I’m feeling VERY Olympic Today !

11 08 2011

Yes yes yes, its a line from the SUPER Cool (See what I did there?) Cool Runnings but I can draw parallels from that film today…more on that later though.

Smile and the world smiles with you.

Its been said, I don’t smile enough in pictures and while I hope that is now put to bed, due to the fact that 99% of my pictures now includes a smile, I wanted to show that I can NOT smile if you REALLY Want me to Smile

39 stone cyclist larking around

LOL – I make myself chuckle Smile

but joking aside, I can  & do smile

39 stone cyclist Gary Brennan smile

That Olympic feeling:

Today, I found out I had made it though to the  next (final) round of judging, after being nominated to carry the Olympic Torch for London 2012 …. I’ll keep you posted but how AMAZING would be it for someone like ME to get such an HONOR !!!!


Sunny August

Well……… Sunny ? maybe not, so far I have been either SOAKED or frozen every day in August this year.

Today not only did I wear a long sleeve Jersey but a THERMAL one too.

august cycling kit for manchester


MMMMMM a Virgin !!!!


Oi you lot, get your mind out of the gutter

I got texted a picture from Mr-Dean-o this week……I was immediately jealous

virgin 747


Maybe Sir Richard and Virgin holidays would sponsor this blog with a dream holiday to America for us?…..I can but wish….

The Next Challenge

A 55 Mile (Approx 90km) RACE over the following terrain…..I don’t have long to train for this and its gonna be HELL but I’ll give EVERYTHNG to ensure I make you and I proud !

The NEXT Challenge


Manchester Riots 2011:

Well, what can I  say DISGRACEFUL !!!!!

I have stuck a few pictures of both the aftermath and the clean up effort on my Picasa

As some of you know, I work for Manchester City Council, the day after the riots my office was getting calls at 8am, the second our phone lines opened, from members of the public, offering there time to clean up the city, after the disgraceful events of the previous night, it was really humbling to hear all these normal, every day folk, cleaning up some SCAMBAGS Mess…Well done Manchester


Manchese=ter city council


manchester riot clean up

Im off work for a much deserved rest from tomorrow, so this weeks update is now DONE, stay safe, LiveSTRONG.



Fit For 30 ! Did I Do It ? Also Remember That “Large” Cycling Jersey ??

15 10 2010

So Today I have turned the Big 30 !!!!!!

Scary …..Not because I feel old, but its scary because, if the truth be told,  didn’t actually think I would make it this far………..

A little over 2 year’s years ago, when I decided to choose to change,  I was a dead man “Waddling”….. Yup, I wasnt even “Walking”

By the way, its NEVER too late, I cant remember “Walking, Normally” , However a few colleagues have, recently, mentioned just how “normal” I’m now walking, Even after a loss of 18 stone, I still couldn’t stand up straight, due to the all the force that used to be on my back, that’s no longer the case, while my back is causing me a bit of pain right now, that’s actually due to being hit by a van, as opposed to my weight.

……….So, Back on topic, when I decided to chose change , A secondary goal I had in my mind was “Fit by 30” Didnt really think I would achieve it TBH, but did I ?

Let’s look at some numbers first:

Could "THIS" Turn Fit For 30 ?????

When I set the Goal. At 28:                                                 Now Im 30:

Waist 68-72″                                                                                  Waist 38-40″

Weight 39Stone 13Lbs .                                                             16 Stone And A Few Pounds !!!

Shirts 26″ Collar or 8XL                                                            17″ Collar or XL or even Large

BMI over 70                                                                                 BMI Under 29

Resting Hear Rate OVER 130Bmp                                       Resting Heart Rate 41BPM

Miles Cycled ZERO                                                                  Cycled over 12.000 Miles

I checked my weight loss by wrapping                             I now check my weight with scales

my fingers round my wrists….

Medical Issues:

Tpye 2 Diabeties

High Blood Pressure                                                                Medical Issues Now: NONE !!!!!

Sleep Apnia

Sooooo, Yes I am still “Overweight” …..

WOW ….. That feels so good to write, I have gone from , Super morbidly Obese to morbidly Obese down to  clinically Obese followed by Obese and now I am “Just” overweight ….AMAZING !!!!!!

Thought-out all this I have learned so much, but I feel a great comment to remember, by the GREAT, Bernhard Eisel of HTC,  is that “Cycling is about suffering” Its true, I suffer now, just as much as I did on day one, but now it’s because I can go much faster, for further and longer and that’s why I suffer, I actually enjoy the pain of the “Burn” of Lactic Acid, it reminds me I am still alive….I LOVE CYCLING !!!

Sorry back on track, yes I am overweight but look at the above table, I cycle at least 100 miles a week, I have beaten my medical issues into a pulp, so have I achieve the goal of Fit for 30 ???????

Its not a question I am going to answer……I am going to leave it upto you !!!!!

Now, About that “Large” Cycling Jersey, Did it fit ? ?

From 8XL (XXXXXXXXL) In Normal Shirts, To A “Large” Cycling Jersey

I find it pretty telling that my Before Picture was in a red/pink shirt (8XL) and today the Current picture, in the smallest shirt I own is also a red one, It’s something that’s only just occurred to me TBH.

and before I go off, to enjoy the day, I will leave you with this video, I know, I posted it not long ago, but I watched it the other day and it amazed me, just how big I was.

I am PROOF that second chances DO exist and if I got mine, Anyone can get theres !!!!!!!!!


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