Thursday, 30 October 2014


Not quite my commute - check out more amazing images from Alain Delorme

I'm pre-writing again. Not sure what I'll do today bike wise other than the journey to work and back. The forecast looks a bit better for the next few days apart from 30mph winds on Sunday so some good miles are called for.

At dinner last night we were talking about some of the amazing videos of gifted stunt riders you can watch online. I was surprised to learn that people didn't know about Martyn Ashton's accident so I felt I needed to have a catch up on his situation. Firstly he finished Road Party 2 after the accident.

Road Bike Party 2 - Martyn Ashton from endurance Junkie on Vimeo.

From his facebook page I found the best blog I've ever read. His words and attitude are an inspiration and I found myself mouthing the word 'brilliant' as I finished reading. I hope you like it too!
Martyn Ashton - year one

A thought occurred to me as I splished and sploshed in the rain yesterday and that was that I'm engaged in turbo trainer avoidance. It might be I'm not ready for the road to nowhere or more likely I have sufferfest phobia. Yesterday would have been so much more productive on the turbo! Never mind eh!

Winter Friend or Torture Device from endurance Junkie on Vimeo.

I can't believe what I agreed to last night without the aid of alcohol...Janet Frost (mentioned by name so you best retweet now,) my former team leader and recent conqueror of the DeLoitte Lands End to John O'Groats, laid down a challenge. Well it was more asking really. On June 20th 2015 she plans to do the chase the sun ride. The keener eyed of you will realise this is the summer solstice or longest day. There's 17 hours of daylight and during that time you ride from The Isle of Sheppey to Somerset, the small matter of 200 miles. That's my cycling goal for next year sorted then! Yep I'm having a pop at a double century. My longest ride to date is 105 miles so this will require serious training, a lot more healthy eating and possibly a very long booze ban! We all need goals though don't we?

To today's riding. My ride in was the standard commute and then I did a bit extra on the way home. Given what I've said above I guess I'm going to need to do a lot more bonus miles. It was a nice little ride though, unlike yesterday it was dry. It was also warm. Today I'm back down to shorts, short sleeved cycling Jersey and standard mitts. The only concession to the time of year was the clear lenses in my eyewear. I picked up some trophies too so all in all I'm a happy MAMIL.

The day was topped off by cycling buddy Big Steve bringing round another stack of logs. At some point it will get proper cold and then we'll be fine because the log burner will be well fed! For his trouble he's quality controlling my beers whilst I head towards the end of  Macmillan's GoSoberforOctober. It's a tough job so thanks for your help Steve. 

More commuting tomorrow and then the bit that really floats my boat, the weekend club rides. 

Happy pedalling

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