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

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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

My Week in Training – Week 17

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Links
Tue, 26th Apr 2011 25 1:22:10 Road 17.9 Strava Garmin
Fri, 29th Apr 2011 57 3:23:41 Road 16.9 Strava Garmin
Sun, 1st May 2011 57 3:09:01 Road 18.2 Strava – Garmin

There was no riding for me on Easter Monday. This was due to family commitments and recovering from the efforts of the previous day’s Tour of the Weald. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 16

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Links
Tue, 19th Apr 2011 25 1:34:03 Road 16.4 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 21st Apr 2011 25 1:36:01 Road 16.0 Strava – Garmin
Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 64 3:40:12 Road 17.5 Strava Garmin
Sun, 24th Apr 2011 65 3:29:04 Road 18.7 Strava – Garmin

After Sunday’s Sportive, my legs were quite tired and so I took a day off. Unfortunately, I didn’t really load up that well on Carbs which showed on Tuesday’s Brighton commute. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 12

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Links
Wed, 23rd Mar 2011 52 3:00:13 Road 17.4 StravaGarmin
Sun, 27th Mar 2011 52 3:02:43 Road 17.2 StravaGarmin

After a disastrous ride in the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic last Sunday, where I had to push my bike up Cobb Lane, I decided to get a wider cassette, which I fitted on Tuesday night, ready for Wednesday’s ride. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 8

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Link
Wed, 23rd Feb 2011 52 3:17:54 Road 15.9 Garmin
Sat, 26th Feb 2011 31 2:09:11 Road 14.8 Garmin
Sun, 27th Feb 2011 52 3:06:00 Road 16.8 No data

Tuesday, I took a Maximum Heart Rate test: 181bpm.

Wednesdays are now my official days off so, I took the opportunity to test out my newly calculated training levels. I went out in the rain on the Trek and rode to level 3. The difference between the old levels and the new ones are that the new ones are about 10bmp lower. This turned out to be an easy ride with relatively less recovery than I normally would have needed fo that length of ride. This has confirmed that recently, I have been riding at too high an intensity. All in all, I’m very pleased with these new results. Continue reading

Maximum Heart Rate – Part 2

In early January, I wrote a post about the different ways of calculating Maximum Heart Rate.

I said that you can either calculate your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) by using one of the many different formulae or by actually taking a MHR test. Continue reading