Rest day: house clearing, weight loss

Did some sorting out around the house with Jules. We attacked the dead furniture in the garage. Turned out there were a few useful items in there – a chest of drawers (my sports clothes are stashed in grip bags at the moment), and a couple of bedside cabinets. Most of the bits of wood and old stuff got dismantled and we ran it down to the local dump in two car loads, with our cardboard boxes from the move. Not much of the furniture could be recycled – only a few bits of the bed frames that were solid wood got to be recycled :-( There are still two cupboards, a mouldy sofa, a complete metal bed frame (too small for my futon, oh well) and a sofa-bed frame to get rid of, but some of it looks OK, we just haven’t got room for it all, so we’ll take some pics and offer those on Freecycle next week.


I loaded up my rucksack with the old pans and crockery that were left in the house and we cycled down to Oxfam on the Cowley road with them. Stopped off for a hot chocolate while a shower passed and made a stop at Tesco for muffin ingredients on the way back.



I seem to be suffering from a chocolate fascination today – probably something to do with the thinness. I’m nearly as light as I can be and still cycle effectively. Much less and I’ll start to lose strength and power. You can almost never be too thin for distance running (see Frank Horwell’s articles – in almost every other one it seems, he says that to go quicker you’ll need to be thinner), but it seems to be different with cycling. Although a good power-to-weight ratio is useful, and being thin makes you feel ready to race, almost everyone has a point at which if they lose more weight, the power falls off too. It used to be the case (and probably still is) that cyclists joining the GB squad are encouraged to find that point in training, so they can be sure to monitor it carefully.