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Friday, 21 December 2012

It's all been a bit busy...

...but managing to get out and about on the bike every now and then.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Perpetual Motion back on the scene again!

  As an objective scientific / engineering type, I’ve tried hard…

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Monday, 10 September 2012

Still chilling out.....

  Still not doing much cycling really, still feeling a bit like I can’t be bothered to be honest.  I seem to be having a few anaemia issues again so I need to address that first really.  Sort of explains why the performances were tailing off quite dramatically towards the end of the season.

  However, Sue has been going out on her bike fairly regularly and I’ve been tagging along with her to keep her company.  We’ve got a nice quiet 14 and-a-bit mile route we do around Lound & Somerleyton and it’s amazing how much fitter she has got in just a few weeks.
  First time out we got round in about 1hr 20mins and Sue was half dead afterwards.  The other day we bombed round in 57 minutes fairly easily!  Amazing how quickly your fitness comes on when you start from scratch, it’s a great motivator – when you’ve been at it a while you have to claw at just tiny improvements, it can be a bit disheartening.

Sue's faithful steed!
  I’ve had one ‘training’ ride since packing in for 2012.  On Saturday I went out for a few hours fairly briskly (Av HR 135) out towards Bungay and looped back through Pakefield, Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, Lound & Bradwell along the middle part of the 1st stage of the Tour of Britain. There was a charity ride along the stage that day too and I expected to meet loads of cyclists but I think I was a bit too early for them. Still a pleasing number out and about though.
 Made me realize how many bits need replacing on the old Indestructible Training Bike though. It felt like a right old banger!!

The bombproof ITB!!!
  On Sunday the Tour proper came through the town.  We made a short walk up the road to Bradwell and perched ourselves on a sharp right hand bend near the doctors surgery (We ghoulishly hoped it might be a good spot for a pile up!!!)  An amazing number of spectators lined the route and it was a tremendous party atmosphere. No crashes fortunately!
  I wanted to catch the spectacle on film but didn't want to miss everything whilst farting about with the video camera so I perched it in a convenient hedge. Unfortunately, 'Hedge Cam'  didn't quite go according to plan....


So plan B was to velcro it to my hat.  Sort of worked but the aim was slightly off...

  We walked home and watched the stage live on the telly, including an appalling pile-up just outside the Showground!  I really enjoyed watching the riders on roads I know really well and ride on frequently. Made it all feel a bit more ‘real’.

  I’ve got a bit of a dilemma – turns out I’ve potentially won a couple of club awards for my 10 and 25 times.  They’re the fastest in the club this year.  It entails going to the club dinner and getting clapped and getting a trophy. Not sure that’s really me to be honest so I may not bother claiming them. At least that way they should go to an up-and-coming junior rider who would probably enjoy the occasion far more than me.  We’ll see.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Time to hang up the TT bike for this year.....

  Right, had enough of time trialling for one year so packing it in for 2012.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

VTTA 10 - punctured. Kings Lynn CC 25 1:00:14, 10th

  Going slightly better.  Still haven’t really ‘trained’ this week, just been out on a series of long (3-4 hour) recovery rides averaging a HR of 100-110 ish.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

CC Breckland 10 B10/3R

  Will Bamber 21:35.  Me, 21:52 3rd
  Another nice surprise!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Friday, 15 June 2012

East Anglian CC 10 - the lurgy and a pitiful 23:06

Oh dear!  Continuing to feel pretty crap.

  After missing most of my half-term week of ‘steady’ cycling, I managed to get out on the mountain bike a couple of times this week.  Still feel under par but slowly getting better.  I just feel so tired all the time – I never seem to be able to get enough sleep despite lots of early nights etc.

  Stupidly, I decided to turn up and ride the East Anglian CC 10 last night on the ‘fast’ B10/3 where I PB’d a couple of weeks ago.  It was windy as buggery but worse than that I went like crap!

  I should have just gone home after attempting my warm-up.  I sat on the turbo initially and felt dead – my legs really heavy and stingy.  I gave up, had a couple of hobnobs and a coffee and tried again.  Slightly better but still puny .  My HR was stuck really low despite trying harder.  Again, should have just gone home but persevered.

