Author Archives: 2clots

About 2clots

47-year old Welsh cyclist. I suffered a dual pulmonary embolism in March 2011, following an attack of transverse myelinitis in 1994. Apart from that, I'm fine. Author of Red Dragons: The Story of Welsh Football.

The not-so-festive 500

One of my biggest achievements last year was the completion of Rapha’s Festive 500 Challenge. On paper, it looks reasonably easy to cycle 500kms in the 8 days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. But the reality of completing … Continue reading

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My Cycling Year – 2014

2014 was a bit of a mixed bag. I started the year with high expectations of building on the huge progress I’d made throught the previous year. But it didn’t quite work out like that. I’m a fantastic, dedicated, motivated … Continue reading

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Wales Sportive, Etape Eryri and the Tourmalet

After the excitement of my first sportive in Nantwich, the following weekend I ventured south to Tenby where I had booked on to the Wales Sportive, which was being held as part of the Long Course Weekend, including a sea … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake

My cycling ambition has always been pretty limited. I never wanted to win a race, I never wanted to be a great sprinter or team leader – the role of domestique, serving and helping others in their quest for victory … Continue reading

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How I lost 60lbs in 5 months

It’s been a very long time since I updated this blog, and there’s a good reason for that. Mainly, just over a year after I started writing this thing, I’m still not able to go back and read those first … Continue reading

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The Training Begins

When I first started writing about my pulmonary embolism, I looked around the web for blogs written by fellow sufferers, in the hope that I’d be met by dozens of tales of people conquering the condition and continuing to lead … Continue reading

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My 1994 Tour de France adventure

My fascination with the Tour de France begin in the mid 1980’s when I saw a documentary on a rider called Robert Millar, a Scotsman who had finished fourth and won the King of the Mountains jersey. I remember being … Continue reading

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Back on the bike at last

I had the results of my MRI scan last week and the news was good. I have two symmetrical tears in the medial meniscus cartilages of both knees, and will require one or two arthroscopic operations  (keyhole surgery).  Now comes … Continue reading

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The Surf Dude and the MRI Scan

My recovery took a small step forward today when I went for an MRI scan to detect the extent of the damage to my knees. I wasn’t looking forward to this at all, as my previous scan in 1994 had … Continue reading

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I’ve got a machine!

For the past 2 months, I’ve been stabbed about twice a week as the thickness of my blood is checked. Luckily, I have a yellow bucket . The yellow bucket is my disposal unit for all the discarded jabs and … Continue reading

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