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Picking up the baton

There are 67 days before I head down to London and do the Prudential ride for the JDRF.

According to fitbit, I am now “good-excellent” in terms of my general fitness although I have put on a little weight the past few weeks (bad hay fever, so have been adjusting my basal rates rather than all out cycling).

Tomorrow, I am looking to cover 70-80 miles – I am thinking about heading out to Felixstowe and the follow route 51 to Thurston (41miles) or Bury (45miles).  From there, I can head back home making 70odd miles.

I’m now holding a pretty steady 13mph, peaking to 22mph on the absolute flat.  Up-hill, I’m still slow but can easily hold 4mph on a seriously steep hill.

My recovery time is much better, less than 6 hours for the long rides.  My legs are amazing, I have contoured muscles – I am not 100% sure they are necessarily pretty, but there’s very little spare flesh on there.  My stomach is stronger too.

My routine is now to cycle for 10miles or a maximum hour then have a draw of water and a glucose gel – I can pretty reliably do that while pedalling.  My water lasts for about 30miles.  That’s a big break for me – 10-20 mins, more than a gel pack: I like Soreen Lunch-box loaves and a mini-coke.  30g of CHO and a good stretch.  I tend to stand as most of my journey has been sitting 🙂

That’s the plan tomorrow.  The first time I’m testing it over 65miles.

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