Monthly Archives: January 2014

3 in a Row

Must be the enjoyment of getting back into things but I’ve been out 3 days in a row… After the awful weather we have been having I decided to go for a 5k run on Friday night after work. After my last run walk, I decided to slow things down from the start. I usually find that in mile 1 I’m running faster than I probably should be. So, i slowed mile 1 down to 10:30 per mile. This was good as it meant that I could focus on getting mile 2 down under 11 minutes. It worked, not only was mile 2 down form 12 minutes to 10:58, I was also able to keep running the whole 3 miles without having to stop. Which was something I probably hadn’t done since October.

Saturday morning Phil and I set off on our usual client loop. This for me is a 15 mile bike ride down through Hagley and then back up through Clent Hills. Not having really riden any decent distance since September, this was a hard ride. St Kenels pass in Clent is a killer hill. Very long and very steep towards the end. I got up it in one go but it really hurt. My legs, shoulders and lungs were burning.  The only was it’s going to get easier is if we  do it more often…

I usually get through the loop in an hour but this time it took us quite a bit longer. It was however a nice ride as the weather was crisp but sunny and clear. My new mudguards helped keep my feet and back dry from the water on the road from the rainfall the night before.


Then on Sunday morning I went for my usual 5k loop. I concentrated on upping the cadence in my feet in order to get round the loop faster. Whatever I did worked as I set my personal best for 2 miles at 20 minutes and got round the 3 miles in 30:45 with an pace of 10:04 per mile. I’m pretty chuffed with that seeing as it’s only my 3rd run this year. I’m going to get out again a few times this week. My first goal is to be able to get under 30 minutes for 5k and be able to repeat it comfortably session after session.

First Run Back

Yesterday I ran my first 5k for a month and it showed. I was slow, 2nd mile was apauling, but I got back out there and will hopefully get back into a regular routine. Decided to use Garmin connect for my runs as I like this little graphic for use on here.

2014 Goals

Goals for 2014

This is not a complete list and I may add to it from time to time.
  1. Cycle 750 miles
    This in itself isn’t a hard task but it’s finding the time to actually do it.
  2. Run 300 miles
    This will take more willpower rather than ability.
  3. Complete a ride over 60 miles
    My longest ride to dates 41 miles so this is a bit tougher.
  4. Pass ITIL v3
    The material for this is a bit dry but I need to get through it
  5. Update this website more often
    should be easier with my iPad now

REVIEW: SKS Bluemels Mudguards

After searching the internet for what seemed like hours, I found some mudguards that didn’t look vile like many do. I wanted a slim fitting mudguard that didn’t take away from the looks of the bike. In the end I settled for the SKS Bluemels. These come in matt black rather than the shiny black that most guards come in. They also have a more rounded profile when compared to the SKS Chromoplastics. Aesthetically I think they look ok considering…

I ordered them 3 days ago from Geoffrey Butler Cycles for £30 delivered. Having never heard of the shop before I was a bit wary but to their credit the guards were delivered 3 days later by Royal Mail.

Upon opening the package this is what you are presented with,  when you remove the packaging, its only then that you see what seems like lots of nuts and bolts. Don’t panic though as SKS are just including bolts of different sizes so that the guards will fit on most bikes.

IMG_0310

IMG_0311

 

Im not going to lie, fitting the guards was a pain but that was mainly to do with the position of the brake callipers on my Boardman CX Team.  It took around 2 hours in total and apart from the front guard being a bit further away from the tyre than I would like, I’m pleased with the fit. I will probably adjust the front guard at a later date, I may have to hacksaw the stays a bit shorter to get a tighter fit.

IMG_0314

 

IMG_0315

I’ll update this thread when I’ve had change to use them to their full effect.