Chimp Training and the Gremlin of Steepness

Anyone who has ever been mountain biking with me has probably heard me talk about my chimp. The chimp talk all began back in 2015, in the run-up to the Plean CX race, when my friend Rob put on a series of cyclocross skills coaching sessions for a group of us. Back then, I wasContinue reading “Chimp Training and the Gremlin of Steepness”

Pedalling Through Lockdown

In common with, it seems, just about everyone else in the country, I have been doing a lot of cycling recently. It’s been a good way to cope with the many challenges of the COVID-19 lockdown. Don’t get me wrong; I am in the immensely privileged position of having a nice house with a garden,Continue reading “Pedalling Through Lockdown”

A Very Good Day

Sometime back in the summer of 2018, when I was constructing my training plan for the upcoming cross season, I set myself two goals: To beat my previous time in the 3 Peaks CX race. To get on the V40 podium in one or more of the Scottish CX Series races. Well, I smashed myContinue reading “A Very Good Day”

Training for Grit (or, What I Have Learnt from the Superquaich)

I love the Superquaich. By the time the SQ rolls round, it’s a nice change from the routine of the SCX series. The SQ is a bit different, a bit weird, a bit edgy. Course features that would probably not make it into a British Cycling race start to appear (because let’s face it, anythingContinue reading “Training for Grit (or, What I Have Learnt from the Superquaich)”

A Linlithgow love story

I’ve posted this photo before, but I’ve never really talked about what it means to me. In 2015 I decided that, since I had a cyclocross bike (which had spent most of its life with slick tyres on the road), I should enter a cyclocross race. So I entered the West Lothian Clarion‘s “Last Gasp”Continue reading “A Linlithgow love story”

SCX 3: Return to the Spiral of Doom

Last Sunday was round 3 of the SCX series at Lochore Meadows in Fife. I knew it would be very different to the previous race at Callendar Park – the course is much less technical: fast and flat with no respite; and, of course, the infamous Spiral of Doom. We vets were gridded behind theContinue reading “SCX 3: Return to the Spiral of Doom”

SCX 2: Callendar Park

I’m going to try to blog a bit more often (we will see how long that resolution lasts…). I am also going to change the name of this blog as soon as I think of something appropriate – “Not dead, not last” was my tongue-in-cheek motto when it was entirely probable that I would be lastContinue reading “SCX 2: Callendar Park”

3 Peaks CX – the return

Approximately 10 minutes after crossing the finish line of the infamous 3 Peaks Cyclocross last year, I was thinking to myself, “I can go faster.” So after getting round in 5 hours 11 minutes last year, this year’s mission was to break 5 hours. I have been training hard for months, self-coached this time, withContinue reading “3 Peaks CX – the return”

E(CX)ess baggage

I’ve been meaning to write a kit list for all the junk equipment that I cart about to cyclocross races before the end of the season, so come next Autumn I don’t have to worry about remembering everything I need. I thought I’d post it here in case it’s useful to anyone. For the race Skinsuit/jerseyContinue reading “E(CX)ess baggage”

Winter training

Looking back over my training journal, I’ve been saying that I need to make a training plan for about 2 months. Between the triathlon club and the bike club, there are loads of training sessions that I could attend; plus my weekly Pilates class; plus I was toying with the idea of joining the localContinue reading “Winter training”