Crane Sports Technical Ski Gloves (Aldi)

On the last two rides I’ve ended up with cold and wet hands. The Aldi Winter Cycling gloves are OK untill it get really cold (see your breath cold). They are not waterproof either. It’s not a complaint just a fact. For £2.99 they are a stupendous bargain. Seen some on Ebay for double that and postage.

To get around this problem I’ve invested the grand sum of £4.99 on Aldi,s Latest Offer Ski-ing gloves. I gave up ski-ing when I piled on the weight as my knees wouldn’t hack it. Plus I would have looked like Father Christmas in a red ski suit.
Well the knees are fine now I’ve lost the weight so look out Livigno.

I’ve bought these gloves for cycling, everything else seems to be around the £30 mark that I’ve looked at.

The gloves: Ski-ing gloves, Thinsulate lined for warmth. With a “Hipora” breathable, waterproof inner membrane. First impressions look good. Orange flashes don’t match anything other than the ski jackets on offer. From memory Hipora was used in the C&A “Rodeo” Ski Wear. C&A dressed Skiers used to be called “Rodeo Riders” by the holiday reps, that was the last time I wore C&A (not been in the UK for a few years now).

I’ll let you know how I get on, I’ve some motorcycle gloves that are just too bulky to operate Shimano Ultegra STI shifters, Sora button maybe but not Ultegra inner levers.

Just to let you know I fell off my bike wearing these gloves, there is a very small hole were a crease probably wore through and the nylon on the back of the hand is marked but thats it. I cracked a bone in my shoulder and my arm was badly bruised but I’m still using the gloves. Once the weather bucks up I may try something different. I’ve got a enough gloves lying around unused now!

CTC Ride to Boughton (The Peacock)

The forecast didn’t look too hot for this ride and as the crow flies it looked on paper to be a short one. I was running a bit late as I couldn’t quite sort out what to wear as I haven’t set out much in the rain.

I’m at the top of RestHill and a car passes with a bike on the back of it. It transpires it was George. The Garmin gets started and I’m off, breakfast awaits and I’m in good form. I pass one of the Sunlight just after Brimstage, one of the CTC riders at Thornton Hough and Brian  just after the turn off for the missing link. I was doing 20 to 23 mph at the time playing around with the big ring to increase my speed.

I don’t know where all the other clubs where this week but the cafe wasn’t bursting at the seams this week mainly CTC riders this week. After a quick breakfast we assemble outside and we’re off to Woodbank rollcall reads John, Andy, Jill, Brian, Barry, George, Mike and moi. (I may have left someone out)
At Sealand we take to the Route 5 Cycle path to Chester. I haven’t been on this particular part but further on the path looks very familiar.

Ellevenses were at the christian tea room at Newton, it’s just off the park/play area. We cycle past the “No Cycling” sign and park up. It’s a bit quirky but tea and a mince pie for £1 is a bargain. (No cream for all the dieters, weight watchers and calorie counters out there) The funny thing is mince pies are the topic of conversation at the followup class in the evening. Mikes got some mudguards this week that cost more than the bike. I changed bikes to the winter trainer or number 2 bike, riding at the back forces you to take these extreme measures.

Routemeister John  leads  us out through the Cheshire lanes, we head out to Waverton and a little later on Saighton Lane I blast off the front over the hump back rail crossing bridge. It’s one of those challenges I see in the distance and think I have to do this. It was an opportunity to burn off the mince pie. No picture from the front this week as it’s raining.Anyway its getting a bit wet now and we head towards Saighton.
At Huntington just past the Rake and Pickle we take to “The Jungle” its a cycle lane through an overgrown valley. The google route map explains it all. The whole idea of these rides is to ride on cycle friendly routes.

Once past the school we are soon approaching the lunch stop, “The Peacock” at Boughton Heath.
The Peacock (Boughton)

Jill had warned us that the service was slow  and so it turned out. Three of us ordered caesar salads or something similar. Now apart from the chicken there is not much that needs cooking on a salad. Every Tom, Dick and CTC Harry seemed to be getting served before us, and all we wanted was a salad. Anyway just as we were about to find out what the delay was it arrives.

The Peacock. (rear)

Plenty of space to park 30 cycles, pity the weather wasn’t a bit better.

