New And Improved Goal List

25 01 2011

So here is the NEW and IMPROVED Goal List, Some are to be finished in 2011, but overall they are a new set of goals that I can work towards every day, Its been a while as 98% of my old goals had been achieved, The Original list , is at the bottom.

1. Lose 40 Pounds in 2011

2. Cycle a Marathon at least once a week on the commute to/from work (26.2 Miles)

3. Run to work and back (13 Miles in total)

4. Cycle 90 Miles, off road, on a MTB

5. Cycle 100 Miles, on road, without stopping (Pee stops permitted)

6. Run The Manchester 10k

7. Finish the Mottram Moor Climb in under 7 Mins (Current PB 8 Mins 22 Seconds)

8.Weigh less than 200 Pounds

8. Wear Medium Tops

9. Wear 15″ Collar Shirts

10. Own a Trek Madone

11. Compete in a Triathlon

12. Run a Half Marathon

13. Write A Book of my journey

14. Promote cycling and weight loss to a room of Morbidly Obese adults

15. Ride a 100 Miles of Nowhere event

16.Never gain more than 1 pound in a week in 2011

17. Visit America and go for a ride

18. Ride a roller coaster again

19. Fit in a size 34 pants

20. Commute 250 Miles in 5 days

21. Ride the Manchester to Blackpool in under 3 hours

22. Get an average speed of over 20 MPH over a 10 Mile commute

23. Ride the Velodrome

24. Get my sprint speed to over 40 Mph (Current Best 36.8Mph)

25. Become a Personal Trainer for Obese Adults

26. Update the “Theme” of this blog Done

27. Ride Joel Lane at least once a week

28. Get my Skin removed

29. Ride a L’Étape du Tour

30. Get a Anti-Obesity Cycling Jersey Printed

31. If I don’t lose at least 2 Pounds in a single week I must wear THIS at least once the following week.

32. Cycle 15000 Miles

33. Cycle 20000 Miles

34. Admit I have a eating disorder

35. FINALLY Beat my eating disorder

I’m Such A Loser, I Have Totally Lost It !

22 01 2011

RIGHT…………..Hands Up who thought this was a self pitty, bad news post ??????? you should know better than that by now, I am only allowed a couple of those per year and there was one of them last week, not this week, Its been AMAZING !!!!!

This is a REFRESHING Post……..

I’m Such A Loser, I Have Totally Lost It !

8.5 Pounds !!!!!! it took me 3 weeks to gain  7.5 Pounds, I was disgusted with myself, ashamed at what I had done , the cock-up’s I made, so after last weeks post, there was no way this week was going to be anything other than a “home run”, I changed the way I look at food and the way my diet works and I cycled longer and harder than I have done since November, the result was I lost the 7.5 Pounds I gained and an extra one to boot, yup, Since Saturday last week I have lost 8.5 Pounds ! Weigh in isnt until Monday, so there is a chance I can go for a Double Digit loss, let’s see if the new way of eating is as good as I think it is !!!!

Tell me why I dont like Monday’s

Monday morning was warm (well, warm vs how it had been) so I donned my full Astana Team Kit and headed out for a nice early morning commute, I was filled with pride, I remember watching the 2009 Tour De France seeing Lance Armstrong in the same kit, wishing I could one day be slim enough to wear the same, I had lost around 15 stone but was still very much obese at this point and while I had turned my life around, I never thought I’d actually one day be wearing the same Kit as Lance. I hit Joel Lane HARD, I was stood up all the way, heading for a PB time, when BANG I snapped a spoke in the rear wheel, I know it wasn’t to do with my weight (like it used to be), maybe a 25% + Hill in the Big Ring put too much pressure on a factory built wheel, so I turned around, grabbed the MTB and headed down the canal, a little late, I pushed REALLY hard, ended up getting to work with a PB for the Canal Commute 😀

You Can Be Both:

A comment a month or 2 back left by Pete Mate said “Your a good Roadie and MTB’er and enjoy both, so be both” how glad was I that I indeed did what he said after Monday, This week I used the roadie 3 days and the MTB 2 days, a great mix or speed and bike handling skills.

