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Guy Watson's : Ramblings of a 40 somethin'

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Lost Designs & Ideas of the 1980's

I really got into my cycling in the 1980's - back then bikes were pretty much the same and you had binary choices when it came to equipment e.g.: Steel or Aluminium Reynolds or Columbus Campagnolo or Campagnolo But even though it would be many years before manufacturing processes developed to make carbon fibre comercially available - that didn't stop some pioneers from trying to come up with something different when seeking marginal gaines. Some ideas were borerline geni

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Coaching Again

I first started my 1-2-1 coaching company 'PowerCoach' in 2004 when I hated my job and was looking for a 2nd income - I soon found out that I loved coaching but even by charging £100+ per month per rider didn't give me a useful hourly rate - not the way I wanted to coach a rider anyway. Even if you know the rider, it still takes about 10 hours to set up coaching for a rider in the first month, including meetings, designing the plan, completing the forms and records etc. So apart from coaching

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Evolution Of I-Team: Stage 2 Of 3

Hi guys, I've always said up to now that i-Team has been a project ongoing for me - but finally I have a vision of the finished article that I'd like to share with you... Prologue: When I started the club in 2003, I had no idea whether it would be a success or not and it's been fascinating for me to see how the club has developed, from 1-10 riders, up to nearly 300 at one point to the solid 150 or so that we have today. The first 10 years has been very rewarding - but the amount of time

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I Finished The Marmotte On Sunday - But Only Just...

07/07/12 was definitely the hardest day on a bike for me. The intention of writing this blog entry is not to list my excuses (I could have done that last year,) but rather to show what can be done if you are prepared to push yourself to your absolute limit... The Lead-in: Last year I managed to finish The Marmotte in 11 hours and 6 minutes. I was actually pleased with that ride because I was underprepared, after struggling for months to help save my Dad's business (which unfortunately fail

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Mission Accomplished (Sort Of...)

Yes - I finished The Marmotte. I am happy with that - it was definitely a tough day in the saddle, and I am pleased just to get round, considering that a couple of months ago I was struggling to get up anything bigger than a hump back bridge - but god, I regret not having the time to train more for it... The weather on the day was really favourable, nothing like the high temperatures that Dave Shaw had to ride in last year - it was a great opportunity to well and trueley nail it. So what'

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Feeling The Benefits Of Another Week Of Activity

Week Ending Sunday, 19th June 2011 Days of training so far = 16 Days to Marmotte = 13 Weight = 12st 12bs RHR = 54 13/06 - 2 hours easy 14/06 - 1 hour tempo 15/06 - Rest Day 16/06 - 2.5 hours including 3 laps Forestside at max in 1hr 2min 17/06 - Rest Day 18/06 - 2 hours Hilly with Cowplain Ride AM / 90 mins Gym & swim Eve 19/06 - Rest Day Not as much as I wanted to do as the weather has been bad and work got in the way but some good quality sessions that have really help

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At Last - A Proper Weeks Training...

It maybe too little too late for the Marmotte but I don't care, I'm really enjoying being back into being a bike rider again One thing that I have done to dramatic effect is to half my calorie intake. Previously, whenever I tried to loose weight, I got hungry and demoralised. I don't know what's happened, but it's like a switch has been activated and I am so motivated by weight loss, I don't get hungry. I've lost the best part of half a stone, which is a lot in a week but when you consider

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Shock News! - Riding Your Bike Will Make You Fitter!

Like a busy builder who's house extension will never be finished, like a garage mechanic who can't find time to fix his car, this coach had certainly taken his eye off the ball when it had come to his fitness regime! As I said in the last blog entry, the time to do something was long over due. If I'd only had the Marmotte to think about these last months, I am sure the reality would have hit home sooner - but that's history now, time to try and do something about it: Phase 1 - Get going ag

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Excuses, Excuses...

24th April 2011 - It's taken a while, but I've finally decided that perhaps I was doing to much! the deciding moment was getting dropped on a club run a few weeks ago now. OK, I was ill but there was more to it than that - I'd been 'ill' for ages it seemed. Excuses, excuses - I've had plenty - admittedly some pretty good ones too: Young family (eldest doing football boxing and cycling) Job has gone bananas (was 7 of us were covering UK - now 5 covering UK and Germany - but I still love it)

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Hi! - I'm Alan! (Retro Revisited And The 'straight Through' Freewheel...)

One of the things keeping me sane at the moment is a nice little retro bike project I've got in the garage. I managed to get my hands on a 1979 ALAN frame, made in Italy - same model as this one, but mine is red with horrible yellow decales. The reason I am excited about this bike is because this was one of the top bikes to have when I started riding in the late 70's as a spotty teenager. It will be hard for today's teenage racers to believe but back when all bikes were made of

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Winter Drawers On...

I got delivery of my new 2011 Ridley XBOW Cyclo Cross bike last week - and a very nice machine it is too. I wanted a 'proper' cross bike and the XBOW was the only one I could find for under a grand - making for a perfect Winter bike, and the frame is good enough to build up a cross racer too. There are plenty of manufacturers who list a cross bike in that price bracket - but close inspection will show you that they are a modified road frame with some canti bosses on the seat stays. The lon

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A Coffee After Badmington With Dino & Slilverlight...

There's a lot I like about cycling and being a cyclist. I like the feeling I get after a ride, I like getting out and about and exploring some new roads - and I like to meet interesting characters (- no shortage of those in cycling) I am such a lucky sod, in that my job takes me to different parts of the country, I often finish my surveys early PM, and with a bit of planning (as in putting the bike in the boot,) I can fit some nice rides in during the day. Last week I had an absolute corke

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Hell's Teeth! (Don't Overdose On The Pain Killers...)

