Back to training.

Since I’ve already attempted the 2 challenges which I set myself at the start of the year, I can’t really claim to be training for anything in particular. I do, however, like to maintain my fitness and think that I’ve improved this year, so don’t want to lose what I’ve gained. Since trying my biggest … Continue reading Back to training.

A great way to motivate yourself.

Today the weather is lovely and sunny but after a dog walk I felt a little tired, not particularly motivated to do a ride. Coronavirus actually made me change my first plan. I thought that I'd boost my enthusiasm if I set a challenge and considered doing 5 laps of my training circuit at Birkacre. … Continue reading A great way to motivate yourself.

My last ride of the decade?

We have a few dry days, with some sunshine coming, according to the weather forecast. We shouldn't expect any rain until at least the 2nd of January and, frankly, I think all of us who like our outdoor pursuits deserve this short break. It was always going to be muddy for today's ride so climbing … Continue reading My last ride of the decade?

Riding is in the mind……..

…..though the legs come into it as well! After my success achieving a target set in January in my last ride I thought I should have a go at one of my other targets. This one I haven't ridden successfully for many years. I first rode it in 1998, if memory serves and for a … Continue reading Riding is in the mind……..

A target achieved at last.

In January I set myself some targets for this years mountain biking. I haven't had too many attempts at most of them but one target has stubbornly resisted me despite multiple attempts. When you keep missing the target it becomes a psychological as well as physical battle. I was starting to struggle with the belief … Continue reading A target achieved at last.

Trigger’s broom and how I almost swept clean.

Readers in Britain may know what I mean by Trigger's broom. It's from a sit. com. where a character, Trigger, claimed to have had the same brush for 25 years. Everyone was amazed at his economy and he had received a medal for it. Then he admitted that in that time it had had 17 new heads … Continue reading Trigger’s broom and how I almost swept clean.

Finding new challenges.

Having done a hard day's work on Saturday I decided to wait until Monday to do my next ride. I didn't feel on top form, still recovering from working on a long garden fence but I still wanted my ride to have a purpose. It has been quite breezy today and I thought it might … Continue reading Finding new challenges.

Trying a fast lap.

If you've read my blogs before you'll have noticed that I ride Healey Nab a lot. It's only 15 minutes ride away and has a series of man made MTB trails as well as some good natural riding. Last year I rode the red route in 11 minutes 12 seconds and one of this year's … Continue reading Trying a fast lap.

Clear blue skies.

Today we've had fantastic weather. Not a cloud in the sky all day. Despite the popular term "April showers" it's not unusual for us to have a good, dry month in April. Before the vegetation grows too high it can be some of the best mountain biking of the year. Today I returned to the … Continue reading Clear blue skies.