Advent of Cycling – Day 24 – Riding Around Preston For Christmas

And so we reach the end if my Advent of Cycling challenge. It was a bit like the advent calendars I’d have as a kid. Except without chocolate. And with more cycling. The idea with this challenge was to cycle every day for 24 days. I completed the challenge with a minimum of 30 minutes … Read more

Advent of Cycling – Day 23 – I Wish It Could Be Recovery Every Day

I had to take it easy today. My knees are desperately in need of a proper rest day. Mentally, and physically, today I am feeling thrashed. It’s not helped by a terrible nights sleep – bed at 00:30, up at 04:27 and unable to sleep much after that. Fortunately tomorrow is my last day of … Read more

Advent of Cycling – Day 22 – Jon’s Short, Strenuous Mix

Phew, I totally underestimated this one. It’s a long while since I’ve done Jon’s Short Mix and I’d forgotten just what an absolute ass kicker it is. When I looked at it, what I saw was the 10 minutes of tempo at the end. That looked ideal. What I failed to notice was the sheer … Read more

Advent of Cycling – Day 21 – Two Bridges Loop

Ho ho ho, only 3 more rides to go. For my 21st consecutive ride I opted for two new things: A new route: Two Bridges Loop A new workout: Pre-Training Plan The workout might have been done out of sequence. I’m somewhat passed the pre-training stage at this point. But I did the workout anyway … Read more

Advent of Cycling – Day 20 – Serpentine 8

Whilst not quite the workout I had in mind, it is another hour on the bike and crucially, not too an intensive hour on the knees. One thing I really hadn’t factored in to 24 continuous days of cycling is just how physical stress it’s putting on my knee joints. I’m at the point where … Read more