I had my hernia repair surgery 3 weeks ago. I’m still a bit sore but will hopefully be back on the bike soon. Everything seemed to be going well but I think I may have overdone it recently. I’ll have to take it easy for a while to try and recover.

I bought myself a new helmet in anticipation of cycling again – the straps on my old helmet are past saving, they can’t be removed unfortunately and are yellow and stiff. I might try giving them a hard scrub and save the helmet for wet rides in future. My new helmet is a Giro Foray – it was only £30 on offer from Rutland Cycling and looks a bit more sleek than my old one. I also got myself a pair of Altura gloves which were also reduced to £10. All of my previous gloves have been cheap ones from Aldi/Lidl/Decathlon so it will be interesting to see if “proper” gloves are any better!

Me modelling my new Giro Foray helmet. Can't wait to use it properly!
My new cycle helmet

Not long to go now until the Tour de France (the football was just a distraction, especially considering how we played yesterday!) Looking forward to some epic sprinting and GC battles. I do wonder how well Cav will do given that he wasn’t able to outsprint Adam Blythe in the British championships over the weekend. I don’t know how hard the race was as I wasn’t able to watch it. Cav has obviously been training with the Olympics in mind but in theory I guess he would be heavier and stronger than if he was only riding on the road? So perhaps wearing the yellow jersey after stage one is still possible. I would dearly love that to happen but I think instead it will be either Kittel or Greipel who wins the first stage.

I still haven’t worked out who I’ll be rooting for in the GC. Froome has earned my respect but I still don’t especially like him. What would be great is seeing different people wearing yellow every day and multiple mountain stage winners. Maybe Pinot or Bardet can do something? Either way I’ll be glued to the screen every day!

I’ve changed the theme – I’m not sure I’ll keep this one but it’s a bit better than the original basic one so I’ll leave it for now.


Almost there

Less than a week until my hernia op, hooray! Fingers crossed my recovery won’t take too long and I’ll be back on my bike in a few weeks. I am going to be so unfit but it won’t matter. I like the idea of getting myself fit again ‘properly’, i.e. lots of low level base training to set up a fitness base before starting to train harder. I’ll probably have to take it easy until I’m fully healed anyway.

I took Nicky to another training session at Hadleigh, this time the group as a whole was younger so Nicky was put into the ‘older’ group. He did well at the skills session, he is getting much better at going slowly and doing track stands, he even did a slalom downhill a couple of times and seems to have worked out that using his brakes will help slow him down! The racing was not so good but he was the youngest in his group and his bike isn’t great. A lot of the other kids have ‘proper’ bikes e.g. Islabikes, Orbea, Specialized – I might see if I can find a cheap second-hand one for him as I think the weight of his current bike is hampering him currently – it’s probably a little too big for him still.

The Giro had an amazing finish, unfortunately I missed the last GC day as I was out but I saw the stage before when Kruijswijk crashed and lost a lot of time. I think he probably would have won if he hadn’t crashed but obviously it’s a big if – Nibali obviously sensed something and was primed to attack on the descent which may have caused the crash. I’m glad Nibali found his form again – I don’t think he’s doping, I wish he would leave Astana though as otherwise people will just point the finger at his management.