My world cycling distance record! :)

19 January 2014: Hi guys, I’ve had a wonderful day today. Started with getting up and out on the bike at 0715H, an hour before sunrise. It was a great feeling! Calm weather, empty streets.

Rode to Richmond Park and up to Roehampton Gate to meet #teamgreen for the RG Active Winter Group Ride. When we heard we were going to Box Hill I thought that I definitely wouldn’t make it that far on my relatively heavy and slow hybrid commuting bike compared to their carbon road racers!

 

We set off and immediately I thought, “oh no, not this direction”…heading towards the dreaded Dark Hill, a challenging climb for anyone.

 

Anyway, to cut a long story short the team were great in making sure I wasn’t left behind and I got to make some really nice new friends, AND made it via the most beautiful scenery and views to the top of Box Hill without wimping out!

 

As soon as I brought the bike to a standstill, amazed at how many bike clubs filled the car park, a coffee and energy food were thrust into my hands, causing me to drop a glove. No sooner had I picked the glove up (ever tried that while straddling a bike holding another glove, a coffee, food and a helmet?!) than my trainer said, “Simon, get rid of the coffee cup, we’re off before we get cold”….and off we went again!

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On the way back, John the trainer kept me at the front with him and really pushed me hard. I hit my limit several times but just kept fighting through it with John’s help and support.

Finally made it home feeling like I was in Narnia and nothing was real. Refuelled on Whey Protein and Pocari Sweat, jumped into a hot bath, made grilled fish, pasta and veg, ate for 45 minutes solid (I’m eating double what I usually do!), jumped online as I ate and sealed the deal with a decent discount and pedals thrown in on a bike I’d been looking at, then went out for a half-hour run to loosen up my legs and lower back.

 

So all in all a great day 🙂

The bike’s a road bike, second-hand and looks tatty but in good mechanical order and light, so should be a good buy. I’m apprehensive about using drop handlebars because of bad memories of when I couldn’t get to the brakes in time on a racer years ago, but I’ll get over that because I have to.

The Whey Protein’s great but I’m dreading when it runs out because I got a great deal on this and if I can’t find a bargain again it’s £72 for 2KG!

 

My swim ‘jammers’ shorts have arrived (best deal was on Wiggle, recommended by John), so I think that next week I’m going to have to start my swim training. There’s a pool almost directly opposite where I live so it will be weekly sessions with RG Active and then extra practice near my place.

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