Methlick Cycle Challenge

The Methlick Cycle Challenge has been going for a few years now, initially as a ride from Ballater to Methlick and more recently as a ride based in Methlick itself. The ride offers 66-mile, 44-mile and 20-mile options. This was the first time I’d attempted the event, and I opted for the 44 mile distance. … Read more

Suie Classic 2019

Last weekend, I took part in the Suie Classic, a 54 mile bike ride that’s part of the Great Inverurie Bike ride. The Great Inverurie Bike ride started out many years ago as a 25 mile sponsored event. In the last couple of years, a longer, 54 mile option has been added. The route follows … Read more

My Zwift Setup

Up in my part of the world, training outside in the evenings (and some days) is pretty difficult between October and April. During this period, I rely on my Turbo trainer for cycling fitness. I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated room for my training, albeit in our outbuilding. Neo Trainer Late last year, I upgraded by mid-2000’s … Read more

Brewdog Sportive July 2018

On Saturday, I took part in the Brewdog Sportive. In its first year, this event is organized by Let’s Go Velo and based at Brewdog’s brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. The ride has 30 mile and 60 mile options. I’d opted for the 60 mile, challenge, option, although leading up to the event, it wasn’t clear … Read more

Club La Santa 2018

We’re just back from a couple of weeks at Club la Santa in Lanzarote. For those not familiar with it, Club La Santa is one of the premier sport resorts in Europe. Its location in Lanzarote makes it the ideal place for a spring training camp as the weather’s usually pretty good, and the temperature’s … Read more

Loch Ness Marathon

At start of year, my nephew, Ben, mentioned he was running Loch Ness marathon. I Decided to join him, as I’d always planned a marathon at some point, and this seemed the ideal opportunity. At the time, it seemed like a long way off, not until September. Coming up to the event, my training had … Read more

Huntly Triathlon

Last weekend, I competed in the Huntly Triathlon, another event in the MPH-sponsored Aberdeenshire Council Triathlon Series. It’s based at Gordon Schools & Huntly swimming pool, about 45 minutes’ drive from my home. I’d seeded myself with a slower swim time that at the Turriff race, with the hope of being in a lane with … Read more

Suie Classic

On Sunday, I took part in the Suie Classic, an 87km ride that’s part of the Great Inverurie Bike Ride (GIBR). The GIBR’s been on the go for a number of years, as a 25 mile ride – I’ve done it a number of times as part of a work team or with friends. Last … Read more

Garmin Forerunner 735xt

Back in January, I bought a Garmin Forerunner 735xt to replace my aging FR910xt. The 910xt is a bit bulky compared with the 735xt, and also only downloads using ANT+, which I’ve had a few problems with. I also wanted something to track my sleep and to use for 24hr monitoring. Garmin IQ was also … Read more

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