Archive for January, 2016


Friday, January 29th, 2016

The most important thing I can do before the trip excluding training is to loose weight.
I started this year at 118.5kg which gave me a BMI of 33.3. I have reduced this to 111.8kg by using mynetdiary to calorie count. This ties in with my fitbit app allowing me to eat the required food to loose weight in a controlled manner. The app helps reduce my temptation to snack which historically been by biggest downfall.
Sophie is fantastic, menu planning to give a well rounded diet of fantastic food for lunch and dinner but keeping the calories in check.

Hopefully I will get to about 100kg by the time of the ride which will save me huge amounts of effort on the climbs.

Looking at watts/kg at 20min peak power
At start of year it was: 1.96
On 24th Jan : 2.11
If I get to 100kg with same power it would be: 2.44
This would give me a 20% increase in performance on hills.
Obviously with my training I hope to increase the raw power output as well.

Route Planning

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

I have just started the route plan, but struggling because there is too much choice. Apart from the start & end point the only stop I know is Edinburgh where I can stay with family.
The CTC End to End guide I received by emailing them has been useful to a point. The problem is the route stops are too frequent for my schedule. Other routes I have found go up the west of Scotland.
I am using Garmin’s road trip application on the Mac which I used when I cycled to Lourdes. But it takes a little while to refamilarise myself with it .

I still haven’t budgeted for the trip but I know my costs will include:
Travel to Cornwall (family driving me down)
Accommodation for the trip
Food and drink
Transport back from John o’Groats for me and the bike.

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.