Thursday, 15 December 2011

We all know the message...

... but sometimes it can be put across so brilliantly that you have to listen, and think, again.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Found it!

Don't panic though, I'm entering the shorter, 60 mile, version. Entries via a draw. Fingers crossed!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Boys week because...

... Paula was away on a course/exam in Stockport (nice!). As a result C and I found time to do all the important things like watch lots of top gear, go on mini-adventures to the swings, swim, have hot chocolates and wear wellies to bed (but not to sleep!).

From Camera roll

And we also sent mum some good vibes.

From Camera roll

From Camera roll

General tidiness was relegated to Friday, but mission 'clean up and wear matching socks' was accomplished in plenty of time :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Small adventures...

Are stepping stones to bigger adventures. Who can remember those first rides; rolling out of their street with their friends to go on bike rides, only to return covered in mud, jam sandwiches eaten, dizzy with exhaustion and full of smiles?

This is the first step on that path...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Failure is rarely fun...

And this wasn't.  I aimed for 1:15 at Cardiff half marathon and was on pace till 6 miles.  I struggled to 8 miles, blew and 10 and died at 11.

See the pain first hand below...

Monday, 7 November 2011

Winter's on it's way

So time for meeting up with Grandpa Malcolm for tea and plays in a rainy park.

From malcolm charlie november 2011

And time to wrap up warm in Dad's down jacket to keep the cold out when I'm on the bike.

From malcolm charlie november 2011

Sunday, 25 September 2011

We rule the world?

We (the UK) have got:

The #1 ranked female triathlete in the world (Helen Jenkins)
the #1 and #2 ranked male triathletes in the world (messers Browlee)
The male world road race champion (Mark Cavendish)
The silver medalist in the mens TT at the worlds (Wiggins)
The female bronze medalist in the TT at the worlds (Emma Pooley, last years World Champ)
The U23 mens bronze medalist in the road race
The Junior womens world champion in the road race

All in the past 3 weeks.

Who cares is the economy is in the pan!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Did I say coming soon?

I did say holiday photos and stories would be coming soon.  But that's not true, and there comes a point where posting tales of holidays is so late it's no longer news.

Therefore perhaps it's worth taking the easy way out and linking to an eye-popping video.

2011 Whitewater Grand Prix from Tribe Rider on Vimeo.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Holiday news coming soon...

In the meantime after an evening swimming in the river Wye (dont panic safety conscientious readers, we took turns and Charlie alternated between chasing sheep and trying to eat sheep poo (looks like raisins)).

The upshot is we're lucky to live where we do!

No photos of swiM, cant yet figure out how to Blog and attach photos from phone.....

Posted with BloghuB for Windows Phone 7

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Camping is very British...

and so is inclement weather.  Nevertheless the Moseley-Liddington-Wills-Atkinson clan braved the elements and camped like never before.

Charlie's at a great age, lots of giggles and keen to help with everything.  Sometimes his assistance is not very helpful though, like when I'm of putting up the tent.

From Camera roll

Or trying to organise things on the beach...

From Camera roll

Or trying to make it back to the tent & keep warm before it started to rain...

From Camera roll

The undisputed highlight of the week for Mr C was Becca's stomp rocket. After sitting and carefully watching Buster, Milo and Keir playing with it he wondered over and decided it was time to launch it himself...

Sunday, 7 August 2011

I'm not that keen....

on training for another IM.  The 6 hr bikes, 3 hr runs and basic removal from real life put me off.

But if I did, I'd do the Norseman.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The holidays are here...

Which obviously means it's time for a photo of Charlie with a bucket on his head.

From Starred Photos

We're blessed with wonderful grandparents (at last Charlie is!) and with their help we've been away for a week sans Mr C.  It's never easy to leave him behind but he's not a fan of 5 hour bike rides, 40 degree heat or long days travelling.  He is a fan of attention though, and so 7 days being spoilt by Grannie Annie and Grandma Mo was a treat for him!

So we spent a lovely week here.  Having been to lots of training camps, both organised and DIY style, I can honestly say Idlebreaks is as good as the very best.  Peaceful, great pool, excellent riding, quiet roads (eerily quiet, like one car an hour quiet, where was everyone??!?), big climbs and fantastic hosts.  Everything you need for a perfect break.

From Starred Photos

From Starred Photos

From Starred Photos

Huge thanks to Andy and Tracy for being so welcoming and looking after us so well.  We're planning our next visit already.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Tractors are more interesting than playgrounds!

Charlie loves tractors, even more than playgrounds. We rode to the best playground in Hereford and Mr c spent 30 min watching the tractor mow the grass :-)
Oh to be 18 months old!

posted from Bloggeroid

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Need an mtb fix...

Nowdays my mtb rides are all in my mind.  That's not so bad as I'm happy doing what I'm doing, but it's always nice to have the memories jogged with a nice filim...

Find -The Mountain Bike Film from on Vimeo.

Friday, 3 June 2011

We've been....

to Stellenbosh, and run in the mountains up there.  Not quite as fast as the Don though...

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


is the new shop-bought.  Nothing beats homemade playdough when you're stuck for ideas, Charlie is hugging your legs and emitting ultra-high pitched noises and there's stuff to be done.

A quick Google, a trip to the stores (for the missing ingredients - industrial quantities of salt and colouring) and we're there.  Result = 45 minutes of fascination...  sorted.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The end must be coming...

when I read this on the BBC website.

"... nearly one fifth of parents of children aged 0-4 years have bought a television for their baby's bedroom."

Surely that is a joke.  Surely.... please?  Someone?

Thursday, 12 May 2011

We missed Charlie...

But had a good time :)

8 days in Majorca over Easter was just what we needed.  We were a worried that we'd miss Mr C too much (but not worried at all that he'd miss us, he had his Grannies looking after him and would be too tired to miss us!).  In the end all worked perfectly.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

I peed red but didn't set a PB...

