Category Archives: Fitness

Etape du Tour survival: Preparing your head

Nothing to do with your choice of mandatory helmet (Giro Prolight is my current choice) but with the art of mentally preparing yourself for the event. It’s as important as your physical fitness to get your positive, winning attitude right … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Etape du Tour, Fitness | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A return to fitness starts with pain

After bemoaning that I was getting nowhere with getting back in shape I managed to get in about 5-7 hours riding in the last week or so. As liversedge pointed out on twitter: “They say to form a habit you … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A good time to be ill

If ever there’s a good weekend to come down with a heavy case of the manflu, aka the common cold, this weekend past was it. Temperatures below freezing added to sleeting snow and rain should and would have had me … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclocross, Fitness, Professional, Winter kit | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plastered at the back

The Beyond MTB Spring Crits at Hillingdon are the sort of races I have to do – a test of attrition with the 2nd Cat boys hauling along as foolhardy 4th Cats like me try to cling on to the … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness, Road Racing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

An erratic schedule

Looking at my training, the last time I had a decent long ride was 25 February, almost two weeks ago. This is probably not an ideal training plan if I’m going to improve this season. It’s starting to nag a … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Starting too far back

That is the observation from Ian Paine as to where I went wrong on Sunday. He’s absolutely right. The mistake I made was to allow myself to drift down the field in the final laps. It’s frustrating but I know … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness, Road Racing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wrecks and Mechs

A busy weekend with two days of racing, none of which went quite as well as it could. First a quick hello to Paul, a reader who races and who I met on Saturday at Hillingdon. It’s good to know … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclocross, Fitness, Road Racing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

No rushing back

By this point in January I was meant to have a hatful of points and be looking at racing as a 3rd Cat. Instead I have a nasty lingering cold and haven’t raced since before Christmas. Unhappy with things doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Seasonal adjustment

It’s that time of year when I feel like I’m getting fat and worry about how hard I’ll be battling come January to shed the pounds, or rather the kilograms I’ve put on. With no race last weekend and work … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Yet another cycling injury!

Yet another cycling injury!, originally uploaded by leguape. This is from last Saturday, I should have posted it earlier. It’s gradually healing up but is still a bit sore around the edges. It’s at the scabbed over, not quite healed … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness | Leave a comment