Up Hill and down Dale


Two days cycling on the Yorkshire Dales,  in beautiful sunshine, have left me tired but with a sense of satisfaction.

On Saturday I was brought for a 80km spin around the Trough of Boland by Paul,  Jaclyn and Tom. The sky was overcast but the scenery beautiful. On Monday we travelled to Hawes for an overnight stay.

The last time I was in Hawes the motorway South was closed due to flooding and we struggled across the Dales and Moors for a week even having to abandon our mountain bikes and spend one day in the pub hiding from the rain.

This time we arrived at our beautiful B&B. The clouds parted and we headed up towards Buttertubs Pass in Sunshine. Breath taking.  As our road cycle  continued I began to recognise gaps in the hedge from which we had emerged on our mountain bikes on the previous trip. I recognised the pub in Reeth where I tasted Old Peculiar for the first time and the Pub in Bainbridge where we had lunch.

The highlight of today’s spin was the steep climb from Buckden back to Hawes.

I am already planning my next trip to Yorkshire.


The Plan


The final run in to Dartmoor has begun. Every weekend from now until June 23rd is accounted for and most of the midweek training plans itself.

My buzz phrase is Slower and Faster

My interval and threshold training will be harder,  much harder and my endurance work will be easier, much easier. I will try to stop myself clocking up mile after mile just below my threshold.

My main concern is the 3 day Kerry Sportive. I reckon it might be the hardest thing I do this year and I hope I recover in time for Dartmoor. Last year I don’t think I recovered from my ‘bonk’ on the Wicklow 200

Off to Lancashire and Yorkshire this weekend. Will manage two easy spins. Then back to Hill repeats next Wednesday.

Mayday Mayday


The first of May. Seven weeks to go. Today was to be the day I reached my target weight leaving me free to eat a little be more as my training intensity increased. 3kg above target. 

Ah well another month without desert.