So, last week I did four lots of 30 mile rides (all on the stationary bike) and found I improved quite a bit - I managed to take 12 minutes off Tuesday's time by the time I got to the fourth ride on Friday. This week, I will do two lots of 52 miles, just to get properly used to that distance for the big day on Sunday. I left work early today (I did not relish the prospect of finishing my training after nine in the evening!) and managed to do 52 miles in 3 hours and 23 minutes, which I'm pretty pleased about. I'm hoping to complete Sunday's ride in less than four hours, but I guess the varying gradients and other riders might prove tricky... I've been repeatedly told it's not a race, but I do want to try my very best, seeing as this cause is so dear to my heart. I'd hate to look back on all this and think I could have tried harder to honour my mum and the people who kept her alive.
Incidentally, I finally got my fundraising pack after months of waiting - I am now happy in the knowledge that I am rider number 625, and even more pleased by the inclusion of a lovely t-shirt! As you can see, I have also taken a new profile picture of me holding up the placard also included in the pack, to remind everyone of my fundraising - I have duly added this to all my social media networks as advised, and sponsorship is slowly creeping up to the magical £1000 mark. I really hope I can reach my target.