Mark J
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Getting ready for " A Grand day out"

Mark J
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20 Aug 2014

We normally cycle 30 -50 miles once or twice a week, I hate hills, Mark likes them and so we get to bicker about routes and why Mark is mad for wanting to "do" as many hills as possible. However recently something strange happened, I found my self (Lynda that is) springing surpirse attacks at  the crest of hills and beating him to the summit. Clearly, (to Mark at least) the rides we were doing weren't challenging enough for me and so a plan was hatched, with the 100 mile Bikeathon ( the longest distance either of us has attempted) as  the final challenge of the season. Apparently, the ideal preperation for "the big one"  was another "big one"! and that was a 120km audax over extremely hilly terrain. I shall explain hilly, 6,080 ft of climbing, or twice up Snowdon. This happened last week end (16th August) and the terrible selfie was taken towards the end. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and lead to deep philosophical questions like, Why do hills exist? Why do bicycles exist? In fact Why? just about summed it up. Cyclists generally accept that it sensible to do a long slow ride the day after a tough challenge, but on Sunday the rip along Mark's rear tyre sustained by hard braking and rough terrain and the sight of my saddle made me wince, so I decided to ignore this part of cycling lore. I did have a short (20mile) reasonably slow (14.4mph) and thankfully mainly flat ride on Monday. My legs felt OK and my saddle wasn't too inquisitive, so onwards and inevitably upwards....