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My legs were quite sore and achy after Saturdays exploits so earlier in the week I had a sports massage.

Unbelievable pain !!!!!!!!!  I think I would rather do the ride again than have another one.

Still my legs feel a lot better now and I’m looking forward to getting back out on a bike soon.

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DONE IT !!!!!

One hell of a day but we managed it.

 

We left Whitehaven at 6:20 a.m. and despite a strong headwind for most of the journey we made it toSunderlandat 23:19 so we were just a fraction under 17 hours.  Our target was 18 hours (to finish before midnight) so we’re well chuffed with that.

 

I’ll give a proper report tomorrow with a few pics but here’s a few stats from the ride…

 

Start: 06:20

Finish: 23:19

Distance: 228.54 km

Ascent: 3,762m

Av Speed:  17.6 kph

Max Speed:  56.5 kph

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We’re leaving for Whitehaven tomorrow morning, I’ll be going for a ride in the afternoon to stretch my legs and also to refresh myself with the start of the route which can be a bit tricky (especially at 6 a.m. when I’ll still be half asleep).  Booked into a nice Italian for a bit of carb loading in the evening and then it’s an early night.

 

No going back now !!!

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With just over a week to go I’ve entered the tapering phase of my training, from last weekend onwards rides have been restricted to a more gentle distance of about 50-60 miles (although Darren doesn’t agree with it and will still be doing a couple of century rides this weekend no doubt).

I’ll also be winding down my turbo trainer sessions as well to more gentle efforts.  Not sure riding for an hour at 110+ cadence will do my dodgy hamstring any good!

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Our latest figure is a magnificent £2,455.50 and with a few people still to donate I’m sure we can reach the magical £2,500 figure !

I can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity, it really means so much.

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I was doing some interval training at the weekend and during one of the sprints I felt my hamstring go!  This is something I’ve suffered from quite often and is quite a common injury with cyclists.  Apparently it’s all to do with the leg not extending fully which leads to the muscle shortening.

I spent 5 nervous days resting and then on Wednesday evening I went for a short local ride with Nige and his friends.  I decided to take the single speed bike and although having only 1 gear it left me spinning out on the flats a bit it gave my leg a good gentle workout.  I was very relieved to have no after effects and I’m happy that it must have been a slight hamstring “tightening” as oppose to a full on pull or even worse a tear.

I suppose I was going to get at least one injury during my training, at least it didn’t keep me off the bike for too long.

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Steve Cummings (Gold medal winner at UCI World Track Cycling Championships and Commonwealth Games, Olympic bronze medal winner and professional rider for Team Sky) heard about our ride and sent the following message of good luck and support…

“217km with 3700m climbing would be a very difficult day at the tour de France for the best cyclist’s in the world. A really tough challenge, for a fantastic cause.

 

good luck and enjoy it when you can”

 

thanks a lot for the message Steve and good luck with the rest of your season…

Stage 3 winner Volta ao Algarve, Feb 2011

The photo above was from earlier this year when Steve claimed the yellow jersey following his excellent victory in stage 3 of the Volta aoAlgarve, edging out Tejay Van Garderen and Alberto Contador in the process. 

Despite his best efforts though he was unable to retain the yellow jersey on the final day and ended the race in seventh position overall after two heavy falls on the previous day.

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