Gurning like Voeckler…

It was a hot day today and rode 60 miles following the 70 I rode yesterday. I was punishing the water bottles but completely failed to take ride with enough food. I was dehydrated by mile 50 and suffering sugar knock (“the bonk”) and really suffering…that meant I was pulling some horrible faces as I battled dehydration over the last five miles.  My impression of Tommy Voeckler was pretty accurate!

March’s training record and weight loss chart

Well March was quite successful in achieving my training plan goals.  I was able to do 94% of the proposed mileage and over 100% of the training hours.  The bad weather fortunately did not restrict me the way it has some of the others on the ride.

The weight is still coming down too…I think I would like to lose another four or five pounds but broadly speaking I’m in pretty good shape (think I’m the lightest I’ve been for nearly 25 years!) 

If the Internet runs true to form this post will suddenly attract a flurry of automated likes from a bunch of blogging robots with a suggestion I should follow their diet and nutrition sites in return.  The fact that no one has actually looked at this site (but liked it regardless) really annoys me!

There are now at least 28 cyclists signed up for the ride in June so it shaping up to be a fun event. Maurice and I have a training weekend planned in the Peak District on the first weekend in May which should be a chance to get some hills in with James Hurrell and also a long sportive (Suffolk Sunrise) later in May.  

It never rains but it pours…

Had a good weekend riding on Good Friday and Easter Sunday (60 and 50 miles respectively) however having real problems with my satnav which is no longer holding a battery charge…I end up with funny track records like the one below:

I am a bit concerned – the satnav is necessary for LEJoG and is what I use to record all my rides…I’m skint at the moment too so will struggle to replace it (it’s only two and a half years old – not happy it’s not working!)

Its also been pouring down with rain too (bank holiday weekend!) when I’ve not been riding so had a bit of a facer riding through Hoo. The road is often under water however is usually only a couple of inches deep. After I got half way through the flood it was a bit late to find out it was nearly a foot deep and I was running out of momentum…the water came halfway up my calves and was well over my winter boots. Two hours of riding with cold wet feet later I got home a wiser man!

Looking at the picture above I realise I need to pay a bit more attention! It’s obviously about 8 feet deep!

All in all a good weekend – I managed to hit my weeks training target and had Mum and Dad over for weekend. Had a jolly pint in the Fat Cat too so SCORE!