Cycling, sweating and long hair

So I’d been growing my hair for a year now. From a 4-blade all over last October I’d managed to grow a shoulder length mass of thick wavy locks. I was trying for the Peter Sagan look, but I’ve had to admit defeat. I just don’t have the swag that man does!

swaganPeter Sagan rocking some impressive locks recently!

Hats off to you gals (and guys) with long hair who manage to keep it under some sort of control during and after training. I just couldn’t do it. It got to the stage where it was getting in my eyes as I couldn’t get all of it into a pony tail. A sweaty, sticky birds nest was the result of any exercise and it was generally wreaking havoc when cycling.

img_2679The post-workout sweaty mess (and the hair is pretty bad too).

Pre-work morning sessions were a pain as I’d need to wash it afterwards and with no time for it to dry properly. Blow dry? Not my locks, I’d be rocking a 70’s afro! Stuffing wet hair into a full face motorcycle helmet to ride to work? Ergh.

img_2681So the locks HAD to go.

After a year of scissor avoidance, I’m back to a decent short back and sides low maintenance cut. I did save this little plait as a reminder of my long haired days. Maybe I’m just lazy, but short hair is SO much easier to manage!

Stealthy Bike P**n

Just a bit of weekend bike porn for you. :-) I’ve had my Planet X Stealth for a couple of years now without many changes except for the wheels. They were a bit of a “you only live once” purchase while I was working for Sigma Sport. Those Roval CL60 carbon deep section babies really hum along! Now I’ve just got to get back to fighting fitness so I can do this bike some justice over the summer months.




A couple of broken, ugly bikes?

So in recent cycling related news, Specialized find out that creating the “world’s fastest bike” is no good if your flagship aero frame doesn’t stay in one piece. Stop sale notice issued on the Venge ViAS super-bike:


p865536742-5That’s a photo from “SMP123” who posted it on the Road Bike Review forum. Check out the total separation of the seatstay from the seat tube! Not what you want from your expensive new frame. He gave this description of the incident:

“I pulled away from some traffic lights and I came to a sudden stop, at first I thought it was the rear wheel but then noticed the whole rear triangle on the right side failed! I’m glad I was at a standstill and not in a sprint!”

And then Cervelo released their April Fool’s Day joke:


Oh wait, they’re serious?!?! What… The… Actual… I’m sure the triathlon market will eat this thing up but damn that’s one pig of a bike. Disc brakes as well? Errrr. Sure they’re pushing the boundaries of innovation and all but come one. Oh well. I’m sure it’s fast. It’s in no way UCI compliant so don’t expect to see it in any World Tour time trials just yet, but those rules are under review. At least there’s plenty of room to tuck your hidden motor in there… ;-)

Daylight Saving!

How is it October already?!?! It’s been a big 2016 of changes for me and this year seems to have flown by at rocket ship pace. It feels like only last week I was cycle commuting through Surrey in minus 5 degree C winter darkness. It’s about time I got some summer.

Daylight savings kicked in here in the south today. The clocks went forward an hour overnight so that means those long summer evenings are on their way. Hopefully there’ll be plenty of opportunities for an after-work cycle or two. It’s definitely time to build up those miles again!


Oh and a big shout out to my girl Elz (The Lonely Cyclist) who had a big off on the road last week. Rest up, heal quick and see you back on two wheels soon!

Resting heart rate (again)

I’ve talked before about monitoring resting heart rate and how it can help identify when you’re getting fitter (or the opposite). I try and keep an eye on mine, tracking it using my FitBit Blaze watch.

img_2407Trying for a smile at the top of a local Cat 2 climb.

After a period of shall we say, less than ideal physical activity and eating patterns, my resting heart rate crept up to 62bpm. My on-the-bike fitness was suffering and I was most certainly getting lazy! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve started to build the distance/intensity back up and it’s starting to take effect.


Since doing so I’ve seen my resting heart rate come back down to a much more reasonable 57bpm. It shows that my cardiac fitness is slowly returning. I’m starting to feel like a cyclist again and less like the guy who ate all the pies!

A week of falling TT records

It’s been a month of falling records on the UK TT scene! First up the men’s 10-mile record was obliterated by Marcin Bialoblocki who clocked a mind blowing time of 16:35 averaging over 36mph to do so. He crushed the old record of 17:20 set by Alex Dowsett and is now the only man ever to go under the 17 minute barrier!

csasspzwyaa74leMarcin Bialoblocki looking 100% aero on his record breaking ride.

James Gullen of Pedal Heaven also went under Dowsett’s old record with a time of 17:09 an incredible ride overshadowed by Marcin’s superhuman effort.

Then a few days later the women’s 10-mile record was also smashed (again). This time Hayley Simmonds took the record back from Anna Turvey, posting a time of 18 minutes 36 seconds to become the only woman ever to have gone under 19 minutes!