24th January 2014

It was far to icy to go out for a ride this morning, so I decided to have a slow morning, I watched an episode of Mythbusters then as the morning started warming I washed the car and then the van.

At 11:30 I set off on the Chain Gang route, the sky was clear and the sun was out, it was one of those brisk and delightful day’s that I always forget can exist in the winter ;-)

I stopped at the Stable Tea room in Hullavington for a spot of tea, bacon roll and a slice of cake, then I continued the route home.

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.83 mi Distance
16.2 mph Avg Speed
1,405 C Calories
2:31:33 Time
1,247 ft Elev Gain
42.6 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

23rd January 2015

Worked from home today, it was bloomin freezing out! so I opted against a real ride and settled for a session on the rollers ;-)

I decided against a hard session and opted to have an easy spin whilst watching a couple of episodes of Arrow Season 2, it all worked out rather well and the time flew by :-)

TrainerRoad had the session as…

Bald Knob

And on Strava here…

22nd January 2015

When I got in from work, I got changed and had a quick session on the rollers, I started a wee bit late and after 30 minutes I decided I had enough and decided to stop.

After a quick shower/change we ate, tidied up and then collapsed for the evening, roll on the summer when I have more energy!

TrainerRoad had the session as…

Sufferfest The Hunted

And Strava…

21st January 2015

Poor old Milo didn`t have a good night, hence neither did I, and I was very tired last night and went to bed early!

I was up and letting him out to the toilet at 10:30, 12:30 and 4:30 this morning, hence I am tired again tonight!

I ended up getting in from work and vegetating on the sofa, hopefully I will have a better nights sleep tonight!

20th January 2015

The hospital procedure happened and there is no sign of anything untoward ;-)

At 5:30 I downed tools and went for a little spin on the rollers, I was thinking about having an hours session, but after 30 minutes I felt I had done enough for one day…

TrainerRoad had the session as…

Sufferfest The Rookie

And on Strava here…

19th January 2015

I would normally say “Night Off, Played computer games”. But tomorrow I have a hospital appointment and I am feeling a little nervous,so I decided to have a quiet evening reading :-)

18th January 2015

The weather forecast was for an uber cold day, so I had resigned myself to an indoor session.

I got up at a reasonably leisurely pace and set the rollers up, I decided to give some climbing training a go, courtesy of TrainerRoad and RealRides climbing video.

I had a bit of a dilemma, hit the power target, but have a higher cadence than would be possible for me climbing, or have a realistic cadence and be nowhere near the power target!

So I played both cards, I hit the power targets for the 3 short sharp intervals, and ground out a low cadence on the two long drawn out ‘hills’.

The TrainerRoad session can be found here…

RealRides Climb

And on Strava here…

It worked out quite well, apart from I could have gone out, it was chilly but nowhere near as cold as forecast and the sun was shining with clear blue skies :-)

After a quick shower/change I washed the car and van, they were both VERY dirty.

With the vehicles clean I took the dogs for a walk with wifey, we had a spot of lunch at the Monkton Park golf course tea room ;-)

When I got back home I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the oven, followed by getting it dirty by cooking the Sunday roast!

17th January 2015

I had resigned myself to an indoor session today, that was until I had a wee conversation with Paul last night and we decided it would be a good idea to go out for a mid afternoon cycle ride ;-)

The weather forecast proved to be honest it was sunny and relatively warm :-)

I met up with Paul at his mansion for 12:30 and we set off on a reverse chain gang route, as Paul has a prolapsed disk and has been off the bike for a while, it was a bit of an experiment, we made it to Hullavington and stopped for a wee spot of tea and cake ;-)

After the tea stop the temperature appeared to plummet and we decided to call it a day, so we headed back to Paul’s for a spot more tea and cake ;-)

I set off home from Paul’s in the cold dark rain :-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

25.04 mi Distance
13.6 mph Avg Speed
752 C Calories
1:50:20 Time
896 ft Elev Gain
38.4 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

16th January 2015

I worked from home today, I was reasonably busy and didn’t manage to get out on the bike (besides it was to darn cold!)

At 6pm I decided I would have a session on the rollers, I also reasoned it was a bout time I did another cycle fitness test! so I started up TrainerRoad, loaded up the 8 minute test and played Amorphis – Magic and Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years ;-) A jolly good album ;-)

I went at the first 8 minute session hard, just about holding 400 watts for the whole 8 minutes! then the heart rate monitor started playing up so I stopped a few times to try and adjust it, I also needed a drink and a cool off!

I went at the second 8 minutes a little easier, but still found it damn tough!

The Trainer road session can be found here…

8 Minute Test

And Strava here…

Looking at the weekends weather forecast it looks like I am going to be spending my quality cycle time in doors…A mixture of sub zero and snow is on the way :-(

15th January 2015

Worked in Milton Keynes today, as per usual I took a bike and went for a lunchtime ride with Jim…

It was damn windy and the return leg was very hard work, straight into the headwind!

The Garmin had the ride as…

14.39 mi Distance
17.0 mph Avg Speed
611 C Calories
50:45 Time
472 ft Elev Gain
44.1 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

Cycling Stats 03/01/15

Road (+ Roller) miles...
4,198.78 Miles in 2008
9,504.17 Miles in 2009
10,808.93 (763.77) Miles in 2010
11,790.49 (287) Miles in 2011
10,906.37 (682.2) Miles in 2012
9,242.14 (842.63) Miles 2013
10,833.49 (83.7) Miles Cycling 2014
293.12 Miles Running 2014

126.04 Miles 2015

Rollers/Turbo 2015
0 miles 0 Hours 0 Minutes

Running 2015
0 miles0 Hours 0 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 2,801.19
Chain 1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 826.70 *
Chain set: 7,799.19

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 1,121.20
Chain 2: 126.04*

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 756.70

*Currently fitted chain