In a week where I wasnt even thinking of Goals , I manage to achieve 4 of them.
The first I spoke about on Saturday was
Then on Saturday evening I noticed I had done a few others, they are:
32. Cycle 15000 Miles — Now over 16000 Miles
24. Get my sprint speed to over 40 Mph (Current Best 36.8Mph) —Now 43.3 Mph (YES it WAS on the flat)
37. Try something I really didn’t like, for a second time— Being the Biggest Loser Bars last week
WOW, That took me by surprise TBH.
Last week it was on eBay, it reached the minimum i’d hoped for in a couple of days, after 4 days it had over 1000 views and 130 “Watches” BUT I had advertised it with a 105 front mech, now I had ordered this the week before, but it seems 3 items that I have ordered from separate sellers have gone missing, including the Mech, So, I took it off auction when it became clear I had an issue.
Then on Thursday, owing to the most horrendous “Noise” on my Cannondale I was forced to ride it to work, I didn’t want to , it was raining…. A LOT but still………On that ride to work I had the time of my life, I only used the “Small Ring” new territory for me as im ALWAYS in the big ring, but I didn’t want to push it too hard just yet, I averaged over 18 Mph , over 10 miles, in the SMALL Ring !
Then Friday came, wow wow, I left a little early, I have not done any monster rides since coming back from illness but Friday was my “Ride a marathon a week” day, on the 3rd mile , after being warmed up, I used the big ring for the first time…….43.3Mph, I was flying past cars, it was amazing , then as part of a new route I had a 5 mile climb at an average of 7% into Oldham, I passed a bus on the way up, this bike is TOO god, my average speed is around the same but my miles are much more consistent.
When I first rode this bike I was a little….Meh yes its good… but Fizz was right, it’s not just good it’s on ANOTHER PLANET !
My Tribute to Wouter Weylandt
Wouter was one of our own, he died doing what we all do and love, it could have been any of us, I decided to do something, not anything over the top, but to keep his memory alive.
First off is these
Wouter used to ride for Quick Step, so as a nice “understated” gesture, I got a couple of these.
Then we have
Yup, I got me some Trek Leopard team kit, actually for kit that is “Boring” it’s actually pretty classy, It will be my honor to ride in memory of Wouter, the question is, do I ride in this or my Black Radioshack kit on the way to Blackpool ?
I have my new works uniform
it’s just a shame I cant do this job 5 days a week to replace my current role, it would be such a dream.
On the theme of new kit, some people say I can, at times, be a little “Camp”, well, I have NO IDEA why….:)
My Cycling Tattoo:
I have wanted this for around a year, but I also wanted to wait to make sure I got it right, had I done this when I first got the idea, I wouldn’t have added the bottom line, but because I waited to make sure, I got the bottle line added, anyway, here it is.
and on the inspirational note
Here is another chance to check out my speech.
If this or I have inspired you, then PLEASE sponsor me for the 2011 Manchester to Blackpool charity ride, together, we CAN beat cancer.