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Orange sun.

15°C, milky orange sun. Is this you Ophelia? I can see a warm milky and oddly orange sun at 11am. Most odd.​ Advertisements

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Fifty miles flat.

I rode Kona Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 79.90km, time: 03:13:53, pace: 2:26min/km, speed: 24.73km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2514787049​ It’s getting easier! This is how life used to be before full time teaching. Now I’m middle-aged and feeling a little youthful. It’s because … Continue reading

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Fixed in Merseyside.

12°C, white cloud and stillness. I rode with MapMyRide+! Distance: 74.70km, time: 03:03:39, pace: 2:28min/km, speed: 24.41km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2507628494 Calm between storms make for a good ride on a single speed bike. Currently, we are experiencing somewhat below average temperatures. This … Continue reading

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Cyclocross on Cannock Chase

14°C, sunny and strong W wind. I rode The Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 57.86km, time: 03:38:32, pace: 3:47min/km, speed: 15.89km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2499624422 Monday afternoon on The Chase is quiet with only a few dog walkers. Actually, it’s brilliant, I saw only … Continue reading

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Canal with coffee.

13°C, grey with soft but bearable ground. I rode The Jake wth MapMyRide+! Distance: 24.24km, time: 01:22:07, pace: 3:23min/km, speed: 17.71km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2489252846​ The usual route with today. I raised the pace on ground that allowed some give. Previous times here, … Continue reading

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Racelite to Hixon.

18°C, sunny with light SE breeze. I rode Racelite with MapMyRide+! Distance: 98.56km, time: 04:13:17, pace: 2:34min/km, speed: 23.35km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2483606477​ Like wading through treacle. My legs didn’t warm up until about 15 miles. I shouldn’t be harsh on myself because … Continue reading

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Gold, day 4, completion.

12°C, sunny but rain at the end A day to wait, cleanup and packing the minibuses carried on against a background of sun and a cloud inversion.​ A cold front drew over us as the day finished bringing rain, heavy … Continue reading

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Gold, day 3

12°C, rain of the drizzly variety. Sun later. Our assessor gave them a low level route which was mostly the Trans Pennine Trail. The tops were shrouded in hill fog and rain fell heavily at times. We decided to walk the … Continue reading

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Gold, day 2

12°C, some sun, some drizzle. Second day for my Gold groups, and it’s quite a long one. One had to be withdrawn by the first checkpoint, she had a knee injury. I tried lending a neoprene support but it didn’t … Continue reading

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Gold expedition, day 1.

12C, dry and mostly sunny. After a sharp climb, the groups get themselves onto the Pennine Way on kinder. We hiked up to man the checkpoint on a col near a crash-site. Both groups were later than we expected, but … Continue reading

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