Tour de France update

 

5th June 2014

Four weeks today we will be driving up to Leeds for the ‘Grand Depart’ on the 4th July…

Since my last entry I have clocked up another 800 training miles and am beginning to feel

at least half way fit! 335 of those miles were completed in the Tour of Wessex over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Each day’s ride started in Somerton, heading through the Mendips on Saturday, down to the south coast, (Lulworth), on Sunday and finishing with a brutal ride over the Quantocks and Exmoor on the Monday, (including the famous hill at Porlock).

I’ve never seen so many expensive bikes all together in one place, and I couldn’t believe how many of them I passed, broken down at the side of the road. It felt a bit like the tortoise and the hare with me on my trusty old 853 Reynolds frame.

Whilst the ride was very tough, it was just the training we needed, and Martin and I were pleased that we felt just as good on day three as on day one.

Last weekend I cycled the whole way to Wantage to see Ali’s parents – another 100 mile trip – which I completed in 6 hours 12 minutes, almost non-stop. My knee is now rather sore, mainly due I think to the numerous potholes I’ve cycled over in recent weeks. Probably best to rest it for a week and hope for the best.

Have fine-tuned the flap-jack consumption to 60g/hour for optimum fuel efficiency. Ali’s now making double batches each week! I am drinking a pint of milk at the end of each long ride – a practice which is backed up by recent research. More of that next time.

 

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