The racing season

The racing season starts in February / March. On Friday, I did third race of the season – Buxton Mountain Time Trial.

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Photo from Buxton Mountain Time Trial. You can only really appreciate the scenery after the race. But, racing does take you to different parts of the country, you never otherwise would visit.

I do most of my training on my own. It’s partly convenience of finding someone willing to go out at similar times and similar training efforts. But, also I quite like the solitary nature of cycling on my own. With all the solitary training, I like the racing season as it is good to meet others. The good thing about time trials is that everyone is doing their own race, so you don’t feel particularly competitive, but you can concentrate on doing your own race and own efforts of self-transcendence.

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A great photo by Tony Wood. But, it shows me that my arm warmers were not quite put on in the right direction. At the time of the race, you want to get everything done quickly, but when viewing photos you wish you had taken more time to make it look right.

One of the challenges of racing is being organised – remembering every bit of clothing and bike equipment. Then you need to get ready and have everything organised at the right time. I’m often scrambling around the back of the car making last minute changes, finding a new pair of gloves, changing equipment. Continue Reading →

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Magnolia Blossom

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I waited until 5pm to get this photo. The sun sets low enough to just start to hit the Magnolia blossom.

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“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”

– Kobayashi Issa,

OK, these are photos of Magnolia blossom not Apple blossom. But, I don’t think the the spirit of Haiku is to be too pedantic. Continue Reading →

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Coverage from 2013 hill climb

This is an article October 2013, from Cycling Weekly, after winning the National Hill Climb Championship.

Prior to 2013, my best placed finish was 4th. In 2011, I had been one of favourites, but only finished 5th.  2013 was the ninth time I had entered the national hill climb championship; I guess it made a good story -ninth time lucky. At 36, I was also probably one of oldest people to win the championship too.

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Peace Run meeting with Oxford Mindfulness

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Last week, I helped organise the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on the day it was in Oxford. In the morning we visited the Oxford Mindfulness centre at the Warneford hospital in Headington, within the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry.

The Mindfulness centre have been offering courses in meditation and mindfulness to help people deal with stress, depression and other life issues. Four years ago, we met with the founder of the Centre – Mark Williams when the Peace Run last went through Oxford. Continue Reading →

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National Botanic Garden of Wales – Photos

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated in Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is towards the end of the M4 and took about 3 hours from Oxford. It is well worth a visit. I liked the wide open spaces, well designed grounds and interesting collection of flower, tree, building and nature. It has been designed to promote and educate about biodiversity and sustainability. The waste water is used to fertilise the plants!

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We arrived early to set up the the 5km Peace Run race. Early morning is a good time for photos.

It was a great March morning, still, dry and a little bit of brightness.

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Several lakes were still with the reflection of trees. Continue Reading →

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Tree in Exeter College garden photos

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Tree of the week. Exeter College from Radcliffe Camera. A Horse Chestnut I think.

If you look closely there is an orange plastic bag stuck in  a tree.

The Radcliffe Camera is one of the most beautiful parts of Oxford, with some impressive architecture. The trees from Exeter College garden help to frame the square.

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Tree in late afternoon sunlight. Continue Reading →

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The honest Buddhist

I gave meditation classes, on behalf of the Sri Chinmoy Centre at a local Friends Meeting House (Quakers) in Oxford. It is useful location, and is used by quite a few different meditation groups and spiritual paths. At the back, there is a small private car park, which, in the dark, is not so easy to park in.

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Last week, I got back to the car park to find a notice on my windscreen. “Sorry I might have hit your car, if there is any problem, let us know. It included someone’s name and phone number”. I didn’t worry too much; over the years, my car has picked up quite a few scratches and dents. It has been a great car – 120,000 miles and is well loved, but these days, I’m not overly attached to perfect paintwork.

I appreciated the honesty and thought about texting the person back, but I was too busy. This week I arrived and a young women in Buddhist robes was sitting in her car, as if meditating. I parked, and meditated myself for a minute before getting the stuff out of the car. When she saw me, she got out of her car and mentioned she was worried she had hit my car the previous week. I smiled and told her not to worry! I already have enough dents, a few more won’t make any difference! She looked relieved to see a fellow person had non-attachment to their car paintwork. Continue Reading →

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