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.


2013 and looking into 2014, the future is bright…

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At this time of year you get many “Reviews” of the previous year. Well 2013 was the year that this blog was born and I thank you all for your comments and time spend reading my posts. The blog will continue into 2014 and this is where I wish to focus my efforts. 2013 has not been the worst year, and there were some very good highlights, but 2014 is nearly upon us and it is time to get ready.

The blog may take a slightly different turn during 2014 this is still to be decided. The focus will remain on cycling and my efforts to once again get into some sort if shape for the sportive’s which have been entered, but also to those events by others such as how @onevbusyman will perform when he completes his first London Marathon (first marathon to my knowledge too!). Go get em mate, but remember to start slow and get slower!

So back to the cycling. It have been agreed, but not fully confirmed that in 2014 I will not complete in my third London to Brighton Night Ride and indeed try to complete this ride in under 4 hours. I am sure I will come back to this, maybe in 2015 or later but I believe there are other challenge which should be attempted. Instead of the London to Brighton, on the very same evening in fact, I will join the band of happy cyclists who will be “doing the dun run”. This does not mean running to the dunny for any Aussie readers, but in fact cycling from London to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. This is a big 120 mile ride an will involve cycling for about 8-10 hours. Let’s hope that @onevbusyman has got his legs in order after his marathon exploits so he can join me on this adventure. I know I’ve a long way to go to catch up on the fitness but the new year will being in a new plan. Saying that if anyone else is doing the Dun run then get in touch and we can compare notes. Well more like me steel the good ideas you have and use these to improve my own performance on the bike.

When I indeed return to work in January I will renew my gym membership which will allow be to access the. Excellent facilities at work, mainly before completing a full day, but allows me to build the strengths and the cardo work before the longer rides in the late winter and early spring. The plan has had to be changed due to an injury to my right knee which is still painful but thankfully is healing fast. As a result I will be using swimming as a low impact recovery for my knee and at the same time starting to build the general fitness to where it needs to be. Also with some organisation the rides to work can start again, probably in late February, just to get the bike handling skills up to speed. The one area I need to improve and then maintain is diet. I will need to complete some more research into this area to get the right balance for me and the job in hand. I will feel better for shedding the extra pounds which have been accumulated over the last few months due to one thing or another. Again I would be happy to hear from other people experience in relation to this and what worked for them. Deep down I know what needs to be done and I just need to get out there and do it. Rule #5, just remember rule #5!

It is also hoped that I will also gain a place in the second Ride London 100 in August. As mentioned in earlier posts I am in the ballot and will have to wait until February to find out if I am one of the successful ones. I am crossing everything as I believe this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to cycle some of the 2012 road race course on closed roads. Something us amateur riders can only dream of. At this stage I am not riding this for a charity but If successful I am sure I will combine the two to raise money for a good cause. I have a few to choose from.

Then there is the possibility of the work cycle challenge to cycle to a UK location beginning with the letter “L”. L is the chosen latter as it is the start of the organisation I work for and a friend of mine did a similar thing last year. Another idea stolen from somewhere else!

Well that is my “review” of 2013 which is more a plan for 2014. No New Years resolutions here just a plan, a published plan, to help me get organised and remain motivated to complete the goals I have set. I have done so in the past and will do so again. It looses a long way off at the moment but I am sure I will do myself proud and but in a good performance. If not and I feel there are improvements to be made then I’ll just have to go and beat them.

It now just leaves me to say a Happy New Year to you all and I hope that 2014 brings you everything you want it to bring. And if you think it is getting to difficult, remember rule #5!

Happy New Year!