  The ride to the turn into the strong wind was pitifully slow with my HR stuck at 150 odd.  Every time I tried to put any effort in, my legs just filled up with lactic and locked up.  I clocked the guy who had started a minute ahead of me after the turn heading home and reckoned he was already a good two minutes ahead now.  I pretty much sat up.


  Had a brief stint at 35mph on the way home in the screaming tailwind but developed a really sharp pain under my ribs on my right side (liver??) that meant I couldn’t stay on the bars for long.  What the bloody hell was that all about?  Crossed the line feeling very strange and found myself trying to vomit on the sliproad off the A11 but nothing came up.  Dear, oh dear, oh dear....

  Didn’t even know what time I’d done until this morning.

  Felt awful on waking up and it felt like a real ordeal doing the 1/2 mile walk to work.  Stupid idiot.  Anyway, I’ve already DNS’ed all my weekend rides, in fact I may not even bother racing again until I get back from Le Mans in July.

Friday, 8 June 2012

A strange week.....

  Oh dear.  The ECCA 10 on the A11 near Newmarket turned out to be a horrendous experience. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

What a week! A new 10 mile PB and two course PB's!!

  A very pleasing week, although racing 4 times in eight days has left me feeling a bit smashed....

Sunday, 20 May 2012


 E2/50c 1hr 54 mins 57 secs (Becomes a new PB).  Winner A Stapleton 1 hr 43 min 41 secs (WOW!!!)

Saturday, 19 May 2012

CC Breckland 10

B10/19 Joint winners Me & young Declan Davis 23:14!

Wolsey RC 25

B25/50 Winner D Bloy 55.25, me 12th 1:00:50

Friday, 11 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

CC Breckland club 10

North Tuddenham.  24:00 3rd, Declan Davis 23:22, 2nd, winner Will Dorset 22:17....

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Not a lot to report.....

  All gone a bit Pete Tong this last week or two....

Friday, 20 April 2012

Laziness and Biscuits....

  Didn’t bother with the Thursday time trial – absolutely shattered.....

Monday, 16 April 2012

Monday, 9 April 2012

North Norfolk Wheelers 10, B10/5 again

Sheringham – Holt.  24:17, 2nd.  Winner Matt Hicks 23:28....

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Excessive Larditude - Why it has to go!!

  Nice ride out today.  3 hour fat-burning bimble up the coast (Av HR 116).....

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Incredible Shrinking man...

  Got on the scales this morning.  80kg dead!!  (12st 6 in old money).  Blimey that's 5 and a bit kgs off in about 3 weeks!  Aren't half hungry all the time though.....

  Next stop 75kgs.....

Monday, 2 April 2012

North Norfolk Wheelers 10, B10/5

Sheringham – Holt.  23:25, 4th.  Winner Will Dorsett 21:32....

Friday, 30 March 2012

Blimey! Actually enjoyed that!!

First semi-serious TT yesterday.... 

Who ate all the pies?

Er, me by the look of things.... 

Here we go!

Well....  Survived my first bike race of the year.  Best of all......

Right then, racing 2012 here we go!

   A bit later than planned because I’ve been a bit under the weather for the last couple of weeks, but....

2012 TT Bike

  Seeing as my body is working as it should for a change this year....

Haemoglobin-tastic! Cycling like the 'old days' again!

"noun Biochemistry .
the oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells that gives them their red color and serves to
convey oxygen to the tissues: occurs in reduced form (deoxyhemoglobin)  in venous blood and in combination with oxygen (oxyhemoglobin)  in arterial blood. Symbol:  Hb"
 I've been so fed up with my absolutely dreadful cycle racing performances since my 'comeback' in 2009.  Found out in the autumn that I've got deformed red blood cells - megaloblastic anaemia.  The treatment consists of mega doses of certain B vitamins (9 &12), the lack of which causes the red blood cells to form incorrectly.  Since having the full compliment of correct sized / shaped RBC's, I've been able to train and ride like a maniac!  It's great - it's what the pro's must feel like when they take EPO for the first time.  Spend most of my time churning a 46 x 14 on my MTB - I wouldn't have been physically strong enough to do that 6 months ago.  Here's hoping for a slightly more successful season in 2012.
(Originally posted on Captain Cosmic 18/1/2012)