Monthly Archives: November 2015

Book Review Eat, sleep, cycle Anna Hughes

This is a book that has been reviewed quite a lot in cycling and mainstream media and had good feedback.

Its a tale of a bike ride around the coast of mainland, and some islands, UK 4000 miles of it.

A good read well written and Anna doesn’t pull any punches she bares her soul as you follow her around the coast not only up the physical ups and downs of the coastline but the emotional ups and downs as the ride takes its toll.

Well worth a read.


Winter base+ week 3

It is said that it takes 6 weeks to build a new habit with that in mind perhaps I should have devised Base+ on a 6 week cycle and not 5 but my theory is working and that was that it will take this first cycle to settle into a decent training regime which includes specific times for resistance, core and extra yoga all done in the home.

The biking and running all went good this week.  Most of the biking was done on the turbo which is great for single leg drills and interval work without the worry of slipping on icy roads which are now beginning to appear.

Bike stats:

112 miles

8 hours

1422 ft of climb

Run stats:

21 miles

3 hours

900 feet of climbing.

Gigs, Tanks and IKEA does cafes!


It had been a while since Carol and I had been to a gig but that was remedied when we went to 3 gigs in under a week.  The first one was in the Windsor a local pub well known as a music venue.  Top of the bill was the Rezillos supported by Crimedesk and UrgencyX UK.  A lively gig with the Rezillos playing all the classics and some new material as well as covers.

Next day was Carols tank driving at Stirling.  The “tank” was in fact an APC but she wasn’t caring.  It had been raining practically all week and the course was like a morass but of course this made it all the better.  The first lap was a bit stop start as she got used to handling the APC but laps 2 and 3 were great. It had been a long time coming as this had been a Christmas present!

Our next gig was in Glasgow at the BBC studios.  So we decided to go through early and have a trip to Ikea for some shopping and food.  The gig  was a Quay session with Frank Turner and I had been lucky enough to get 2 tickets in the draw.  Frank Turner was not someone I had listened to but Carol had seen him before and as we have similar tastes I decided to put my name in the draw for tickets and was lucky!  The gig was really good and quite intimate with loads of banter between Frank and the audience.  Once he was finished he came down beside the audience and posed for pics and signed autographs.

Our final gig was at PJ Molloys a pub in Dunfermline once again well known as a music venue.  Three bands were playing and we arrived just as the first band were starting.  They were called Beatnik Prestige and seemed to have a large local and vocal following!  Second band to take the stage and my main reason for going were the Begbies a Scottish indie band I had been wanting to see for some time.  It was well worth the wait.  Headliners were The Ordinary Boys a band I had seen about 8 years ago when they were up and coming!!  All told a great night.


Winter Base+ week 2

This was a mixed week the emphasis was on cycling but with only 76 miles ridden I was quite disappointed.  However that included 2 excellent interval sessions.  The run part of the week was really disappointing with only two runs in the whole but once again I managed to do an interval session which was really good.


Bike 76 miles 7 hours 1903 ft of climb

Run 7 miles 1 hour 288 ft of climb.

Winter base+ week one

A successfull start to my 20 week trg programme.

The first thing I did was get base measures so I could calculate paces and HR for the run and bike.  I used the turbo for the bike test so I can take the test again in the same conditions.  I used the Kirkcaldy park run to calculate paces for the running and got a PB for the course even though the conditions were not ideal.  These tests will be repeated in week 5 and every 5th week thereafter.

This was a base week so not too punishing but with a couple of hard rides and runs nonetheless.  Totals for the week were:

Bike 91 miles 7 h 2400 ft

Run 18 miles 3 h 627 ft

Review-Crane Cycling tights

Bought from a well known discount supermarket these tights are excellent value for the occasional winter cyclist as well as the more committed rider.

I wore them on a rainy and windy day riding from Kirkcaldy to St Andrews.  The tights were warm and although the rain was at times heavy and wind driven I managed to stay dry.  The seat pad was comfy.  The tights I bought were a small 30″ waist and they have ankle zips and grippers.  Supportive but not overly restrictive I found them to be comfortable on the bike and quick drying.

Pre Base+ week

I am looking forward to Base+ the challenge it will provide, the opportunities for improvement and reaching the final goal-the Scottish Standard Duathlon championships in Stirling in March 2016.  Monday Nov 2nd sees the start of my 20 week run up to that race with that in mind I had a fairly easy week this week with 6 mile running and 97 miles biking none of it at any effort level worth recording.

I have my five week cycles all worked out, a core routine ready to do and also a bodyweight and dumbbell resistance routine.  Hopefully I will stay uninjured and illness free for the full 20 weeks!