Got myself into a right state over the weekend... I've needed some dental work for a few weeks (cracked teeth and a few fillings needed,) - but you know how it goes - I was 'too busy' to get myself booked in to the dentist... If only I had known what the result of neglecting this could be, I would have been first in the queue to book myself in. It all started last Friday, I woke up in the middle of the night with a bit of tooth ache - managed to get myself back to sleep then BANG! - the pa

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How To Run A Bike Club...

I've allways wanted i-Team to be the club that anyone can easily join - this has phenomally succesfull and we grew from 10-260 members in 2 years. However, growth at this rates places a high demand on resources and the main downside can be that someone with a credit card, on a bit of a whim can become a member and then never contribute anything to The Team. As you would expect, because this type of member didn't avail themselves of what we offer, they never get to understand the full value

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How Not To Run A Bike Club...

Just had an email from a (now ex) member having a right rant at me. On the face of it, fair enough, they joined i-Team last year and havn't received their first jersey yet: "This is a completely unacceptable circumstance. To have to wait for a jersey like this is beyond ridicule. On no less than three occasions the jersey has been "in the post" This team is marketed as a national team I live no more than 20 miles away from the teams base and have received nothing makes you wonder, I look f

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This Is Making Me A Geek...

2 days working on the new member's website and my head is ready to explode! Scived off work a bit today to finish the new template colour scheme in i-Team colours. Really glad I've spent the money and have continued down the Invision Powerboard route, as there are so many possibilities for customisation. Just uploaded an app today that will help save me time persuading members to contribute to the community. Obviously there is no pressure if members just want to remain on the sidelines and

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Back Blogging!

Missed riding this weekend but feels great to tick a few more items off the To-Do list. Spent Saturday packing envelopes with new jerseys and posting out to members. Sunday spent backing up server ready for the new updated member's area. As I'm self taught I have to spend time 'learning myself' how to do stuff but I enjoy it. Upgraded database to MYSQL 5.0 and PHP to 5.2.1. Then, once I double checked I had everything backed up I hit the button and started uploading the new files - so far, so

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Bye Big Fella...

What a shocker logging on and reading Phil's post about Jonnie. Really upset me because it comes just a few years after we lost Mark Brookes - both were dear friends who I got to know pretty well through coaching them for their 2004 Etape du Tour rides. There's something unique about the coach / rider relationship - as a coach you have to understand the sum of all stresses in a rider's life at a particular point in time - you have to talk about their personal issues before you can decide upo

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Clocks Forward - Let's Get It Ohhhhhhhhnnnnn!

Just got back from a beautiful evening's lane bashing around UpMarden and back. Not ridden for a few days due to nasty stomach bug but at least the weight is down a bit. Got a bit more peak power in the legs but just need 2 weeks / about 6 more rides so that I can keep going above threshold in the red a bit longer and get to the tops before I blow. Mind you, having a bike with gears is going to make a huge difference! - speaking of which.... more later

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Fast Fun

Getting a bit worried about all this training I've suddenly started doing - I might get fit! After an hour on the road yesterday I dropped in to the Wednesday night chain gang at the Mountbatten Centre. You could smell the testosterone! I wonder how many guys there will actually race this year. Strarted off in the fast group which was comfortable unless I went to the front (no chance of that in a race untill the last 200m for a while! ) Once the pace went up to mission critical speed, it

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A Bit More Power, A Bit Less Weight...

After years of false starts and hopes, I'm finally getting my life in order and getting some regular training in. It's amazing how hard it is to find the time to train when there are so many demands on your time: Family / work / in my case i-Team - all have taken me about 2-3 years to sort out. Now the opposit is true - it's so easy to get out and ride my bike. And my motivation is through the roof. Working from home the odd day makes it easier for me and I find my body loves trainin

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...then Nothing For 3 Weeks!

...well not exactly! I'm making slow progress - I did get out on my bike on Saturday - despite pulling my bike out of the garage with zero time to departure and finding a flat tyre. I was detrmined not to miss the ride though and the guys were good enough to wait for me at Rowlands Castle, where I joined them. And it felt great - I was still on 66 fixed and as we went a bit further than usual, I went pop a bit on the way home. I was tempted to peel off early but a quick chomp on an energy

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Guy_Watson

 

A Months Training In 3 Days!

I've just spent my 3rd consecutive day on the bike and that comes to a total of 8 hours - for the past few years, that is what I normally do in a month! So needless to say, apart from a very sore ar$e - I feel fantastic! Now that I'm not working on websites and admin so much, I've been able to spend the time cycling - you are what you do - I feel like a bike rider again - what a difference a few hours on the bike can make. First goal is to not get dropped on the hills on group rides -

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Fat, Fed Up And Frustrated...

Now and again I think what is the point with getting all stressed about trying to get fit and race again - afterall it seems a long time since I had the time to do any training. Every spare moment seems to be needed for something else. The reason I haven't posted for so long is because there has been nothing to post about cycling and I wanted to keep things positive - but then they say "A problem aired is a problem halved...' - or should that read 'a problem shared?' Anyway - I feel better al

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Big Ring Grin :)

First proper training ride for a month or so tonight and it was really interesting to find out how much difference loosing the best part of a stone makes. Fitness wise I'm about the same (I wasn't riding regularly before anyway) - so any difference was going to be most likely due to the wieght loss. The result? I did my 'usual' 1 hour evening ride with a 30 minute zone 4/5 effort in the middle (a circuit of Forestside at TT pace) and what was really noticeable was that I did it all in t

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