Eating A Sandwich Was An Effort

My piece I wrote for Dog Tag Adventures – the Dog Tag Insurance blog – is live now!

Here’s a snippet:

The location, the company and the encouragement from our guides spurred me on though I barely had the energy to bite into my sandwich at lunch I made it through the first climb of the week and then set about enjoying the second half of the day, which was all downhill! A few days of this and while I still struggled with the climbs compared to some of my fitter riding companions, I began to, well, get on with it. Pushing the thoughts of how much further? How far have we come? When do we stop? To the back of my mind I focussed on pedalling and breathing. It hit me that while I was tiring, I could still pedal, my legs would work and if I just concentrated I would make it.

And go here for the full article: http://mydogtagadventures.com/fit-for-mtb/

Oh and in case you are wondering Dog Tag provides insurance for travellers and sports fans as they navigate the world on search of adventure and you get a really cool dog tag with your policy number on!

20130804-105605.jpg

Responsibilities of leading a ride

My little local ride last night is the main part of the MB Swindon ride I will be leading in June. As I indicated yesterday, one reason for riding was to ensure I will be fit for the loop, another reason is to make sure the loop is fit for the club.

MB Swindon has a ride leaders guide designed to help those leading a ride abide by some basic rules including the countryside code, knowing rights of way etc. The club’s reputation depends on a number of factors and my ability to define and lead a safe, legal ride is important. So I am taking this seriously.

My responsibility starts with a duty of care towards the riders and I must ensure as far as reasonably practicable that they are safe during the ride. So I have to perform a kind of safety assessment of the ride and be aware of the features and obstacles that we will come across.

The route is very predicatble but if we have a wet period the rock garden will be tricky (not impossible) to climb and this and the monument descent will be slippery!

I need to make sure we are riding where we are allowed to ride and that the route has been described accurately so as to attract the right riders. I don’t want people being disappointed!

Expect some more updates and photos on this route as I use it for fitness training and as I recce it a few more times!