Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Perfect weather...

is hard to find, but makes great riding.

Whether on road with Rivers...

From Xmas rides

Or off road with P, Simo, Marc and Stu.

From Xmas rides

From Xmas rides

From Xmas rides

From Xmas rides

Today we had weather that I marvelled at every moment we were riding, it was magic... you almost had to stop at stare. The trails were bone dry, the sky was blue and there wasn't a breath of wind. To make things even better (if not a bit spooky) all I had to do when we got home was to hose the dust off the bikes, like summer... just colder.

From Xmas rides

And we had transport in style :) I'll let you imagine how we got to the trails.

Friday, 26 December 2008

Tis the season...

to chill out, and it's worked really well.

Daytime Christmas walk:

From Xmas 2008

From Xmas 2008

Night time Christmas walk:

From Xmas 2008

From Xmas 2008

Christmas eat:

From Xmas 2008

Christmas ride:

From xmas ride and cwmcarn with p, slay and beth

From xmas ride and cwmcarn with p, slay and beth

From xmas ride and cwmcarn with p, slay and beth

From xmas ride and cwmcarn with p, slay and beth

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, just right!

Is there no end...

to his power?

To dominate the cycling world wasn't enough. To have the fact that you simply looked at a big German bloke be named "the look", to win seven Tour's (and a Worlds when you were still basically in short trousers), to survive testicular cancer (with brain and lung metasticies) and to be the worlds most famous cyclist wasn't enough. You then had to defy science by naturally fathering another child. Any man out there feeling good about themselves now?

Tuesday, 23 December 2008


performance on the blogging front. Not clever, but the end of term stress has been sucking my will to live (and that has a knock on effect on the desire to blog). December is a time of year when the balance is never right, no matter what I try to do more/less of. This year I tried not to fight it, which turned out to be a much more effective strategy.

I also committed to my first commute of 2008. Yes, it's a little late in the year but hopefully I can get into a rhythm through 09. It's harder now I car share, I know the total Carbon footprint won't change whether I ride or not (as my car-buddy will drive anyway) - at least I now know I ride because it's great just to ride.

From first commute of 08 (dec 08)

Dark all the way there, dark all the way home. 50 min & 500 m of climbing each way. I like it like that.

The Xmas party season has also given me opportunity to brush up on my eating at various work/family do's:

From adams family xmas 2008

& my moves... although I'm still not quite there yet...

I've also been committing to the 'less is more' philosophy. I'm quite a big fan of the sine wave approach to life. I like the rapid transitions from one plan to another, it keeps things interesting. Right now I'm moving from a 'plan and prepare' approach to riding/racing and whatnot to a 'see what happens - Big Lebowski' style. Interesting to see how it pans out.

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Monday, 8 December 2008

Colds are...

irritating. We both have niggling colds so changed our plans from the Welsh Cross Champs to a couple of steady ride this weekend.

To look on the bright side we had two cracking rides on perfect winter days. Blue skies, frost everywhere, quiet roads & good company. Spot on.

Kudos to Ned, Mark and Adam for going where we didn't and racing the Champs - nice work guys.

Also - COBCC Xmas dinner tonight. Went well. Had after dinner coffee, an error (hence up at 00:20 typing this).

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

It's getting colder...

I know this because the time it takes for my feet to go from normal to cold to numb to painful to home to shower to itchy to normal is now about 2 hours.

Morris was there tonight... and was very disciplined about following his training plan and having a rest week. Wise, very wise.

From Cross session dec 08 morris