Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:19
MC, sorry to hear about your Mum, hope all goes well. A sensible decision to withdraw from Outlaw Half, I should have been sensible last year but have paid the price.
Mrs L, glad to hear you are getting excited.
I took part in the Ups and Downs sportive yesterday, the plan was to cycle there ( 6 miles) do the short route and then ride home or if too tired get Mr Steady to pick me up. The reality was cycled there and got 3/4 round before cramp set in that would not go away as soon as I went up any hills and there were 2 large ones still to do, along with the lower back beginning to seize up. Somehow I had a brain working and decided that it would be better to call up the broom wagon rather than slog it out for another couple of hours just to say I had done it but be in no fit state to do anything for a week.
So total of 43 miles, not 51 ( it should have been less but roadworks meant the course was longer than planned), but I have sore legs that will be able to do more training this week, keeping in mind the ultimate goal of the century ride. Total elevation gain was over 4000ft, so it really was quite hilly and I managed more of them than I thought I could do.