Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Gotta get this Tuesday thing beaten...

The usual battle with my inner wimp ensued at 0430hrs this morning, why it should always be Tuesdays is a reason I guess I'll never know the answer too. But the motivated lean, mean fighting machine won and I enthusiastically leapt out of bed with a song in my heart at 0515hrs. (I hope the sarcasm came across there?)

The pedal in along the cut was perfectly standard and I saw no-one to bother me out of my reverie.

I did get an extra 3 miles in last night on the way home but not as I'd planned. When I came to pedal out of work I discovered my front light had gone tits up. It wouldn't switch on at all. It's always been a bit temperamental, as from virtually new I've always had to open the main body and switch it on and off using the internal connection as the outside switch gave up pretty quickly.

I pedalled my usual route along the cut and stopped off in Northfield at Northfield Cycles where I got a new front light, I fitted it on and then decided to ride past the MG Rover works (what's left of it) and do a loop around the Lickey Hills and pedal back home through the back end of Rubery which gave me an extra 3 miles as I said.

Remarkably I felt absolutely fine when I got in, no dying, no panting and being able to speak perfectly normally, perhaps all this is actually starting to work.


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  2. Its amazing how quickly the abused body turns around isn't it :-)

    I am still gob-smacked at how far and how fast it is possible to travel under your own steam...I once worked out how much it costs in Mars bars to travel (Based on calories and cost) :-)

    Now all I need is to recover a bit from my over enthusiasm.....

  3. Yeah, you have been kicking the arse out of it lately JB, calm down, calm down!

  4. I've got to pull my socks up too. I just don't seem to have the motivation or the energy at the moment.

    Have a look around for a P7 900 lumen light. There's a few variations kicking around. Most of them are about £50/£60. Seriously bright for the money!

  5. Red, as long as you get out there as you're doing then everything is fine in my book. I always struggle. But that's the battle isn't it?

  6. Thats great if your starting to notice the difference :)
    So is the old MG works just concrete now?

  7. No mate, they've demolished the West Works, South Works, Paint Shop and Cofton Hackett and just left the main central location which is the new paint shop, the CABs, the Kremlin and the Flight Sheds. The Chinese are building MG TFs there now, but how sustainable that is I don't know.

    I saw its demise coming in 2002 which was why I got out. Shame, there's not much left in Brum now.

    As for noticing the difference, about bloody time! Could just be a one off though...

  8. Second the P7 light. I have the MagicShine one from DealExtreme and it's amazing.

    Good you're noticing the difference!

  9. I forgot the Chinese were in on it. Of course Oxford's Rover plant was taken over my BMW and is doing well well making the mini now.
    The Wifes father and Grandfather worked for MG when they were based in Abingdon, about 6 miles from here. That factory is now a McDonalds I believe!

  10. Strange how great the ride is after conquering the initial prevarification, mornings are definitely the worst for those "shall I or shan't I" moments.