Week 1 - Remembrance and Revelation
I'm attempting to compete in the Mega Avalanche in 2010 - It's a journey of 52 weeks till I actually get there and it's gonna be tough! Read on to hear more about my week of Failed Mot`s, Family life, beginning of Training, spots hit and loads of embarrassing stats about me!Just an Intro Video to begin the Journey: (The image chosen by Pinkbike for my video couldnt make me look any uglier! Lol - Truth hurts though!)Wednesday 28th July
Ok let’s keep this day short and sweet and without trying to repeat Blog entry 1!
1.Launched the Project – 52 weeks.
2.Bought my Patriot from Kieron in Nottingham – cheers mate, she’s a Beauty and a bargain!
3.Had my stitches taken out of my thigh from my crash a week earlier – feeling a lot better!
4.Began contacting some old friends and sponsors for training tips, ideas and support in what I am doing.Thursday 29th July
Began looking at my fitness and Diet – Today I Discovered I weigh an embarrassing 17 stone. I was a bit shocked to be honest as I guessed I was around 15! And when we assessed my daily diet – I was proper horrified to be honest. I decided to gather onto my table how much I eat in a day – and what I ate that day – The Pictures and description will follow to explain why I was so Shocked!See picture and description, which shows an average day of my food consumption
Bowl of Coco pops, Chicken & chips, 10 Biscuits, 2 x bags of Crisps, Chocolate 2 x eggs, 6 Slices of Bread with various fillings, Apple, Sausage Roll, a Chinese Meal and a little Cake! Lets also not forget the fizzy pop I get through too!
Have decided to make it a priority to change this asap! I imagine cutting the junk out and eating sensibly will begin asap! This is gonna be tough!
Also I decided to have a look backwards a little bit into my Background – So I went through my pile of memories which included my Team kits from 1995 – 99, Medals and some pictures of when I used to ride. Was weird to be honest – see attached Pics and video. Somehow when challenged by the wife, I managed to still fit into my KHS bib shorts! – It was not a pretty sight though! LOL!
Family day out today with the mother-in-law, meant no riding today. Family Day was cut short in the early evening as my sister in law was in a crash on the M6 – Luckily she and everyone else involved in the “stupid BMW driver sleeping at the wheel” crash walked away unharmed – but her photography van is never going to work again!
After a fast disappearing act from Julia’s mum up the M6 on a recon mission for her daughter, and after Elijah hit the sack, I did some minor modifications to my new purchase – The Orange patriot - circa 2003.
1. Cut off 2 inches of unneeded Grip shift material – just got the stump left now and a bigger grip!
2. Got rid of that massive women’s specific seat and chucked a Kona race seat on!
3. Removed the lower cog off the Chain device as it was doing jack all, and squeaking like a mouse giving birth to a dog!
4. Pumped those tires up – but thinking these tires look so weak and lame – I am not fussy really when it comes to tires, but I’m really not into the lack of tread and profile these appear to offer! There is absolutely nothing there!Friday 30TH July
Well – Hooray! Car failed MOT yesterday so it’s being re-done today Overall cost will be around £600! Argggghhh. So the plan of Hitting Rushcliffe 4x track with my Band mate Oli has gone out of the window and it now is probably somewhere far, far away like maybe in that Movie “Fantasia”, as Rushcliffe is around about 20/30 minute drive from my house. So we are opting instead for a family ride out with Elijah in the kid carrier. So we headed out this morning at 9am as a family and did a 20 mile loop on the Pennine Way Cycle track, where it has got to be described as a very boring, flat, smooth, no puddle, no fun track! However I have heard a lot of Rumors recently that there were some large pedally sections on the Mega avalanche course this year - so this may be an ideal place to train off road doing long boring flat training - at least there is no cars and chavs along here!
Discovered a great Pub on the way home - Good place to stop as Elijah had fallen asleep and we were hungry - The pub lunch and plum trees along the route were awesome additions to the day. On the way home we decided to add a few miles onto the route, where upon we discovered an old BMX track in Mickleover – So we chilled here for a bit and hit some jumps to get the adrenaline back to the surface of our very chilled ride - No pics this time - but I'll include some at some point!. To be honest it was actually a good run out even as a family ride, but I am hoping for a more challenging and fun ride tomorrow.Just seen that my Blog is on the front page of Pinkbike.com news – Awesome and a bit scary at the same time to know that so many people are reading and know a lot of my personal thoughts etc – Oh well – Here is to the next 52 weeks people
!Saturday 31ST July
Damn Car – Was still stuck in the flipping garage being re MOT`d this morning – and we could pick it up at the earliest –lunchtime – I wouldn’t mind normally, but we have a youth meeting at 7pm tonight at Church, so we need to be home by 5.30pm for Elijah`s dinner and bath and then the meeting. Anyhow no matter what, we missioned to Rushcliffe 4X Track this afternoon with Oli and hit some, as Napoleon Dynamite would say, “sweet jumps”. Weather was awful - But it gave the track some great traction. Spent a few hours hitting the trail, however we were met with Torrential Rain so we legged it to the car for an unplanned finish!! Was a wet journey on the way home which = a steamed up car - so we had to try and control the car from swerving on the A52 while we dealt with the lack of vision issue!
Today was really fun and I know it isn’t really the best training for Mega Avalanche, but one of my main aims is for the Training in “52 weeks” to be varied, fun as well as challenging, exhausting and other negative words. Sunday August 1st
Day of Rest – LOL – Actually have Church today followed by Bagpacking at ASDA with my youth group - so this means a long day raising money for charity.
Training begins again on Monday - and I'm looking forward to it! Gonna begin looking into doing some cross training, writing a diet and training plan while searching out some possible sponsors for my documentary.
Here is a very short video of this week's rides and training - next video available next Sunday.