Less than a week to go

So, this time next week I’m hoping I have a happy story to tell: of a 51-mile sportive successfully completed. But as the date inches closer I find myself worried that (1) I haven’t trained properly and (2) the weather’s going to be rubbish. It’s all well and good to cycle 46 miles in beautiful sunny conditions, but autumn has now arrived and while the past week has been unseasonably warm (it was 31C on Thursday), British weather is so fickle it wouldn’t surprise me if it was snowing on Saturday!

Just to be on the safe side, I’ve ordered some “longs” and a rainproof jacket that can be carried in a pocket. Even if I don’t need them and the conditions are fine enough to get away with wearing shorts and a short-sleeved top, they won’t go to waste — a girl can never have enough cycling kit!

On a separate note, I  got up early this morning to do a planned 20 mile cycle, only to discover that when I got to Richmond Park it was bloody well closed thanks to the London Duathalon! I ended up trundling back home, via Holland Park and Shepherd’s Bush, but I only racked up a disappointing 13.5 miles. Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze in a couple of longish cycles after work this week: I really need to put the miles in before Saturday’s extravaganza.

Signing up for another sportive

Logo for New Forest 100 SportiveHaving enjoyed the recent Ride London Surrey 46 event so much, I’ve signed up to do another sportive later this month (with a little encouragement from “my driver cum mechanic”, Mr LondonCyclingDiary).

The Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive is held across the weekend of 24 and 25 September, and there are three different distances to choose from. I’ve gone for the short (and no doubt easiest) option — 51 miles — rather than the full on 100.

I’m looking forward to cycling through some pretty woodland landscapes and not having to worry about working out my own route: I can simply follow the signs and enjoy the ride.

I’ve booked a cheap hotel nearby for the night before, so I don’t have to get up at stupid o’clock to drive the two hours from London to the start line. I’ll still have to get up reasonably early, but at least it’ll only take 20 minutes or so to get there.

The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is the weather. It’s all well and good to cycle 46 miles through London and Surrey in lovely summery sunshine, but at the end of September it’s bound to be autumnal — in other words, cold, wet and windy. I supposed it’s a good excuse to buy some new cycling kit, if nothing else…