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Dec17

40 Today

2 comments posted in: Blog: My Life

Forty today! This is the ugvx.com banner that Redsmartie kindly created. My grumpy Xbox 360 avatar really makes a statement I feel! Actually I’m feeling pretty chipper about being 40, loads of attention FTW.

Went for a curry and beers last night with Dabe and WildCardZero, just been for a Thai meal for lunch with three girls from the office. I should be 40 more often! Now for a relaxing afternoon until Chowny turns up to discuss websites a bit later.

Nothing planned for this evening apart from relaxing with the family. Ace!

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 at 03:01 PM by jochta

Dec12

Fit-tastic

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All this cycling is doing me some good I think! Feeling fitter than ever at the moment, 80-odd miles cycling a week plus usually two table tennis matches is doing me good. I finished 5th on the cycling hall of fame on GPS-Sport in November. Burnt a total of 14,731 kcal (apparently), cycled 284.78 mi (458.30 km), and cycled for 20h26m31s. Not too bad I think!

The weight has been falling off me too, it’s really nice when people I’ve not seen for a while notice in surprise how much weight I’ve lost. I’ve lost over 1.5 stone since September now (~10kg) by eating more sensibly and doing more exercise. I’m looking forward to when Wii Fit tells me I’m in the ideal weight bracket for my height, not far to go now!

Posted: Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 05:21 PM by jochta

Dec11

10th Dec 2008

1 comment posted in: Blog: LEJOG

Commuting cycle to work on my now regular 17.5 mile route except for an added tour of Wallingford on the way in which added on a couple of miles! Weather was cool and clear.

Distance :: 19.44 mi
Time :: 1h20m46s
Average Active Speed :: 14.44 mph
Run.GPS Training Profile

Distance :: 17.26 mi
Time :: 1h14m58s
Average Active Speed :: 13.81 mph
Run.GPS Training Profile

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11, 2008 at 03:37 PM by jochta

Dec10

6th Dec 2008

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This was a good ride, the weather was a huge improvement over the previous week’s. Sunny, cold and little wind. I headed north from home through Abingdon town centre and out towards Cumnor on the B4017 through Wootton. I crossed the A420 at Bessels Leigh and climbed steadily to Cumnor and rejoined the B4017. During the fast descent to Farmoor and past the reservoir I remembered I had to cross the Swinford toll-bridge and I had no money with me. I hope cyclists were free otherwise I was going to have to blag my way across. It was free!

I cycled into Eynsham and turned southwest on the B4449 as far as Sutton where at last I could join quiet country lanes. Sutton was the birthplace of my paternal grandfather and he lived in Sutton and Stanton Harcourt as a boy. There are several relatives buried in the churchyard in Stanton Harcourt. Just a short distance later I cycled through the tiny hamlet of West End which was where my paternal grandmother lived as a girl. I continued along the long curve through Northmoor and into Standlake.

A short distance on the A415 followed before I turned towards Aston. I …

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Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008 at 05:02 PM by jochta

Dec01

30th Nov 2008

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I had a 50 mile route planned for this Sunday but the weather was so atrocious that I quickly altered my plans and took a 30 mile moderate route out of my Philips book of cycle routes. I knew the wind was from the north so I picked a nearby route that had most of the north component at the beginning.

I drove to Lambourn on the Berkshire Downs and parked up. It was sleeting quite heavily, the car was telling me it was 3ºC outside. I sat in the car for a few minutes and then decided to go for it. It was cold. The first few miles uphill to the Ridgeway into the wind were pretty tough, the sleet stung my face, the roads were flooded, it was pretty dull (I had my lights on). Once I went down Blowingstone Hill and across the B4507 to Kingston Lisle it wasn’t so bad. In the Vale of White Horse the roads are flat and the wind was less of an issue. The sleet started to ease too. I soon cycled through Uffington and onto the Longcot road where I made a bit of a mistake. The railway underbridge was …

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Posted: Monday, Dec 01, 2008 at 01:58 PM by jochta

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