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Out with the old

Out with the old

A little early with my post-weekend blog. Right now I’m watching the London Marathon ‘highlights‘ and the rain out the window hoping that it’ll pass and I can sneak in a run. Otherwise it might be more time on the bike and really I’ve biked a lot lately and could do with a bit more […]


Now you must execute the “Pinky Move”

Now you must execute the “Pinky Move”

The difficult part of this is writing something when not much has happened and there’s not much going to happen. Effectively I’m reliant on the mundane events of my life actually being of interest to others… As such this post promises to be an exciting one. I’ve got straight into adjusting my road bike setup, […]


It was all a blur

It was all a blur

At least if you leave your contact lenses at home… I’d like to say how nice Spain looks, but to be honest I didn’t see it that well when out on my ride. It added a new dimension to descending too when you can’t pick out all the details. I should say my sight isn’t […]


Passing through

Passing through

View Larger Map Another weekend, another location. This time 3 days training in Almunecar, Spain. I will take the opportunity now to get the obligatory weather commentary out the way – all there is to say is that for a change I am going somewhere where it’s sunny and warm. For a change I have […]


Little Chamonix

Little Chamonix

Another weekend, another opportunity to fall on my arse and bruise my elbow. Aptly timed to coincide with practising roping up when walking over tricky terrain. Technically the terrain wasn’t so tricky and it was just for practice, didn’t stop me giving it a go. So that’s me obscuring some of the view of the […]


Available for English lessons

Available for English lessons

At least at check-in for flights. I have taught some of the Toulouse check-in staff that you explain that bike tyres need to be flat by saying “your tyres must be deflated”. It’s a step up from miming the wheel and making a “pppsssshhhhttttt” noise. It has since been pointed out I missed the opportunity to […]


Tack on and snowed off

Tack on and snowed off

So my mini-training camp is done, just the flight home tomorrow morning. Bike is packed, kit isn’t yet, but that’s just a case of transferring the piles from the floor to the bag. Training went pretty well, 4 big days and then 1 unplanned little day. I managed not to crash this time, though I […]


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Global Warming (pre first training camp)

I’d really appreciate it if environmental change could focus on the warming side of things. I head to Pyrenees Multisport tomorrow for 5 days of training and following the weather reports it looks like I can expect to be cold and wet. I’m not asking for full on summer weather, but warm spring weather would […]


Starting point

Starting point

So after several years of generally criticising blogging I’m starting my own. The intention is to record what’s happening in my life over the next couple of years as I set about doing a little bit of travelling and a lot of training. I’m a little premature here as it’s another 139 days before I […]