Training, punctures, puddles and flipping the bird!

It’s been a while since my last post, but that might be down to the fact that all three of us have been extremely busy with work, families and working hard on continuing to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
We’ve all been getting into the saddle far more regularly, and this week the three of us have made up just under 40 miles of cycling out on evening rides together.
Monday evening was a good 20 mile ride around Thornborough, Nash, Whaddon, Mursley, Swanbourne, Winslow, Great Horwood and back home to Thornborough. The weather was picture perfect and apart from Chris getting a puncture at the top of a steep climb at the top of Whaddon, the ride was a good, steady and quite relaxing one! One thing we have all concluded is that it’s far easier and certainly far more enjoyable getting out as a group rather than by yourself. I think we’ll all be looking to keep the momentum going and continue to push and motivate each other. Last night was a 16 mile ride from Thornborough to Stony Stratford and back taking in other small villages along the way. Chris was at the unfortunate end of luck again, this time there was no puncture, just a lady in a Land Rover that though it would be a good idea to drive through a huge puddle at the side of the road to ensure Chris had a soggy ride home! This didn’t ‘dampen’ our spirits though!
In the last couple of months, Chris has purchased a beautiful new Specialized road bike and you can see the huge improvement it has made. He looks a natural and compared to his old and somewhat heavy old bike, I can’t see him looking back. In terms of getting out there and getting the mileage in, he’s certainly done above and beyond.
Ted has been putting in regular round trips to and from work to Silverstone so is getting at least 60 miles in throughout the week from his commute alone. If you see a bloke hogging the middle of the ring road in the morning in Buckingham, there’s a good chance it’ll be Ted – But don’t beep at him, we’re trying to reduce the amount of ‘sign language’ (flipping the bird) that Ted uses!! As we’ve said before, he seems a natural fit on the bike and he continues to push us all to keep the pace.
Myself, I would love to say I had put in more than I have, but it’s what I do from here on in. I’ve conquered a ride down to Luton to visit my parents and that was a good 33 miles to get there with some seriously challenging climbs. Knowing that 33 miles will be just half of the distance of our regular days in the saddle in Death Valley, it was a serious eye opener and has given me a very determined streak that I don’t intend on losing.
I will be starting to cycle to work and back regularly from now on and hope to build things up where I can start to keep up with the guys on the climbs!
All in all, the three of us will openly admit we’ve had our worries about the challenge and the time we can commit, but I have no doubt that it will be an experience of a lifetime we’ll never forget and the hard work and monotonous miles will be a distant memory st the end of it all.
I moved from Luton about 6 years ago to move to a beautiful part of the country where I could bring my children up in a lovely environment. At the time, it felt I was making a sacrifice to myself as all my friends and family were still living back in Luton and I didn’t know anyone around here, nor care about knowing anyone! 6 years on, i’m looking forward to a challenge of a lifetime with two great friends i’ve met since moving up here, so now that move doesn’t seem such a personal sacrifice anymore!

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About deathvalleycycle2014

3 novice cyclists facing the challenge of our lives cycling Death Valley in November, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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