Part of the reason they had trouble coping with the meals could have been the size of the group. There where 34 of us there that I counted which I thought was an exceptional turnout, considering the weather.  The Chicken Caesar Salad wasn’t bad but I’ve been spoilt now by the bagguette at The Swan. I have trouble getting something healthy at  the chain pubs that do meals. Something has to suffer if they can do two meals for £8 so I generally leave well alone and stick to what I know has worked for me. Which means no chips etc.

Its wet when we reassemble outside and we head towards the canal, we follow it for a while and then its back on the cycle track. This is a familiar route now, its quiet with only the road in from Hoole to cross that is busy. You can see the route on the Google map. For all those that look at the routes, I couldn’t come up with these routes just looking at a map. It takes years of The Knowledge that I just don’t have. The Garmin GPS is a shortcut to gain that knowledge.

We seem to be riding under a black cloud that follows us all the way back to the Eureka Cafe. We can see blue sky but it’s a couple of hundred yards to our left. Good weather for newts as we cross the A5117. It’s been a good day despite the rain, I’ve had some good advice off George (72) about increasing my speed, and training. He used to do Red Hill which is just a couple of hundred yards from Rest Hill. A bit of rain shouldn’t stop you going out. Or should I say the thought of a bit of rain shouldn’t stop you going out.


Link to Google Map Eureka Cafe to The Peacock (Boughton)

Weekending 10 Dec 06

Monday: Work, 1 hour at the Oval, 375 cals in 30 minutes on the crosstrainer, 5 minutes rowing 66 cals 1 minute of which was 100%. Weights (logged) no leg work.
Tuesday: Blood pressure taken at the doctors. Still on Ramipril.
Wednesday: Looks like a CTC ride to Boughton according to the Wednesday Section list.
I hope it brightens up.
Ride to The Peacock at Boughton. 49 miles including getting to an back from the Eureka Cafe. 2903 Calories burnt. Average heart rate 118, max 160. Eddies light weight routine while waiting for the followup class.
Thursday: Barbara,s Spinning class at West Kirby plus 15 minutes in the gym. 705 calories burnt in total, the class was about 570 calories. Max pulse was 170 bpm but it spent most of the class above 150.
Friday: Work around the house, no exercise as such.Maybe classed as weights.
Saturday: Same as Friday
Sunday: Work, no ride. Time to reflect on whether it is time to move on to another job.

The Sixth Follow up Class

There,s another followup class for me this Wednesday which will make it 9 months since I started the classes.  It’s been a remarkable year, not just from the weight loss perspective. You wouldn’t believe the difference that doing this course has made to my life. The results have not stopped coming even though the classes finnished 6 months ago. My focus is now on increasing my fitness level.

There are regrets, I regret not seeing the other members of the class I attended to see how they are getting on. When I jump on the scales and see Ron fishing through his records to update my figures I’m consious of the fact that mine are literally the only ones that go across the page. Out of around 25 that started the course there are only 2 of us who regularly attend the followups. 

The site is proving more succesful than I ever thought it could possibly be with 974 visitors from more than 10 countries visiting last month. Most looking at the homepage but lots looking at the weightloss diary, cycle satnav, clothing and spinning. I’ll do a post on some of the statistics that I see on Google Analytics, I think they are remarkable. 

I’ve had another batch of business cards with the address of the site on them printed for the waiting room of St Caths. The last ones all went, hopefully to people who will get some benefit from them. Still no links from the Lifestyle and weight management course, but who needs them when you get on the first page of a Google search just under Weight Watchers and Mens Health. Both big players, I’m just a bloke thats lost weight and likes to cycle.

To be continued.
It was the current  classes last classroom session tonight. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of them at the end of January. 
Not a bad turn out this month, eight of us turning up.  A fair bit of the hour was taken up with talk about coping with Christmas, Helston Blumenthals cookery program and the Marigold Fisheries chippy. This is the best fish and chip shop on the Wirral. I drive 11 miles to go to this chippy it’s that good. It’s also a good reason to go to a spinning class at West Kirby Concourse. Mustn’t forget the mince pies too, I had one today on the ride and had a good time burning it off on the ride.
Next thing you know the hour is up, the cards get replenished in the waiting room and Andy and I are still talking in the car park.
As you can gather most of us know what is working for us at this stage, if we have a problem it is just a case of fine tuning things.
You are going to have problems if you are just relying on dieting alone. The  negative energy balance that that you need to loose weight is based on you doing about 500 calories of exercise a day, this gives you a pound of weightloss a week.

I jumped on the Lidl scales when I got home and the readings were within 100 grams of each other. There is going to come a time when the readings you see on this site will be purely be off these scales so they need to be accurate.


