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.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Definitley improving...

Usually on my pedal in at stupid O'Clock there is very little to report, this morning is slightly different.

Now while I might not be the fastest hill climber, I have yet to pedal with anyone who is quicker than me downhill. So, back to this morning, I saw about 400 yards in the distance just past Griffin's Brook by Bournville College a flashing LED, a cyclist, (I hardly ever see any other cyclists in the morning except Council Workman occasionally, either walking his bike or pedalling very slowly on the pavement and the other one is anorexic roadie who usually destroys me up the hill into Selly Oak). Target aquired then, reeling him in, reeling him in, then just at the start of the hill into Selly Oak I let my downhill momentum carry me straight past him (a fully proper kitted out bloke on a MTB) and then I was out of the saddle blasting up the hill for all I was worth. Which is a first for me up that particular hill. I kept the pressure on out of the saddle until very nearly the top of the hill and just as I sat down, anorexic roadie came cruising past me at warp 9, bugger! There is a bit of a downhill after the summit and I accelerated again to try to catch anorexic roadie. Well, you've got to try haven't you? As luck would have it, the lights at Selly Oak were against him so even though I was actually gaining on him on the down hill bit he had to stop at the lights. It turns out he's a pretty nice bloke, we had a chat about the winter and how crap it's been, said our goodbyes and off he went. As Lance says "You have two bullets to fire in any race, my magazine was now empty, bullet one, the uphill past MTB man, then bullet two accelerating again to catch anorexic roadie. While we were chatting at the lights council workman appeared on the pavement pushing his bike, I never noticed him in amongst the racing. Anorexic Roadie turned off opposite Selly Oak Fire Station, so I guess he probably works at Birmingham University or the QE Hospital.

The rest of the pedal was through the City Centre without incident.

The reason I gave the cut a miss was because it was so bloody wet and muddy last night, the picture below shows it pretty well, wifey came out and took a photo, as to quote her I "looked like a drowned rat",  other than the really wet conditions it was a really pleasant pedal. The upside to a wet cut is there is no-one else mad enough to use the towpath so I have it all to myself.

A good start to a day, I never would have even contemplated that kind of action 6 months ago. I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself!


  1. Lol, commuter racing!

    Normally while commuting I put in as little effort as possible so I don't arrive at work all sweaty. Consequently I quite often get caught up and passed.

    The trouble is I'm not that keen on being passed and every so often I find myself sub-concitiously speeding up so that i'm riding 5/10m behind whomevers passed me and matching their speed.

    I get some sort of evil satisfaction watching the overtaker suffer as they're forced to maintain their quicker 'overtaking pace'.

  2. I think racing is overstating it a tad, it's more like pedalling a bit faster than I normally do. That's my story and I'm sticking to it... ;-)

  3. Hi Clive on me way 2 work last nite see that bloke on his bike the one I was reeling in only trouble he was behind me praps shud av let him pass me then he wud av bin mine hahaha dont know if that is in the rules tho maybe I will see him again

  4. You can't beat a bit of clean trail dirt! Nice post.