Posts by: Mack

French Connection…

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The breakfast room at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is worth a visit even if you aren’t cycling 400 miles to St Pancrace in the Dordogne.  The magnificent Victorian edifice with its imposing brickwork and high ceilings has been beautifully refurbished. It will see plenty of Olympic thrill seekers in just over a month.

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Team Relays and Breathless Meetings

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Just got back from Istanbul – don’t worry ride across Turkey is not high on the list. I was presenting to Astra Zeneca’s senior management team about why Deloitte RAB would symbolise some of the hurdles they need to overcome to re-invent the Pharma business. They liked the symbolism and have entered a corporate team of 9. They are up to take on all comers to see who posts a good time so any one out there – let’s be having you. Read More…

I’ve been unfaithful…

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I’ve been unfaithful…to the Deloitte RAB training plan. I’m writing from Thailand – our family summer holiday before the rush of one of the busiest sporting years I can remember. Instead of cycling, I’ve been swimming and beach running and whilst pleasurable, I know there’ll be retribution on my return to the bike next week.

This is the beauty of Deloitte RAB – had I not been signed up I would not have striven for 2 hours cardio per day out here and now I’m fretting about how to make it up to my bike and legs. This cardio God is a good one to worship. My old friends here in Thailand think I look fitter than 5 years ago and at 42 I take this is a big compliment to the RAB training plan. Is anyone else feeling a sense of well being based on the training? I’m hoping to see lots of you at our next training ride 1st April -no, not a wind up despite the date. Read More…

10 things I learned in Lanzarote

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Now I am back in the rhythm of January riding I thought it a good time to think about what I learned on warm weather training camp with Andy Cook in Lanza. What an amazing week and it has given me some real focus going into February.  Read More…

What friends are for…

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As I contemplate coming back to the reality of cold Sunday rides, I feel a new sense of confidence from the Lanzarote bike camp. There are a couple of themes here: one is the confidence to know that however much it hurts physically you can always get through, and the second altogether more metaphysical – the nurturing of a friendship and the importance of doing interesting, challenging things with beloved mates.

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OMG it’s 2012

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So the calendar clicks forward one day and suddenly we’re in Olympic year. Deloitte Ride Across Britain also comes several clicks closer. My best man and I have high tailed it to Club La Santa in Lanzarote for an Andy Cook bike week. What a great way to get in the proper training groove for 960 miles of Land’s End to John O’Groats breathless sightseeing. Read More…

Happy Christmas and Join the Revolution!

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I felt a strange sense of despair yesterday as I set off for a 31 mile ride to my mother in law in Salisbury. Not only was the temperature 2 degrees, the legs like clay, disconcerting ice aplenty, but it was the good old British driver that caused my dour state. From the perspective of my bike, it seems drivers are always in an almighty hurry, unable to wait more than 3 seconds before taking ridiculous risks to over-take and save themselves an essential minute or two which they’ll spend talking about how bad X Factor has become. God, am I sounding like the Daily Mail?

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Trials and tribulations of cycling LEJOG

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Bugger bugger bugger.  Punchy start to a blog I know but the fact is I’ve had man flu for a week and having reached a good plateau in training I feel like someone’s rolled me off the ledge.  Stuff happens’, according to Chris Holmes, one of our great Paralympic swimmers.  Get properly better, re-focus and don’t over-compensate were his tips.  He’s won 9 gold medals in the pool so he knows a thing or two but he doesn’t have the medal he really wants ……yup ye olde Deloitte RAB finishers medal.  Gonna have to do more than flap around in your googles for one of those Holmesy. He sends his respects to all us RABers btw. Read More…

Interval Training and Syrup Cake

So, trying to be conscientious I took on Andy Cook’s interval training session last week. Designed to build speed I could see that the principle works although the speed gain has not arrived yet.  You cycle hard for bursts of 7, 5 and 3 minutes with 1 minute light pedalling in between. I’m pretty sure Andy will start to lengthen the bursts and with more practice this will produce more speed and therefore less overall time in the saddle – happy days.  It makes for good variety and if you can match the bursts to little bits of your home training route then it becomes fun to race those sections. Read More…

Spins and Inns

One of my many (unflattering) nicknames on our epic cycling challenge is Matron Mack; so called because of a small tendency to have a ‘le petit moan’ now and then. Today’s mini rant is at riders who make endless excuses for not training. The fact is that cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is a big physical challenge and the programme is there to help you achieve it. You have to print it off and lock it in to your diary like an important meeting. As Greg Whyte would say, make regular deposits in the ‘fun bank’ and you’ll reap the rewards at ride time.

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