Friday, 5 July 2013

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Jogle Day 7

Taunton to Padstow
129 miles 
Hills plenty 
13 hrs 
Tough 
Tough


Blog to do on my return 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Jogle Day 6

Ludlow to Taunton via Wales 

123 miles
9:11 mins 
5209 ft climbing 
13.4 mph average
3550 calories  

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Monday, 1 July 2013

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Jogle Day 3

Crianlarich to Dumfries via Loch Lomond
130.5 miles 3800ft climbing 
'What's The Firkin Point?'

Blog to complete when I get yem

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Jogle Day 2 - Inverness to Crianlarich via Glen Coe


Inverness to Crianlarich via Glen Coe
116 miles 6000ft climbing 9.2 hrs .

Blog to complete when I get back ;) 


Friday, 28 June 2013

Jogle Day 1 - Every Journey Has a Start

After a canny sleep at some dreadful hotel at John O'Groats I set off about 7:20. First things first though . Photo time . I headed down towards the coast to get a starting photo at JOG. It was early and there was not a soul in site. The sign post was there but the arms were missing. Great start . Never mind I'll photo shop a few in on my return.
The Famous John O'Groats Sign 

I found another (free) one. Bingo.



A quick photo then I was off. I pressed on and soon was climbing steadily leaving John O'Grim in the distance. The rain was coming down heavier and I pulled over to set up my lights. Safety first. Glasses were now off as I couldn't see with all the spray and visibility was reduced to about 60 metres 

I pushed on eating an energy gel every hour and a drink of water every 20 mins. The route hugs the coastline and would be spectacular on a clear, calm day.
The best views are reserved for the cows

 I dropped down through a few steep hairpin bends and rounded the last bend to be met by a wall of Tarmac reaching into the sky. The Garmin had it at 13% but felt much steeper on a loaded bike. 

The first pit stop was just after 50 miles and was much needed. A quick soup and scone and I was off again. 

Telford Bridge over the River Helmsdale

Timespan’s River Café
Nice cafe riverside setting. Miserable staff though :(

70 miles to go I thought. The rain eased and I made steady progress towards Inverness. Same fueling and water intervals got me to about 30 miles to go when I had to stop to replenish my water and thought a cheeky snickers would give me a boost. The rain had now stopped but the head wind was getting stronger. At some points I crawled along at 8-9 mph! Heading down towards Ross and Cromarty I made good progress with a slight tail wind. I hit about 26 mph and was cruising along nicely, until I rounded the coastline and bam- a full on headwind which didn't ease until i reached Beauly. 
My good friend Will, who was fishing about 2 hrs away planned to meet me at the B & B. He was there with a bottle of champagne, party whistles and some silly string . It was a great welcome. He also bought my dinner. Thanks Will, much appreciated. 
First thing was to open the goodie box that I'd posted and start my recovery. Contained in the boxes are energy gels, porridge, vit tablets, travel wash, chamois cream, recovery drink and pressie from Mrs C.
Recovery tights on and legs up to aid healing 

Surprise from Mrs C x

Comedy key to bike storage

B&B - Chrialdon House Beauly
Haggis, neeps 'n tatties #standard recovery fuel

Day 1 DONE

Time 9.5 hrs
Miles 118
Average Speed 12.5 mph
Calories 4000

Road Kill 4
Flies in mouth 0
Bottles of urine discarded by drivers 3
Grin Rating 6




The Journey North in Pictures


A long day on the train ahead. 

At Newcastle Central Station

 Strap on . Ready to rock. 


Lunch time in Inverness

 Another train. Another strap on. 

 End of the line

Slight detour on way to John O'Groats. I might as well go to the most northerly point when I'm up here!

View from Dunnet Head 

Orkney Scallops. £7 bargain 


 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Jogle Kit List

I've spent the last few hours checking and double checking that I've everything I need for the Jogle.  The bike is packed and ready to roll.   My bike is also back into tip top condition after a donated 'Deluxe Service' by the very kind Dave Cooksey of Cycle Repair Shed.  As a mobile service he will collect & return your cycle once serviced. Check them out.


