Months of preparation and hundreds of training miles under my belt. Pockets laden with energy gels, Jelly Babies and carbohydrate drink sachets. Tyres pumped. Garmin charged. Time to go.
I set off for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 5:45am with a flutter in my stomach as I embarked on my début century and first Prudential RideLondon 100 adventure ... Continue Reading
The week 4 notes say "ride without hard efforts this week", so it was a perfect week to start looking at nutrition for the ride - particularly reacquainting myself with the vast range of energy gels on the market and then proving to myself that I could stomach them in the middle of a ride ...
Week 3 is when the rides start to ramp up a bit and you spend a little more time on the bike. That is great in principle as it gives you a good chance to see how your legs are feeling over some longer distances, but can easily be kiboshed when you injure your back doing a simple thing like moving some compost in the garden . . .
Much better weather last week so I was able to get out each day. Week 2 is basically the same as week 1 - so 1 hour a day over 4 days, with rest days in between.
I've worked on quite a few routes that help keep the training interesting and varied, plus when it's blowing a hoolie it means I can choose a route that involves an outward route into the wind, and a return leg with the wind on my back.
Last week was really busy, what with a performance of our festival play at the Cambridge Drama Festival coupled with helping my better half prepare for her Brownie Pack Holiday - I had almost zero time to fit in any rides. In addition, the weather was rubbish with another storm covering the UK for much of the week.
It didn't make for a good start to my 12 week training plan for RideLondon, but I did manage to get in two indoor rides using Zwift . . .
My cycling jersey and fundraising kit from Prostate Cancer UK arrived in the post the other day, which means I'm definitely signed up and registered for RideLondon! Choosing to ride for a charity was a no-brainer - the only choice left was which charity to choose ...