Some stitch ability

The results for the Time Trial came through:  TT Results and I beat two boys – happy with that! 🙂 I also made it into my Uncle’s blog (25 April). I’ve not been on my bike since, which is neither a reflection on the time trial or on my energy levels – I have just gotten used to sunshine so rain just doesn’t seem appealing anymore. I suppose I could go on the turbo but I have plenty of excuses as to why that’s a bad plan.

In the absence of any real cycling news I thought I would add some pictures of clothes which have been altered by Dressability…before I head off to roll my muscles and drink milk (eurgh!) How life has changed! I thought cycling would be cheaper and less time consuming than horse riding – how wrong was I!? I may as well be a share holder in Wiggle and I spend all my time rolling muscles and eating stuff I don’t even like in the hope of going a few more miles…

L x

 

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Getting serious.

The countdown from 113 to 106 days to go, came in the form of a pretty demanding week. Isn’t it always the case that a week which is shortened by a Bank Holiday seems like such a struggle to get through!? Another week of juggling work and a Masters, when all I really want to do is go out on my bike. Trying to do all three with equal amounts of enthusiasm and commitment leaves little time for sleep! Talking of which, why is it that I can fall asleep: on the sofa, in lectures, at my desk, on the train…yet when I get in my bed it just doesn’t happen?!!?

 

So, the inconvenience of working meant a trip to London on Wednesday and thus an early morning, busy day and late return – cue arthritic joint pain, inflamed tonsils and a desire to curl up in a ball…and so it was with trepidation that I worked my way through Thursday, wondering what 1845 would bring….

Earlier in the week my new cycling friend, Sammy sent me a message asking if I would like to join the ladies at the SRC and CCC Time Trials on Thursday evening. Keen to meet some more women cyclists and to reunite with my poor, neglected bicycle I jumped at the opportunity and thought nothing more of it.

Then while making conversation over a family meal I happened to mention that I was going to be going along to the Time Trial event. My uncle, visiting from Portsmouth, jumped at this news and immediately invited himself along to watch. Since he doesn’t have a car, this automatically meant my Mum and Dad would also be stood at the side of the road trying to get a glimpse of me huffing and puffing past them.

As the week progressed, this enthusiasm to watch, a good luck e-mail from my Grandparents and various comments such as ‘are you on drugs?’ made me wonder what on earth I had let myself in for.

… Thursday at 1800 I collected Sammy and we headed out to Ashton Keynes – I told her how my week had developed and she also wondered what on earth we were heading in to! The answer to which, became clearer as we pulled into the village hall grounds which were occupied by an army of streamlined, super competitive males.

Not to be so easily discouraged we donned our vented (holey), none aerodynamic and frankly ugly helmets and headed to the start, where we were released numerically at 1 minute intervals. It was great fun, and whizzed by! I managed the 10 mile course in 32.42, which is according to Strava 10.1 MPH slower and 11:35 minutes behind the  King of the Mountain(KOM), but puts me in 19th out of 31 placed ladies.

I wonder what my time will be in 106 days !

Here’s some pictures to end this weeks post:

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113 days to go, 29 more miles to crack.

I thought it might be interesting to write about my journey from 33 miles to 103 miles…

 

Sometime last year my little brother told me that he had entered me into London 100, because he wanted my place. As it happens you can’t ride as someone else and I got a place. It’s true I could have said “No thanks” but what an absolute privilege and opportunity to be able to ride through the streets of London while the roads are closed. And to sprint along the Mall at the end!

 

So I paid my entry fee and set about cycle training. In the past I haven’t been particularly in to fitness, the odd phase of going to the gym, or ‘playing tennis’ so not only did I need to learn about cycling but I also had a base fitness to build.  It’s two months since I was accepted and paid, at which point my longest ride was around 33 miles. I couldn’t imagine ever being able to ride 100 miles in one day – Chris would do 60 odd in a ride and I was awestruck – how can anyone do that?

 

Today I did 71 (the one is important!) 71 Mile Ride

 

 

I got home and didn’t move off the lounge floor for at least half an hour…

 

Yesterday I set up my sponsorship page and I am already at £100 (thank you!) Laura Kate’s Sponsorship Page

 

So I anyway I plan on keeping those of you that are interested and those of you who have sponsored me updated on my progress…

 

 

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