Fog On The Tyne:

Tuesday saw the return of the Cannondale and up Joel Lane I went again, as I got to the top, in the dark, with no street lights, I noticed it was foggy, VERY foggy, so much so that I didn’t see my turn, and ended up bunny hopping onto a pavement to avoid smashing  into it, was glad once I was down the other side, hairy times.

Longer and Harder Than Before:

Wednesday saw the longest and hardest ride for around 8 weeks, I finished the day having cycled just under 30 Miles and my average speed  for the day was 15.2Mph, it had been a hard slog, but in the cold of January, still getting over the flu, struggling with Physio and having a stressful work day in-between , to say I was delighted was an understatement .


Flowers In The Window:

Went for a walk at Lunch on Thursday, Saw this. WTF


Mike Flowers Bike


Can Next Week Be As Good? :

So I have a huge set of results from this week, I have cycled over 115 Miles, Lost over half a stone, done Joel Lane,gotten a PB or 2,  can I match that next week ? Well I’m sore and pretty shattered right now, so how knows ? but keep tuned ……..I promise I will fight for it !!!!!

Anti Obesity Cycling Jersey:

I have a company set up, ready to print me some Anti-Obesity Cycling Jerseys, I have loads of ideas, but I am not a designer , infact I don’t have a clue when it comes to designing, anyone out there wanna help ?

*This is to raise awareness for Obesity NOT to make me money !



Make It HURT !

Then when it hurts too much, make it hurt MORE !!!!!!

Do You Want To Learn How To Cycle (Ride Your Bike) Faster ?

20 01 2011

……………..If you do, I have the eternal secrete……….


Its not peddle faster

Its not get more core strength

Its not go to the gym

Its not get a lighter bike…….

No no, its much more simple than that………


The secrete to being able to ride fast is…….Get some Pro Team Kit……

"What's He On ? "

Trust me, once you are wearing it, you feel amazing, look  damn good and if anyone attempts to grab your back wheel, then there is no way you are going to allow them to stay there.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten !

15 01 2011

Well, It sure is a long title, but then, this is going to be a long ass post, I’ll try to keep from rambling but I cant promise.

You might need a drink before you start this :-), This is going to be a long, open and 110% HONEST look at myself and what I have done, as well as a recap of the week,

Welcome Back Gaz:

Monday saw my first commute since December the 23rd, Flu, Gallstones and Holidays had kept me off the bike for what seemed like a LIFE TIME, Monday I decided to take the MTB and use the Canal and not push myself, I layered up, there was no rain BUT to make sure I put my waterproofs on and set off, within 30 seconds it started to drizzle, then 30 seconds later, the heavens opened the ride was a slow, hard slog, but I got there and was damn sure glad to be back, every day that followed I got quicker but also wetter, Welcome Back !

Return of the Mentor:

Thursday morning I was once again leaving later than I should have, I had a longer commute to Manchester City Centre than normal, the MTB was in the shop for its service, so I took the ‘Dale, The results ended up spectacular. Coming up the hill out of Hyde I saw another commuter on the Horizon, I am not great at hills, I was still struggling with fitness/illness but I dug in and I kicked…..HARD…. I got onto the wheel of the other guy on the hill, he was slow, 10 seconds later I kicked again and amazingly I flew past him, I opened up a little gap and thought to myself “Job Done” but little did I know who I had just dropped and what would happen next. The other commuter was non other than Tommo

Tommo, Best Mentor, Ever

But as I passed him, I didn’t notice it was him, if I had of done, I would have raised the pace, I didn’t , so I didn’t and half a mile later he flew past me,  not an issue, I raised the pace and grabbed his wheel and held on for a few miles, he didn’t notice it was me and I still not notice it was him, we were both fully intent on beating each other, and were neck and neck UNTIL he got about 3 car legs in front due to traffic and then BOOM, he went on an Amble Gamble and I got caught by a RED….Argh, as he rounded the corner, I saw it was him and then a few house later, sent him a polite text 🙂

Thursday night, we saw each other again, and rode together, I made it from Manchester City Cen to Hyde in 31 Mins, A PB by a huge margin and a great ride.

