500th post

Just a quick note to say thank you to all my readers and for the kind emails over the last 10 months I have been injured. I have tried to keep the blog going as best I can whilst not racing or training and hopefully you have enjoyed some of the other things I have posted about and I have not whinged too much. This is my 501st posting on stodgeblog and I look forward to announcing the thousandth posting which at this rate should be in about May 2016.

The pdfs below are a snapshot of a months webstats for those who are interested in those sort of things, where people are living and what keywords are being searched on for example : washing machines ?

Analytics 1

Analytics sources

‘Get out on your bloody bike’

Birches Valley Pools

Stepping StonesThis week I have been getting out on my bike as instructed! I started on Monday night with a bumble with holly out to the Stepping Stones across the Sherbrook Valley where we generally mucked about, playing follow the leader and splashing through the ford. I didn’t have any ill effects so planned a few more longer rides over the next few days.

I’ve now been out 3 times properly for about an hour, enjoying the sunshine (well not on Tuesday night, it hailed on me and I froze), the intense green of all the new shoots and leaves on the trees on Cannock Chase and of course the mud.

Birches Valley PoolsI’ve been staying mainly on the fire roads but have ventured onto a couple of bits of singletrack, including one of the very steep sections off Brocton Coppice. Its difficult to say I have not felt my back and hip because I have, its just not particularly bad so keep telling myself as instructed that I have some rusty joints!. I’ve also had two other good signs managing to sleep better without waking at 5am with back ache and after a whole day at a trade show at the NEC I only had slight back ache that soon subsided where in the last few months I would have been popping Nurofen all day to keep going.

My last ride this week was with Cath and Alan where I
did a few proper sections of singletrack with a smile on my face. Before going out we had a look at the suspension setup, decreasing the fork pressure and reducing the rebound speed on the E5 which made the bike ride much better through the bumps (more of that in a separate posting I think). Cath seems to be getting more confident

which is great, though today she lost her SPD virginity with two slow speed falls, firstly into some sticky mud and then a second into a puddle to wash it all off !

Ill try a few road rides now to try and get a bit of fitness back and try and lose some of the stone in weight I have gained over that last 6 months!


Sport Relief Challenge

Well, as I am crocked, Holly is doing the exercise and I am supporting. Please help to raise lots of money for Sport Relief by sponsoring my daughter, Holly, on her Challenge.

“My name is Holly, and I will be 9 in March, 2012. Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I was inspired by Helen Skelton from Blue Peter crossing Antarctica to the South Pole for Sport Relief. I watched a programme about her getting ready for her trip (getting fitter and more confident) and she went to Sierra Leone and met Issa. Issa is a boy who’s Mum and some of his brothers and sisters died from drinking dirty water. His safest well is an hours walk away. He goes there every day before school.

After I watched the programme I wanted to do something to help, too.

My challenge is to do as many individual sports for half an hour each in one day – so far I am planning on ice skating, skiing, swimming, dancing, orienteering, running, mountain biking and climbing. I will be digging deep and working hard to do this, so I want you to dig deep into your pocket and donate now.

Thank you.”


Chase Trails on the BBC on Saturday night!

As you will know the Chase Trails Cycle Project on Cannock Chase is through to the final of the National Lottery Award in the best sports project category. Voting has now closed and the winners will be announced live on Saturday night. Although they have no great expectation of winning the overall title, the project video will be shown and I hope to at least get a glimpse of the Chase Trails team as they sit and sip champagne.

Well done Chase Trails http://chasetrails.blogspot.com/