Fully loaded 50km

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Same route as 3 days ago, but a world of difference, it was cold but dry and bright,

The gravel bike fully loaded feels great until your into the wind then i really noticed the loss of aerodynamics but after an hour it just felt normal.

This is training for coast to coast ride later in October, so gonna be riding a loaded bike for the next few weeks.

But today… I just didn’t want to stop, I could have kept riding all day.

Gravel bike on the road.. up the hill.

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The stiffer carbon frame really makes a difference to how this bike pulls up hill.

I was able to get some good time out of the saddle…. I’m no Alberto Contador but had some good hills attacks… against my self.

But the bike has a rattle… something around the headset… very annoying, and stopping to take lights off and adjust things kind of added time but overall gravel bike on the road. Awesome!

Gravel!!

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New gravel bike, 40th birthday present to myself.

Stop start ride getting the bike dialled in, things adjusted and setup but once I did she flew!

Was loads of fun to ride, the flared handle bars are really comfy the tyres take up a lot of the small stones but I was quickly reminded it’s no mountain bike on the Rocky sections.

The 1 x 11 gears are smooth and I’m going to take them for a proper run on the hills tomorrow.

All about the pink jerseys

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This is my absolute favourite cycling jersey. It’s really old and I’ve almost worn it to death, but it’s comfy and bright and outrageously pink.

So when I was looking for a cycling club to join for regular rides the nearest and pinkest club was always gonna be a winner.

Enter my new cycling club Albarosa Cycling club

Now I’ve my club ride cherry. Had a great time with my little group of 4 for the ride.

The route took in some beautiful country lanes around Otley and Ilkley Adel and north Leeds,

Some good (hard for me still) climbs and fast descents.

Quick pint at the Stables pub and then home.

I’m running the Alpkit Boson main light at the front and it’s so bright the guys kept thinking a car was approaching.

Lasted the whole ride no issues, should be good for 3-7 hours on the higher settings.

30day Challenge – 100 Sit-ups every day.

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I’m needing another challenge, something to be accountable for every day as well as my running, cycling, gym which is now my new normal 👍

So I saw this on YouTube Eddie Hall sit-up challenge

Dudes a beast! But 30 days… 100 sit-ups… I’m game.

Before shot.

Now… I’ve never done one of these before but here goes, be gentle internet.

Before shot:

Nearly 40 dad bod… it is what it is, eat too much + lockdown, depression, sit on my ass for a living, whatever.. I’m working on it.

But the thing is, to see if 100 sit-ups a day makes any difference. (On top of regular exercise and a healthy mostly vegetarian diet)

Day 1:

Done, with a little “help” from the running buddy.

Muddy legged morning ride

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After an easier week it’s time to get the hammer down again.

Mountain bike ride, along the canal it was a beautiful sunrise, the air smelt like autumn, there’s the cool crisp slightly damp feel, but it’s fresh and I can push push push for longer before I start to get too hot.

I love to train in the autumn it’s just so beautiful, in a few weeks time the leaves will change and start to fall and colours will explode.

For now it was a ride out in the dark, lights on, push for 55mins and snack turn around and go back.

I had a rabbit (faster cyclist) to chase for most of the return journey which kept the pace up, then I attacked the last strava segment. I’m 23 seconds off the KOM here but only 10 seconds off the top 10, so next time I won’t go as hard at the bottom and blow up near the top… good fun though.