First ride for ages

It’s been awhile since I had the old boy out the garage for a ride.

But today was the day for it. I got changed, checked all the batteries, and set off. Just a short run out to Ripley. My backside was aching quite quickly. Guess I’m going to have to get used to sitting in a saddle again. I felt every pedal stroke. It seemed like an effort, more so than I remember. I guess my fitness really has dropped off. For some odd reason, my fingers would not recognise the fact I’m using a wahoo elemnt computer, and kept trying to use the button presses for a Garmin. I’ve not used a Garmin for years. Weird how muscle memory works.

And my old friend thigh pain hit again as I was climbing the small hill into Ripley. Well, I say thigh, it’s more hip than anything else. I’ve lowered the saddle from where I had it, so let’s see if that makes any difference. I hope so, because it’s a crippling pain.

You’ll notice the new See.sense Ace lights. I’m still waiting for a half decent Android app for these lights. It’s been a long long time in the process. Truth be told, I’m not overly impressed with them. But I guess that’s another story for a post I’ve been meaning to write for awhile.

On the way home, I was unfortunately reminded some people’s driving leaves a lot to be desired, with people pulling out of side streets, left hooks and close passes. But alas, I’m not surprised.


For ages I’ve struggled with weight. I’ve been 260lbs for most of my adult life, with the occasional dip to below 250.

Well, it’s time to change that. My problem is, and always has been that I love food. I can’t help but dip into the biscuits or cake box. However that is to change. 

No more extreme snacking, more fruit. 

I’m already more active than most, with a very busy on your feet all day job walking on average 8 miles a day, and Cycling a minimum of 8 miles on my bike. So shedding the weight through activity isn’t an issue, it’s purely one of diet. 

So here go’s. 

Struck down 

it’s been a beautiful couple of days. But the cold virus has laid me low for them unfortunately. 

Started with that all too common scratchy throat and annoying cough. Quickly identified the person most likely to of spread it, called him an utter cockwomble and buckled down for the ride. That night brought headaches, harsh coughing and extreme fatigue. No way in hell could I of rode. It was a beautiful day, and being on the late shift I’d had the opportunity to ride, but it was a no go. 

Work wasn’t fun to say the least, but when is it? Plugged on. By the time I woke up, some 10 hours later I was feeling better, now it’s just down to a slight cough and sore throat. It’s gone pretty much as soon as it started. So hopefully after work tomorrow, I might try and get a quick easy 8 miles easy ride. 

Standard tips for dealing with a cold

  1. Vitamin C. There is a whole other debate if this works or not, but it’s always had an effect with me. Scoff down those oranges and kiwifruit. 
  2. Sleep. Don’t be afraid to stay in bed. Sleep gives your body time to address the issue.
  3. Fluids. Drink water. Drink loads of water. Your body will use it to flush out the mucus and other shit. 

    If you decide to ride, take it easy. Pay zero attention to your heart rate which will show high, as your fighting the bug. In fact, pay no attention to any metric, you won’t be operating at your best, so don’t try and push it. Just enjoy being on your bike, like all those years ago where it was all about the love of riding.. 🙂 

    During my mandated rest period, I did find this rather entertaining blog which goes into detail about cyclists and cold, and is worth a flick through the posts. 

    Race For Life

    Everyone Has Someone
    12000 • f5.6 • 300.0 mm • ISO 400

    Yesterday saw Cancer Research UK host the “Race For Life” event on the Stray in Harrogate. I went along to grab some photographs of the event. Virtually no one has never been touched by Cancer, and this is an important fund-raiser for the charity to continue their work.

    The overwhelming colour in attendance was of course Pink, but people went out in many costumes, after being rallied by the resident Stray FM crew, the runners left at the stroke of 11am.

    Everyone involved had been touched by cancer at some point, and not only was it for them, it was for everyone that supported and helped those people.

    I set my camera in aperture priority mode, and set ISO to 400, as it was a fairly dull day. Which was pleasant as the last few

    11250 • f5.6 • 70.0 mm • ISO 400

    days here have been in the high 20’s. I only brought one lens with me, my 70-300mm. It’s not the best lens I have, it was in fact one of the first lens I bought when I had a D40. But it is a good lens, and has proved its worth.

    I wanted to make sure that I had enough shutter speed to be able to completely freeze motion. Then it was a case of keeping my eyes open for shots.

    I still need to think more when I am at events, of more than the main subject, its important to get shots that set the scene. You need shots of crowds, people cheering. Need to set the scene. Its something I nearly always forget.

    I started the jostle for the start line, and got a few shots, then left there and went to the other side of the start line, in order to get people crossing the finish line.

    1500 • f6.3 • 180.0 mm • ISO 400

    After the runners finished the 11km course, the joggers and walkers started to trickle past. I walked up the course, sat on the grass and captured a few as they went past. I experimented using a flash, but gave that up after a while.

    Then it was the long walk back home.

    You can see more images as I upload them to my ipernity albums.