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.