Upping the pace

A quick look at the diary tells me that there are less than 5 weeks until we get cracking from Oceanside. With so little time left, each member of Team NR is making one last bid to cram in as much cycling as our work/family commitments allow. In real terms, this means 6am starts 2 or 3 times a week to get in some riding before work, doubling up morning and evening sessions a few times a week and as much tough stuff as we can stand on the weekends.

It’s not easy to get across how physically taxing this kind of schedule is on the body. I rode for just over 5 hours on Saturday and by the time I got home mid-afternoon my legs were wasted – I was good for nothing except laying on the sofa and watching a bit of the FA Cup Final. On Saturday Rob and I set out to tackle a long ride with a difference – we planned to build in some hill reps at Toys Hill (a 3.5km hill not far from Sevenoaks). The route profile from my Garmin cycle computer tells the story of the day, up and down like the teeth of a T-Rex:

This is all helping us to up our overall strength and hopefully reach our target of ticking off 3,000 miles in less than 7 days. Well, that’s the plan at least.

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