooding. In this part of the world the evening is off, well probably.

The fact is the commute this morning took 1 hour and 32 minutes to travel 12 miles! Cycling would have been a much quicker although a very wet option. If you can get to train outside in these conditions well done. I suspect now that flooding has hit the Home Counties much more will be done to solve the problem, if nothing else just to get people into work.

So the plan was to catch the train as we had a taxi booked for the return home later this evening. So I pay my £7 for a ticket and then we find out the trains are delayed. Not a problem, delays happen on the commuter lines almost daily, but I didn’t expect to be asked to make a change and have to wait 30 minutes for another train. Anyway the train finally crawled to my destination and I arrived at work. Just enough time for a bacon sandwich before the day started.

Anyway the rain keeps coming and the bike could be in danger as the river has burst it’s banks at the bottom of the garden and is slowly moving towards the house. With the rain now slowing down I hope the levels will stop rising at least for enough time for me to get home and rescue the bike, and maybe a few other possessions. However the bike is top of the list of items to rescue.

So I look forward to a potentially difficult journey home and then the challenge to rescue the bike. I will let you know how I get on later.

A 30 min spin

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Well yesterday I said the hard work had to start on and off the bike and this morning I got going.

I have been reading a few articles and blogs about training for endurance and there is a split opinion to measure your distance or the time spend in the bike. One thing they both have in common was as the training develops you spend more time on the bike. No surprise really.

Until know I have focused on building the distance. Another thing I took on board from my reading was to experiment with different was of training and food used to fuel yourself. The food experiment will come later, but for now I am trying focusing on the time on the bike. This mornings effort was 30 mins on a hill plus programme on the indoor trainer covering a total of 16.8km. I also tried riding up the hills out of the saddle keeping the cadence at a constant speed. I enjoyed the different way of training and this will help me get into shape before the summer. I also enjoyed the fact that my average speed for this session was 33.6 kph. I know that I won’t be travelling at this speed for 160km as if I did I’d complete the course in under 5 hours which would be a ridiculous effort.

Well I can say I have started. The weekend will involve a 50k ride to start to get “proper” outdoor rides in my legs. I think for the rest of the month if I can complete about 100-120 km per week of a mixture of gym and outdoor rides I will start to get my body ready for the long training schedule it will face over the next 5-6 months.

Next on my research is a suitable diet which will allow me the carbohydrates I need for the longer rides and protein for muscle recovery. I am sure I will me making more fruit milkshakes with ice cream as a way to reward myself after a long ride, naughty I know but you have to reward yourself for the hard work.

The hard work starts now, on and off the bike.

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Followers in Twitter will already know this, but I will be busy on 10th August 2014 as I am cycling in the second #ridelondon through a charity place. There is still a chance that I could receive a ballot entry through the post in the next day or so, but I can say that I have formally accepted the charity place from Sue Ryder Care and now have to raise a minimum of £600 in 200 days, as well as get my body ready for the challenge.

SR logo in shape blue 299 (2)If I get my ballot entry I will still ride for Sue Ryder and they can give the charity place to another rider, but until the 15th February this cannot be conformed. I know I will be there riding for Sue Ryder one way or another.

I have to say there are still a few charity places out there if you act fast and complete applications. I suspect these will fill quickly as people find out they haven’t got a ballot entry, but you never know. I had received an offer via twitter from two other charities, but there is no way I am cycling that course three times, let along on the same day.

So what now. Well the fundraising page needs to be relaunched and the formal training plan put into action. I will receive loads of support from Sue Ryder to ensure I am in the right condition for the event, and as well,as this a lovely Sue Ryder cycling jersey for the big day. Let’s hope I get the size right and can fit into it.

So this means that my Strava profile will be battered with the training rides which will need to be completed to get me in shape. In the past training for London to Brighton was fairly easy. However this is the marathon of sportives and one which I cannot disappoint. I won’t be first across the line, but refuse to be collected by the broom wagon either. As per last year there will be regular updates on my progress, training and fundraising plus a possible guest blog entry on the Sue Ryder blog which they are setting up for training and fundraising tips.

I knew 2014 was going to be big, but it’s going to be massive.