An accidental imperial century

This morning I set out with a solo 100km in mind. That’s about as far as I ever go. I’m no long distance cyclist, preferring to smash out a more intense two or three hours in the saddle. Sometimes though you need to go on a journey and as I had nothing else to do…

Always listen to the weatherman (and the wife)

Yesterday morning and I’m checking the weather forecast one last time. I’ve got to drop the wife at the airport by 9:15am then I’ll be on the bike by 9:45am. The forecast is predicting a 30% chance of rain. I smugly think to myself, I’ll take those odds! I tell Mrs tempocyclist I’m putting the…

Goal setting for summer

I’ve had no real cycling goals for a couple of years now. I’ve simply been riding hard and having fun – and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that! It’s resulted in measurable fitness gains for sure, but I think it’s time I laid out some goals and a road map to getting there. My short-term…

Making time for recovery

Proper recovery is important. After all, you don’t get stronger when you’re riding hard, you get stronger by recovering properly from riding hard! This week I’m taking it a little easier. I’ve been averaging around 240km/week of mostly hard rides over the past couple of months, so it’s time to dial it back and let…

When to replace your cycling helmet

I’ve had my trusty Specialized Propero II helmet for quite some time. Looking at the date on the sticker, it reads January 2013 manufacture. That’s five years of heavy use. It’s seen many hot and sweaty Aussie summer rides, countless soggy English commuting miles and a couple of crashes (no head/helmet contact luckily). Definitely overdue…