New New Years resolution

After last year’s successful ‘Everything Matters’ may I present my guiding words for 2014 …



Cascade of blogs


My WordPress app continues to lose my blog posts and I am finding it hard to find the time to rewrite all my missing posts. Here is a month of bloggs in one go ….

January blues


The New Year is underway and the short dark days are taking a toll on my mood but not my appetite for Chocolates.

When I do get out on the bike I enjoy it but with such short windows of daylight to get out, trips are often shortened or cancelled.

Friday night I was working until 9pm and so was too tired to get up at 07:30 for a club spin and so headed out at 10am on my own to do 100km. Was going well until I went over the top of the main climb of the spin to find the road blocked with snow and ice. Had to walk a mile or so before getting back on the bike and free wheeling through the slush.

Today’s trip was cancelled because of a puncture. I was on my way to the mountain for a quick spin when the tyre on my car blew out.

Sorry for all the moaning but as you may have noticed when I am in a bad mood I post less blogs so this is a effort to blow away my writer’s apathy

New Year Revolutions


2014 gets underway. Managed to get out on the mountain bike for a short spin.

Christmas was busy and I didn’t manage much cycling. If I recall correctly I managed to cycle 100Km on Jan 1st last year. First weigh in of the year today.

My resolutions?

1) Get to target weight by April first
2) Match millage from last year
3) Beat times on spins from last year

V for failure


Dartmoor Hysteria reached new heights last week when the cycle sold out within hours. People obviously keen to be part of history as I go for another unique gold medal attempt.

My focus switches once again to my weight. The graph is shaping up to give me my annual ‘V’ sign. This year I am determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past 9 years.

I know that there are no quick fixes for weight loss so I am taking to the Internet this afternoon, armed with my Visa card determined to find the solution to my weight gain …

Fall back


Beautiful mild Autumn weather means great cycles on the quiet country roads on North Cork.

The days getting shorter and the mornings darker but still great cycling to be had

Next thing on agenda is the route for the Tour de France and the announcement of L’etape du tour route.  Rumours suggest Tourmalet/Hautacam but this would be a repeat of 2008. A start/finish in the same town would probably be too much to ask for again but the atmosphere and Craic in Annecy last year was brilliant