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.

Monday, 3 May 2010

The Bridgnorth 50 miler.

This morning I was up at the crack of Sparrow fart and completed this route:

To say it was hard wouldn't be doing it justice, the first part of the ride to Bridgnorth was against quite a fearsome headwind so I was working pretty hard. I had originally planned to stop at Bridgnorth to have my jam sandwiches and a drink but I decided to crack on and get it done. I'd gone into mission mode which isn't great as my blinkers go on and everything else gets forgotten. I benefitted from a tailwind all the way into Kidderminster and up to Mustow Green where my body was telling to me to refuel. I sat on the wall by the Skoda Dealers and wolfed the sarnies and drink and cracked on as quickly as I could. By this time I was suffering. Every little injury was now letting me know of its presence, my neck and shoulder's were killing me, there was a sharp pain in my right knee (worrying that one) my back was killing me, my feet were numb and I couldn't feel my hands.

Just as I turned off at Bromsgrove for Catshill and the last 7 or 8 miles the wind changed and I was again battling a fearsome headwind. The last few miles disappeared in a world of hurt. I can't remember when I last had to dig in like that. Every yard gained was a small victory and every meter to cover was another reason to stop. But I eventually made it home. A bit battered but morale sky high!

Maybe I was pushing my fitness (or lack of) but you've got to have a go haven't you? I now have a yardstick to look at at where I am. I guess the various pains will always be there as they're the result of the life I've lead, but my cardio vascular system and leg muscles seemed ok. It was just everything else that malfunctioned!

I didn't take any pictures and I forgot my Muvi at 0445hrs this morning, I was just determined to get it done. Maybe next time I'll do it more leisurely and take some catch me naturals for you all to look at.

Stats here:
Started: 3 May 2010 04:56:23
Ride Time: 3:48:16
Stopped Time: 0:09
Distance: 53.48 miles
Average: 13.93 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 46.26 miles/hr
Climb: 1437 feet
Calories: 4447

50 miles eh? Chuffed to bits!


  1. Clive that is brill mate you showed loads of guts and determination, it is hard wen u hit that pain barrier but u got through it mate, fantastic achievement and u shud be chuffed with yourself big up to you Clive.

    Shame bout not avin ure Muvi with u but next time wen u crack 60,70,80,90 or 100.

  2. Thanks for the shout Les, I'll see how I feel tomorrow to assess my capabilities for bigger mileage. I guess I could have done 60 miles today I reckon, but it wouldn't have been a walk in the park!

  3. Well done buddy - looks like a good ride

  4. Impressive ride Clive. Lots of climbing like that would have put me off. No wonder it killed you!

    Getting up that early for fun should be illegal!

  5. Well done, Clive. I did a 40 miler across hilly north Wales a couple of weekends ago and so I know how you must have been feeling.
    Good on ya!

  6. Very well done Clive, proud of ya matey :)

    When the pains start with me I always switch my mind to thinking, each turn of the pedal is one less till I get to where Im going and each little climb is one less!

    Hope you are not in too much pain tomorrow :)

  7. Seriously good mileage and it was a pretty strong windy kind of day even down south where I am. You've got every right to be chuffed at that trip.

  8. I am in awe Clive, I've never done a 40 miler let alone a 50, and I've been cycling for the last 5 years or so. Well done, a brilliant achievement, you are certainly showing us the way.

  9. Well done. These rides are getting longer and longer. You wern't the only person cursing that wind.

  10. Well done matey. A good distance indeed!

    If you're going to do these longer distances then work eating/drinking during the ride. Once I cracked that you can go on for longer & longer. John Berry's jaffa cake every x miles is a good one.

  11. Cheers Rafe, it wasn't any calorific deficit giving me gyp, it was every old break, injury and bit of damage I've suffered over the years telling me to get off and walk. I suppose I've just got to man the f**k up and get on with it!

    Age is a terrible thing!

  12. Absolutely fantastic Clive inspiration for all of us.
    At the moment i only have visions of doing something like you have done
    Im still trying to crack the 20 miles in a day goal.
    Like i said i bow down to you sir,for the achievement.