Friday, November 30, 2007

Life is short but long enough

Things to do before I die.

Thanks Reverend Steve.

Phedippidations is one of my favourite podcasts I've been listening to Steve for almost 1 year and half he is great company on long runs an aovate to podcasting and most of all food for thought.

His podast Things to do before you die makes you think; Life is short but long enough.

I'm going to encourage people to start writing their list and cross stuff off. Dominique and I start composing ours tonight.

Thanks Steve.

Fdip121: Things to do Before You Die

Training diary easy run 7.5 k

The Tacx section of La Marmotte 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Simon 0 : Tacx 1

Tried to complete the Alpine Classic 2007 Tacx real life video last night; well at least until the bottom of Alpe d'Huez.

I started at 10.00pm and at 12.40 pm I still wasn't at the peak of Col Galibier (is there a summit?). Great video but tough work. 2 hrs 40 mins of climbing some 32 km buring 2,500 Cals.

I need to start earlier to beat the Tacx, but I we will!
I'll have a go tonight; goal to get to the summit. I do enjoy the road graffiti from this years Tour as you climb.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fundraising efforts started

So it's real. I need to raise at least £1,100 for Action Medical Research. Work has committed to match my contribution to £150, so there is a start.

Training is going ok however, struggling of late to get up in the morning to do a few hours. The cold and the dark don't help. Yesterday's lunch time run was fine my knee is getting better following completeing the Folkestone half marathon.

I'll get on the Tacx tonight and try to complete the entire Alpine Classic. The 86 km course includes Col du Télégraphe (1570m) and descends down to the Valloir ski resort then Col du Galibier (2,642m), down the Col du Lautaret (2,000m), the hamlet La Grave and the dam bridge at Lac du Chambon. After the village of Les Clapier there is a long, flat road to Bourg d’Oisans. You finish this epic ride with the tough unrelenting world famous climb of Alpe-d'Huez to the finish at the mountain ski resort of the same name (1,839m). Alpe-d'Huez is amazing 21 hairpin turns takes about 1.15 to do your heart is pumping like made. I don't know how the pros do it. Pantani's record of around 37 minutes; 1.72 m 57 kg drug induced speed helps but still amazing epecially after 3-4 major climbs prior to Alpe d'Huez.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm doing it

Saturday the 24th of November my 38th birthday and what do I get registration for the 2008 London to Paris Charity bike ride for Action Medical Research. 285 miles from London to Paris ending in Paris the day prior to the Tour de France finish. What a present can't wait and looking forward to the training. Next year is looking like a fun one; London to Paris 2008, Blenheim Tri, London Tri, New Forest 1/2 Ironman, a few 1/2 marathons, Elche double Tri (maybe) and a couple of smaller tris completing the year in Thailand with Phuket Tri.

What a year to look forward to.