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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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How to Die in the Mountains

How to Die in the Mountains

So I was clearing through some of my things and came across this poem.  I must have scribbled it down whilst I was doing some course (I used to do a lot of mountain walking and navigation courses, back in the day).

Anyway, I share it now on my blog, so that I have a record of it.

Seek no wisdom, leave no word

Common sense is too absurd.


Take no extra food or gear,

You’ll not need them, have no fear.


Do not fret if you’ve got no skill,

People like you are hard to kill.


We beg of you, before you die,

Pick a place that’s not too high.

Lent – what are you going to give up?

Lent runs from Wednesday 1 March to Saturday 15 April this year (2017).   By observing Lent, Christians are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus, who withdrew into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days before his crucifixion.  Traditionally, people have given up certain luxuries as a form of penance.

So for me, I’m going to give up the luxury of sleeping in until at least 6.30am each morning and set my alarm for 5.00am instead (in effect, I am giving up 90 minutes of warm bed action).

Giving up some sleep for Lent

Added to that, I am going to drag my sorry butt out of the front door and ride up the local hill, all before I normally surface.  Hopefully, I will see some nice pre-dawn scenes and even some sunrises as we progress towards spring in the northern hemisphere.

Finally, I’m going to be doing all this early morning riding on my Brompton Bicycle – a bike that is one of my favourites and enjoys a mad challenge.

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That’s the way things have always been done around here!

Monkey and Banana

A colleague shared this with me.  I bet that you can relate to it in some way, either at work, home or even when training.

A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage, and in the middle they placed a ladder with bananas on top.

Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the remainder with ice cold water.

After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others beat that monkey up for going up the ladder.

After time, no monkey dare go up the ladder, regardless of the temptation of more bananas.

Scientists decided to substitute one of the monkeys and the first thing the new monkey did was go up the ladder. Immediately, the remaining monkeys beat him up.

After several more beatings, the new monkey learned not to climb the ladder, even though he never knew why.

A second monkey was substituted in and the same thing occurred. The first new monkey even participated in the beating of the second new monkey. A third new monkey was changed and the same process was repeated. The fourth was substituted in and the beating was repeated. Finally, the fifth and last remaining member of the original group of monkeys was replaced.

What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that even though they never received an ice cold shower, they continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.

If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder, their answer would probably be…..

I don’t know, that’s the way things have always been done round here….



The Uncertainty of the Poet by Wendy Copes

I love this poem – hope you do, too!

I am a poet.
I am very fond of bananas.

I am bananas.
I am very fond of a poet.

I am a poet of bananas.
I am very fond.

A fond poet of ‘I am, I am’-
Very bananas.

Fond of ‘Am I bananas?
Am I?’-a very poet.

Bananas of a poet!
Am I fond? Am I very?

Poet bananas! I am.
I am fond of a ‘very.’

I am of very fond bananas.
Am I a poet?

Chamber Rachet Multi-tool by Fabric – product review

Fabric Chamber Multi-Tool
Fabric Chamber Multi-Tool

I don’t think that I have done many product reviews, but this latest purchase is really rather clever and I thought that I’d share it with you.

So the product is the Chamber Rachet Multi-tool made by Fabric. I have to admit to liking clever design, and this ticks almost as many boxes as my Brompton Bicycle on the clever design front.

First off is the smooth finish of the Chamber itself….. this means that it will not snag on your expensive cycling clothing or equipment.

Smooth appearance.
Smooth appearance.

Second is the functionality. Not only does it contain a multi-tool with 13 functions, it builds into an efficient rachet T-bar head. Each of the tools also has 3 different grooves to locate it in the best position for the required job.

13 functions
13 functions
And 3 different positions for the rachet
And 3 different positions for the rachet

Lastly, its aluminium casing and overall look is just cool. Who could ask for more? And weighing in at 168g, the Chamber packs in a lot of functionality.

All weighing in at a respectable 168g
All weighing in at a respectable 168g

Fabric also produce a fixed, non rachet version, which is similar design and slightly cheaper.

List of tools/ functions:
2mm hex
2.5mm hex
3mm hex
4mm hex
5mm hex
6mm hex
8mm hex

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My Rules for 2016

I like to make up my own rules, so from this day onwards I am going to commit to the new rules:

Exercise 5 days a week

Mountain summit


Take rest and recovery seriously

The 3rd Pillar of Health


Eat as healthy as possible, most of the time

Nutrition - the first pillar of health


Always spend less than I earn

Spend less than I earn.

Easy, how simple was that!

Have a great 2016.

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My 2015 Strava Adventure


Strava have created really cool little animations of your year.  Here is mine:  My 2015 Strava Adventure

Thank you Strava.  See you out there in 2016.

Bike friends

In Paris!
In Paris!
Burning some matches on Alpe d'Huez in July 2015.
Burning some matches on Alpe d’Huez in July 2015.

Oxfordshire countryside in December