Back in the Saddle

Well, its now only 53 days until I take part in the Police Unity Tour bike ride in the USA. The ride is over circa 300 miles in 4 days and is from Florham Park New Jersey to The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC. There are 2 days of around 50 miles per day and 2 days of around 100 miles each. So, its not just a little pootle around the park.

I’ve finally got myself motivated to do some cycling and have cycled now 5 successive days since Saturday, albeit the maximum distance per day is only 40 miles. I am intending to try to ride most days between now and when I go to the USA.

I have included below the recent ride data as per my GARMIN EDGE 800 device. Its not particularly impressive is it? The only heartening thing is that I have for the first time in several months managed to ride 5 days in a row, covering 131 miles in those days.

Unfortunately, a thing called “work” is getting in the way of my cycling. I am however hopeful that next week despite being on site inspecting I will be able to take my bike with me and get in 20 miles or so a day. Like I say, I am hopeful.

It is quite surprising how many calories the Garmin reckons I have burned up. It is around 4 – 5 days worth of food for the average man. The average speed for 13th March is inaccurate as I forgot to stop the timer when I was in the cafe. The true average speed is circa 13mph.

Date Time Distance Height Gain Height
Avg Speed Max Speed Calories
Wed, 16 Mar  17:35 01:00:05 12.38 121 157 12.4 24.6 611
Wed, 16 Mar  10:07 01:00:38 13.13 72 174 13 23.5 605
Tue, 15 Mar  18:48 01:04:01 12.52 98 200 11.7 23.2 910
Tue, 15 Mar  9:25 00:59:56 13.07 95 141 13.1 22.8 570
Mon, 14 Mar  17:19 01:00:59 12.5 171 148 12.3 20.6 603
Mon, 14 Mar 7:56 01:01:09 12.64 112 144 12.4 23.7 634
Sun, 13 Mar 7:20 03:48:34 40.12 774 780 10.5 25.4 1,772
Sat, 12 Mar  9:01 00:58:59 15.16 541 787 15.4 29.8 750
Tue, 8 Mar  6:34 00:58:44 12.28 194 157 12.5 23 503
Sun, 6 Mar  8:23 02:33:42 33.3 446 449 13 24.3 1,313
Sat, 5 Mar 9:33 01:09:38 15.54 322 322 13.4 32.8 704
Thu, 24 Feb  17:53 00:55:33 12.19 102 154 13.2 25.3 652
Thu, 24 Feb 8:55 00:59:03 12.68 118 190 12.9 21.4 694
Wed, 23 Feb 17:24 00:58:09 12.13 144 108 12.5 25 716
Wed, 23 Feb 9:41 01:01:52 12.64 92 118 12.3 25.9 744
TOTAL 19:31:02 242.28 3,402.00 4,029.00 190.60 371.30 11,781.00
Average 01:18:04 16.15 226.80 268.60 12.71   785.40
Max 03:48:34 40.12 774.00 787.00 15.40 32.80 1,772.00
Min 00:55:33 12.13 72.00 108.00 10.50 20.60 503.00

I do have an Audax event planned for 17th April 2011 as a training event. This is a 106km (67? mile) ride in Essex, “The Witham Wander” I have done this twice before and it is a great event and only £4 to enter and free food at the finish. Come along and join in.


What does the word ‘Audax’ mean?
It’s Latin for ‘bold’, and was first used in the context of endurance sports towards the end of the 19th century.

What are AUK events like?
They are NOT races. People ride them more in the spirit of an event like the London Marathon, everyone riding to their own limitations with the primary objective to just ‘get round’. These events suit everyone, clubmen, time-trialists, recreational riders, cycletourists, ‘born again’ cyclists, young and old, male and female. And you’ll see all sorts of machines – bikes, tandems, trikes, recumbents, and occasionally even stranger things …
Size of entry varies greatly but is typically around 100 starters. Small local events may have just a handful of riders while a few popular events attract 200 starters or more.
The routes typically feature a few fast main roads and a lot of quiet, scenic lanes. Many events are quite hilly, some are extremely hilly, and even the flatter ones usually have one or two challenging climbs. Some events are noted for the quality of home-cooked food and tender loving care supplied along the way. But most are not – self-sufficiency is a highly-regarded quality in AUK.
On the same theme, ‘support’ – for example a following car – is very much frowned upon. There are maximum and minimum time limits, which are designed to suit everyone from the fittest of recreational riders, to more occasional riders who have plenty of determination. Each rider carries a ‘brevet card’ which is stamped at intermediate checkpoints and at the finish, and which is later returned to the rider as a certificate of their achievement.
The success rate on these events is very high – probably only about 10% fail to finish

About spen666

I'm a 50 something football fan and occasional cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds previously. I have 1 left to rejoin the 92 club. Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events ( and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at and Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I now am one of the organising committee for the UK Police Unity Tour ( ) I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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