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Starting from Scratch - Week One

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Stu's a week in & feeling good!

Last week I wrote about ‘Starting from Scratch’ and how the fact that even though you get to ride a bike for a living it doesn’t mean you can take being fit and lean for granted – especially when the routine of a commute is no longer there.

I’m now a week in and feeling good, still a bit on the heavy side but good none the less. The speed is coming back and above all I’m motivated and actually feeling quite a bit fitter.

Highlight of the week was the 101 mile jaunt on Wednesday which took in the best part of 1900 metres of climbing – a typical sportive event shall we say to test where I am ready for the Tour of Wessex in May.

I had a delivery to make twenty-five miles away so thought I’d take a bit of detour. After all the sun was out and the mother-in-law had the kids so why not make the most of it.


What did I learn?


Well I can ride the distance at a pretty decent lick, a nudge over six hours in fact but I really need to concentrate on nutrition. A cup of coffee before I left, a couple more on route, a can of Red Bull and a couple of slices of cheese on toast probably isn’t the most sustainable of diets.

I’m not one for drinking on the bike see, I don’t even own a bottle cage and even though I’ve tested loads of energy products over the years and got on with them they aren’t something I use religiously. They’re something I’m going to need to embrace though especially for recovery, there was no way I could ride the same distance the next day.

Other than that though things have been pretty good. I rode 203 miles from Tuesday to Sunday over twelve hours and have lost a kilogram. Impressive considering that the nutrition/training program has failed to be delivered so it has come down to good old fashioned self-discipline. Basically that means I’ve still been drinking Stella plus there was a massive amount of Easter eggs on offer.

Motivation is good though, I even went out for two hours today with the rain hammering down, I didn’t even have any wet weather kit to test.

It’s good to be back!


With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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