New Kit from Oakley: Jawbreaker Sunglasses

Last year at Le Tour I managed to grab of photo of Mark Cavendish prior to the race starting, and atop his hat was something new and shiny….

Cav up close
Cav up close

With style cues taken from both the Jawbones of modern times and Lemond-era Eyeshades they were clearly something a little special.

Today they were released to the masses. The Oakley Jawbreaker.

2 years in the making, 4 score and 20 design iterations, and countless hours of field testing – effectively the whole of the last 18 months of riding from Cav’ – and Oakley have come up with what Cavendish calls Armour for the eyes.

Jawbreaker Design

I’ve been a wearer of Oakley glasses since about ’92 when I stole and broke my big brother’s Frogskins (Black frame, purple Iridium lens), and whilst they don’t all work, this pair do look pretty awesome!

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Designed specifically for cycling they offer an increased field of vision when riding in the drops (Oakley did some eye-tracking to see where riders where looking when riding).

Oakley have kept their SwitchLock lens replacement system – incredibly simple to use once you know where to press – and have a bunch of lenses available for the Jawbreaker.

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Featuring ventilated lenses to reduce fogging (massive pet hate!) and Oakley’s new Prizm technology – allowing the wearer to (and I quote) “spot subtle changes in the texture of the road surface”.

Oakley pretty much set the benchmark in optics, in my opinion, so any improvement in clarity will be a good thing!

Available now from £180….

Coming Soon: Fisherman’s Friend STRONGMANRUN!

At the best of times I’m not a ‘Strongman’, I’ve got reasonable cyclists legs and I try to cultivate a cyclist’s physique on my upper half – that is to say my arms are good at climbing mountains on a bike, but not for climbing them on a rope. Yet, despite this, at the point of being asked, it seemed like a totally sensible thing to agree to, saying Yes to entering the Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run at the Nurgburgring in May.

Of course I was invited and agreed well before I broke my bones, putting the brakes firmly on my running training so this rest was never in my plans, and is probably slightly less than ideal preparation for a 24km obstacle course run! 24km is longer than I’ve ever run before, with my biggest distance being about 18km – although that didn’t have obstacles in the way!

But life is for living and all that, so there was no way I was going to pull out, after all is said I done, I want the t-shirt!

43 days to go, there is a good level or nervousness built up already!

Video: ‘Inspired to Ride’ Trailer

I am pretty sure I know what my plans are for summer 2016!

Inspired to Ride Teaser Trailer from Mike Dion on Vimeo.

The very thought of this makes me smile, just so much awesome going on right here, and very different to the Transcontinental race, not so much in terms of distance, but in languages spoken and cultures seen.

Really looking forward to seeing this!

First run, Done.

First run. Done.

After 6 weeks I’ve finally managed to get out for a run – long overdue and sorely needed! But I sit here, buzzing with endorphins that have been absent for too darned long!

In those 6 weeks the most strenuous thing I have done has been the washing up, and at times even that has been painful. Sudden movements, carrying objects out of balance, moving from drops to hoods, all of these have brought pain, so you can imagine the nervousness that was there about running.

But after finishing work BANG ON time, and rushing back to my hut to lace up, I managed to get out with the sun still above the horizon to raise my heart beat.

Since breaking my collarbone and rib it’s gone from early Feb to late March and what a difference it makes. The last time I was running there was snow, whereas this time I got to see the scenery around me for the first time – and by golly it is nice!

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4 miles, 7km. Not much. Something. Enough.

Enough to raise the pulse, test the legs again and get the measure of my limbs.

All seems to be in working order but there are definite niggles from the whole left side shoulder area, from the tricep right up to the (incredibly knotty) shoulder, and through to the back. All is still not well in that area.

I spoke with a GP today, one who has broke both collarbones no-less, and he was a little surprised at the height at which the clavicle stump protruded – he went on to talk about stuff which was very long and certainly Latin-sounding, when I awoke he summarised it as bruising and time being the great healer.

During the run it was clear that running on more compacted surfaces was problematic. I was wearing adidas adizero XT trail shoes which had awesome grip in the mud and decent levels of cushioning when running on solid tracks, but it was evident that a smooth running stride was needed to avoid discomfort.

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Post-run and the shoulder area was stiffer than a day-old cornflake, evidence of it’s cosseted life over the last few weeks, clearly there’s work to be done here.

But, the headline news is that I can run again, this is something that fills me with great joy! With the Fisherman’s friend Strongman run (oh the ruddy irony here) in May it’s great to be able to be in a position where I can work on strength, speed, and endurance again.

Bring on the miles!

Fitness reboot!

I got approached a while ago about working with Maxinutrition in 2015 to work towards a specific fitness-related goal, this was an opportunity to see how the experts at Maxi’ could help me towards a goal, capturing the journey by using #MyGoal to document it.

The goal was simple, lose 50% of my body fat by the summer, in preparation for the Transcontinental race.

my goal

It’s not massively stretching either in it’s reach or scope, I have more than enough body fat on me to spare the 50%, in theory I should have been on to a winner!

The first month saw slow, but steady progress, losing between 2 and .75% each week, with a  total loss by the end of the first 6 weeks of about 8%. Not massive, but notable for sure!

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Then came my bike crash, and with it a couple of problems towards #mygoal.

First and foremost was the complete and utter stop to any and all forms of exercise, through both the lack of movement in the arm, but also the broken rib preventing deeper breathing (fairly important in  exercise!).

In tandem with decreased movement and increased pain was a struggle with my diet, it simply became very hard to do such simple things as open a tin (tuna) or peel an avocado as the mobility was really impaired (although I think possibly I took an easy option with this to some extent!)

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6 weeks after my accident and I am fairly certain my body fat has gone back up again, coupled with the loss of muscle from zero exercise and I find myself back at the start again. I’ve a variety of cycling and running challenges ahead over the coming months and to be at all competitive I need to drop that timber again.

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I’m still an out-patient with the orthopaedic consultant and the physiotherapy department at the hospital, but the time is right to start to ride and run again, and as the shoulder regains its strength it will be time for kettle bells to lose fat/add muscle.

So it’s time to repledge #mygoal

10% body fat by the ed of June 2015 – thanks in advance to Maxinuttriton for their support!

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