Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weekend Warrior

New years always bring new resolutions for some it's lose weight or give up smoking.  For me this year it's cycle as many miles as 2013 whilst also doing more running and fell walking.
In both 2012 and 2013 I managed to cover over 7000 miles on the bike. This was a combination of the daily 20 mile commute, cycle touring, sportives and Audax riding. I am very keen to keep this as a minimum for the year however I feel that I need to do more other things to improve my overall fitness not just cycling fitness.


PHD minimus vest.
For those who have never heard of PHD it is a small outdoor company in the north of England who specialise in down clothing and sleeping bags.
I bought my mimimus vest in one of their seasonal sales and used it primarily for light weight backpacking. It is a fantastic piece of kit which ticks all the boxes. Lightweight
I use mine in the evening when camping as it's a little to warm to walk in it. So as I am sat round cooking food or chewing the fat in a cold Scottish bothy this is the first piece of kit to throw on. It is also super useful for when you pack the wrong sleeping bag (or son nicks the warm one) to bump the comfort rating. A dry shell outer means that you do not have to worry about the odd spot of rain but I definitely would not use it in a proper downpour.

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