Wednesday, 10 April 2013
So, to "celebrate" I am to undertake 50, events, challenges, some of these may seem very ordinary, some little more than "holidays", but some should be real challenges. The original idea was to do fifty things I hadnt done before........ but this was proving difficult, fifty things is hard enough!
Some "possible" highlights -
"C2C" - the Coast to Coast Cycle - http://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/
"The Wall" - A 69 mile "trail" run - http://www.thewallrun.com/
"A Marathon" - TBC
10k on Stilts - TBC
Nightrider - http://www.nightrider.org.uk/Night_Rider_London.htm
1/2 Marathons - Birmingham / Stafford / Lichfield
The list, in April 2013, is still being drawn up, but i will do my best to keep this Blog up-dated with the various "events" as I confirm.
To add a little, I have set up two "Justgiving" pages
Regain - http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Miller50450
Alzheimers - http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Miller50for50
So, should you think what a great idea this is you can sponsor me too!
(all of the funds will go straight to the Charities)
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Its a multi discipline event, covering around 40 miles on the bike, with a stop to climb Snowdon via the Rhyd Ddu path and a second for a little paddle around Llyn Gwynant. The event on 12th June, is based in Llanberis and having helped on the event in the past, is one I know a little about ............ and I still said "yes".
The event is raising funds for REGAIN, a Charity supporting Tetraplegics, mainly those injured in sporting accidents. Our team will be headed by Steve Osbourne himself a Tetraplegic, and whilst Steve can spur us around the cycle and canoe leg, we will need his grit to help him to get up, and down, Snowdon, pushing & pulling Steve and his wheelchair!
More event details -http://www.actionforcharity.co.uk/eventdetailsnew.asp/urlsearch/Snowdonia-Charity-Challenge
To sponsor us -
More REGAIN information -
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The Cheshire View on Mow Cop - its steep!
The first fed stop was most welcome as I was quite literally bursting for a "comfort" stop, this done I was away, more in the country now and some great flowing up and down, another climb and I caught a group who where working well, for some 5 or 6 miles we pedalled at close to 30mph! Turns at the front, resting at the back, had the second fed stop not got in the way I think we may have carried on till the end at this pace.
A quick stop at the second fed station as I was having trouble with jumping gears, luckily nothing more than a slipped cable which once tighten was fine. Leaving the groups behind I was riding alone for a while but still managing a steady 20mph, well I though I was on my own, turning right at a junction I could see I was "pulling" around 12 riders with me..... I thought I had been struggling a bit but clearly not as much as these....... Crewe was in sight and the devil in me pushed on leaving my "friends" and catching another group until just before the finished when they left my as they sprinted for their personal glory........ but I had climbed Mow Cop and felt good, as a training run for the Dragon Ride I think it went well...... 193rd out of 736 who did the 67 mile option.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Mondays ride in was a little windy with gusts from all directions, "going home could be fun", but am hopeful that the lights can now be cleaned and put away until next season or maybe the odd night ride over the "Chase". As I thought Mondays ride back was fully into the wind and so a slow one.......... late for tea! Tuesday and the frost back, still at least on the bike you dont need to scrape the windows!, half way in and sunglass out, a nice morning ride despite the cold, the evening ride home was wind aided so a pleasure. A steady 30mph along the "bypass" had a lorry "stuck" behind me, but was a great pull along as we hit the 40 zone and he went passed, my legs giving up the chase after holding 35mph for a short distance!
Thursday was damp, but the sun promised to get through the clouds. There are more riders on my route now, all in the opposite direction, I can count 6 regulars and a few who make the occaisonal journey. Riding home looked like it was going to wet, but once on the road the a good tailwind more than made up for the dampness!, and home in no time.
Sunday see`s the Cheshire Cat, an early start due the clocks going forward, good excuse for a lazy day tomorrow..... I wish, but will make some "MG" time as have entered the owners Club Kimber run on 20th June, some 80 miles through Derbyshire starting from Chatsworth House, so have some TLC to provide!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Monday dawned clear and so chilly, but a good tailwind made for a enjoyable ride, the return though was into a headwind, enough to slow me up. Tuesday and pushing the Dawes out of the garage noticed a flat rear, but lifting the Boardman down was soon away, a thought to the return leg though when I might be wishing for some lights! Less than two weeks until the Cheshire Cat, at this point, the devil on my left shoulder is suggesting I take the 67 mile option, the angel on the right says stick to the 100, me, am split down the middle. If I take the "its training for the Dragon Ride" option, then the 100 miles it is, if I think "you dont want to be last" the 67 miles comes out the winner...... think I will consider at the weekend, anyway time for "ZV8" bar and banana "chaser" for ride home fuelling.
Another windy ride home, but Spring must be upon us..... the local "outdoors" store has its tent display "up" and a mouth full of flys is a sure sign the season is turning!
Friday, 5 March 2010
Cheshire Cat, just 3 weeks to go, so am hoping for a good weekend ride and another good week commuting next week, have been looking at am aiming at a modest -6 hours. The "Cat" is after all my first step towards my main Target of the Dragon Ride in June!