With my spirits slightly dampeneded by lack of response (an empty post box) from the many sponsorship letters sent out and just general frustration, hard training was a good relief to take it out on. I have found over time that more training has has been a good was to let off frustration in general and contemplate what to make the next move. Over the week I managed to pull in three good sessions – potentially could have been four if it hadn’t been busy. Two sessions were a session on the turbo trainer followed by circuit training with Warwick Athletics.
On Saturday I cycled a nice casual trip to Gloucester to watch and cheer the guys on at the cross country race there. This was about a 60 mile through Warwickshire, and Gloucestershire through Stratford upon Avon, Evesham, Tewkesbury and then finally Gloucester.
Being thoroughly unprepared, especially after a night out I had one water bottle and to survive off a large portion of porridge. Thankfully it was generally enough and my home made sports drink did its charm to kept me from getting leg cramps albeit one. However, eventually I had to buy a pork pie from a local market. This kept me going and I pedalled the last twenty miles towards Gloucester.
It was suprisingly hilly and in general pushed a good pace arriving there just short of four hours. One of the small nuinances was that my chain had become bent somehow and alongside a faulty front derailleur, was making some riding quite perilous. It was quite worrying when my chain came off mid-way around a roundabout.
Overall that week had been great training, but Sunday was definitely dedicated as a day of rest.