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Looking Back on 2019

Looking Back on 2019

It’s the end of the year 2019 and it’s the time when everyone starts looking towards how they’re going to reinvent themselves with unrealistic resolutions in the New Year. Perhaps you’re planning on getting down to 5% body fat, running an ultramarathon across the Outback, or looking to finally get spotted by a pro-cycling team for all those Strava KOM’s? Scepticism aside, goal setting is actually a really important step towards progression. It puts purpose behind all the training and…

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Lessons Learned from my Second Hill Climb Season

Lessons Learned from my Second Hill Climb Season

For the second consecutive year, Bank Road, for me, signified the end of the hill climbing season. Despite Haytor being a comparatively long climb, a 4-hour drive for a 12-minute effort didn’t at all appeal to me, and besides, it meant I could celebrate with a big greasy portion of fish and chips.  It’s also a massive relief that I can go out on my next few rides to just enjoy being on the bike, rather than burying myself to the point of vomiting at…

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Slow start to the Hill Climb season

Slow start to the Hill Climb season

1:57.4. It’s absolutely bonkers that someone would spend weeks training, following a structured training plan and being careful to avoid any unnecessary carbs and fats for an effort that lasts under 2 minutes. But that’s hill climbing! A few weeks back I devised my own little training plan in order to help me achieve a PB at the Monsal hill climb. I was actually fairly ambitious at the time, and rightly so because in the months prior I had improved…

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