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.

Friday, 30 July 2010

5 days on the bike!

Chuffed to bits, a whole 5 days cycle commuting, it doesn't happen too often for general annoying "life" type reasons so when it does I'm a very happy chappy!

This morning's pedal in was brilliant, the only downer was I wished I'd stopped to photograph the beautiful sunrise, the light beating down on Clent and Romsley Hills in the distance from my vantage point at the top of Frankley Beeches was simply stunning, the landscape was bathed in a soft golden light that was heart meltingly gorgeous. It looked like some Special Effects wizard had put a filter on a camera. Marvelous!

Seeing stuff like that is one of the reasons why I pedal, whizzing along in a car on the motorway and I would've missed that.

I must address the "I've gotta get there" thing though. It's not the destination, it's the journey! Why couldn't I stop and take a picture, 30 seconds out of the pedal that's all it would have been?

I'm weird...

Stats here:
Started: 30 Jul 2010 05:38:47
Ride Time: 33:45
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.80 miles
Average: 17.36 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 38.82 miles/h
Climb: 226 feet
Calories: 467

Yesterday's pedal home was a good one too, nothing to report so no vids.

Stats here:

Started: 29 Jul 2010 15:03:47
Ride Time: 42:01
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.60 miles
Average: 14.99 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 37.53 miles/h
Climb: 292 feet
Calories: 889

Going back to when I started pedalling the whole way to and from work, you may remember I had a Nemesis on my route home, that of "Cock Hill". Named after the Cock Pub that sits at the top.

Now it's not very long, probably 300 metres, maybe a tad more, but it is steep.

My first sojourn up there involved the Granny Gear on my MTB commuter, all evening to do it in and team of Paramedics at the top.

Now I fly up it (relative term for a fat bloke) in the big ring on my Road Bike in no time at all and feel pretty good at the top.

The name Cock Hill no longer suits it. Remember your school days? The term "Cock of the School" meant the toughest lad in the school and one you never messed with. I always thought of the name Cock Hill in those terms. The toughest hill and one you never messed with. And if you did you'd end up with a kicking.

Now I always give it a kicking and as such I need a new name for it. One that is more appropriate.

Any suggestions?

Oh, and I'm more than aware that "cock" has infinite opportunities for the usual suspects to fill their boots!


  1. I know what you mean about stopping. I have plenty of time on my commute to stop and take pictures if I wanted but there's something in my head that says "keep going - don't stop!".

    I find I can go up hills many gears higher and standing up if I want. Never would have managed that even a couple of months ago.

    Not sure I've ever heard of 'Cock of the school' in the way you mean. We had many cocks at school and most got beaten up on a regular basis. They definitely weren't the ones you didn't mess with.

  2. Must be a Brummie saying then mate.

    Your "Cocks" were our "knobs".

    Moving swiftly on...

  3. 5 in a row! I've only managed it ONCE in over a year of biking to work. Life always seems to demand a more rigid schedule.

    I am NOT particularly looking forward to resuming my routine Monday after the vacation ends. The bike ride will be fun, but then I'll actually be at work. (shudder....)

  4. How about "Cock-Kicked Hill", "KickCock Hill"? There's a pub at the top you say, so what about "Tippletop Hill", or "TippleCock Hill"?
    OK, I'll shut up.

  5. Hi Clive

    The stats are looking more and more impressive each week, I here that Team Radioshack are looking for a leader for next years TDF. As for the hill it can new become the CocklessClimb