Getting some consistency

When I first knew about the Tourmalet Challenge and decided to accept the offer, I knew I had lots to do in terms of getting myself ready and fit for the event.

One of the keys to that is consistency. Not just making sure I ride the hills, not making sure I ride the right bike, but making sure that each week that goes by has me riding, more and more and increasing.

I always record all my rides on Strava, it’s a great reference tool and I also use VeloViewer which is linked to it – it gives you some amazing data and stats that you can refer and relate to.

The last 4 weeks for me have been decent:


As we enter April I have some consistency in my legs, nothing major yet, the longest ride so far is around 60km, but good frequency and that is important too.

I have been having fortnightly sports massage to keep on top of any niggles and to help maintain the existing issues I have. I always make at least one visit to the gym to get the core work and stretching done and I am starting to have a “love/hate” relationship with the foam roller at home.

As a family we have been on a crusade for about 18 months now, to eat fresh food as much as we can and to cut back on the processed rubbish. During this time I have cut out sugar completely in my hot drinks and I have cut out 99% of my white bread addiction – now having a very small amount of wholemeal once or twice a week. I have lost over a stone by cutting these things out, we still eat well and there is no restriction on volume, so no hunger pangs along the way … sure it takes time, but this is a much healthier way of re-shaping your body.

Over the coming weeks, I need to start to build the “long ride” up towards and over 100km which is very achievable indeed – combine that with the regular work in the week (a bit of commuting and grabbing an hour or so when I can) and we are making great progress.

I have three solid months now to continue the training and work for the challenge and if you would like to support me in my efforts to raise £1,000 for The Christie then please click the link HERE and donate to the cause.

The Christie and why they need your support

I am completing my Tourmalet Challenge this summer to raise funds for The Christie and for those who don’t know much about them, here is a small snippet of the work they do. If you click the image it will take you through to the page that explains it all.

Christie Work 1

They make a massive difference to people’s lives and close members of my family and several friends have been patients here and I am proud to be trying to help them.

If you are able to support me, no matter how much, then please visit my JustGiving page HERE and follow the instructions. As you can see, as a group of people we are trying to raise £25,000 for various charities and that would be amazing to be part of such a worthwhile cause.

Stage 8 of the Tour de France will be an epic challenge, and I am already starting to ramp up my training, by spending more and more time on the bike, and each time I ride I am putting more into the Tourmalet Tank so come 8th July I will be ready to take on the biggest challenge of my life.

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The Right Set Up

The bike set up for the #TourmaletChallenge is going to be very important indeed, ok fitness and strength will be the factors that carry me home, but without the right tools for the job then it’s doomed to failure.

I am going to ride the event on my FELT F95 aluminium framed bike – I just love this bike, but it has changed quite a bit since I bought it. The only bit of kit that is “original” is the frameset. It was a fairly low level bike when I got it and I have upgraded most components to become the custom bike that I really enjoy riding. It’s very comfortable and since the RETUL bike fit, I have no issues anymore with back or leg problems.

Felt Road Bike

However, for this trip the bike gets a further upgrade … meet my new friends ….. the compact chainset and the 11-36 cassette which are going to be installed pretty soon – that should give me enough to tackle the long long hills in the Pyrenees this summer.

compact cassette

Clearly my focus is now on the training and my weight and body composition – I am not going to go daft, but the more kg’s I can drop between now and July the better I will feel on the mountains.

The weekend long rides will be back and I am quite looking forward to them having not had to train for a few years now. I will also try and ride as many sportives as I can between now and then, so all suggestions are welcome – at the moment I am signed up for the Cheshire Cat in June – I will use March to get more miles in and so all sportives in April/May are welcome especially the hilly ones.

More news to come on the next post about nutrition and further kit choices !