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.

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