Sunday – EPIC 253km Ride

Today I planned on doing a long ride with the Richmond park cycling club as they were doing a 200km steam run, or called something along those lines. It was to Oxford and back In a big loop. Well it went well, apart from a lot of messing about at the beginning and also some waiting for people who were a bit slower, but by the middle we were rocking and hitting 35-40km/hr.
Lee also bastardised the route in order to pick up some people along the way bla bla bla and it ended up being 253km. Now that’s the furthest I’ve ever cycled and it’s a lot. In fact probably too much for a day. However, I did this for ironman practice and to boost my confidence. I also planned my nutrition carefully- a real necessity for ironman, as after 180km you run a marathon.
I carb loaded this weekend and I loved it- omg I really used it as an excuse and purged. Curry and chocolate Friday and then pizza AND Pasta Saturday night. This morning I got up and was aching a little(but in a good way) from yesterday’s 15km run, that went well and I loved it. Running along the Thames river path to battersea park and round the park and back to Putney where I live in our awesome Capital. Anyway sorry- I got up had massive bowl of porridge and an apple and a cappuccino then set off to meet the guys at 8am. We set off and I drank about 750ml an hour of a carb/electrolyte mix and had 2 gels an hour. I then had 3 flapjacks spreadout throughout the day and a mars bar. I can say that I got the nutrition correct because I felt strong even at the end. On the 170km marker the was the biggest hill. Oh I couldn’t believe a hill like that was put towards the end-ish part of the route!!! I thought I was going to run out of steam but I dug deep and did it strong. My endurance training has really paid off- I can see it compared to others.

All in all a great day and hit my objectives. My nutrition and yes a massive boost to my confidence – I can do this ironman- I can!!!
However I won’t be doing anymore 253km cycles anytime soon. Stick to max of 180km.
I have to dash now as I need to eat the contents of my cupboards and fridge- well I deserve it!!

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