The jury is still out on beetroot juice.  Well, we're all in agreement that it tastes minging, it makes you feel sick and it turns your excretions red.  We're just not convinced as to whether it makes you go faster.

The TT went ok.  I suffered and felt like a dog.  I also broke a spoke after 3 miles on the 1080 which was a bit of a pisser (expensive to repair and it rubbed for the remaining 7 miles... you'd think the remaining 19 spokes would be able to keep it in true!).

Back to the point.  My PB for the Leo course is 21:50 with an average power of 340 W (quarters of 350, 350, 340, 330).  I went 22:50 with an average power of 330 W (360, 340, 320, 310).  Easy to see that I need to pace it better!  I wonder if the juice made the first 5 min of 360 feel so easy, did it lull me into a false sense of 'Cancellara-ness'???

A couple of weeks off (Majorca bound!) then back on it.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

I feel sick....

but it might be worth it.

Will report back after tonight's 10 mile TT at Leominster.

Nothing like an n=1 study with no double blind to really make you feel confident about the efficacy of something.

The big question is, will a coffee push me over the edge and actually make me sick?

[Edited 17:11 - after sitting on the loo for the last 30 minutes and doing endless masssive sicky burps I've just checked the date of the post and the linked scientific paper.  It's not April 1st, thank goodness.  The quest goes on!]

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Close but no cigar...

Thanks to everyone who voted for me (here)

I came second :(  Just close enough to smell the £3000, but not close enough to actually spend it!

I did, however, have the most online votes so a huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

Fame and fortune will have to wait!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Justin Bieber...

Discovered fame, fortune and eternal happiness (well, at least 2 of those) via You Tube. I'm setting my targets a little lower with just £3000 up for grabs (and £7000 for school) if I win this competition.

So, please vote for me and pass on to your friends/family.

Thanks in advance :)

ps - All done in 1 take - so all the blame goes to me for talking to the wrong camera and Greg and Scott. the production gurus are blameless for all mistakes and creditworthy for all merits.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

It's hard to remember that...

eating was ever hard work.  We all have to learn sometime though. Now it's nicer weather being able to put Charlie outside as he masters the finer points of yoghurt consumption makes cleaning up much easier :)

It's also warm enough to mean the start of the racing season.  We all got our new bikes out in the sun...

From charlie with mo, Peopleton

And P and I got our proper race faces on for the first time this year...

From charlie with mo, Peopleton

From charlie with mo, Peopleton

It's pretty obvious that P didn't marry me for my ability to combine racing with any kind of fashion sense.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Been down...

in the morass of humanity that includes anyone who has a non-specific weakness/illness.  It's not a fun place to be.  Fortunately P wasn't struck with the same weakness so was able to take Charlie while I lolled around in bed hating being tired.  Then she was. Which was pretty dull for all concerned.

Both out the other side now, I know this because watching this makes me think "I should do more core stuff", rather than "More lemsip please..."

at times we are absolutely ridiculous from swhitfield on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Has been really hit.  I've spent some wonderful time there, it's where P and I got married and we have some great friends (and followers of this blog) in and around the city.

We're too far away to offer any real help but we've dontated to the NZ Red Cross and hope that it makes a tiny difference.  (here if you want to help too).

Paula and I are thinking of everyone there and hoping all our friends are safe and well.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

I've got blisters.

but at least I haven't got a splinter like this bloke....

wouldn't let me embed :(

It takes two...

At least it did for me today.  Bobby and I hit a half-marathon today with the aim of getting sub 1:15.

We didn't quite make it.  Bobby dragged me round, set the pace, shielded me from the wind and bigged me up when I was grunting.  Even then I cracked first and slowed us down to a 1:16.

Had a great time though :)

From move

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Cheese eating surrender monkeys... or rock hard but bonkers divers...

you be the judge....

There are many many things that scare me a great deal.  Diving in freezing water under the ice has got to be near the top of those that would make me lose control of my bladder....

Saturday, 29 January 2011


All athletes know recovery is a vital part of training.  Charlie is following this to the T.

From Downloads

Saturday, 22 January 2011

You may have trouble defining irony....

... I certainly do (notwithstanding these fine efforts A, B and C ).  But it can't be far off the mark if I'm blogging about my agreement with this article on the negative effects of social networking.  FB? Twitter? No thanks.

On the other hand the web is pretty useful....

From charlie new shoes and cobcc annual dinner 2010

Charlieman has his first set of 'real' shoes and has embarked on his wobbly way to being a biped.  Place all objects of value above one metre, you have been warned...

Monday, 10 January 2011

C's first birthday and male bonding...

Charlie is now 1 and a bit and we celebrated with a walk and picnic. He didn't seem that bothered though.... lots of sleeping :)

Charlie and I also did some man-socialising.... Goodie came over from Oxford and Uncle Bobby down from Mansfield. Coffee was drunk, cakes were eaten and miles were run.

From Drop Box

From Downloads

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Christmas has been and gone...

and all is good in the world.

We were lucky enough to have a great Christmas, Paulas family came over and I managed to pull off dinner with zero dramas, which was surprising.

From christmas 2010

It was as cold as I've ever known it, the river froze over and bogies froze in my nose!  With so much family support (from both P's and my family) we were able to get out and enjoy the best of the beautiful weather.

From christmas 2010

From christmas 2010

But the main point was Charlie's first Christmas.  With all the attention he loved it, although the presents largely passed him by he'll appreciate them over the next few months as we bring them out one by one (rationing style).  He did love being Chief Elf though!

From christmas 2010

From christmas 2010

But essentially all is good in the world.  Hope yours was as good as ours.... Happy New Year!

From phone dump jan 2010