2015 numbers

Posted by: Ian on 3 January 2016

It took a bit of extra time to get all my numbers lined up this year; normally I try and do it every three months or so, but didn’t get around to it this time.

My stats for previous years can be seen here: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Year Cycling Running Hours
2015 4306km/2,676 miles – 161 hours 566km/352 miles – 42 hours 203 hours
2014 6371km/3,959 miles – 231 hours 937km/582 miles – 77 hours 309 hours
2013 8254km/5129 miles – 300 hours 806km/522 miles – 68 hours 368 hours
2012 5044km/3134 miles – 181 hours 1025km/637 miles – 91 hours 272 hours
2011 3859km/2398 miles – 141 hours 741km/460 miles – 70 hours2 221 Hours
2010 5277km/3279 miles – 193 hours N/A 193 Hours
2009 2591km/1610 miles 114 hours N/A 114 Hours
2008 1338km/831 miles – 63 hours1 N/A 63 hours

Veloviewer has an awesome infographic maker, so I can visualise my year in one easy click.

Veloviewer 2015

Cycling

My riding through the year was pretty consistent, although at slightly less than the year before. I didn’t spend much time on the turbo over winter, which meant I missed out on a fair bit of structure. It was also my lowest-climbing year, with only one trip through the Gorges and a lot more Kurnell rides.

Running

For the first half of the year, my running was great – I was sorta-kinda following along with a half marathon training plan and was getting in about 50km a week with an 18km longest run. However, in about mid June I picked up a cold, a slight injury and full time employment in quick succession. I still don’t enjoy running like I do riding, so it was first to get the axe and I cut down to around 10-15km a week when I was better. Hopefully I’ll get better at managing my time this year and get some longer runs going.

Pilates

Pilates has just moved to a Wednesday so I’m trying to work out if I should run down (Wednesday is normally a run), or move things around somehow and ride as normal.

Overall

Not a bad year, not a great one. Plenty to work on once I get some of my fitness back after pretty much 3 weeks on my ass eating over Christmas!
  1. From April, my bike was on a boat for the previous months
  2. Also from April, when I started running.

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halfway(ish)

Posted by: Ian on 30 December 2015

halfway(ish)

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Changi Airport in Singapore. Just over halfway back from Christmas in the UK.

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less is more

Posted by: Ian on 16 December 2015

less is more #baaw

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Todays day trip to London included a stop off at Bespoke Cycling to pick up some socks. As everyone knows, a strong Sock GameTM is worth 5W and when it completes an extremely nice kit, then the effect is at least doubled – 10W of free power!

Last week Bob Parlee was in the shop for an event and several owners had dropped off custom painted machines as part of the display, so got to see a lot of the colours that I’m considering for a future bike while I was there.

If you can imagine it, we can paint it.

The frame above completely done with paint, includes white on white ghosted branding representing about 20 hours of work.

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Apparently yes, I can do the GCHQ Christmas puzzle

Posted by: Ian on 11 December 2015

Apparently yes, I can do the GCHQ Christmas puzzle

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This years GCHQ started with this Sudoku-from-hell style puzzle. It took an hour or two to work out the best way to get started and about 6 hours in total to finalise.

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one last hurrah

Posted by: Ian on 4 December 2015

one last hurrah

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Before my interminable 22 hours of flying time to the UK I took the opportunity for one bike ride in 2015. The 6am alarm did mean that it would be more than 48 hours before decent sleep, but it was totally worth it.

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Chpt.III

Posted by: Ian on 15 October 2015

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This stuff is, shall we say, hard to get at the moment. Apparently, only through some awesome work by The Australian and the guys at Bespoke Cycling in London (by way of Eurobike) that it arrived in time for last Thursday, which was roughly the same day as the official launch.

BikeRadar recently did a ‘Are you a cycling snob?‘ test and I got the following:

Uber snob: You’re the creme-de-la-creme of bike snobbery. Chapeau. Your next purchase is a full collection of David Millar’s Chpt. III kit.

Close, but does it still count if it was a birthday present?

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elitist tea snobbery

Posted by: Ian on 24 August 2015

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Last weekend was the second Sydney Tea Festival, held at Carriageworks in Everleigh. It was much better organised than last year, and we enjoyed the first hour or so we were there. However, after about 11am the hordes arrived, more interested in getting as many free samples as possible than being polite.

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city2surf

Posted by: Ian on 9 August 2015

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Today was the 45 th annual Sydney City2Surf and once again the weather was great (there’s only been one wet race). These Wallys were doing a far better job motivating the runners than the organised cheerleaders.

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pizza

Posted by: Ian on 15 July 2015

pizza

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A friend of a friend opened their own pizza restaurant tonight in a Darling Harbour laneway. Handmade, super-thin pizza with spicy salami was just the thing for catching up after a very long day.

We were offered a Nutella pizza for dessert, but that is going to wait till next time.

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grand tour cooking

Posted by: Ian on 4 July 2015

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The TdF starts tonight and my @dailystews Grand Tour Cookbook arrived yesterday. These were all delicious!

Top – Pickled asparagus, soft-boiled eggs and caper vinaigrette
Bottom – Tomato, avocado, pine nuts and feta
Left – Chickpeas, fenel, pineapple and mint.

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two planets and a moon

Posted by: Ian on 20 June 2015

two planets and a moon


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There was a nice celestial grouping over the city tonight and clear skies after the best part of a week of heavvy rain. All three are also fun objects with a small telescope; and you can even see the Jovian moons with 7×50 binoculars if you can keep them steady enough.

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beardy mcbeardsalot

Posted by: Ian on 6 June 2015

beardy mcbeardsalot


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The Dunny ‘Art of War’ series features one character by one of my favourite artists – Huck Gee. Since I don’t have the space for his larger works like the stunning John Player Special and Gulf Racing OBP figures, I was really happy to get his ‘Beardy McBeardsalot’ in my blind box – at the odds of 1/20.

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