Black Holes and Revolutions…..

February 20, 2017, 12:23 pm

January is like a black hole, there is no light, it is dark, damp, depressing and you wonder whether you’ll ever escape it. As us tax advisers know, it’s difficult month! It’s always cold and windy, and actually quite dangerous to take the road bike out.


It’s been over a month since the last entry, but fear not, despite the opportunities for excuses not to bother, training has been going well. I’ve even managed to squeeze in a couple of sessions (drinking sessions) without it affecting the regime too much.


A quick update on the weight loss……8lbs in the first month, pushing the stone mark now, all helps with getting up those hills…..


So, to the cycling.


Turbo sessions have consisted of, hour long endurance (incredibly boring) and threshold sessions (incredibly hard). Been getting in about 3 a week. Trick is to watch a programme that lasts about an hour to remove some of the boredom and take you mind off your numb crotch. However, do not do a turbo session whilst watching a Newcastle match, whether it’s watching Paul Dummett chase the ball around like a puppy, or Jonjo Shelvey dish out his own brand of definitely not racist sledging, it’s impossible to keep the heart rate consistent.


I’ve been out for a couple of runs. Surprised myself. Actually made it back home and completed the loop. My house is up this massive hill… the first mile is quick, the last not so much.


And I’ve been out for two rides. The first was the local loop, c30 miles taking in the Col du Kibblesworth and Busty Bank, amongst others. Was tough, pace was down but good to get it in.


The second was the first “proper” ride of the year. Me and Neil cycled along the Tyne (ish) to Corbridge, then tackled the drag up past Slaley and to Derwent Reservoir (see above). Timing it perfectly for the wind to be behind on the way back, we clocked up speeds of 45mph before nailing the climb back up into Burnopfield. Neil headed off back to Washington and I psyched myself up for the Birkland Lane climb back to Sunniside.  58.1 miles, speed decent, a cracking position to work from.


Nothing much else to report I’m afraid. Looking towards doing a few sportives. First up is the MoD Rocker, which goes on Ministry of Defence roads up past Otterburn. 65miles, 1800m of climbing. Perfect way to spend an Easter Sunday. Now, where’s that registration form…..?


The Quest to Become the Knightside Chris Froome continues……

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On the 24th June 2017, the Tour de Force riders will start cycling from Dusseldorf. Whether cycling two or more days, this is a heroic undertaking. It will hurt!