September Wrap Up

Well that’s September done and dusted. Where does the time go? Now begins the slide into the chilly and dark depths of the British winter.

Photogram-20150930060101This month has been a big one for me on the bike. A shade over 900 miles in total, riding every day except four.

My legs were pretty shot over the first half of the month but they’ve almost gotten used to the regular mileage now. Just got to keep going forwards! I’m looking forward to some Autumn commuting – one of my favourite seasons – and plan to continue riding as much as possible through the winter months and cycle commuting to work as long as the weather permits. Here’s what my cycling month looked like:

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Building up my weekly mileage

September has been a top month on the bike so far. I’ve managed to turn the pedals every day except one, helped by the full five days of cycle commuting. I did the first three days on the commuter bike, but the weather forecast for Thursday and Friday was so nice I took the Kinesis Aithein instead.

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Popped out for a short little recovery ride on Saturday and then a great solo spin out to Box Hill this morning (for the best homemade treacle tart in Surrey). Finished the week with a shade over 220 miles and 415 miles for the month.

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The legs are feeling fatigued, but still in good form. I’m making sure I focus on recovering well and eating to replace the calorie burn. The commute equates to roughly 500 calories each way. This week’s worth of commuting is looking a little more difficult as the weather is turning wet and windy! #keepcycling

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015

The 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain kicks off today, with the first stage starting from Beaumaris in Wales, before heading around the country through eight stages, with the final stage seeing riders race through the streets of London next Sunday.

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Stage 1, Sunday, September 6, Beaumaris to Wrexham, 178km
Stage 2, Monday, September 7, Clitheroe to Colne, 227km
Stage 3, Tuesday, September 8, Cockermouth to Floors Castle, 216km
Stage 4, Wednesday, September 9, Edinburgh to Blyth, 217km
Stage 5, Thursday, September 10, Prudhoe to Hartside, 166km
Stage 6, Friday, September 11, Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham, 193km
Stage 7, Saturday, September 12, Fakenham to Ipswich, 227km
Stage 8, Sunday, September 13, London, 87km

There’s some big names on the start list including Alex Dowsett, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Taylor Phinney and Andre Greipel, who will be looking to go head to head with the Manx Missile for a stage or two. It’s a shame there’s no stage coming through the Surrey Hills this year, it was a real blast riding out to see them boss our local climbs over the past couple of years.

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New job & cycle commute

A couple of days after getting back from my Slovenia and Italy trip (which was awesome I might add) I started my new job. I’ve been on the job just over two weeks now and I’m in the swing of it and enjoying the new environment. There was plenty to learn over the first few days and I made a few rookie mistakes, it’s a big change from my previous job!

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The cycle commute hasn’t been quite as tough as I had feared. I’m not pushing hard on the ride in – just keeping the watts low – as I’m on my feet all day at work. I rode three days in the first week, four days last week and next week it’ll be the full five days on the bike. Ask me again about the commute in the dark and grimy depths of the British winter and I may be singing a different tune, but so far so good.

Photogram-20150903124842It’s pretty great at the moment; I get up in the morning, ride my bike for an hour to work, check out loads of cycling gear throughout the day while chatting bikes and keeping tabs on the Vuelta a Espana, then get on my bike and ride home! The hours are long, but the time seems to pass quickly compared to my last job, this is hugely down to working with a great bunch of people.

Got the Woking CC Sunday cafe ride tomorrow, it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to go on one so it’ll be a refreshing change! #keepcycling

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