Training going well – bits aren’t wobbling as much except for my legs when I get off my bike!
I am either cycling or jogging 5 days a week – I have done a couple of 30+ mile routes over the Bank Holiday weekend – managed 31.5 miles with Mark on Sunday to Settle via Paythorne and Rathmell – wind in our faces all the way there! Think I am going to need a gel saddle to cope with the uneven road surfaces – we all know the amount of potholes in our roads have increased over the winter, they are noticeable in a car but on a bike they are so hard to avoid as you can’t swerve to avoid them in case you have a car closely behind you! Also gravel makes you skid, flies affect your vision and birds are suicidal!
Monday – 12 mile bike ride, up Salterforth Drag, to Blacko, Brogden and home.
Tuesday – 9 mile – Greenberfield, top of Brogden and back
Wednesday – 3 mile jog, new PB 8.59 minute mile!
Thursday – 5 mile jog.
Friday – rest! Bad headache – need to drink more water!
Saturday – 5.6 mile bike ride working today so rode to work and back.
Sunday – 31.5 mile bike ride to Settle with Mark – Barlick to Settle via Paythorne and Rathmell…and back!
Monday – Aaron (who’s also from sales and doing the 60 mile route) and I met at the White Bear in Barrowford and did part of the route – climbing into Roughlee, Barley, up the side of Pendle, Twiston, Downham, Grindleton, West Bradford to the top of Waddington Fell – all 1122 feet of it – I was cursing all the way up – again wind in our faces – we had to stop to compose ourselves at the Moorcock for the final ascent – then when we got to the top it hailed on us! Great feeling riding back down though! Home a different routeand 36.5 miles, a lot of caravans testing our balance too!
My legs hurt but the feeling of completing these rides has made me determined to carry on! My mum wonders why I am doing this but the support I am getting off colleagues,friends and family is brilliant!
Jackie Bonsall, cottages4you
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