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Trip currently up in the air

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I have had a troubled last few weeks. Although I had a great time in Malta (although no training) I was given some bad news about a member of my family becoming sick.

As such I have temporally put my plans on hold, by not booking any travel or accommodation, until I am more sure about whether its sensible to go ahead.

This has put a real dampener on my diet and in fact my weight has crept back up due to comfort eating (the bane of my life) and a lack of willpower.  My mood is low and although I am still training its not as organised as prior to the news.

I plan to kick start my diet and training program next week but we will see what becomes of this week.


So please think about my family in your prayers.

How to display your name and number on your Garmin

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

This tip I got from DCrainmaker. It enables you to put a message on the bootup screen of the Garmin.

To do this connect the Garmin to your computer.

Open the Garmin directory then find the “startup.txt” file.

Open this in a text editor and follow the instructions in the file.

Save this eject your Garmin and reboot it.

Job done.

First two weeks of the new year

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The start to the year has been wet and windy, however it has been unseasonably warm leading to a serious dilemma, what to wear? 
Normally about this time its:
Long sleeve base layer
bib tights
thick socks
long sleeve jersey
softshell jacket
windproof gloves
buff and hat
As you can see its rather a lot, the problem is in the crisp cold this is perfect.  My gore windstopper jacket is amazing and keeps me toasty even when its raining heavily.  The issueI am currently getting is very damp sleeves from sweat.  I have tried wearing short sleeve base layers, short sleeve jerseys and any and every combination without success.&nbsp.

I have done a reasonable amount of riding consistent with my training plan however still need to psych myself up to doing a ftp test. My plan is currently to do this on Sunday evening.
Planning my trip has not really started yet, I keep putting it off although I know I will enjoy it when I start.  All I know is I plan to do 100 miles a day which should take 10 days.  I am going to stay in budget hotels or hostels and do do it unsupported.
Looking at websites such as ultralight cycling my plan will be to use my carbon road bike with a bar bag and large saddle bag. This should be easier than my touring bike as it will force me to be very selective about my luggage.
Any suggestions would be helpful.

A new start

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

It is 6 years since I last posted in this Blog,I thought as I was approaching 40 this year I would set myself a new challenge.
So this year I am going to cycle Land’s End to John O’Groats. I plan to do this in the last two weeks of May.
The blog is to help motivate myself. If others read it and enjoy that’s great and any support is greatly appreciated.
I may also post about other interests I have as the weeks go by.

A few stats

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

For anyone interested here are some stats:
Day 1 3h42min 93.66km 4773kcal
Day 2 8h33min 167.5km 7754kcal
Day 3 5h47min 123.7km 5911kcal
Day 4 5h59min 127.8km 6038kcal
Day 5 5h39min 120.0km 5544kcal

Totals 29h40min 632.66km or 393miles 30020kcal

Last day of preparation

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

GrottoI think I am as ready as I will every be. The slight niggle in my right lower leg is still there but not impacting my cycling or getting worse, my bags are packed and I have done all the training I planned to do.

Now all I need to do is hop on the bike on Tuesday lunchtime and start pedalling. I have raised over £1300 so far and thanks to those of you who are collecting on my behalf.

I was watching the Tour de France this afternoon on TV as they cycled passed Lourdes, it made me think that in 9 days I will be arriving in Lourdes, god willing. I just hope and pray that my legs will be strong enough to do it.  I know that I have given my best in preparing for this pilgrimage and am the fittest I have ever been.

The cycling this weekend has been good because yesterday I did two hours in the heavy rain which was surprisingly fun. Today I just went up and down the Beacon 3 times, I did not feel as strong as usual but I am not too worried about that.  I just need to eat a bit more tonight and tomorrow.

I am looking forward to being able to ride with a clear head, not worrying about every little thing and just getting in a zone of spinning the pedals and enjoying the scenery. I hope to take lots of photos and keep you updated with my progress. (more…)

3 days 4 hours to go before the start

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

I am really delighted today as the sponsorship I have received has risen to over £1200, with much more pledged.  In fact I have had so many donations my paypal account has contacted me to confirm my details to prevent money laundering! Don’t worry I am not, and I have sorted out the paypal account so there is no problem. (more…)

Five days to go

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I now have five days to go until I set off.  My equipment is packed and ready and my hotel rooms and ferry are sorted.

So the last thing to organise is myself, initially I wanted to do the trip unsupported just on my own carrying what I need.  Now following the accidents I had and the equipment failures that have occurred. I, after much inner conflict, have a support crew! I felt at the beginning that this would be a cope out and lessen the potential achievement of the trip. (more…)

Very pleasant weekend

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I have had a great weekend in the run up to my trip. On Friday we saw Take That at Wembly which was an experience, the show was amazing with often too much going on to take it all in. Saturday we went for a lovely walk along the Thames.
Today I started of with an hour ride with Soph the I rode to the Lourdes office. Soph and I spent the day packing the medical boxes and then I cycled home. So I did about 75km and felt fine with no problems.
This week I will ride in the evenings then do a long ride Sat and rest Sunday and Monday. After that I am off.
I am getting excited but can’t believe how quick it’s come around. My main fear is to not be able to finish but I know even trying is a good accomplishment especially if you consider how low I felt at the begining of the year. I am not out of the tunnel yet but am slowly getting there. My prayers are with those who are still falling down that dark tunnel of dispair.
I feel I should finish on a slightly more upbeat note by congratulating all those who have done the race for life this weekend.


Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I hope you have noticed that I have posted the route I will be taking.  Its in the pages section on the sidebar, or click here.

Soph and I are currently writing lists and sorting through what I need to take for the trip and what needs to be brought on the train for me to have when on the pilgrimage. Its a balance between taking too much and not enough.

Training wise things are going well but I need to do some long low intensity ride tomorrow and probably on Tuesday and next weekend.

Thank you to all the people who have sponsored me so far, especially those who do not know me, I am incredibly grateful.