Hello, I am aware it has been a very long time since my last post, and yest lots has happened, but I hope to be in a better position to post more often.
I will be spending some time changing a few features of the blog, some of the pages might change, be deleted and new ones appear.
Well this is short and sweet for now, but contact has been made once more, now it’s off to reorganise what I want from the blog. Until the next post (which won’t be long) goodbye
Lots of things have happened since my last post, probably too much to mention.
June has not been a good month for my training. Only managed 192km last month which isn’t ideal before I cycle Ride London next month! However when you spend 4 days in hospital with abdominal and then associated heart problems the the cycling takes a back seat. The result of this is I have has a couple of biopsies taken from my bowel for further tests and we are now playing the waiting game. Fingers crossed.
Well as the new month is here, the month of the Tour de France, I can start to think about repairing some of the training as part of my recovery. Loads of commuting to work and the longer weekend rides are the order of the month, as well as trying to catch the tour highlights, the final week of Wimbledon and the final stages of the World Cup!
When I was in hospital I however did get a boost as my blood pressure is coming down as is my resting heart rate. As we know the fitter you are the lower these become as part of the health benefits. Having a resting heart rate in the mid to low 50’s was a nice piece of data to take away. At least I put in some hard work during April which will pay off next month.
So with the recovery in progress, I had my spirits raised further when my Sue Ryder jersey arrived in the post.
As you can see it looks good and I have to say I am looking forward to getting out there and giving it it’s debut ride. As well as this I received my start time and option to book a car park place. All this has been done and I am nearly ready. Later today with a bit of luck my new bidons should arrive and then can be fitted to the bike.
Am I ready? Well the training could have gone better without illness but I still feel I can perform well. I now have a cadence sensor and HR monitor so I can better manger my effort on the bike. I have to say the cadence sensor has helped me increase the speed slightly without entering the red for effort and wasting energy. Let’s see how we get on next month!
Please support me at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilWheeler5 for a great charity Sue Rider!
First you can help at my page http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilWheeler5. As you know I’m cycling 100 miles for Sue Ryder in the 2014 Ride London-Surrey 100 on 10th August.
If you read my previous post, or should I say watched the video about the fantastic work Sue Ryder do then you will know that every little bit counts. Here is a more detailed list of how Sue Ryder use the donations they receive.
How your donation can help Sue Ryder
£7.80 provides one hour of incredible care from one of our trained carers.
£15 pays for two stress relieving complementary therapy sessions for someone living with cancer.
£50 covers the cost of a day care/therapy session for somebody with dementia.
£150 enables three family members to each receive three bereavement sessions in one of our hospices.
£570 covers the cost of a highly trained nurse for a week providing care and support for patients and their families.
£1,000 pays for a clinical nurse specialist for a week working in the community offering individual and tailored support to patients in their own homes.
Sue a Ryder has 13 care centres across the UK which offer this incredible service for people. 1in 4, a massive 25% of us will suffer with some form of illness which we will require assistance from organisations like Sue Ryder. Let’s do something about making like better and being pro active rather than reactive.
You can help sue Ryder continue to deliver the incredible service they offer as well as finding vital research to improve the lives of us all by visiting my page http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilWheeler5 just think £15 pays for two stress relieving complementary therapy sessions for someone living with cancer.
I would like to think if I am ever in the situation of needing specialist care the fantastic UK population would help out to make my end a little more comfortable.
Of course when you have sponsored me you can relax and enjoy me suffering with the pain in training and on the day when I aim to complete the RideLondon-Surrey 100 in a decent time. If I can achieve my target it would be the same as providing:
The cost of a day care/therapy session for somebody with dementia.
Three family members to each receive three bereavement sessions in one of our hospices.
One highly trained nurse for a week providing care and support for patients and their families.
Pay to have me suffer and helping people less fortunate than ourselves. Sounds like a good deal.
Thank you for your support.
In an ideal world I would now be on my first ride with a club to try out what they have to offer, however whilst I might be out of action for a week or so with a bloody injury to my stomach I have had some time to think. This is a horrible time as I am very frustrated about not being able to ride, even for enjoyment.
I have also been thinking about when I get back on the bike how I can start to improve my performance on a bike and safely. To be fair this thinking process started before my injury, but now I have time to complete some proper research.
Why join a club?
At this stage I won’t be a competitor for the club, just looking for more social rides with like minded people and to be able to gain advice on my riding style, training and more importantly how to ride in a group.
This last point is an important one. Yes I have been involved in mass cycle events I the past, but never received or sought any training on how to ride in a group safely. This will be a vital skill when I cycle RideLondon in August. I’ve picked up a few ideas from the Sunday social rides I’ve done with friends but this area of my cycling is an area I need to know more about.
Well once I’ve recovered from the injury and cleared the other commitments I have at the weekends, I look forward to contacting the club again and getting out with the club, just to see how I get on.
I didn’t think I would have an injury which would put me out of action for a while. I don’t know why I didn’t think this as they can happen at any time, after a crash or through over training or pushing to soon for a goal, but I just assumed I would avoid these.
The annoying think was this weekend was going to be a sportive with a mate and the chance to put some hours on the clock for the next Strava challenge, one I could actually complete in the time for once. However due to ripped stomach muscles I will be forced to rest and allow the body to recover, which is frustrating to say the least.
I just hope I am not off the bike for to long.