Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I haven't fitted the tubes yet so I don't know how they will fare; I will certainly give them a test ride before heading off into the mountains for a 175km jaunt on Sunday just to check that they are safe and reliable.
The tights are for a couple of things. They provide graduated compression rather like flight socks and are supposed to help with recovery from exercise and also to reduce the effects of long journeys. They are tighter around the ankle and gradually less tight moving up the leg, this should improve circulation and hence reduce swelling and fatigue and improve recovery. This should help on the 18 hour drive and also to get over these races and be ready for the next one. Unlike the magnetic bracelets, this is in fact backed up by some proper scientific research so I will be interested to see how well they work...
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Perhaps this will be this years winter project...
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
On Wednesday we are riding the Prix des Rousses which is a much shorter ride of 40km starting at the bottom of Alpe d'Huez and riding up the famous 21 hairpins and then back downabout half way then up to Vuajany. in 2005 it took me 2½ hours and I don't expect much difference this time.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Today it will be about 5 hours. I was supposed to meet someone the other side of Denmark so I got up early and drive there. He apparently got up early and flew to Copenhagen for another meeting.
I'll leave early and make sure that I get a good bike ride in this evening to make up for the inconvenience and at least I can claim the mileage.
Weight this morning was 101.8kg so it is still heading in the right direction. After my ride at the weekend it was 100.8kg, but that was just due to dehydration.
3 weeks to the first race and 4 weeks to the big race. How much can I get rid of in that time???
I am still shooting for 95kg, but it may be too optimistic.
In the longer term, I am shooting for 90kg by my birthday.
Monday, June 08, 2009
I then cleared out the guttering, had some lunch and went for a bike ride with BHP. Thankfully I am getting in better shape and am now able to give him a fair workout over the 100km we rode. We also met Lars for a short while so that we could have a rest ;-)
Yesterday MK was working at the polling station for the EU elections so the boys and I did some other stuff around the house. I washed the car and 2 bikes after my 40km morning ride, all in all a good weekend.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Have a good weekend everyone :-)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
After 1½ hours of riding, I have decided that I prefer the aspide (top) that was already on the bike and it is also noticeably lighter than the arione (below) which just leaves me with the decision of whether or not I should replace the torn one with a new one.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
So far so good but then whilst surfing around last week I stumbled upon these:
It is a Trion:z magnetic bracelet and suddenly it was clear. What my life is lacking is more minus ions to counteract the deluge of positive ions that I am subjected to on a daily basis.
So now here I am equipped with a couple of magnets and some "minus ion emitting material" around my wrist and I feel great!
I suspect that the magnets are doing absolutely nothing for me despite the claims and the fact that 2/3 of pro golfers now use them. It's the emperors new clothes and I think it suits me very well!
Weight this morning 103.2kg. I need to get out on a bike tonight.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
The weather has been great, but unfortunately the garage failed to fix our air conditioning in the car last week so it has been pretty sweaty in there.
Steve has arrived safely and is braving the train to get to his meeting in Brøndby this morning, hopefully we will see him again at some point later in the day.
I have cycled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I am feeling fairly virtuous and a little achy. The aching is mostly from falling off on Saturday. No real damage to the bike, but a large red bruise on my right hip which is now thankfully feeling much better.
Weight this morning was 103.2kg meaning that I lost nearly 2kg last week. If I can maintain that for the next 4 weeks I will be very happy.