Having lacked energy and enthusiasm, yesterday turned into little more than a “duvet day”. A mid-afternoon snooze set me up nicely for the evening’s golf.
Given there’s a little over three weeks until the start of the Euro City Cycle, I felt a bit guilty about not getting out on the bike. The guilt was exacerbated somewhat by stories of epic training rides and sportives in the sunny south from other Euro City Cycle participants. However, it was a good decision to take it easy, to save it for another day.
It seems as though Sports Relief has been a real inspiration this year. As well as raising huge amounts of cash for good causes, the feature challenges have set the bar high for those of us looking to do something remarkable ourselves. In particular, the courage and stamina that Davina McCall showed on her “Beyond Breaking Point” challenge (incidentally, when did they come up with that name?) is a real motivator as we each look to “channel our inner Davina”.
This morning was very similar to yesterday (bright and blustery), however, Davina’s inspiration was enough to get me out of bed and out on the bike. Cycling is much easier in a group, not least because peer pressure gets you to the start line. Today I was cycling solo.
Fortunately, the hardest thing was leaving home. Any doubts were left behind.
I’ve slowly ramped up the miles over the past few weekends. Today I took on my longest solo ride, at around 62 miles. I also took on the climbs that I last attempted during my “Introduction to climbing“. Having walked on two of them last time, I was keen to stay in the saddle this time.
It was tough going, not helped by strong gusts of wind, but I managed to rattle off the hills without any particular dramas. Four and a half hours after heading out I crept up my final climb and home. The “laziness” of yesterday behind me, satisfied, and back on track for the challenge.
So, a big thanks to Davina! I’m sure she had a huge sense of satisfaction when she finished her challenge and counted the money, but she should also be proud of her legacy; whether people are raising money for charity, or simply looking to get themselves in shape, she has shown us the way. No excuses!
Mo Farah got me up this morning, but sadly only to watch him and 30,000 other brave souls take on the streets of London. Great buzz in London though and something very special about all those individuals putting so much work in to achieve their personal goals and also to witness all their loved ones (friends & family) eagerly looking for a glimpse of their heroes on their way round. Incidentally, one of my colleagues (also ex-Loughborough) ran a very impressive 2:27:39 in his first marathon.
Come on Kooooooch!!!!
Nice one! Where did you watch it? 2.27 is very impressive! Do you fancy it next year?
We could just chat couldn’t we, but I saw him at Surrey Quays (in his own words, I literally “jumped out of the crowd” to spur him on) and Westminster, but a bit busier there, so he didn’t see me. I always thought I’d do the marathon one day, but not anymore. It just looks too painful, unnaturally so and that ignores the hours of training through the winter months beforehand.