As a way of tracking my training leading up to and beyond the Ride Around London (see JustGiving sponsorship widget on the right, hint hint…) I’m going to write a weekly update summary.
The last week saw me head out for one evening ride after work. I clocked up twenty miles and found a couple of nice short steep hills quite nearby. I Got a bit lost in Harpenden though and inadvertently headed back towards Wheathampstead.
On Saturday I headed out with a friend, Paul. We’d arranged to meet in Potters Bar as he was coming from North London. I got a bit lost on the way and ended up in South Mimms Services, but once sorted we did about 25 miles up to Hertford and back through some lovely countryside. I’d always aimed for this to be a relatively relaxed ride but at times the pace was quite high anyway. With the to and from St. Albans added in this was a useful 45 miles.
The next day I once again headed out with my new cycling club on a Sunday Run. I joined the Intermediates again and we headed out towards Leighton Buzzard, over the Dunstable Downs. There were a couple of nice climbs but in general this was an easier ride than the week before. I felt good however, especially considering I’d been out the previous day. The cake stop was nice but the journey back saw the rain start falling for the last 15 miles or so and nobody had come prepared. There were one or two hairy moments on descents and corners but we all got back no problem. One person did puncture, so I spent some time that afternoon practicing changes so that if it happens to me I won’t hold people up too long.
In summary, I’ve managed 120 miles at 15-16mph average over the week, which I think bodes pretty well at this stage. I now need to start increasing the length of one of the rides each week to build up to the point where I can comfortably do 80-90 miles in one go.