Singh of the Mountains

Cycling challenge

Week 1 into my efforts

To say this week has been a disappointment is probably not far from the truth. To start with I have not lost any weight. The answer is that I have really not tried hard enough. After all one doesn’t get calories from thin air! So the snacking has to stop. Someone hide the biscuits please.

In terms of cycling I have managed to get two rides in – an 18 miler in hilly Charnwood on a windy day when the going was rough and an indoor session on the Wattbike. In addition to this I managed to do a short run of about a mile around the block. I have not done any serious running for over a year and I really need to take this up to improve my overall fitness.

I have also started re-reading a book by Andrew Sykes, ‘Crossing Europe on a bike called Reggie’. Andrew has been a big inspiration to me. In fact reading his regular blogs when he cycled from Reading near London to the foot of Italy, and this year when he cycled along the Mediterranean, have been a massive factor in my taking this challenge on. The big difference of course is that he is half my age!

I currently ride an entry level Trek road bike. This is my first proper road bike with drop handle bars and so far I have been very pleased with it, even though it is several years old. It has taken me over the South Downs, Peak District in Derbyshire and all the way to Skegness on the east coast and back, not to mention to numerous places in Leicestershire and Rutland. It has been in several escapades with me and has been a partner in several painful falls. At this stage I am not sure that I will be getting a new bike for the challenges ahead. I have certainly not mentioned this to Trekkie as I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings and he still has to carry me far!

Next week I shall have to up my training a tiny notch further. Quite how I am going to do this is going to be difficult as I have a small matter of two pre-Christmas parties coming up. One thing I am absolutely determined of is that this will be last time I will struggle to get into my suit!

This week I shall also try and publicise my blog a bit more. For those following me a very big thank you and once again a link to my donations page:

Finishing this year's Ride London Surrey 100

Me and Trekkie – Finishing this year’s Ride London Surrey 100

6 thoughts on "Week 1 into my efforts"

  • Andrew says:

    Hi Guru
    I’m honoured to get a mention – it’s very kind of you to say what you have – I’m quite humbled! Good luck with the training. I’m sure you will get there eventually!! Just one thing that might boost your morale is that I’m not half your age; I’m probably about two-thirds of your age…
    If you’d like to write something about what you are doing for I’d be delighted to publish it.
    Have a great Christmas

  • Guru Singh says:

    Thanks Andrew for your kind words. I am indeed honoured to have you supporting me. Wishing you a happy early retirement and best wishes for Christmas.

    • Guru Singh says:

      Thanks Claire. I didn’t know you did the London marathon last year. I have done it twice in my younger days. So there is some strength in the leg department. Its the rest of me thats the problem!

  • Claire Poole says:

    Hello Guru

    I think it is wonderful what you are doing for cancer. My aunty has had it four times but is still going today with 14 tablets for breakfast. I lost my grandma last year to cancer after a long battle
    I personally think you can do this
    I did the London marathon in 2011 26. 2 miles I didn’t think I could do, it but I did. It took me over seven hours to do it. I hit the brick wall after 20miles but I finished and I did’t come last. If I can do that you can do this.
    I would do it again if I had to. I am not as heavy has I use be. I am nearly two and half stones lighter – thanks to slimming world.
    I am going to start jogging again but find it hard with the cold weather with my sinusitis.
    Push yourself that bit and more and more each time. You go out and only you know your weaknesses and strengths. Be positive. You won’t regret it and you will love it.
    It will be hard work to start with but it will get easier as you go along. You get to the finish line and you will fell great and raise money too

    Love Claire Poole

  • Helen Francis says:

    Hi Dr Singh looking forward to following your progress, enjoyed reading the blog. I am sure you will succeed in this challenge, it really is some challenge though! The charity I cancer research, I am sure is close to most people’s hearts, I will definitely sponser you. Keep up the hard work!

  • Guru Singh says:

    Thanks Helen! Appreciate your support!

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