Week 1 of "52 weeks"

Aug 5, 2009
by John Lee  
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!)

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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!

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.

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  • 10 0
 That's a great idea, and like they say, if you want to commit to something, announce it to all your friends so you don't let them down. Or in this case a million pinkbike user.
That is a ton of carbs in that picture. How are you going to change that?
Also for those across the pond, 17 stone = 238 pounds
I hope to be cheering you on throughout and maybe I'll get the guts to join in some training myself.
  • 2 0
 What's that in Kilograms ?
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  • 1 0
 So 1 stone is 14 pounds and 1 kilogram is roughly 2.2 pounds.
  • 9 0
 at least you had an apple
  • 5 0
 One word. Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwiches. Loads of protein, nice carbs, sugar, and good fat. Bam. And remember, God must've made us dependent on water for a reason- if you cut the sodas, the pounds'll flee like polar bears from a global-warming seminar.
  • 7 0
 I love Hula Hoops !! But I can't get them here in Germany :-( . You can send them to me and that will solve one problem for you ;-)
  • 4 0
 just try to eat clean foods, like tinned tuna is great with pasta after a training sesh, cos the tuna is high in protein and so low in fat and the carbs in the pasta keep you going! wish ya the best of luck!
  • 3 0
 This is a great idea - and I need to do similar - suffice to say i run a 750lb spring on the back of my (SMALL) Giant! I will certainly follow your progress over the 52 weeks.
  • 4 2
 ouch, fatty.
  • 4 0
 I thought my diat was bad!:o
Wish you all the best mate, I for one will be follow your progress too!
  • 3 0
 Mate. Snap. I'm living in nottingham and am doint the mega for the 1st time next year as well. If youi fancy any company i'd be more than happy to ride with you.
  • 2 0
 i live near nottingham also, rushcliffe looks awesome but not been yet Smile would be cool to find some more company down that end Big Grin
  • 3 0
 good luck! its great to see it from the riders perspective, all the stuggle and the rest that comes with it
  • 3 0
 Good luck on your year long adventure. Keep it fun and you are sure to succeed.
  • 3 0
 Good luck!Its all worth it!
  • 1 0
 Good luck Buddy!! Megaavalance is a serious race, train hard, sweat harder, and ride more than your legs can handle.... you will lose that weight!
  • 1 0
 You know that a small drip of TriFlow will silence the lower roller on your chainguide. You should put it back on because it actually does do something.
  • 2 0
 fair does - ill give it a try first thing
  • 1 0
 good luck its up to you how serious you take it but for your first time I wouldn't get to carried away. I done it on a patriot 7+ and they're great tools for the job.
  • 1 0
 yo man i am doing a 12 hour solo race in sept and would like to do an avie in the years coming...i hope you training works out for you and you can slay the MT
  • 1 0
 right off the back switch to whole grain and encorperate more protein so you dont feel so hungry all the time
  • 3 0
 Best of luck man!
  • 2 0
 good luck bro! I'll be following your progress and cheerin for ya.
  • 1 0
 good choice of music on the last vidSmile hawthorne heights lol!
good luck man
  • 1 0
 Was actually Silverstein
  • 1 0
 Poland wishes good luck to ya. Following you progress all the time mate.
  • 1 0
 good luck (Y)

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