Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

Arrived in Lourdes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

After a hot days cycling I have finally arrived in Lourdes.
Will write more later. Thanks for the support and if you have not already sponsored me now is a good time.

Day 7 a hot day

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Today was a slightly odd day as it was hot and sunny all day but not that exciting a ride.  I just stuck my head down and got on with it.  It was a slow climb in the first 20km then a plateau finshing up with some rolling roads.

Thebest thing was there is a bath in the room so a soak was the highlight of the day.

I only have one more day to go and hopefully will be arriving in Lourdes about 1-2pm.  I will let you know when i am there.

Thanks for all the support

Distance 110km, Time 4h26min, KCal 5472

Day 6 A beautiful day

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

I have arrived at Marmande. It has been a long day but the scenery was beautiful. An eagle flew next to me for about 1 min and the villages and towns were stunning. I will post a bit more info with photos later, just need to get some food.
7h16min cycling, 139.8km, 6843 kcal today.
Only 190km to go

A bit more info

Arrive in Jonzac yesterdayAfter a slightly later start at about 9am I set of on a longish day to Marmande.  The weather started off overcast, but soon became sunny with occasional clouds so I was glad I put on my factor 30.

The views were lovely with lots of vineyards and sunflower fields. The landscape was rolling with lots of ups and down including some really steep hills followed by lovely windy decents.  My behind behaved itself but my left knee is still playing up. jonzac4



Day 5 Niort to Jonzac

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I am glad I have finished today, not because it was a particually difficult or hilly ride but for some reason the whole ride was really hard work.  I had  a very sore arse and left knee pain and right hip pain, nothing to make me stop or anything just very annnoying.  I also felt low in energy and had little reserves, which I suppose is to be expected after over 600km of riding now.

I rode through some beautiful fields with sunflowers then corn then vines, there were the odd patches of rain and Cognac was pretty.

After 100km I just was desperate to get to the finish but feel fine now I have had a shower. Only 3 days more cycling to go!

Thanks for the support

Day 4 a bit more information

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Well the first thing to say about the ride from Saumur to Niort was the weather,  it was wet, very wet.

After thunder storms during the night the morning looked a bit brighter when we had breakfast however once I had changed the heavens opened and it was heavy rain.  I put my rain coat and over shoes on and started pedaling towards Niort.  I must say I did not pay to much attention to the scenery as I just kept my head down and my legs spinning.  Occassionaly there was a flash of lightning but after about 3h the weather changed to a much brighter but cool day.

My legs felt strong but after about 100km all you want to do is get to the hotel and have a shower.  Nearing the hotel in Niort I had a comedy fall at a roundabout as I could not unclip one of my feet from the pedal but no harm done and it must of looked funny to the other road users.

There are not really any photos of Day 4 but it was probably the easiest day cycling so far.

Finished day 3

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

sunflower Today started off much better than yesterday, after a slightly late start I set off from Laval towards Saumur.  Today I followed my planned route.  There was minimal wind and the route was much more relaxed.  The hills were less steep and the scenery was lovely, especially the fields of sunflowers all facing the same direction.

During the day it got hotter and hotter so I decided not to stop for lunch but to carry on to get to the hotel.  The 120km took about 5h15min.

As it was so hot around 34C I got more and more dehydrated, running out of liquids with about 20km to go. A quick stop in a cafe and two orangennas and I was on my way.

Saumur is a lovely looking town adjacent to the Loire, we went for a drive along the Loire and then had a lovely dinner.

Its very windy now which hopefully will clear the air for tomorrow. My legs are a bit tight but I should be ok

Thanks for the support.

Finished Day two Ouistreham to Laval

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Day1Its been a tough day but I have finished it. 171km in 8h 30min.  This is a bit slower than what I was hoping for but there are two significant reasons for this.  The first is that it was very windy, and southerly so the flat first 30km or so was a real struggle due to its exposure then it was hillier than I was expecting. They were just long drags at about 6-8% gradient which as soon as you have done one another would appear.


Arrived in Portsmouth

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Well I have made it to Portsmouth. After a slightly delayed start, as I could not get my gps to display the correct route, I headed out towards Portsmouth. The weather looked good with sun and the occassional dark cloud and a reasonable headwind.
The first part of the route I know well as it’s my commute to work. I got to Worthing in a quick time and my legs felt great. From there I rode on the A259 to littlehampton and up towards Chichester. The last time I road there i did it with Alex and it nearly killed me. How things have changed
I cycled through fishbourne and Emsworth. If I had realised how good time I was making I would of popped into see Louise and Douglas at work, but I carried onto havant and finally arrived in Portsmouth. My legs feel fine after a few stretches and I am currently waiting for dad to arrive.
I did 94 km in 3h 42min

Last day of preparation

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

GrottoI think I am as ready as I will every be. The slight niggle in my right lower leg is still there but not impacting my cycling or getting worse, my bags are packed and I have done all the training I planned to do.

Now all I need to do is hop on the bike on Tuesday lunchtime and start pedalling. I have raised over £1300 so far and thanks to those of you who are collecting on my behalf.

I was watching the Tour de France this afternoon on TV as they cycled passed Lourdes, it made me think that in 9 days I will be arriving in Lourdes, god willing. I just hope and pray that my legs will be strong enough to do it.  I know that I have given my best in preparing for this pilgrimage and am the fittest I have ever been.

The cycling this weekend has been good because yesterday I did two hours in the heavy rain which was surprisingly fun. Today I just went up and down the Beacon 3 times, I did not feel as strong as usual but I am not too worried about that.  I just need to eat a bit more tonight and tomorrow.

I am looking forward to being able to ride with a clear head, not worrying about every little thing and just getting in a zone of spinning the pedals and enjoying the scenery. I hope to take lots of photos and keep you updated with my progress. (more…)

Very pleasant weekend

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I have had a great weekend in the run up to my trip. On Friday we saw Take That at Wembly which was an experience, the show was amazing with often too much going on to take it all in. Saturday we went for a lovely walk along the Thames.
Today I started of with an hour ride with Soph the I rode to the Lourdes office. Soph and I spent the day packing the medical boxes and then I cycled home. So I did about 75km and felt fine with no problems.
This week I will ride in the evenings then do a long ride Sat and rest Sunday and Monday. After that I am off.
I am getting excited but can’t believe how quick it’s come around. My main fear is to not be able to finish but I know even trying is a good accomplishment especially if you consider how low I felt at the begining of the year. I am not out of the tunnel yet but am slowly getting there. My prayers are with those who are still falling down that dark tunnel of dispair.
I feel I should finish on a slightly more upbeat note by congratulating all those who have done the race for life this weekend.