My Week in Training – Week 33

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 15th Aug 2011 84 2:53:15 Road 29.0 Strava – Garmin
Wed, 17th Aug 2011 76 2:43:39 Road 28.1 Strava Garmin
Fri, 19th Aug 2011 76 2:48:52 Road 27.3 Strava Garmin
Sat, 20th Aug 2011 40 1:22:11 Road 28.9 Strava Garmin

On Monday, I took it nice and easy. I also took the oportunity to test the new wheels, the Miche Reflex Wheelset, which I’d bought the previous day from Evans Cycles for £121. For the price, they are really good. I took the Fondriest out and so, can only compare them to my Mavic Carbonne SLs. They are definitely less twitchy in a cross wind although, they don’t have that gyroscopic effect of the Mavics, or the road noise effect. The Miche are slightly heavier than the Mavics and not as fast but then, the Mavics are 6 times the price of the Miche. All in all, I am very pleased with them and and look forward to using them in France. Continue reading

One week to go!

Nearly there, just one week to go (Until I leave for the Vendée, that is).

I’m slowly getting all the kit together. There’s only been one slight problem which has been resolved thanks to Zyro.co.uk, the importers of Altura panniers. A little while ago, I bought a Altura bar bag with the intention of using it on this trip. The trouble is that I no longer have the receipt and have never used it until now. It comes complete with a Map Flap which is sealed by the use of velcro strips which have come away from the plastic pocket. A quick phone call to them and they have very kindly agreed to put a new one in the post for me, at no charge. So, thanks again Zyro.co.uk. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 32

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Tue, 9th Aug 2011 84 2:48:08 Road 29.7 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 11th Aug 2011 40 1:28:33 Road 26.6 Strava Garmin
Sat, 13th Aug 2011 84 2:46:45 Road 30.2 Strava Garmin

207kms this week. I must admit that this week has been a bit busy, hence just 3 rides, with just 10 days left for my Big Ride. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 27

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 4th Jul 2011 92 3:10:24 Road 29.1 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 5th Jul 2011 39 1:27:19 Road 27.0 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 7th Jul 2011 39 1:28:46 Road 26.8 Strava Garmin
Fri, 8th Jul 2011 39 1:17:43 Road 30.4 Strava Garmin
Sun, 10th Jul 2011 83 2:47:09 Road 30.1 Strava Garmin

The weather just keeps improving at the moment. Maybe, I shouldn’t talk too soon. With very slight SE winds, this morning, I decided to go out and do the Rye ride again. It was really nice to have a bike that doesn’t creak any more, after changing the pedals to an old set. Obviously, the bearing are on their way out. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 26

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 27th Jun 2011 91 3:47:39 Road 24.2 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 28th Jun 2011 40 1:22:47 Road 28.5 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 30th Jun 2011 72 2:29:06 Road 29.1 Strava Garmin
Fri, 1st Jul 2011 92 3:22:09 Road 27.4 Strava Garmin
Sun, 3rd Jul 2011 87 3:09:37 Road 27.6 Strava Garmin

It was a beautiful day on Monday, with very little wind, for once. With temperatures in the high 20s, Toby Field and I had rode to Bewl Water and back. Extra water had to be purchased at Wadhurst due to the excessive heat but all in all, this was a great ride. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 25

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Links
Mon, 20th Jun 2011 1hr Turbo Garmin
Tue, 21st Jun 2011 52 2:50:16 Road 18.4 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 23rd Jun 2011 52 3:03:56 Road 17.1 Strava Garmin
Fri, 24th Jun 2011 25 1:28:57 Road 16.6 Strava Garmin
Sun, 26th Jun 2011 52 3:09:20 Road 16.6 Strava Garmin

Monday started off as a bit of a miserable day and didn’t really improve at all, with rain in the afternoon. At least the wind had stopped. I just did an hour on the turbo in the garage. Continue reading

My progress so far – 18th June 2011

Firstly, here are the numbers:

  • 2 weeks to go to the start of the 2011 Tour de France.
  • 10 weeks to go to my Tour de France or Bust trip.
  • 2873 miles cycled so far this year.
  • All 21 stages mapped for GPS (available for download).
  • Accommodation booked and confirmed for the first 11 days of the trip.
  • £88.00 collected for Help for Heroes (My target is £1000) Continue reading