A mans got to have a dream ( A tale about a Colnago)

When I was a heavyweight budding cyclist chugging around the Wirral on my 15 year old mountain bike I didn’t have much of a clue as to where all this was going to end up. It was at his time I aquired all the knowledge about trying to find clothes to fit the overweight, just how hard it was to go up hills and how unfit I really was.

The change came about when I got a call from my brother Andy offering me a racing bike that he had to sell to free up some space. Well I went around to look at it and it looked the part, I didn’t know what it was but I had to have a go of it. One trip up the cul-de-sac  had me convinced I had to have it. I was in competition with a triathlete who would spend £400 on a wetsuit but would ride the cycle stage on a mountainbike, it was his loss.

I was the proud owner of a Colnago Carbitubo and hadn’t a clue what it was, but Andy said it was a classic. Riding it was a unique experience it would turn on a sixpence, the alloy lugwork was a work of art with the Colnago clover mottif pantographed into each lug. The bike was upgraded with a new set of wheels to suit my weight (heavy) and some STI shifters (Sora).

I took to the roads and apart from hills I was having the time of my life. The bike was like waving a red rag to a bull to other cyclists, I was passed by every cyclist from every club on the Wirral and then a few more. And then it broke, probably not designed to have 19 odd stone on it in the first place, it was 15 years old and something had to give.  It turns out the bike was Colnago,s first carbon fibre framed bike and they had nipped down the road to Ferrari for the carbon fibre expertise.
Well it was repaired by Colin at Wheelbase but after a while secumbed at another place. It is now an on going winter project.

I had aquired a love of Colnago,s one of the most expensive bikes on the planet. This was compounded by the fact that watching the 2005 Tour de France I saw Michael Ramussen win the The King of the Mountains jersey on a Colnago Extreme C.  I wanted that bike. There was just one problem the frame has a weight limit on it of 88 Kg never mind 120kg that I was.

Needless to say I wasn’t happy, but after loosing some weight I thought I’d treat myself to something flash. I ended up with  the Trek because there are no weight limits on the frame, which makes sense as there are more than enough americans heavier than I am to product test them.

So that is my new weight limit 88 Kg. The breaking point of a Colnago Extreme C.
Anything more and I will do something about it. Anything less will be based on fitness, increasing my exercise or training to burn off the excess.

Lidl Body Fat Scale Results (November)

Just thought I would post the results of last months scale readings.

Date         Weight   %Body fat  %Water    %Muscle
01Nov06     88.1        29.1          48.8         30.4
02Nov06     87.7        29.0          49.0         30.5
03Nov06     87.6        29.0          49.0         30.5
04Nov06     87.0        28.6          49.3         30.7
05Nov06     87.6        28.8          49.1         30.6
06Nov06     87.0        28.6          49.4         30.8
07Nov06     87.0        28.5          49.4         30.8
08Nov06     87.3 Fifth followup Class
09Nov06     86.1        28.2          49.7         31.0
10Nov06     86.7        28.5          49.5         30.8
11Nov06     87.1        28.5          49.5         30.8
12Nov06     87.6        28.7          49.2         30.7
13Nov06     88.2        28.8          49.1         30.6
14Nov06     88.9        29.3          48.7         30.4
15Nov06     88.2        29.0          48.9         30.5
16Nov06     88.2        28.8          49.1         30.6
17Nov06     88.9        29.5          48.7         30.4
18Nov06     88.7        28.7          49.0         30.5
19Nov06     86.8        28.1          49.3         30.7
20Nov06     86.8        28.4          49.5         30.8
21Nov06     86.8        28.4          49.5         30.8
22Nov06     86.8        28.4          49.1         30.8
23Nov06     87.2        28.5          49.4         30.8
24Nov06     87.2        28.7          49.3         30.7
25Nov06     86.7        28.3          49.6         30.9
26Nov06     86.7        28.4          49.5         30.8
27Nov06     87.2        28.7          49.3         30.7
28Nov06     87.2        28.4          49.5         30.8
29Nov06     87.2        28.7          49.3         30.7
30Nov06     86.8        28.5          49.5         30.8

The readings are fairly stable this month, I haven’t been looking to loose any more weight just maintaining it. I’ve revised a few personal targets, one is by setting a new maximum weight. A weight that if I see on the scales I will do something about.
I’ll do a post about it, the weight and why I chose it.



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