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Jogle Kit List

  • Shorts
  • Tops
  • Leg warmers
  • Arm Warmers
  • Socks
  • Cycling shoes
  • 2-3 hour supply of food in pockets
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Chest strap for heart rate monitor
  • Garmin 800 GPS
  
Bike 
  • Lynskey Cooper CX
   
Bike Bag
  • Tyre levers
  • Multi tool
  • Inner tubes x2
  • Zip ties
  • Chain lube
  • Stuff sack
  • Latex Gloves
  • Net bag
  • First aid kit
  • Travel Wash
  • Wet wipes/antiseptic wipes
  • Chamois cream)
  • Toiletries (deo, shampoo/bodywash, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers (phone, sat nav.)
  • Lock
  • Route – paper + GPS
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts (spare)
  • Top (spare)
  • Socks (spare)
  • Wind stop/rain top
  • Gillet
  • Trainers
  • Long Sleeve top – base layer
  • Montane Shorts
  • Spare food and energy gels for the day
  • Bank cards & money

Charity PR push

I would like to thank Kari and her team at OPR PR Agency for the free media coverage received for my Geordie Jogle. The extra PR gained has swelled the donation pot a canny bit.

Sky News recently featured the challenge here
Chronicle Live feature here
Gardenforum feature here
Ponteland Online feature here




PR photo





Goodie Boxes

The boxes of goodies are now packed and ready to send throughout the country. I just hope the first one gets there before I do! 
Contained in the boxes are energy gels, porridge, vit tablets, travel wash, chamois cream, recovery drink and a birthday card and pressie from Mrs C. 


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Week Commencing 03/06/13

05/06/13 - Training Ride
Duration
02:03:04  
HR Avg
119 bpm
HR Max
159 bpm
Calories
1024 kcal
Distance
51.40 km - 32 miles
 
07/06/13 - Training Ride
Duration
06:58:05  
HR Avg
133 bpm
HR Max
164 bpm
Calories
4248 kcal
Distance
165.00 km - 102.5 miles
 
08/06/13 - Training Ride
Duration
09:37:25  
HR Avg
125 bpm
HR Max
157 bpm
Calories
5260 kcal
Distance
209.00 km - 130 miles
 
09/06/13 - Training Ride
Duration
08:51:03  
HR Avg
111 bpm
HR Max
144 bpm
Calories
3869 kcal
Distance
182.40 km - 115 miles
 
Weekly Training Miles - 379.5 miles  
Total Miles -  2419.7 miles  
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Week Commencing 27/05/13

27/05/13 - Spinning Class
Duration
00:55:19  
HR Avg
131 bpm
HR Max
176 bpm
Calories
547 kcal
Distance
25.00 km - 15.5 miles

31/05/13 - Training Ride
Duration
08:16:13  
HR Avg
135 bpm
HR Max
163 bpm
Calories
5170 kcal
Distance
193.00 km - 120 miles
02/06/13 - Training Ride
Duration
03:52:00  
HR Avg
131 bpm
HR Max
158 bpm
Calories
2297 kcal
Distance
98.00 km -60.9 miles


Weekly Training Miles - 196.4 miles
 

Total Miles -  2040.2 miles


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Week Commencing 20/05/13

20/05/13 - Spinning - Sufferfest 'Blender'
Duration
01:42:18  
HR Avg
131 bpm - 72%
HR Max - 92%
166 bpm
Calories
1005 kcal
Distance
49.00 km - 30.5 miles

24/05/13 - Spin Bike Base
Duration
02:30:00  
HR Avg
125 bpm - 69%
HR Max
158 bpm - 87%
Calories
1352   kcal
Distance
67.00 km - 41.6 miles
 
Weekly Training Miles - 72.1 miles
 
Total Miles -  1843.8 miles
 
 
 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Week Commencing 13/05/13

17/05/13 - Spinning Class
Duration
00:48:38  
HR Avg
149 bpm
HR Max
174 bpm
Calories
599 kcal
Distance
24 km - 14.9 miles
 
Weekly Training Miles - 14.9 miles
 
Total Miles -  1771.7 miles 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Week Commencing 06/05/13

