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In The Midst Of Winter Training 2011/2012

It's coming to that time of the winter when I am thinking about upping the intensity of the training, and that is after the i-Team winter training camp at the end of January!! The winter has been all about the base for me, a combination of rollers, turbo and club rides with the emphasis on controlled work. For each week between November and February has been... 1 roller session - 65% ftp power session, 5 x 15 minute efforts 1 turbo session - CTS Hill Repeats session 1 track session at Mo

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A Review Of 2011 In Numbers

My 2011 in numbers… 5299 miles ridden + 229 miles for January not on Garmin 122 miles, longest single ride (Dragon Sportive) 193544 calories burnt 200 approximately the number of times I got on the bike 1 European sportive 3 rides over 100 miles 15 rides between 50 and 99 miles 8 BC race points earned 45.6 mph, max speed Harting Hill 25.2 mph highest average speed for race 182 bpm max heart rate 96 km total climbing – se

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The Unadulterated Final Article For Cycling Plus

We were asked to pen a few words for the last Cycling Plus Article that was published in December 2011. Needless to say it has had some serious editing, so here is the article I submitted to them... It only seems like yesterday that we received the initial email from Cycling Plus telling us that we had won the lottery (well the cycling equivalent at any rate). So what has gone since May? My objectives for the year have been pretty much met. I completed the Marmotte, not the greatest t

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Choosing Your Sportive For 2012

And this is my first post Cycling Plus blog... I am now fully geared up for winter training with the memories of sportive and race successes fading away and the prospect of 4 months of either indoor or cold and wet training. Already the sportive marketeers are filling our minds with the promise of greater challenges to come. And those marketeers have been busy. It seems when giving a name to you sportive it is essential that it has a name that fills the prospective riders with fear an

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Is This The Last Blog For Cycling Plus?

Who knows, they haven't told us... Blog 14th November 2011 Last week was my first attendance at winter circuit training at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. The idea is that it is a one hour threshold ride of through and off. In reality it is around 45 minutes of the above and 15 minutes of riders showing how strong they are and trying the blow the field apart. I first rode this around a year ago but do not have the stats for the ride, my first Garmin stats come from Ja

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My Training For The Marmotte

Here is my blog for this weeks Cycling Plus website... It is coming to the time of year when we set our cycling objectives for the coming spring and summer, unlike New Years resolutions these can't wait until the last day of the year since there is vital training and preparation time between now and Christmas that will allow us to indulge a little more over the festive period safe in the knowledge that we put in those all important early weeks. My targets for next year include improvin

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The Food Police Have Taken My Food Diary And...

This is the blog for C+ w/c 31st October 2011 As someone who has been taking this cycling pretty seriously for the past year or so I thought that I had my eating habits pretty much in order. No cakes (one or two per month), no fried food at all and an attempt to keep everything low-fat and high carb. Well all of those thoughts are up for reassessment as Dr Justin Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Nutrition) at the University of Hertfordshire, does his best to get

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October 24Th Blog For Cycling Plus. Club Ride And Points Chaser Race.

A weekend of learning… It’s been a long time since I had the chance to join the I-Team.cc Saturday club ride, the Etape-Cymru and Rollapaluza being only two of the reasons why. This week was scheduled as a “meet-up” week which means the development and faster riders ride together for the first hour or so before separating and meeting up again at the café in Rowlands Castle on the Hampshire/Sussex border. I had planned to drive over, ride with the development group then drive home. But

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Sheffield Weekend With Russ Downing Et Al

Here is my blog for Cycling Plus readers for a great weekend... What a weekend, mixing with the pros, having a bash at Rollapaluza and finally riding Russ Downing’s training route in the Ride of The Falling Leaves. But why were we there? Well The Sportive was run in conjunction with Claremont Hospital who provided us with the excellent ‘pro-treatment’ day earlier in the summer and they were running the event alongside the Out of the Saddle CC, the Brothers Downing’s newly formed club based

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Etape Cymru

This got a little too long for a forum post so popped it here instead... I should point out that the overall day and ride is not as negative as it reads back... My day started really early, I woke up around 5am and could not get to sleep. This was not the end of the world. My alarm was set for 5.45 so I just did everything more slowly. This event is one of the 'must attend' events nominated by Cycling Plus, it has been heavily promoted by the mag over the past few issues. We planned

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An American Tale

Many would consider the good old US of A to be the home of the motor car and somewhere that the dominance of four wheeled travel left no room for those embarking on two, self-powered wheels. Well a recent trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming (famous as a skiing destination) proved to me that on a local level cyclists are better catered for than in the UK. I had been in touch with Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Bicycles in the weeks leading up to our holiday and had arranged to pick up one of his hi

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What's In A Coach? - My Cycling Plus Blog For This Week

A couple of months into the program with coach Joe Beer, I though it might be interesting the draw a few comparisons (if indeed there are any) between the coaching I have received in the past and what I am doing now for my cycling. A reasonable place to start might be the motivation for taking a coach in the first place. For me these are in fact pretty similar, to become the best that I can be at my particular hobby/obsession (I put in both since it is how they are described to me), for gol

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Post Marmotte Blues?

