Goal setting, training plans and accepting failure

This month I set a goal to complete the Rapha Festive 500 again (ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve). I didn’t make it public, it was just for me. With guests staying over the Christmas break and three days at work I knew even with perfect weather it would be a tight…

So this is Christmas…

“…and what have you done?” – John Lennon I hope you all are having a lovely and relaxing break, taking the time to unwind while enjoying the company of loved ones. Another year has quite literally flown by! My cycling has taken a bit of a back seat to other aspects of life this year,…

Tips to complete the Rapha Festive 500

It’s December once again and thoughts turn to Christmas holidays, maybe a bit of time off work and of course the possibility of attempting the Rapha Festive 500 challenge. The Festive 500 is a Strava challenge where entrants need to ride 500km (311 miles) over 8 days starting on Christmas Eve. All finishers receive a beautiful…

The things we do…

…for a little cloth badge from Rapha! :-) Finally received  my Rapha Festive 500 celebratory badge. I’ve been waiting for this since I finished that last ride on the 28th of December to cap off six days on the bike. The badge was accompanied by a postcard full of challenge statistics. One of the more interesting numbers is…

2014: A fantastic cycling year!

Looking back at my 2014, it has been a top year on two wheels! Actually the past couple of years have been great and in that respect I am truly lucky. Here’s a few quick stats I’ve pulled from my Garmin account: Total Distance:   4462 miles / 7180 km Longest Ride:   101.5 miles / 163 km…

Festive 500: It’s in the bag!

In the immortal words of NBA Jam …. Boom shaka laka! With a final gentle ride today I completed the Rapha Festive 500! Thanks to an epic solo mission yesterday I found myself ahead of schedule. Something of a rarity for me I managed to stay on track and stick to my game plan. Actually…