About me

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Hi there.  As promised, a bit about me.

I am 40 (and a bit) and love all types of fitness and being healthy in general.  I also love my family, my dog and caffeine.

I was the captain of a cross country team that had a future Commonwealth athlete in it – he used to always win!

I came in the top 10 of an International Matathon in 2007 (Great Wall of China Marathon).

I won the Ballykelly Half Marathon – has anyone ever heard of it though?

When I was a student, I rode my bike from Singapore to Sydney.

I have been into exercise since I got a super cool mountain bike in 1989.  I still have that bike, a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp.

I once ate a catering size tin of baked beans in 10 minutes to win a bet.  It wasn’t worth it.

When I was younger, I worked in a bike shop.

I walked around the Peruvian Andes for 10 days, completed self supported, carrying all my own food and equipment.

I race bikes and compete in running events as often as I can.

I have a couple of nicknames:  The Calorie Cowboy and Happy Dog.

I believe that it is impossible to own too many bikes.  There is one caveat, which I will write about one day.

During a Spanish Cycle Training Camp, I won a prize for being the “Best Person To Have In Your Group” – such a team player!

I came 2nd overall in the London to Edinburgh 400 mile bike ride in 2013 (second mouse gets the cheese)!

I have followed the Tour de France since 1989 – what a battle between Lemond and Fignon (RIP).  I love the Tour de France so much that I have decided to ride the whole route in 2015.  Please follow this link to read about the challenge and have a look at my blog posts in July 2015 to read about the daily stages.

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

I really want to see Mount Everest some day soon.

Dodgeball is one of my Top 10 Favourite Films.

I am obsessed with Burpees.

I have met the Prince of Wales.

Fitness in your forties