08/05/13 -Spinning Class
Duration  
01:05:32  
HR Avg
114 bpm - 63%
HR Max
159 bpm - 88%
Calories
510 kcal
Distance
26 km - 16.2 miles
 
10/05/13 -Training Ride
Duration
03:05:27  
HR Avg
135 bpm -75%
HR Max
166 bpm - 92%
Calories
2027 kcal
Distance
74.00 km - 46 miles

11/05/13 -Training Ride
Duration
03:39:09  
HR Avg
128 bpm - 71%
HR Max
155 bpm - 86%
Calories
2191 kcal
Distance
83.70 km - 52 miles
Garmin Data Here

12/05/13 - Training Ride
Duration
07:58:37  
HR Avg
123 bpm -68%
HR Max
162 bpm -90%
Calories
4286 kcal
Distance
116.30 km -72.3 miles

Garmin Data Here

Weekly Training Miles - 186.5 miles


Total Miles - 1756.8 miles


 


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Week Commencing 29/04/13

30/04/13 - Spinning Class
Duration
01:04:22  
HR Avg
130 bpm -72%
HR Max
176 bpm -97%
Calories
647 kcal
Distance
26.00 km - 16.2 miles
03/05/13 - Training Ride
Duration
02:22:41  
HR Avg
135 bpm - 75%
HR Max
164 bpm - 91%
Calories
1555 kcal
Distance
57.88 km - 36 miles
Weekly Training Miles - 52.2 miles

Total Miles - 1570.3 miles
 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Week Commencing 22/04/13

23/04/13 - Spinning Class
Duration
01:02:22  
HR Avg
144 bpm - 80%
HR Max
175 bpm - 97%
Calories
756 kcal
Distance
25.00 km - 15.5 miles 
 
26/04/13 - Training Ride
Duration
03:27:15  
HR Avg
139 bpm - 77%
HR Max
175 bpm - 97%
Calories
2352 kcal
Distance
81.90 km - 50.9 miles
 
 
 
 
28/04/13 - Training Ride 
Duration
07:24:41  
HR Avg
130 bpm - 72%
HR Max
157 bpm - 87%
Calories
4503 kcal
Distance
162.50 km -101 miles
 
 




 


Weekly Training Miles - 167.4 miles
Total Miles - 1518.1 miles
 
 
 

Monday, 15 April 2013

Week Commencing 15/04/13

17/04/13 - Spinning - Sufferfest 'The Hunted'
Duration
01:04:48  
HR Avg
133 bpm - 73%
HR Max
179 bpm -99%
Calories
675 kcal
Distance
30.30 km - 18.8 miles 
19/04/13 - Training Ride -Keswick Loop
Duration
02:18:43  
HR Avg
136 bpm - 75%
HR Max
169 bpm - 93%
Calories
1512 kcal
Distance
48.50 km - 30.1 miles


Weekly Training Miles - 48.9 miles
Total Miles - 1350.7 miles

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Week Commencing 08/04/13

09/04/13 - Spinning - Sufferfest 'There Is No Try' 
Duration
01:00:08  
HR Avg
128 bpm - 71%
HR Max
176 bpm - 97%
Calories
585 kcal
Distance
32 km - 18.6 miles

13/04/13 - Training Ride
Duration
03:31:09  
HR Avg
142 bpm -78%
HR Max
172 bpm - 95%
Calories
2483 kcal
Distance
80.46 km - 50 miles
14/04/13 - Training Ride
Duration
03:11:57  
HR Avg
132 bpm - 73%
HR Max
157 bpm - 87%
Calories
1989 kcal
Distance
72.74 km - 45.2 miles

Weekly Training Miles - 113.8 miles
Total Miles - 1301.8 miles

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Week Commencing 01/04/13

 04/04/13 - Training Ride
Duration
07:47:00  
HR Avg
130 bpm -72%
HR Max
152 bpm - 84%
Calories
4033 kcal
Distance
164.00 km - 102 miles 
Strava Ride Data Here
Garmin Ride Data Here

Weekly Training Miles - 102 miles  
Total Miles -  1188 miles