Not only do I think this video from Danny MacAskill is just pure cycling awesomeness but the music, cinematography and general vibe, always makes me want to get on my bike. Even though I will never be able to pull any of these moves it makes me want to ride. Enjoy.
When I was 17 I had what is called a slipped epiphysis. This basically is where the ball of the upper femur slips backwards out of the hip. The result is a deformed or fractured femur with limited movement that needs to be pinned back in place.
Now this is not a sob story, as so far my life has been exceptional as far as adventure and experiences go. But if the extra tyre around my gut, the double chin and last night one of my buddies girlfriends turning round to me and telling me, my tits were better than hers – and she has got a good pair – was not enough of wake up call, my doctor told me that if I do not start losing weight, I will have to get a hip replacement as I am putting too much pressure on my pinned hip.
So as I sit here with my last hangover for a month, I am slightly nervous and apprehensive. I know I can complete the first month. There are going to be some difficulties. For example, I completely forgot I am snowboarding with a whole group of friends in the last week of January – typically a beer fuelled week of fun. I am going to be needing some advice of how to tell friends I am not boring and how to convince myself that beer is not an essential ingredient for a great snowboarding trip.
For now I am breaking it all into bite size pieces. The first of which was a New Year’s Day breakfast without any bread or wheaty stodge.
So one meal done, 92 to go. Time to get the bike out and give it a welcome to 2014 in the horizontal rain and gale force winds.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
My experiment begins tomorrow.
As part of the 5/2 (Fasting Diet), it is recommended that you allocate two days to only have 600 calories. I have chosen Monday and Wednesday.
My gut feeling and my ‘guts feeling’ is that it will be better to start the fasting diet on the first Monday of the month.
From the 1st Jan 2014 I am going to stick to my other diet goals of no Alcohol and no Wheat, but start the 5/2 diet on Monday 6th Jan.
There are several reasons for doing the first Monday of the month for the fasting diet, which are as follows:
1. January is the end of a massive glutenous period (well for me anyway) and with the return to work I do not want to feel too flat on the first couple of days and then fail by eating comfort food. From what I have read about New Year resolutions (which this is not….but it does fall into that category as far as Mrs. FatCycles is concerned), once one falls off the rails it is human nature to react by saying well “f*** it I have failed now, so I might as well give up” and that as much as we love our loved ones and friends some of the for some pervious reason want us to fail to make them selves feel better.
2. Starting at the begging of the week is easier psychologically.
3. If I am giving up drinking for a month, then knowing myself I will probably try and make up for it with my favourite ale, Summer Lighting, so starving ones self with a New Years day hangover is a recipe for disaster.
So for me it is all about baby steps that are exciting rather than daunting.
New Years day for me will be without Alcohol and Wheat. Which I think will be hard enough. Wow that makes me sound like an Alcoholic, but lets face it the quiet glass of wine on the eve of a new working year is always quite soothing, but not this year. Mr. FatCycles will be tucking into a hot fresh mint tea and packing my salad and fruit for what will be the most exciting January ever.
Good luck everyone and Happy New Year.