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, 27 April 2010

Summer officially starts here!

This was the first morning when I ditched my Hi Vis jacket and cycling tights and pedalled in to work in my shorts and T shirt (ok with my Helly Hansen base layer underneath) and took a chance with fingerless mitts too. My fingers were a tad cold for the start of the ride but even though it was cold enough to see my breath they were ok.

Last nights pedal was a fabulously sunny one, I did the Frankley Beeches route home and it passed without incident. Although it did feel particularly slow due to a nagging headwind.

Stats here:

Started: 26 Apr 2010 15:04:36
Ride Time: 44:52
Stopped Time: 0:12
Distance: 11.55 miles
Average: 13.72 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 32.07 miles/hr
Climb: 535 feet
Calories: 875

I'll post a vid later if it's worth seeing.

Edit: Dunno if it's worth it but here it is anyway, the pedal over Frankley Beeches last night.

Following the Phase 2 plan religiously meant a 12 miler in today. This time I went over the Waseley's and through Bartley Green via Bearwood to Smethwick. A fantastic sunrise accompanied me and I don't remember seeing another vehicle until I got to the Bartley Green Road. I had the lanes all to my self. I got in to work ok and am typing this feeling fine.

Stats here:

Started: 27 Apr 2010 05:25:56
Ride Time: 40:20
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.91 miles
Average: 15.39 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 34.66 miles/hr
Climb: 102 feet
Calories: 944

Again I had the Muvi Helmet Cam on and I will stick some footage up if anything is worth seeing. I'm hoping the sunrise has come out ok.

Check out 3 mins 10 secs in, I get a fast left hander totally wrong, lucky it was early O'Clock otherwise I might not be here to tell the tale!

Just a thought to finish. I must be getting used to the road bike now, the reason I'm saying this is that when I'm pedalling along it doesn't feel as fast as when I first had it. My stats say different as do my ride times, it must be my perception. Interesting one that.


  1. Sounds like a very enjoyable pedal! Looking forward to seeing some of the Muvi vids. I tried to get a Muvi cheap but couldnt find a deal so I just purchased one of those £10 MD80 helmet cams from ebay and must admit I'm looking forward to trying it out.

  2. Got to say Clive to me everything is looking good in " Chapman's World " to me matey, Phase 2 looks like a plan that is coming together nicely, look forward to ure clips later

  3. The muvi is shite when the sun is shining in the lense :(

  4. If you're wanting to do some some serious filming then I don't think the Muvi is the way forward. It's brilliant as a daily ride recorder but if you're after "movie quality" footage it ain't up to the job.

  5. A cock cam? Is that for sticking in the hen house and seeing which male bird has most lead in his pencil?

  6. Switch to the MTB for a day or two then when you jump back on your road bike it will magically feel very quick again.

  7. And that would be a good excuse to go down the cut again!

  8. Thanks for uploading the vids, I was lucky enough to do a 30-40 mile ride with a young european pro 3-4 years back and I was in awe of the skills he had but even pro's get it wrong. Just uploaded my £10 helmet cam vid over on my blog see what you think of the quality compared to the muvi.

    Keep up the good progress those times are certainly improving