I have this year cycled 4261 km, climbed 32387 m and expended over 97382 calories
I have worked on my climbing, and refuelling at the top with jelly babies, I have felt more comfortable and got quicker, even in the land of the Derbyshire Peaks which hopefully compare to the streets of London.
And then on Wednesday I felt a slight twinge behind my right knee. Worse, with the weather so hot I have sweated more and despite taking so many precautions I have developed a couple of saddle sores.
I have NEVER cycled 100 miles and at my age I suspect fitness soon evaporates and this worries me with the event only now 2 weeks away.I am treating the sore with hydrocortisone which seems to be having a positive effect.. I wonder if one can comfortably wear padded under shorts under padded bib shorts..I may be forced to try it for after all this effort I WILL compete at London.
I have heard that the streets of London are paved with gold and I am dying to see this sight.
I live in fear of the monster of Box Hill and its friend Leith Hill which at 2.1 km long and with an average gradient of 6 %, peaking in stretches at 17% will be my hardest challenge. When attacking these monsters I will need encouragement, which will be provided by my domestique ( my son ) and also by some visual stimuli as I ascend the climb.
I will be looking out for these, and a big Thank You to Andrew Wright, Countryside Manager for the National Trust for this area, for permission to use his photographs
and at some point it would be nice to see
and though on the day I will be too rushed, this epitomizes my total ethos to cycling
Wish me luck !!!