It’s been a while since I last posted about my training for the Ride Around London. There are now only just over three weeks to go to the event. I’ve clocked up 170 miles since my last update, but mostly on rides of 45-55 miles in length. I need to increase this and aim to get at least one 80 mile ride in my legs. To this end I’ve booked a week off work in the near future in order to give myself the chance to get down to the Surrey Hills and get a long ride in during the week as well as my normal weekend rides.
Whilst the bank holiday was busy I did get the chance to head out with my friend Alice on Monday for a 55 mile jaunt around the Chilterns.
Whilst the pace wasn’t that high, there was a fair amount of climbing involved including going up the Dunstable Downs escarpment twice as well as a drag up to Ivinghoe Beacon. It was also my first attempt to follow a course on my Garmin Edge 500. This didn’t work out so well as the device appeared to crash whenever paging beyond the course screen. In addition when on the course screen it often lost the course altogether and finally decided to completely give up the ghost 9.5 miles from home.
Finally, a reminder as to why I’m doing this – to raise money for Access Sport. Please visit my Justgiving page and make a donation if you can. As my employer, Pearson will double what I raise up to my £500 target so even if you can just spare £5 that is going to result in over £10 (including Gift Aid) going to charity!