Jackie’s Cycle Fest training diary pt 2

Training going well – bits aren’t wobbling as much except for my legs when I get off my bike!

I am either cycling or jogging 5 days a week – I have done a couple of 30+ mile routes over the Bank Holiday weekend – managed 31.5 miles with Mark on Sunday to Settle via Paythorne and Rathmell – wind in our faces all the way there! Think I am going to need a gel saddle to cope with the uneven road surfaces – we all know the amount of potholes in our roads have increased over the winter, they are noticeable in a car but on a bike they are so hard to avoid as you can’t swerve to avoid them in case you have a  car closely behind you!  Also gravel makes you skid, flies affect your vision and birds are suicidal!

Monday – 12 mile bike ride, up Salterforth Drag, to Blacko, Brogden and home.

Tuesday – 9 mile – Greenberfield, top of Brogden and back

Wednesday – 3 mile jog, new PB 8.59 minute mile!

Thursday – 5 mile jog.

Friday – rest!  Bad headache – need to drink more water!

Saturday – 5.6 mile bike ride working today so rode to work and back.

Sunday – 31.5 mile bike ride to Settle with Mark – Barlick to Settle via Paythorne and Rathmell…and back!

Monday – Aaron (who’s also from sales and doing the 60 mile route) and I met at the White Bear in Barrowford and did part of the route – climbing into Roughlee, Barley, up the side of Pendle, Twiston, Downham, Grindleton, West Bradford to the top of Waddington Fell – all 1122 feet of it – I was cursing all the way up – again wind in our faces – we had to stop to compose ourselves at the Moorcock for the final ascent – then when we got to the top it hailed on us!  Great feeling riding back down though! Home a different routeand 36.5 miles, a lot of caravans testing our balance too!

My legs hurt but the feeling of completing these rides has made me determined to carry on!  My mum wonders why I am doing this but the support I am getting off colleagues,friends and family is brilliant!

Jackie Bonsall, cottages4you

Click here to read part 1.

Please click here to learn more about Pendle Cycle Fest.

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