As it’s a new year, and a new decade, its likely that a you’ve been looking ahead and setting goals. Last year I set myself a goal to cycle 6000 miles by the end of the year. It was a target I missed the year before but would be my highest annual mileage ridden. I like to set an annual mileage goal as it helps me to commit to getting out regularly. This in turn helps me achieve some of my other goals around keeping fit and healthy, riding long distances and encouraging others to ride.
December 22nd is notable in my calendar for two reasons. First, it's my daughter Abi's birthday. Who knew 31 years ago that I would be doing the other notable thing, an overnight bike ride on the shortest day of the year and on a night where there were weather warnings galore?
Shortly after my PBP ride, my daughter Abi sent me a message that took me by surprise a bit...
"Mum, I think I'd like to ride LEL in 2021"
My response, "Blimey, you don't do things by halves, do you? Have you any idea how hard that is?"
I was so proud, and then promptly set about sending her advice about all the things she would need to consider, and ways to build up her mileage and progress to the really long miles. This 'advice' was mostly unwelcome, but that's what mums do, and it's certainly what I do.
This early season event is the Willy Warmer 200k, run by Paul Stewart from Audax UK. The aptly named event is (allegedly) not actually any reference to a part of the male anatomy, but instead a reference to the Willesden Green Cycling club, who promote the event, and the fact that cold weather is assured.
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.
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 →