Weekending 25 Jan 09

Monday: Barbara’s new format spinning class at West Kirby. Had to get a bike first from the store. Only to find two bikes with water bottles in from a previous class.
Ran a kilometre@ 10km/hr with no knee problems this week. 300 calories on the crosstrainer was 27 minutes worth. A 2 km row had Margaret on the next machine putting my machine on level 10 for a laugh as she left for her class.
I also did a program on the side stepper. This machine gets missused nearly as much as crosstrainers and exercise cycles. It starts off on a high level of resistance which means slower steps. As the program steps through the resistance lessens but your steprate increases. I’d put the data in, age weight as it works out your max heartrate.
This is one difficult machine, at one stage I’m doing over 210 steps a minute with the wattmeter showing 494 watts. Heartrate was bordering on the red at 150 bpm and sweat is pouring out of me. Weights, shower and Aldi for lunch.
Snow storm when I got outside and I had to remove it from the side windows to reverse out of the parking space. It proved shortlived and was gone within an hour.

Site traffic: Gone up a 1000 hits a month over the last few weeks. Don’t know if this is due to Twitter or the fact that Garmin are on a roll. A Google search reveals a lot of 705 search terms but at number 15 is weight loss diary searches that I started 2 years ago.  Crane sports  are also in there too.  So there you go I can’t keep everybody happy. One side of the site is based on the Garmin side of things the other on the weightloss side of things. I don’t concentrate on either side but get more satisfaction from the weightloss side.

I’ve not posting anything original for a while because there is nothing to announce. The weekending posts are just me going about daily business.
Out for 70 kms easy with the fellas on TwitPic
Tuesday:Work, OT and a full day playing with radar levels.  No gym no spin. Trying to catch up on the Tour down under and Lances comeback. Haven’t got Sky Sports and it’s not on Eurosport. No Twittering today, loged on and found the above Lance pic is now linkable.

Twittered  Hincapie about the new kit, hate it, not expecting a reply.
Wednesday:Looks like a ride day. Knocked back at work although there is shedloads to do. Get out there and make the most of it, feels like semi retirement. I can understand the concept of working smarter but this is the opposite end of the scale.
A late start to avoid the ice it was down to the Eureka for breakfast.
43 miles around Wirral. Puddington, Burton, Denhall Lane, Neston Parkgate, Lower Heswall, Caldy, West Kirby, Hoylake front, and the promenade to Seacombe. Picked up two punctures the first from glass. Someone offered me a bowl of water to find the leak which was nice for a change. A spare tube went in as the patch didn’t take in the cold weather.
Setting off I’d just got over the Four Bridges and it was flat again. It’s a fight getting the Conti’s of the rim these days and it’s gone in the same place. This time the tyre comes off for a real close visual inspection.
There is no trace of what cut the tyre but what it has done is cut one of the kevlar belts and this is what caused the second hole. A patch goes on the tyre as well this time.
The tyre is going to get replaced as it’s getting a pain to take off and the carcass is compromised now.
Getting dark near the end with the 705 saying sunset at 4:33.
Spinning class at West Kirby, 650 calories worth. Not a bad day, a bit bleak. The police were out with the numberplate recognition van pulling uninsured and untaxed cars.


Thursday:Work. Watched bits of the Tour Down Under, read the comic. Bike of the week is Steve Cummings Bianchi.  If I go out of this world I’ll remember finishing 2nd to an Olympian in a time trial, there was only three off us that finished.
Friday: Day off. Started to sort out all the magazines I’ve been buying. Three years of Cycling Weekly went to be recyled, saving the 2007 Tour ones, the Steve Cummings ride and the Tony Bell one (Wirral ride).
Mens Health got ditched as well as It can be a bit repetitive. Floyd Landis also got saved as his 2 year ban is up in a day or so. It was strange looking at all the race reports and stories on riders that are now banned or coming out of 2 year bans. It looks like they were all at it, anyway it’s gone now and it was a big pile.

Spinning class at West Kirby. 620 Calories worth. Three first timers looked totally lost. Sprint to the Blade  track to end it. Confusion by New Order.
Saturday: Work. Haven’t seen the Tour Down Under for the last two nights because the skating on Eurosport overran. Planet Lance get the chop because it follows it. Not a happy bunny.  Sky Sports have the race and I ain’t shelling out for a football channel I won’t watch.
Sunday: Work. A long day. Returned home to positive comments about the site which is always good.  Jack was around watching train video’s while I was out and the Mallard has been renamed Gordon.

Richie and Lance in Hawaii on TwitPic

I just had to reply to this one. Twittered this.

Ones a Churchill Victory salute, the other is what English Longbow men waved to the French.

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