The latest statistics show that
Total distance cycled this year = 2855 km
Total ascent = 21259 m
and in accomplishing this I have used up 65213 calories
The maximum distance remains the same at 125 km
I said fairly closely because I am now instituting a Rest Day on the day following the endurance ride, instead of the one hour ride, as last week I obeyed instructions and ended up with an ache behind my left knee. So as not to shirk on the total exercise, I am using the proposed Rest Day ( Monday ) as a general gentle ride with friends.
It cannot be denied that as an Old Age Pensioner my body perhaps needs more rest and recovery time than the vast majority of riders taking on this challenge, and as a newcomer to cycling I have no reservoir of endurance and stamina.to call upon.
It is said that as you get older you start to revert back to childhood, indeed as far back as the baby stage. My young grandchildren seem to need copious quantities of Sudocream to protect their undercarriage, and now I need the same!
Indeed I am coming to think that I need a veritable medicine cabinet of stuff, what with anti insect bite cream, massage stick for knotted muscles, small tube of Sudocream just in case, and a Savlon spray if saddle sores or chafing should occur. Not forgetting the jelly babies to provide that extra boost when I have reached the summit of a hill. Luckily, I will have my own super domestique on the ride itself, namely my son, whom I am hoping to load up with all the spare tubes ,multi-tools, chain links, pump, provisions, medical support, phone, money and other essential stuff.
I am taking this challenge to support the mental health charity Mind and if you would like to support me, and every donation however small is gratefully received, then I will send you a copy of
Cycling Food on the Go - Recipes for Success !
This pdf booklet contains 20+ recipes, each with a little story as to why it was special to the contributor, and all monies donated go straight to Mind.
You can contribute here