Neil's Diary: Ramblings of the Bikelord

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A summary of training to date.

Posted at 12:00am on 24th June 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 1 Comments | Category: Training

A summary of training to date.

I turns out it is not just about cycling…

I started training the day after my last unhealthy meal, it was such an emotional occasion I took a photo. Yes, that is weird.

It was the 21st February. Ever since then it has been a strict diet of fibre, fruit, vegetables, fish, rice and pasta. Those who know me well can appreciate that it has been a nightmare for me. The typical combined Apps-Paterson diet has legendary fattening properties. I know Ross would sponsor me just to stick to the diet never mind the cycling!

It was a slow start getting out on the bike, but after a couple weeks I was in the zone. Then some ‘undesirable’ stole my bike which was somewhat of a disadvantage you could say. How I retrieved it is a story for another day. I am now on my second new bike, and third saddle, the first two saddles were threatening to do some shocking damage to the future of the Apps-bloodline.

I have cycled various routes around North Yorkshire where I live, the longest of which was 102.8 miles in one day - pretty much all uphill. It was a long day but I was back on the bike the next day again which was encouraging. I have also cycled a few routes out from Glasgow westwards of 50 miles+

There have been some visits to the gym when I couldn’t get out on the bike - even when on holiday in Majorca last week, but an exercise bike is far too unrealistic to be of any real benefit in my opinion.

I have only fallen off once, in front of quite a few people which was nice.

After all these weeks I would have hoped to have exceeded what I thought was a low target of 700 miles training by now but alas various things have conspired against me - the bike theft already mentioned, moving house, changing job, and I will admit - a degree of complacency in the early weeks. However, given the size of the task and all the other organisation that goes with it I am now reasonably pleased with how I have done to date.

Crucially there has been a definite abstinence from pub- related activities, with the exception of one staff night out and Gareth & Fiona’s wedding. I would say thats not bad going in 4 and a half months.

Over the next 33 days I plan to cycle an average of 50 miles a day to ensure I am in peak physical fitness for the main event. You can monitor my progress on the training pages.

Stay tuned- neil

Laura29 Jun 10, 12:48pm

Morgan… the website is great. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. Much apprecaited by all who want to share stories or keep up with Neil’s training. Thanks.

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