Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday or...

Pancake Day!

It doesn't matter what you call it. To me, it's my favourite random celebration day of the year.

Now, I've always been a fan of the humble British style pancake. A bit thicker than a Crepe, but with a taste and flipability that distinguishes it from all others.

However in 1997 I fell in love with another... and for that I thank Jeff G. With no more than a personal recommendation from my brother he took me in for a week and truly educated me as to the American way of road trips, mountain biking and, of course, food. A week I'll remember forever... Amasa Back, The Portal, Slickrock, The Pipeline, Trail 401 and of course the 'Stack'.

This is my seasonal salute to you Jeff... thanks!

From pancake day 2009

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Good times...

...often start on Valentines day. I was lucky to get breakfast in bed.

Then we flew to Spain with Bobby and have been working hard to get the miles in.

And, despite P and Rob´s best efforts with the map things have been going to plan

With much messing around and some serious pastry eating. This being the best example of the trip so far. Bobby described this little beauty perfectly... "a big dirty bakery product". How can you not get faster when you´re riding and that example of the fine art is in your belly!?
P and I have been taking our roles and guardians of Bobby´s sanity pretty seriously. He´s occasionally losing it, but a swift application of the curry flavoured chammie cream soon sorts things out.
Rest day today though...

Friday, 13 February 2009

30 miles? My shin bones say no...

... so I'm on the hunt for team mates to turn it into a 3 x 10 mile race. Mick 'Spartan' Ballantyne is in... are you?

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

No salt shortage in Wales...

For those international readers amongst you there is a road salt shortage here in the UK and we're being warned to be careful whilst driving and to avoid the back roads.

You'll be pleased to know that this advice was totally ignored on Sunday when, despite the minus 4 degree overnight temps and snow on the ground about 60 riders turned up for the Ludlow reliability.

All turned out ok as it became pretty obvious that every gram of salt in the UK is laid in a thick layer on the roads in Shropshire and East Wales.

From ludlow reliability

The pain was largely inflicted by Griffer - who rode there and back and didn't look tired. I, on the other hand, spent time in my pain cave and have now got the annual Feb Fear of the First Race (a three-up TT with Griffer and Benny-Boy).

Fortunately Benny Boy was there to share the pain and share the worry. If I'm gonna suffer, so is he!

From ludlow reliability

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Snow day...

Brilliant. Wake up to snow... and a day off! Happy days :) Best bit about being a teaching (other than the satisfaction of improving the life opportunities of the next generation etc etc).

From snow day

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Turning point...

For the first time this school year...

From COBCC ride Jan + Jaffas

I cracked on the way home and stopped at the garage.

15 Jaffa's and an espresso later I'm back on track. Now there were extenuating circumstances... I had a day off work on Monday so I could spend time chatting to God on the big white porcelain telephone... and as a result the belly has been a bit ropey and the overall calorie balance is mega negative... but desperate times call for desperate measures - and at 50 kcal a hit the brown discs of power worked a treat and I was able to drive non-stop to the pool to bash out a couple of km... slowly :)