Friday, 30 December 2011

I found my perfect woman

Well folks who knows what awaits us in life and today I had a nice 24 mile ride out in the rain with two mates Rob and Cainy along the Transpennine trail to the Lavender Barn Tea Rooms at Dunham Massey for Brunch where a decent bacon butty was consumed.
I don't think at any point we went much above 12 mph and we had a good ride and talked shite ( as usual ) and put some wrongs right..... In our heads anyway

But just after we had our bacon butties we came outside to get back on our trusty steeds and there she was my perfect woman I don't think I can go wrong with this one but knowing my luck ha ha .......!!!!!!!

Heres Cainy trying to muscle in on the action bleedin typical you cant have anything

It was cold and wet but I enjoyed today I think talking shite is what I'm best at

Rob and Cainy on the damp trail

Thursday, 29 December 2011


Well 2011 has not been one of my best years and one I would like to forget altogether.
During 2011 I have

1 Cycled 2867 miles compared to last years 2163 that's an increase of 704 miles not bad
2 Gone from 16st 7 lbs (231lbs) to I am currently at 15st 3 lbs ( 213lbs) I know I have been eating crap but    that's a loss of 18lbs.
3 Sold my first proper bike my Felt Road bike and bought my hybrid my Whyte
4 Split with my wife and am now living in an apartment.

2011 certainly hasn't gone as planned !!!!!

Well what for 2012 ?
As D:ream once said "THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER"

In 2012 I intend to
1 Cycle at least 4000 miles

2 lose more than 2 stone and get to 13 stone ( 182lbs ) by 1st December 2012

3 Use my bike a lot more for local trips instead of the car

4 Go on a bike holiday, me and my mates have already discussed either doing the coast to coast in the UK or possibly a few days in France both will include cycling and alcohol

5 Cycle a 100 miles in a day I would of done it this year in September but life got in the way

6 And finally in this list anyway I need to get a life, stop feeling sorry for myself move on put this shit 2011 behind me get out make some more new friends and live life as I should do.

So to all my readers

               HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2012 
At least  Stanley Baxter isn't on the telly anymore 

Friday, 23 December 2011

Noddy he got straight to the point

No not the fictional children.s character Noddy but the great man himself Noddy Holder he said it in two words

" IT'S CHRI.............." No sorry I cant do it to you,  your probably already fed up of listening to this one in every shop you have been in for the last 2 months .

But there is no denying it tomorrow is Christmas Eve the big man will probably already loading up his sleigh as I type.

So I shall wish you all wherever you are a happy Christmas and good luck in 2012, thanks for all who read my blog whoever and wherever you are, thanks for all your comments I do appreciate them.

I will do a post in between Christmas and new year with a round up of the year and what my goals are for 2012

But till then have a good one see you next year ( or next week as it is )

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

More get up and hang on. than get up and go

Well this morning after my Chicken Madras and beer the bedroom smelt lovely but that's enough over sharing !

My plan for today was to get out and about early (ish) on and do a few errands on my bike as I read somewhere that exercise is good for stress. However this morning my ex missus rang with a list of presents she hadn't managed to get the kids for xmas and could I go get them !!!. This meant driving so I used the car and did my errands at the same time.

When I got back around lunchtime I washed my Whyte as it had stood filthy from the last time I rode it. I am usually good at cleaning my bikes not to the state of being anal about them but I like them clean. However living in a flat means I don't have a garden or hosepipe on hand any more or even a bucket and sponge till I bought one the other day. So today the Whyte got a long awaited brush and clean up.
I also like clean chains as clean chains work better and save you money, the chain cleaner I have is about 3 yrs old and has seen better days so I took myself off this afternoon on my Giant to the new Decathlon store that has opened in Warrington and purchased myself a new chain cleaner.

Judging by the lack of bikes in the bike stand either Warrington cyclists aren't yet aware its there or are apart from me all fair weather cyclists

Or they just don't like Decathlon.

The new purchase

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Off Sick ! Me ?

