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Quebec training week 12

This far into a training schedule some runners experience burnout, injuries or are just plain fed up.  How do you avoid it I hear you cry.  Simple.  Mix it up variety in your training but maintain consistency.

In a week I practice not only the sport of running but also yoga, two different types, pilates, resistance training  and cycling , up to three different disciplines.  All aimed at keeping me fit, getting me race ready and maintain my drive.


This weeks stats:

Run 30 miles with 1800 feet of climbing

Bike 38 miles with 1500 feet of climb.

I also did two weights sessions, 1 core session, 1 yoga and 1 pilates class


Book review-The Hungry Cyclist Tom Kevill-Davies

A Transamerica journey with a twist, the author decided to cycle from New York to Rio De Janerio in search of the perfect meal.

A quest undertaken on his own and through some dangerous countries in common with books of this genre he describes notable encounters and events on his joiurney.  One reason why I never get fed up reading this type of book is each one truly is different.

As he progresses on his journey hee thoughtfully provides recipes of meals he has tried and enjoyed although I dont know how my local pet shop would take it if I asked for two guines pigs to go!

An enjoyable read I wont spoil it for you by revealing the perfect meal.

Book review:On the road bike by Ned Boulting

Any cyclists among you will be familiar with Mr B.  This is his 3rd tome but the first I have read.

Mr B wanted to dig deep and find out how Britain became so obsessed with the bike.  I don’t think he fully accomplishes this but he certainly had some experiences trying.

I did find it a hard read at times and at others just flew through whole chapters.  What is amazing is the people he met and the facts he uncovered.  Not a book for the casual cyclist!

A wee Visit to Edinburgh

Sometimes the best rides are those that are a bit more off the cuff than planned turn by turn that was Wednesday’s ride with Carol.  With good weather forecast and an unfinished trundle around cycle paths in the capital still on our agenda we headed over to Auld Reekie by train with a couple of objectives but no fixed plan.

Carol wanted to visit Evans and Edinburgh Bike Co-op to take a look at panniers for our trip to France so with some sort of loose plan we headed for the train station and the 10:33 to South Gyle.  We headed along the path that you can see from the train when you come in from Fife to Edinburgh and cut off along the Water of Leith and the Union Canal to the Canal Basin at Fountainbridge. Once at the basin Evans is literally up the road about 200m.  We spent about 45 mins in the shop and Carol tried a set of panniers on her Pug whilst I queried the guy about a Tour de Fer 20.  We both left the shop empty handed and retraced our steps back to the canal basin for lunch in the sun.  A sharing platter of smorgasbord. 

Once we had eaten we mounted our trusty steeds again and pedalled off to the Meadows and Edinburgh Bike Co-op.  Once again Carol tried a set of panniers on her Pug, the shop’s own brand whereas the others had been Altura.   The Bike Co-op had a Tour de Fer 10 in but not a 20 so once again we left a bike shop empty handed!  After a bit of to and froing on the path and a 180 degree turn we headed in the direction of the Forth.

Our next stop was Go Outdoors which was the other side of the town and meant cycling thru the city centre with not only traffic to contend with but TRAM LINES!!! 

 It must be said we negotiated both obstacles safely and were soon whizzing down Scotland Street on our way to Leith and Go Outdoors.  It has been a while since I have been in the shop and it looks a great deal better than it used to with good prices on well known brands.  The Leith shop has a large selection of bikes from Orbea, Viking and some other brands it also does servicing.  After a quick look round we left and headed for a cafe.   It was approaching 5 by this time and although we had not done many miles it was great in the sun and good practice for pedalling down the canals in France although it might be slightly warmer there.  We stopped at a cafe just down from the Botanics and consumed a waffle each and a pot of Earl Grey.  The waffles were amazing and so light. 

Fed and watered we headed to Waverley station and the train home.  The station now has a bike lane going down into it this was news to us and whilst I managed to get onto it Carol couldn’t and proceeded to cycle down the pedestrian way.  At the bottom of the path she was approached by a man in blue and told to use the bike lane next time.  Fine officer but your van is parked right in the middle of it!  With 45 mins till the next train we decided to head outside and try and catch what was left of the sun in Princess Street Gardens.  Unfortunately they were being locked up so after a quick circuit of the gardens we headed back to the station and our train home.

So with 21 miles pedalled 800ft climbed 3 bike shops visited and more of the capital’s bike paths explored it was rather a good day!!

SBT is go

Guide log 2/4/2016 if anyone had said to me that I would be setting out on a new direction at 58 having already taken early retirement i would not have believed them but here I am ready to guide my first tour of my very own cycle touring company!  Scottish bike touring.  Follow me on Facebook and WordPress book a tour novices to experienced cyclists.

Gooooooodbye Vietnam

Book out time was 1200.  I had planned to visit the Water puppet theatre for an early morning show, after discussion with the hotels tourist advisor I learnt it was cancelled.

I spent some time in the hotel talking with Gary and Pauline the only others left from the group.  After some lunch I used the time to use the hotels internet corner and catch up on mail etc.  The taxi was booked for 17:30 and arrived right on time.  After negotiating the city traffic and a minor rainstorm I was dropped off at the airport for my flight to Paris.

A smooth passage through check in and security left me with a few hours to kill and my remaining dong to spend.

As I sat waiting for my flight I reflected on my time in Vietnam.  The friendliness of the people, the food, the scenery and realised we had only scratched the surface but cycling was without a doubt the best way to see it.


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Review:Book Vive le Tour

Subtitle Amazing tales of the TdeF and written by Nick Brownlee.

The second of my Christmas books and the best.  An amazing tome detailing the history of the worlds most iconic bike race.  Very easy to read and in chronological order begining with the 1903 tour.  The book is split into chapters each chapter with well defined sections such as Tour stars born in ****, Tour trivia and Legendary mountains of the tour.

A great read.