The Hell of Ashdown

A beautiful sunny (but cold) morning in the English Countryside, taking in the historic and beautiful counties of Kent and West Sussex, 106km of cycling at its best. The organisers (Catford CC) may be duly proud of their achievement, great marshalling and organisation, thanks guys! I together with two others from the Verulam made the short trek down to Biggin Hill to ride this route. The weather could have been awful, but despite a cold overnight, a sunny day with temperatures down as low as one degree in the valleys, but in the car on the way home, we noted 13.5 degrees. No doubt that somewhere around 1700m of climbing is challenging at this time of year, but what a great way to do it!
(I did think, three weeks ago I was climbing Mt Diablo in California, and a year or so ago I was in the Tokai National Park in Cape Town, however, this route was quintessentially English.)
I was aiming for a moving time of around 4h, so not far off the objective.

2012-02-26 Hell of Ashdown Summary

Frost – it does discourage one from riding out…

After the weather has turned cold and frosty, seems like it is more difficult to find motivation to get out on slippery roads. Just on the little ride in to town yesterday, I found myself on a big patch of ice where there is obviously a small water leak under the road, not noticeable most of the time. Just hit with that moment of panic when you realise that you are riding on ice…

So this morning I got on the turbo, resolved to do a nice long steady ride to make up for not going out with the club.
Turbo 2012-01-15

You might note that I neglected to say that we didn’t ride into the office again, the frost and Jon recovering from the slip earlier in the week discouraged us from that.  (and I didn’t get on the turbo instead)  I am feeling somewhat heavy at present…

Mountain Bike Commute into Shoreditch

This morning we commuted in on our Mountain Bikes. (okay, with semi-slick and slick tyres, but all the same, a very different beast to the highly refined road bikes we usually ride!) Much more effort required on the climbs, but the interesting thing is that it really didn’t take too much more time than we take on the road bikes. The following image is the comparison of this commute and the last, from the beginning of December (that long ago!)

I really am surprised how little difference this shows.   Admittedly the December commute was heavy, but it really does surprise me how little difference there really is.

Jon had a slip on a corner, damaging pride, a brake and a thumb, plus bruises.   Hope fully he will not suffer too much due to that, he picked up after the slip, I suspect it was the endorphins. Will have to check on him later.


Interesting set of statistics I found this evening on Garmin Connect, a summary of my entries in Garmin Connect for the last 365 days:

A few questions this raises in my mind:

  • How big would I be if I had not cycled that much
  • How many p/km has my bike cost?
  • Can I eliminate the hours spent on the bike before my wife sees these stats, I’m in enough trouble as it is the amount of time I spend on the bike!

Work does make it challenging to train, this week Cloudforce Munich

This week I spent the whole week in Germany, doing meetings and attending the Cloudforce conference on Thursday. It has been a hectic week with local meetings in Frankfurt and Munich, plus web conference demos for other prospects in the Netherlands.
Germany is interesting as a market for cloud technologies, the “cloud” label has definite negative aspects, whereas “integration” does not. We may need to subtly change our messaging in at market. Our local partner, ITBConsult were very active and looking forward to make stuff happen. Looks like I will be helping them to deliver a webinar series for the German market in the coming weeks (in addition to the ones I’m already delivering – the next one on Thursday this week – see the webinar resources on the snaplogic website for more detail)

Mountain bike ride in Reno, Nevada


Today I am staying with old friends in Reno Nevada. Steve took me out on the mountain bike, we did a 3:45 ride, hard ride, definitely feel like I did some work. We did something like 30 or 35 miles off road climbing round near lake Tahoe.  Amazing scenery with great views. I did fall a couple of times, and have a big swelling on my thigh where I hit a tree stump. Lots of ice and ibruprofen.

Club run to Barton-le-Clay

Garmin Connect – Details.

Today’s ride was my first with the new “Rapides” group, led ably by David Reid.  This group is meant to be the front of the fast mods, and more forgiving than the fast group.  And so it proved to be.  We averaged a moving time of over 30kph but managed not to drop anyone. Only twelve in the group, which is about the right number to be able to take turns effectively at the front.  Glad the legs held up after yesterday’s 2:30 turbo.