Recently I have not been riding my bike much I have not been eating right and I have not been losing weight.
I have moved house split with my wife and have been feeling pretty low so much so that on Friday when I was in work I had somewhat of a wobbler and came home saying stuff it all bollox to everything and everyone.

I have been to see the Doctor today and he has signed me off on the sick till the middle of January and given me a sick note. I am not quite sure what to do with a sick note as having nearly reached the age of 48 yrs I have never had one before, but I'm sure I will figure it out.

I feel over the past few months all I have done is feel pissed off and complained which trust me is not like me at all.I am usually pretty much happy go lucky and normally a pretty cheerful kind of chap ( maybe I will put that on ha ha )

During this enforced time off work I am going to evaluate my life and I think try and give myself a huge big kick up the Arse that I need to get myself going again.

But that is starting tomorrow because tonight I have a Chicken Madras with extra Chilli and of interest to fellow blogger David  I have some beer to drink


Friday, 16 December 2011

When will this weather change ?

It seems forever now we have had nothing but rain and hailstone wind and more hailstone.

I am on a 6pm 3 am shift tonight ( whoopee ) and the pictures below taken today show why I will be driving and not cycling. roll on summer

And Its still coming down all wet and horrible

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


Not me but fellow blogger Clive who got the great news that he has been made redundant. If anyone can give him a job or knows anyone who can please contact him.

here is a link to his blog

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Out of sync

Yep but my bike isn't out of Sync I am.

 My new life (ha) is taking me some getting used to that with Christmas nearly on top of us I don't know half the time whether I'm coming or going. Work is busy and we are moving office to two miles down the road in Cheadle and they want us out of the old one before Christmas which aint going to happen. My days seems to be spent getting up at stupid o clock and either getting the train to work and cycling home or driving and cycling getting back home around 7 pm then its off to see the kids before they go to bed then back home tidy up have a shower then have some tea and before I know it its 10.30 pm off to bed to do it all again tomorrow.

My weight isn't coming down and its what and when I am eating so I have decided to keep a check on it try and keep it around where I am and in the new year hopefully I can get in more of a routine and take it from there. I am still trying to watch what I eat I am still cycling but with festivities kicking in the alcohol intake has gone up with works Christmas doo's etc and food is being eaten at the wrong times and the wrong type of food             I have a simple equation       BEER = EAT PIZZA.............OR CURRY.........OR CHOCOLATE.

And to top it all I have a cold in fact MAN FLU I think.

Anyway I have bought myself a new Light Its a Chinese copy of a magishine and bloody hell is it bright. Its ace on the trail and lights it up a treat I can actually see where I am going now but I did have 2 complaints off cyclists heading towards me I heard something along the lines of " that fucking light off you twat" or word to that effect so I will have to dim it when I see another light approaching it's not usually a problem around midnight 1 am but apparently it is around 6 pm ???

Anyway a good 28 miles commute today and two days off now I am having a lie in tomorrow ( hopefully)

Here are a couple of pictures of my light

You press a button on the back

And you get this brilliant !

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Nutters there everywhere

Well I drove on Tuesday but Wednesday I got the train in and cycled home.

Why is it whenever I get on public transport there is always some nutter who singles me out ? Is it the way I look  ? is there some sort of telepathic mind wave that makes them home in on me ?

I got the train from Sankey and as soon as I got on the train and asked this chap to just watch his back so I could put my bike in the rack I could see the instant relief on all the other passengers faces ah you could see them thinking here's someone new and hes got lycra pants on too.

As I sat down I was then treated to the nutter singing and dancing for me whilst he was wearing headphones so only he could hear his music , at least that was one blessing.

Fortunately the journey to Warrington is not a long one about 5 minutes so whilst he danced for me and sung to me we also had a chat about life in general and how miserable the other passengers were........... At least he was a friendly nutter.

When your on your bike you can avoid nutters or just listen as they shout something hilarious ( in their tiny minds) at you but on a train you are a captive audience, maybe they just live on trains ? and never get off, who knows.
Pre Nutter !

