Sunday, 25 September 2011

Now then where's my threshold...

Hey everyone hope this finds you well.

I am not sure where to start this week after the emotion of last week.  It has carried through this week with Stew’s funeral on Wednesday.  The funeral was very well put together and had some nice anecdotes from close friends.  The family also produced a lovely booklet with pictures of Stew and some facts that we didn’t know.  It was a testament to how well Stew was liked and respected that there where 300 people maybe more there.  The hardest part of the service for me is always seeing the relatives after the service.  It always brings me to tears or very close to them.  I hate seeing people hurting.  It is especially difficult and awkward if you do not know the family very well which in this case I didn’t.  I said something to the girls but not much.

I am going to try not to dwell on this to much this blog I think I have said all I need to.  I have been on a fat fighter’s mission this week.  I started off the week with a threshold set on the wattbikes, which comprised of 5 x 5min sets of 240watts with 2 minutes rest in between.  Then just to make sure it was as hard as i thought i did another one on was hard i can confirm!  It was hard, I expected it to be but I managed it.  I have hit the gym twice and went out for a long cycle ride with Ted and Andy on Thursday morning for 3 hours.  The hills are still killing me but the more I think about it the more I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  After all I am currently carrying excess baggage and once this is removed then I will be a lot more efficient. 

As far as food goes I have started on a regime which stipulates I am allowed no more then 10g of fat per meal and gain points from meals and points for exercise.  It is quite encouraging to have a target set and a goal to achieve week by week rather then looking bleakly into the months ahead.  I am determined I will not diet as such and want to keep the weight loss healthy and sustainable.

I have also put together a four week training programme now that winter is nearly upon us and will be undertaking a couple of sessions with Kelly Strickland Personal Trainer at Stretford Leisure Centre ( to devise a core strength and flexibility program as mine is currently well below par.  Another session with Marek ( has just about sorted my shoulder out and as normal we had a very interesting discussion about the world and the way of things.  It is one of the things I enjoy about the physio sessions along with the pain obviously!

Exercise Totals;

Cycling Commuting;  43.5km 
‘Leisure’ Cycling;       95.18 km (Including 2 x 35min threshold workouts)
2 x Gym Session;         30 minutes cardio (Crosstraining and rowing)
                                    Various weights
                                    15minutes stretching

I would just like to say thank you to people for the emotional support they have given me the last few weeks and for putting up with my more quiet reflective moods.  It has been very much appreciated and noted for the future. 

Also Mark Cavendish World Champion well done all involved superb stuff.  Very inspirational!!

1 comment:

  1. Great site James!!!!
    Keep up the good work...
    hope those shoulder strengthening exercises are coming on well.
    See you soon,
    marek :)