Bank holiday hill climbing

Had a superb weekend in Cheshire riding across the Cheshire plain and up some hills in the Peak District. On Saturday we had a super climb up Brickworks in Pott Shrigley (very popular with local cyclists – fabulous views at the top) and came back via the Cat and Fiddle and Macclesfield Forrest. The weather was superb – glorious weather.

The Cat and Fiddle is now shut – not enough trade during the week – but it used to be the highest Inn in England (a subtle distinction as I think there are a bunch of highest pubs and hotels elsewhere). Fortunately there was a burger van parked in the lay-by opposite that allowed us to get water and a cup of tea. I was very hungry in the morning and ran through all my food before lunch – memories of the sugar knock two weeks ago drove me to take no risks with the feeding!

On Sunday we rode back to the Peaks and climbed the Cloud and rode through Wildboarclough (where the last wild boar was shot in England I seem to remember). Another glorious day and tons of memories stirred in me as we rode through places in Cheshire I last cycled through 32 years ago!

Plenty of James Hurrell’s home brew was drunk (excellent stuff – gingery beer) as well as sampling his Lithuanian whisky (it all got a bit blurry at the end).

I ate quite a lot of bread which I’ve not eaten much of over the last nine months with astonishingly unpleasant consequences! Poor Maurice was at a singular disadvantage in the car…amazing that a change in diet can affect a chap so much.

March’s training record and weight loss chart

Well March was quite successful in achieving my training plan goals.  I was able to do 94% of the proposed mileage and over 100% of the training hours.  The bad weather fortunately did not restrict me the way it has some of the others on the ride.

The weight is still coming down too…I think I would like to lose another four or five pounds but broadly speaking I’m in pretty good shape (think I’m the lightest I’ve been for nearly 25 years!) 

If the Internet runs true to form this post will suddenly attract a flurry of automated likes from a bunch of blogging robots with a suggestion I should follow their diet and nutrition sites in return.  The fact that no one has actually looked at this site (but liked it regardless) really annoys me!

There are now at least 28 cyclists signed up for the ride in June so it shaping up to be a fun event. Maurice and I have a training weekend planned in the Peak District on the first weekend in May which should be a chance to get some hills in with James Hurrell and also a long sportive (Suffolk Sunrise) later in May.  

It never rains but it pours…

Had a good weekend riding on Good Friday and Easter Sunday (60 and 50 miles respectively) however having real problems with my satnav which is no longer holding a battery charge…I end up with funny track records like the one below:

I am a bit concerned – the satnav is necessary for LEJoG and is what I use to record all my rides…I’m skint at the moment too so will struggle to replace it (it’s only two and a half years old – not happy it’s not working!)

Its also been pouring down with rain too (bank holiday weekend!) when I’ve not been riding so had a bit of a facer riding through Hoo. The road is often under water however is usually only a couple of inches deep. After I got half way through the flood it was a bit late to find out it was nearly a foot deep and I was running out of momentum…the water came halfway up my calves and was well over my winter boots. Two hours of riding with cold wet feet later I got home a wiser man!

Looking at the picture above I realise I need to pay a bit more attention! It’s obviously about 8 feet deep!

All in all a good weekend – I managed to hit my weeks training target and had Mum and Dad over for weekend. Had a jolly pint in the Fat Cat too so SCORE!

January’s training record

Well it’s not been as bad as I feared however did not achieve as much as I planned. Two weeks sick put a hole in this months plan but it is early days and things seem back on track. The weight continues to go down and the target weight is almost in sight.

On the face of it I only lost one week of training however I need to make up the fitness I lost from being sick. Still it’s a good start – four months now to go!