Anyway the cycle home was good taking about an hour and three quarters and as it was late at night I had a few tunes on my I-Pod a pleasant way to get home.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

It definitely is winter now and I am not alone

Yesterday I was going to catch the train to work and cycle home, however the weather was awful so having in mind if it was bad when I finished at midnight I would have 24 miles of cycling in inclement weather when all I wanted to do was get home I drove to Lymm and cycled from there which is 14.5 miles each way along the trail and road.

The ride in was fine apart from the rain and I even got some sun at one point, but the trail was wet and I got to work looking like some bog monster absolutely covered head to toe in mud. I kept my eye on the weather all day and all it did was get worse.

Having rinsed my bike off at work I decided the trip back I would do by road so I wasn't covered in mud again. The road trip is 16.5 miles and I can only describe this as the worst 16.5 miles I have spent on my bike. When I set off it was windy and damp but not raining and I thought I would get away with it but Oh No not a chance Just before Altrincham the rain came and came and came Its about here I hit some country lanes in the dark that's when the hailstone started and I mean hailstone it absolutely threw it at me, It was stinging my face like a bastard, It was that heavy I couldn't see where I was going and had to hold one hand up above my eyes to make a sort of peak to try and have some vision to try and see where I was going. There was absolutely nowhere to get any cover so I just had to press on riding in the middle of the road as the edges were just massive puddles , the ground was covered in slush and I didn't feel safe riding in that deluge with only one hand on my bars in the dark.
But it eased eventually after about 10 minutes of being full on and it actually stopped for a bit I was feeling pretty pissed off fortunately there was nothing else on the road to hinder me and I was just getting to Lymm thinking why me, why am I the only person out in this shit weather getting soaked to the skin,cold and wet when from around a corner I saw a blinking white light, YEP it was another mad cyclist looking as pissed off as I was.

Here I am the following morning typing this and as I look outside everything is white from more hailstone. I think I will drive today I am stupid at times but not that stupid.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Saturday weigh in

This week has seen a static on the weight front which after this week will do. at least I haven't put anything on and am the same weight as last week.

Now I have the cycling back up and going I need to focus on what goes in my gob and cut out the booze to once a week.

I have a busy weekend ahead I am picking up my boys in a bit and we are off to football, Joe has a cup match today and as I sit and type I can hear the rain lashing the window so I am looking forward to standing in the rain and wind for an hour or so ha ha. Then its off to my mum and dads with the kids for a bit, hopefully going swimming with the boys this afternoon and they are staying over tonight so we are having home made pizza and they are putting up the Christmas tree for me !
Then tomorrow is Billy's Christmas football party. So a busy weekend

Good job I haven't got a dog

Friday, 2 December 2011

It is winter..... Isn't it ?

This week I have worked Wednesday to Friday I know such a long week I hear you say how do I cope !
I commuted with my bike Wednesday and Friday Thursday I had to use the car due to having to shift some gear.
However on my bike commute I got the train from Warrington to Stockport and cycled home.( about 24 miles)

I have done this in the past but some time ago, as I stood at Warrington central on Wednesday waiting for the 0638 hrs to Piccadilly I was glad I had my long (yes lycra) cycling pants on two top layers and my altura night vision jacket on, my winter boots and gloves I was just thinking how effin cold I was and that winter had set in good and proper now, when onto the platform comes some guy pushing an old Diamond back mountain bike wearing Lycra shorts and a very thin cycling T shirt !!!!!! He must be new to cycling, this must be his very first day I bet he wont make that mistake again, but then again today he was there again in the same get up, maybe its just me with thin blood or something, he must be mad..

Anyway I have picked up the mileage again this week and I'm glad to be back on my bike, however I don't think I have got back into the groove this week with the weight loss yet as everyone keeps taking me out for a pint cos I'm a sad lonely bachelor I have never been to the pub so often in all my life. So I'm not too hopeful this week for a weight loss but I will get there and get myself back on track