The Pendle Cycle Fest is taking place in a few weeks. If the fact that we’re sponsoring the event wasn’t enough to convince us, then the amount of extra lycra spotted around the office definitely should. And as a number of cottages4you employees are gamely stepping up to the challenge of the National Cycle-sportive, in aid of Pendleside Hospice, we thought we’d ask a couple of them to share their motivation techniques and training schedules to help inspire you for the big day.
First up is Sales Team Leader and self-proclaimed competitive cycling novice Jackie Bonsall:
When the email came around about the event my colleague and friend Wendy Peacock said ‘let’s do it!’ So I went home and told my husband, Mark and he mentioned this to his boss at Hope Technology, Ian Weatherill (they laughed a lot) but Ian ordered me a fantastic Scott Speedster S20 hybrid bike, so I got the lycra out and got going (my 3 daughters Rebecca 18, Natalie 16 and Katie 13 are so embarrassed by the sight of me in it!)
My aim is to complete the National Cycle-sportive with Wendy without too many tears! I also want to loose some weight and generally to be able to go out regularly with Mark!
Starting weight 11 10lbs, I’m hoping to loose 1 stone by the date of the race so my favourite tipple of Guinness will have to be limited!
I’ve been training for about 3 weeks and so far I have managed to get up all of the local hills with only one mishap in the wind and rain on my first day and I am so proud of myself that I have not had to get off once since that day!
I am so lucky to be surrounded by hills! Some routes I’ve covered and will use regularly in my training are all from my home in Barnoldswick to :
- Earby up Wysick, Ghyll Brow, Greenberfield to the top of Brogden and back.12miles
- Greenberfield, top of Brogden and back.9miles
- Greenberfield, top of Brogden, across to Downham via Twiston and back 20 miles
- Salterforth drag, Blacko to Brogden and back 12 miles.
- Bolton by Bowland via Paythorne 19 miles
I have been jogging for a number of years so I am also still doing a couple of runs a week, averaging 9.5 minute miles.
If you’d like more information on the event then please click here to visit the Pendle Cycle Fest website.