Power Data – Why you should never talk about it

I have been a cyclist for a long time now and it amazes me how many fellow cyclists love to talk about their power numbers to whoever cares to listen.  But let me tell you a litttle secret.  First, the vast majority of the population will not know what you are talking about, let alone care, and second, if you do decide to share “your numbers” there is never a good outcome.

Let me explain what happens when you decide to talk about to power data in a couple of different scenarios.

The first and most likely scenario is that your friends don’t know about power training.  They will think you’re a nerd.  They will lose respect for you.  And they will think you are boring.

The second scenario is that your friends know about power training.  They will compare themselves to you as similar weight athletes (or using a simple power to weight ratio comparion because you will have definitely bragged about your less than impressive FTP results and your weight) but due to you lack of racing success, either conclude that you are weak, tactically stupid or a combination of both.  They will also lose respect for you.  And they will also think that you are boring.

So whichever way you look at it, discussing power data with anyone is a bad idea and will ultimately lead to people thinking you are boring!

2018 – Resolutions and Rules

My resolutions and rules for 2018 are as follows:

Give 2 units of blood (best thing that I can do given that I am O Neg).  (One donation made on 3 January, so one more to go later in the year).

Be meat free for the month of January.  This is now complete, but we have decided, as a family, to consume less meat from now on and will do Meatless Mondays from hence forth.

Run at least once a week with my wonderful daughter.

Beat last year’s Personal Best (PB) at my local 10 mile time trial on my Brompton bicycle.

Everest my Brompton bicycle.

Complete a 30 day yoga streak (completed in January but continuing with yoga, as I really enjoyed it).

Abide by my 3 pillars of health.


I’ve been online dating and I love it!

I’ve been online dating for the whole month of January and it’s been fantastic.  Let me add a bit of context.  It is not the online dating that you are probably thinking about.  It has also been fully supported by my wife and daughter.  In fact, they have even been fully engaged in the activity too!

Our online date has been with Adrienne, the YouTube Yoga teacher.  Adrienne has provided us all with a lovely 31 day yoga challenge over the month of January.  If you haven’t seen her videos, I thoroughly recommend that you have a quick look.  The Guardian journalist, Rebecca Nicholson described her as her ‘goofy online yoga teacher’ but she is so much more than this.  Adrienne is so enthusiastic, encouraging and engaging and genuinely makes you feel special for even turning up on the yoga mat.  She also has a pretty cool dog with the same name as my dog, so that gives her even more points in my book!  My little family have all become converts and yoga is definitely going to become a part of our daily routine.

And for the sceptics out there, don’t dismiss it until you have tried it.  I am a keen sports person (cycling, running, skiing and outdoor pursuits in general).  However, I dislike stretching and am particularly bad at doing core work, even though I know how beneficial it is.  Now, with Adrienne and yoga in my life, my core stability and flexibility are all taken care off in one nice relaxing session.  Thank you, Adrienne, we love you.

p.s.  we are also doing a ‘no meat’ January, but that isn’t nearly as much fun!

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