The Occasional Athlete

A cyclist trying to be fast(-ish) again

Recent posts

Aug 9, 2020
A New Best and a Change of PlanEarlier this week was my second time trial of the year, again on the K11/10B. I rode 22:30 for 12th place, nine seconds quicker than a couple of weeks ago and two seconds quicker than my all time best set way back in 2011!…
Jul 24, 2020
First Time Trial in YearsTuesday was my first time trial (outside, with real people!) in at least five years. I’d forgotten how much they hurt!…
Jul 21, 2020
How I Got 41% Faster in Six MonthsOK, it’s a bit of a click-bait title, but it is a true statistic - I went from 91kg with a 260W FTP (2.…
Jun 29, 2020
It's Been a WhileWell, it’s been over a year since my last post. After the last one I decided this blog had served it’s purpose - it publicly shamed me into training properly again!…
Mar 28, 2019
Cotswold Cyclo Race ReportThe week before last was week 17 of The Plan, and a big week it was too! It started with another ramp test and with it another bump in my functional threshold power (FTP) - a 5% increase to 271W.…
Mar 3, 2019
Rawlinson Bracket Race ReportMy first race of the year was last Saturday - The Rawlinson Bracket, a charity ride in aid of SADS UK who provide information about, and fund research and medical equipment to help prevent Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.…
Feb 17, 2019
Out of HibernationComing to the end of winter cycle training and my consistency is staring to pay off.
Jan 30, 2019
Fred Whitton, here I come!I have a place at the 2019 Fred Whitton Challenge.
Jan 1, 2019
Holiday Training and Proper RecoveryRecovering properly from a hard block of training over the holiday period.
Dec 11, 2018
Maintaining Motivation and Sticking to the PlanSticking to the plan and cycling faster.