I had unfinished business with this ride. 4 years earlier this was my first attempt at a 600k, and a massive eye opener with regards to fuelling and sleep deprivation. However, all that aside, I had loved the ride, and the support and organisation made it one of the best Audax events in the calendar, especially if you were a novice like me.
I turned up in Chepstow, and looked around the rather smaller than normal group of entrants. Everyone looked very fit and capable, and then I also noticed the lack of women on the ride. In normal years the ride attracts a mixed bag of riders. There’s no doubt this is a challenging event...after all, it covers the width of Wales, and ventures into the Brecon Beacons in both directions. But, it is such a beautiful and iconic ride that many Audaxers like to give it a try.
Before each Audax I have my routines. The things that I normally do, that make sure that I have every chance of success.
Why do so many of us lose our confidence as we get older? This motivation series will include inspirational stories, achievements and tips to build confidence. To put it all in perspective I’d like to share MJ’s story. She’s the perfect example......
She is now patron of a charity called The Wave Project, that uses surfing as therapy for young people suffering from mental health issues, or from disadvantaged backgrounds. She's back to being an adrenaline junkie, and is in a much better place for now Grab a cuppa, and take time for a read.
Our girls French trip was a real eye opener for me. Here I was with a riding partner that I loved to ride with, who had a similar pace to me, but who had very different rest & recovery requirements to me. This could be a real problem. We needed a way forwards, but I had no idea what that was to be. Just a couple of weeks later, was the infamous Bryan Chapman 600k.....
When I last wrote on this subject it was Spring, I was full of excitement, and really happy that I was going to be riding this attempt as part of a team. Myself & my friend Laura were to be riding, and my husband (The Hubster) would play a supporting role providing ‘domestique’ duties at each control ensuring a consistent supply of food, a guaranteed bed at any control we needed, fresh clothes, and batteries/chargers for our electronics. This support was to be with Dora, our trusty Transit Van.
Ever since my first attempt at PBP in 2015, I knew that I would probably have another go at completing it. It was such an experience, and I knew what I did wrong, so figured I had another 4 years to work things out and fix them. What is PBP you may ask?PBP stands for... Continue Reading →
A few days ago, a couple of the guys from the fast pace group in our club posted that they were going to do an overnight ride to Brighton and back - made up to a 200k distance, in the 2nd week in February. Would anyone like to come along for all or part of... Continue Reading →