Making it more difficult for myself

Now that I've exceeded the distance I've signed up for the Bikeathon it's time to make things much more difficult for myself.

If it was all too easy it wouldn't be any fun and you wouldn't want to sponsor me.

Nearly pushing myself too far

Earlier this week I teamed up with one other person from work for a lap of Richmond Park. Afterwards I continued by myself to see how far I could comfortably cover in one session.

This week I almost pushed too far.

Improving my stamina and distance

After proving that I could cover a longer distance without keeling over in a heap I started cycling to work more regularly to get me used to cycling and start improving my overall fitness.

A little later in the week of my Richmond Ride I went out for a solo ride after work. I wanted to see if I could push myself a little and get some idea of how long the Bikeathon would take me. I managed 26.78km in 1h:23m:47s. Not horrific. Good distance, bearable time.

Starting to train for the London Bikeathon

Being slightly sensible for once in my life I've decided to do a little training for the Bikeathon in September.

Nothing super serious ... but I needed to get from short 5-10km rides up to distances closer to the 42km I'm aiming to cycle.

My first longer ride was with some of the cyclist from work. One thing I learned on the ride was that it's really difficult to keep up with three road bikes on a hybrid. Especially when after having barely cycled anywhere in six months.

Tonsillectomy confirmed

At my recent pre-assessment appointment I was told to wait a week and telephone a number they gave me if I hadn't heard anything.

On Monday I played some phone-tag, and managed to speak to the person I needed to early in the afternoon. They told me that they were waiting on some paperwork, which they would chase up and phone me back on Tuesday.

Tuesday morning came and they called me back.
"How about the 2nd July?"
I agreed. I've been working towards this since mid-late 2012, and I'd much rather get the op over and done with.

London Bikeathon 2013

A recent purchase of a new bike has kick-started my cycling addiction. I'm cycling at weekends, cycling to work a few times a week, and some evenings I'm sneaking out to clock up a few extra kilometres.
Cycling near Kingston

Not long after I started cycling I started seeing posters for the London Bikeathon 2013. I checked out the website and decided it was something I could probably complete.

At the time I signed up I'd had my bike less than a week and hadn't even cycled 17km in one session. Having never taken part in any form of organised cycling event I opted for the 26 mile route (41.8km).

I wasn't sure if I'd ever manage the full distance, or if I did how long it would take. I didn't want to enter and collapse half-way round, or take 6 hours to complete the route.

First goal reached - 90kg

This morning I stepped on the scales and finally got the reading I've been looking forward to ... the number stopped on 89.6kg.

My first weight loss milestone was set (by me) to be 90kg.

This is just an isolated value.

Tonsillectomy pending

This morning involved a trip to ENT for a delayed follow-up from (I can't even remember what any more). The results of my sleep study showed that I (only) have Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The government have decided that people shouldn't have their tonsils removed (as an adult) unless it's Severe.

The doctors want to remove them because they think it'll benefit me overall taking into account things the government won't officially let them consider.