Catching Up

Ok ok, time has been a big issue for my lack of posts. Combine that with the horrible image uploading on the wordpress iPhone app and its not been motivating for me.. (also the resizing of pictures on the web version is TERRIBLE!!-can anyone help? I use the % scale and it completely distorts the original dimensions)
Edit: the pictures are also uploaded in a random order and when i try move them to the correct order and the captions stay behind or merge with another caption!!

Anyway, what have I been up to?

Well, had a few larger rides – 60km (only packed one flapjack..) & 70km (learned from my mistakes and pack a whole packed lunch!)

I’ve also had a birthday in the middle so got a few nifty things:- Crank Brothers multi tool (a bit disappointed as there’s not much leverage), Cat-eye Velo 7 (very impressed!) and some SPDs (complete with 3 humiliating falls and a nasty ankle injury)

I’ve certainly been putting in the miles and, hopefully, this will pay off for the charity ride.

I’ve also been buying myself all the rest of the gear for my ride. Things like a pannier rack, bags (pannier & frame) etc. I’m yet to buy some bib shorts, a new helmet, some better fitting shoes (my old ones were Aldi £15 ones) and some new glasses. I bought some glasses but broke the frame trying to change lenses!! Hopefully the warranty will cover it

Finally, I’ll leave you with a selection of images taken over the past couple of weekends



I love making new friends


I also love lunchtime..


Half way point- the top of a looooong climb (we climbed for about 20km!)



We followed the canal a long way


Jordan took the first fall, I turned to look at him and laugh-causing me to fall


Planning the next step


As i say, we followed for a long way


There were many manual rail crossings


Enjoying the rare sunny day


We found a bench to rest my phone camera on


Making another friend


Midweek Madman

I feel I’ve gotten’ to a stage where I’m no longer classed as a Weekend Warrior but now a Midweek Madman (or whatever the opposite of Weekend Warrior is)

It feels good. I’m not a fair weather cyclist either – I’ve been out in heavy rain, heavy winds and freezing temperatures. Tonight, it was cold. A pretty thick & sticky mud but boy was it cold!

Anyway, about 1.5km into my stride I came across this momentum killer! I havent a clue how it happened as the winds havent been near as bad as I’ve known. None the less I had to get off and carry my bike (so I thought I’d take a few photos whilst I’d stopped)


This thing was a puncture minefield!



The rest of the trail was pretty beaten up by the recent weather. But I thought because I was going slow through it, I could use this ride to show you what my local tracks look like.

Note: This track is the easy track. All the drops and advanced skills trails are for my longer rides when I have more time to reach them


I had a rare moment where I could safely take my feet off the pedals without being up to my ankles in mud and water


Just a wintry look back across a nearby field. Hopefully the last bit of winter we’ll see for a while!


As always, camera images don’t have the right depth to show a climb / descent but, believe it or not, that path on the left is a mammoth climb! The one on the right isn’t an easy one either


Testing out my iPhone panorama function. Another look at the two paths. These are actually part of the Trans Pennine Way


In the Summer you can get incredible views from the top of this Viaduct. It’s a good place to stop and rest after the large climb too


Again, testing the panorama function. The light was getting pretty low by this time so the ISO on my iPhone bumped all the way up (hence the noise)

I’ll be taking more pictures when the weathers nicer and I can get something a bit different from the viaduct, mud and the footpath.


A Hobby or a Chore?

Whilst on my brief ride yesterday I had a thought spring to mind, which I’ve purposely given its own post for.

I first took up cycling properly in the Summer of 2012 to be in ‘the outdoors’ and because Jordan got me out on the trails all the time. It was a new thing for both of us and quite exciting.

He then mentioned this charity bike ride, and then my time out and about turned from something to do – to fill a bit of time – into a purposeful adventure. Whenever I was out I was working towards something and it was beneficial. I was waking up on weekends and I wasnt grumpy. I was happy and excited about going on a ride. 

I’m fortunate enough for it never to have been a chore to be out. Even in the high winds and blistering cold I enjoy the time out. Either alone with my thoughts or with others sharing thoughts.

Also, cycling is a great social activity.. just like walking. Its a repetitive motion that becomes something you stop thinking about and just do it. You can chat away and before long you’re miles away.

What I’m saying is, for me, getting out on the bike has never been a chore, but more of a joy. And I find that great!


Back to Training

I’ve been out of action for a while because my bike’s been broken. I do have a backup that I can use, but I’ve only just fixed that one last weekend.

I got my regular bike back from the repair shop on Wednesday, so the official training starts this weekend. I have 2 free mornings so I’ll be out taking it slowly, getting back into gear progressively.

Jordan and Adam both go to Nottingham University, and I work full-time in Doncaster. Occasionally Jordan travels home for the weekend and we can train together, but sometimes I find myself out on my own- which can get a bit lonely.

There’s so many paths and woods to cycle through nearby (luckily) so I’m very much looking forward to getting back into cycling.