My snapshot 2014 cycling record

A very clever little gizmo provided by Strava taking my cycling data and turning it into a short ‘video’ compilation of my achievements in 2014. 🙂

My Strava 2014 record

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A quick nod to 2014 and a sly wink to 2015

Yes, its that time again. New Year’s Eve and a quick mulling over the year past and the year ahead. To be fair, NYE is a bit of a non-event in the house and I am slowly coming to the conclusion that its just another day. More important (to my mind anyway) is the Winter Solstice which signifies the slow spin back towards longer days and (eventually) spring

So, what did I do in 2014?

Did a lot of cycling (5200miles)
Went to the Pyrenees
Got ill quite a bit requiring a couple of operations (all together now….”ahhhhhh”)
Got better although not completely there yet
Got back into walking
Not blogging much!

and next year?

A trip to the Alps in the summer
a couple of really long bike rides planned for May
more walking
possibly a bit of fell running (dont ask!)
and a few camping trips! (Robin get your diary ready 😉 )
And whatever else comes my way

Whatever you do next year, be safe, be happy and have fun

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Autumn check in….


Thats the sound of the year motoring on. Well, here is a quick check in. Um let me reflect.

Camping done recently …. none
Walking done …. a little bit but hardly out in the wilds
Cycling done …. quite a lot
General health …. improving after the latest operation and better than at the start of the year!

I guess its time to hunker down for winter a little bit although I will keep the cycling ticking over. I have decided that next year I will try to balance out my walking/camping and cycling as I have done an awfully disproportianate amount of cycling this year. I have to admit I have on reflection missed not walking and camping much this year so hopefully will rectify that in 2015

Anyway, onwards and upwards and next stop Christmas!

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Back from France….

Just a quick post to say that I’ve just returned from a magical trip with the family to France. Not to waste too many words, I thought I would just post a few pictures, including some of my cycling exploits. The highlight of the trip had to be conquering the Col du Tourmalet on my bike which is the pinnacle of the Pyrenean climbs. Lots of walking, cycling, eating and relaxing was had by all. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone!

View from Hourquette d'Ancizan

View from top of Col d'Aspin

The Pyrenees by bike!

Me at top of Col d'Aspin

Col du Tourmalet

Me at the top of the Tourmalet

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Still here…..just not blogging much

Well its been a while but I am still around. The normal stuff has prevented me from blogging recently….work, illness and lack of oompf and being maniacally busy generally! Managing to get out for rides and the occaisional walk but not much camping going on. I might manage a camp later in the year but for now its on hold. Holiday to the French Pyrenees is looming close now so I may be able to post something walking related soonish! Thats about it for now……

Hike your own hike and ride your own ride 🙂


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Managed a walk at last….and a few quick pictures

Sunset in the Beacons

Well my recent illness has left me bereft of cycling and walking opportunities but I did manage to get out finally the other day. A yomp up Sir Bannau Brecheiniog in the NW Brecon Beacons was within my capbilities (in the process of getting abck to full fitness).

Up high on Bannau Brecheiniog

The weather was excellent and felt very springlike even when topping out at around 800m. Hopefully I will manage to get a few more walks like this under my belt soon. It felt good to feel the miles under my feet and to climb up to the top of a decent sized mountain at last.

Llyn y Fan Fach

Next step will be a camp I hope, to go with the walk.

Oh and by the way I managed to get my photo “published” online on the BBC website so quite happy with that too! 🙂 (image 5)

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Slow Progress and a missed Audax ride

Recovery from the nose op is slow, complicated by an infection leading to sinusitis. Not been able to get out of the house much and certainly not been able to ride for a while. In fact I missed the first big Audax of the Year that I had targetted to try and complete in 2014. This was the Gospel Pass 100mile Audax starting and finishing in Chepstow just down the road from me. Weather conditions today were dry and windy but after the recent downpours not a bad result for those that did take part. Not sure when I will get back on the bike proper but a wee while yet. When I do I need to build the fitness up before I attempt anything big ride-wise otherwise it will be the pain cave for me. In all likelihood my next big ride will be April if fit. Until then, its slow progress

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