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What Is #REDJanuary

I’m not into this New Year, New Me stuff. Instead, I’m going to use January to get my backside off the sofa more and on the bike. December is never a good month for me and my weight loss journey, so extra exercise will only help me lose anything I put on over Christmas.

Some people have asked me what #REDJanuary is when I’ve mentioned it. RED stands for Ride Every Day. I originally thought of doing this a good number of weeks ago when I saw a post from somewhere else on the Internet where the author was doing Hunt for the Red October. Basically, he used this film title to Ride Every Day in October. So I set about doing something similar for January, hence #REDJanuary.

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Tour of LDN: Stage 3

Zwift Tour of London

I have just finished Stage 3 of the Tour of London was another flatter route and one I am more familiar with after using this route a few times in previous rides.  Again, joining the B Group for the shorter ride I completed the 4 laps of the Classique Reverse route.  The lead into the lap is actually longer than a lap itself.

LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 7.4 km / 4.6 mi
LAP DISTANCE: 5.4 km / 3.4 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 19 m / 62 ft
LAPS: 4
TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 29.0 km / 18.2 mi

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Tour of LDN: Stage 1

Zwift Tour of London

I completed the first stage of the Tour of London last night.  Joining the B Group for the ride, the group taking the shorter of the two distances, but it’s still the longest I’ve ridden in a single ride.  The route for the stage was the Great London Flat route.

LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 5.7 km / 3.5 mi
LAP DISTANCE: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 45 m / 149 ft
LAPS: 2
TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 28.9 km / 17.9 m

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Something In The Planning

It’s December now, which means Christmas has been around for the last 6 weeks.  As we have a 4-year-old who is really into Santa for the first time this year, our Christmas tree is now up, flashing and looking festive.  The outdoor lights are hung and the timer plugged in, and gifts are piling up in the spare room ready to be wrapped (and sent to Santa for delivery).

As we draw closer an closer to Christmas, we also get closer to the end of the year.  2018 has been a good year for me, a new addition to the family on the first day of the year, I’m the lightest I’ve been for more than a decade and I have a new hobby in cycling.

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The Balance of Food and Exercise

It is Thursday yet again which again means weigh day was yesterday – that day that anyone part of a Slimming Group often dreads.  Yesterday was a little different for me though, I attended an earlier group instead of the usual 7pm group.  Not being at work this week and having the in-laws round last night made it easier to attend the 9.15am group.

I wasn’t feeling great about weighing in.  The last week hadn’t been on plan for about 40% of the time, the other 60% was though, so I wasn’t really expecting much.  Not expecting much put me in a bit of a down mood heading to group as I’ve been chasing that 2st award for weeks now.  Often getting close then gaining weight to lose it again.

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Gaming to Getting Moving

Ever since 2003 and being 16 years old I’ve owned an Xbox – all the way from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  Gaming has been a big part of my life for the past decade and a half and it’s contributed to being who I am.  It’s a part of why I’m the size I am too.

Before leaving school I used to get out an about on my bike, walking, generally hanging with friends.  Then came the driving test at 17 which was passed and I found a love for online gaming.  At first it was mainly First Person Shooters then I eventually gave them up for Racing Sims.

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