It is just over a week since I decided that I would cycle 100 miles on 30th July this year for Prostate Cancer UK. During the week this magazine arrived and I found out, for the first time, that there’s a ballot for the non-charity places. I had no idea more people than London/Surrey could accommodate actually want to punish themselves by cycling 100 miles including going up Box Hill!
The magazine offers three 16-week training sessions – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. I will probably end up doing the Intermediate plan (13 hours cycling in the penultimate week!) but I’m glad that I don’t have to make that decision yet. I will see how the next four weeks go.
This week I have managed six outings on my bike totalling just over 61 kilometres. Only one of them (11k) was a proper training session where I pushed myself relatively hard and just about achieved an average speed of 20kph which would result in an 8 hour finish (30 minutes inside the race deadline). This, of course, assuming I could keep up that pace for 8 hours given the hills and other possible hold-ups. It was, if I needed one, a massive wake-up call regarding just how much I was going to have to train over the next 20 weeks. The last thing I want is to be worried about time when I do the race. I want to be able to stop for a comfort break, refreshments and any necessary repairs or adjustments to my bike without then thinking that I might not make the 8 hour 30 minute deadline.
I am giving serious consideration now to getting cleats fitted to my pedals and buying myself proper cycling shoes. I intend to spend this week researching how much a set of cleats and a pair of cycling shoes cost and how easy or otherwise it would be to fit the cleats myself. I think it would be wise to get all this sorted before the training begins in earnest as I would want to be struggling to lock or unlock my feet from my peddles before the seriously long rides kick in. If you’re reading this and have cleats on your own bike and better still fitted them yourself, I’d be grateful for any advice you make have.
I plan to submit something to this blog every week about how I’m getting on in training. I will also mention every week my JustGiving page where you can donate to my chosen charity!
Thank you for reading.