Quite a bit to talk about today.
Let’s do the main thing first. Weight is still 15 stones 4Ib, no change from last week. Mileage is 111 miles, 27 of them leisure miles to stick on to Phill’s April 100 sheet. The upper body and core excercises are still being done religiously too. Good week with the old grub as well.
Tomorrow may be a bit tricky with intake, but I’ll save it until then to tell you about!
The 30 days of biking is going well, a pedal every day, either a leisure pedal, my usual commute or a play around the block with Dan. Team Loving the Bike which I’m pedalling for isn’t doing too badly with it’s competition against Bicycle Radio. It’s quite good fun, I’ve connected with a lot of cyclists that I didn’t know before and having some good cyber banter with them.
On to that near miss with the Woodfields Topsoil truck on Wednesday that I posted the video of. I emailed the company with a link to the video voicing my concerns and recieved this off the MD.
Very sorry to hear you had a near miss with one of our lorries,
we take the standard of our drivers very seriously and only recruit personnel through stringent tests before recruiting.
I have spoken to the driver of the vehicle, who is a family man himself he is fully apologetic and would never intentionally
get too close as a vehicle on the opposite side cut up his right hand side.
I do apologies Clive and am glad that nobody was injured.
tel: 01676 540330
fax: 01676 540370
I’m happy with that. I liked what he said and I’ll take it on trust that what he said is true.
Onto today, I am working from home so I got up very late for me at 0615hrs and decided to go for an easy 10 or 12 miles avoiding any hills of note. I went around Longbridge, via Kings Norton and Cotteridge, past the Cadbury’s factory then stopped at a park for a quick drink and photo opportunity as I saw a great sunrise.
And I saw a shadow of my former self.
After I pedalled off the park the last bit of ride took me my usual Bristol Road commuting route home. I was pedalling past the Orthapedic Hospital when I saw this. Sods law dictated that my helmet cam’s batteries ran out right at this point. But I hope you can see a cyclist in Hi Vis gear carrying his bike up the hill towards Northfield.
I pedalled past and asked if he was ok and needed help. I had got a full tool kit with me as usual and I was expecting a puncture situation. The guy told me his rear derailleur had snapped off the frame. Oh shit I thought, that’s tough luck I can’t do anything about that, wished him well and carried on pedalling, a few yards up the road I remembered I had a chain splitter so I turned round and pedalled back.
The blokes name was John, who was pedalling to Droitwich from Great Barr to pick a car up for work and was taking the opportunity to get a nice pedal in on his lovely Carbon Fibre Spesh with a Shimano 105 groupset. I said I could probably get him going by splitting his chain, taking the wrecked mech off, losing a few links and rejoining the chain on some suitable cogs. If it didn’t work he was nearly at Northfield where he was going to get a taxi anyway, so what had he got to lose by me trying to get him pedalling again.
He agreed, so I set about the repair and amazingly enough it worked. I had done a similar thing on my MTB in Wales years ago so I had got previous! With the chain rejoined, John wrapped the cable around his bottle cage so it was out of the way and we were off!
We pedalled chatting together through Northfield down to Rubery where he said thank you and we said our goodbyes, he carried on down the A38 towards Bromsgrove and Droitwich and I peeled off towards my house. I asked him to log on here later to let me know if he made it! A nice bloke and I hope he does let me know if my bodge worked. He did have a great bike though!
But unfortunately as usual my mission focus thing took over and I completely forgot to take any photos. Sorry about that.
I finished my pedal off feeling pretty good that I’d helped a fellow cyclist out. A good way to start the day.