Friday- Im BACK:

Got up early, fell asleep on the sofa, then when I finally got up, I decided to do a couple of extra miles, well, that is where the fun started, I headed toward Stockport, as I got to the Joel Lane turn off a HUGE Smile came over my face, there was no reason, I WASN’T GOING TO DO JOEL LANE, the smile just got bigger and bigger and bigger and then , with that, I turn onto Joel Lane and I kicked SO HARD. It wasnt quick or easy but it was the best feeling in ages, the BURN of the Lactic Acid, I love it.

Joel Lane @ 7AM

I then followed this by a Cheadle and not just a Stockport ride, giving me a 15 mile total

First Joel Lane of 2011

Altura, You and I , Have fallen out:

At the end of the summer I spent £70 on a Altura Night Vision Evo coat, £45 on Night Vision Gloves and £55 on Night Vision Pants, while they have kept me warmer and pretty dry , last week I’d had enough, the gloves have been replaced, the coat has had to be replaced and now, this happened to the pants

No, not cause by having a fat arse 😀

God Doesn’t Love Us:

This is NOT Serious , however, it made me chuckle , doesnt god say love everyone and tolerate everything ? Well WTF ?

I'm God, I love EVERYONE, Unless Your a Cyclist !!!!

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten:

This is the bit that will mean the most, but its also the bit that may well ramble and It will sure as hell hurt.

Over 9000 people in the UK alone DIE from Obesity each and every year, what makes it worse, is the figure quoted will only rise each year, until we can get this under control.

Since the 23Rd of December I have  GAINED 7.5 Pounds, Over HALF A STONE !!!!! To say I am DISGUSTED is an understatement……Some of it is related to having the flu, the xmas food, lack of cycling, but the truth be told, I am not eating like I should, so I thought, time to go back to the old way, but then, I didnt want to , it bores me, SO I looked at a new way, it all comes down to the AMOUNT of food you eat, so I am not going to eat MORE of the bland boring stuff, I am going to eat LESS of the more interesting stuff and after looking at all the nutritional information I have worked out a way of having what I want, while still having the SAME number of calories, fat, carbs that I was BEFORE, without the phrase “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” then I would have just gone back to the way I was before, sure I would have lost weight, but you MUST enjoy this journey , otherwise, its how you fall off the wagon and thats something that I thought I knew about, seems we are learning every day.

It makes me feel SICK what I have done to myself, but trust me, I WILL deal with this and I WILL come out of it STRONGER and I WILL make each and every single one of you PROUD.

Enjoy It:

If you are starting to lose weight for the new year then the biggest tip I can hand out is this, find something you can ENJOY , that way you are less likely to give up, i’ll never give up cycling, no matter what my Physio says LOL, sure it hurt, but you have to find something that puts the “Yes, I WILL do Joel Lane” Smile on your face and something you WANT to get up to do, EVERYDAY.

I enjoyed the speed I got on my commute on Thursday, but I know I can do more and I WANT to go faster, but for January, its a good starting point.


Ride Hard

and forgive me for my weight gain, I AM dealing with it.


Paul, Lube It Up Baby:

My colleague Paul mention he MIGHT need to lube his chain, I was shocked to see just how bad it actually was LOL

Shack Attack Part 2

6 01 2011

Still no cycling….flu 😦

However …………..


Let the fun begin 🙂

An Ill Obese Gaz Vs An Ill Non Obese Gaz – In Photos

5 01 2011

Bit of fun to cheer me up while im suffering 😦


No cycling, No work, no fun 😦


Ok Pic 1, Gaz, Obese with a cold.


Now, a Non obese Gaz, with the FLU !!!! Both pics taken in the same room.


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