I was wondering if after the exploits and daring doos of the Marmotte, and the most fantasitc week leading up to it, if the enthusiasm for the bike would diminish somewhat once I had returned to dear old Blightly? Well, it would appear the answer is a categorical "no!". I had almost two weeks off the bike, the first as part of my "I need a weeks rest thing" and the second because we then hopped on a flight with Stelios and took in the Italian Lakes specifically to see Take That at the San S

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La Marmotte – A Novices Tale

The day started brightly and most of us were ready for the 7.00am leave from the car park. Hastily taken photos will be the only memory of the fear and excitement on the teams faces as they set off for the start. Not as cold as I thought it might be, but still cold enough to warrant arm warmers and rain capes for those who bought them. The cool free flowing river next to us at the start was soon filling with the results of maximum hydration and anyone filling bidons further downstream

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First Trip To Bourg D'oisans With A Bike... My Version Of Events

A late afternoon start saw Andy Rook, Paul Webb and myself heading off towards Dover for the cycling adventure of the year. Half-a-mile in and we’re all too busy yacking and miss the Sat-Nav directions to turn right, not a disaster but a testy start. An uneventful crossing and journey down saw us arriving at the campsite at the foot of The Alp at around 09.30 Tuesday morning and breakfast, courtesy of Chris Powell, a bike build and the donning of kit saw us on the road a little after 10.00 on wh

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I Could Have Been In The Rapha Pro Team

at least in the way I was looked after. The next published item in Cycling Plus (July) will be an article on our visit to the Claremont Sports Performance Centre in Sheffield. This is a quick breakdown of the day for those who might be interested in trying some of these for themselves and of course I am quite happy to answer any questions that you might have about the day. Session 1 - fit a a Powertap to the bike, attach a turbo and ride. The session starting with a lung function

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Can It Only Be 13 Days?

As I sit here on Sunday evening it has been an eventful week. The horrible bit first, our computer decided to create a new my pictures folder on Thursday night and this removed all of our photos from our last 4 years of holidays etc. It is still restoring and recovering now and as you can imagine this has been edge of the seat stuff (and I work in IT ). Now the good bit.... 30 plus miles on Monday seemed a good way to warm up for Galloping at Goodwood on Tuesday and so it turned

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Not Long To The Big One

With a couple of days to recover from the Dragon ride which included my birthday (TdF box set and HTC team shirt so I can sprint like Cav) and my post event masage (massage lady very impressed with my new muscles ) it was Wednesday before I ventured out on the bike again, it was a bit of a disaster since my legs had forgotten how to pedal after mt massage . On the same day I had my first session with Joe Beer. Not really knowing what to expect made it tricky but I think without the informati

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And Back After A Short Break

After a week in Wales culminating in the Dragon ride I have not had chance to put finger to keyboard for a couple of weeks, hopefully I can remember what happened all those days ago . Especially since it is my actual birthday today and was my I-Team birthday on Saturday. The week before last was a standard week, a run out at the Goodwood Gallops which was very tough. After the success of the previous week I was initally disappointed to get dropped in the first few laps, but delighted to get

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What A Week! And It's Quite A Long Read

This week has been just abour perfect :D After my frst two efforts at the the Goodwood Gallops (GG) I decided that I needed to do something differently this time if I was to meet my first goal of finishing on the same lap as everyone else. Well as it turns our I changed a couple of things. First thing to change was to put a 23-11 cassette in place of my 27-11 Martmotte approved cassette, secondly was my food intake on the day of the event Joe Beer, my new coach (like how I slipped that in

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A Sad Week For All

What a sad week this has been, the funeral of one of the greatest golfers of all time and the death of Wouter Weylandt on stage 3 of the Giro. I cannot say that Seve got me into golf in the 80's but I did attend an Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale and only followed one match round the course, Seve's of course. I remember that he sank what must have been an 80 foot putt on the 18th and the grandstand erupted in a wall of sound that would not have been out of place at yesterday's FA cup

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What A Week, My First 100 Miler And The Chance Of A Lifetime

I thought last week was good, but this weeks has been even better. Monday night, my treaditional rest night, this normally means sorting out my kit and bike from the rigours of the weekend. Goodwood Gallops on Tuesday was better than the week before, even though we went round backwards, well not literally of course, but I assume that the strong wind from the north could have led to carnage on the final bend/chicance so it ended with a long into wind sprint to the finish line. Not of course t

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Accepted For The Team Cycling Plus Program For 2011/12

Here is the text from the email I sent off to Cycling Plus at the end of March... Dear Cycling Plus A year ago, almost to the day, I stumbled whilst getting off of a bus returning from skiing (sober I promise). The resultant knee injury (actually a tightening of the muscles supporting the knee) put pay to my usual diet of Pilates, aerobics and circuit training. After a 6 week lay off my girlfriend finally snapped, “why don’t you get your fat *rse” off the sofa and go for a ride on y

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Hard Week In The Saddle. First Race At Goodwood, Last Chaingang At Forestside And 100K Round The Island

This weeks was always going to be much more interesting than last. Monday would normally be a rest day but with a week of recovery, an Easter Egg and the IOW Randonee at the end of the week I though a couple of hours in the hills around the Goodwood Estate would be just the ticket, and they were. A beautiful day afternoon with very few cars around meant a good session with around 500m ascent. Goodwood Gallops started on Tuesday and I had already decided that an hour plus a week at upper z

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Recovery Week, Feels Like Cheating

This last week has been a recovery week, my first proper one and something which has been a little wierd. Monday night was massage night, legs ony!! I usually have one every month or six weeks and after a major effort skiing holiday and last weeks sportive for example. Tuesday and Wednesday were 20 mile zone 2 rides, felt a little like cheating really and a chance to let my mind wonder. Thursday was supposed to be recovery too but turning up at Rowlands for the chaingang put pay to that. Not

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