Including the Manchester 100, I cycled 176 Miles last week, by far and away the most number of miles I have done in a single week, added to that, before a charity ride I normally have the Friday off work and off the bike, Didnt do that this year.
Time Off The Bike
After Blackpool last year I took 4 days off work, After Blackpool this year I took the Monday off and after the Manc 100 this year I was cycling again the next day into work with no time off, shows just how far I have come.
Times Times Times.
Last year my Manchester to Blackpool time was 5 Hrs 11 Mins, Think all in all it took over 6 Hrs 30 Mins with stops, This year I did it in 3 Hrs 46 Mins, with about 15 mins worth of stops. The trend continues, Last years Manc 100 time was 4 Hrs 45Mins with what seemed like LOADS of stops, This year 3 Hrs 46 Mins (about 12 seconds faster than Blackpool) with just one, 5 min stop and another 30 second “Pee Stop”
Where do we get the power from ? Well in 2009 I used 12 Energy Gels to get to Blackpool and once there I was done in TOTALLY, Last Sunday I used 3 Energy Gels over the same distance and felt fine to carry on and even ended with a pretty classy sprint (If I do say so myself)
All of this blows my mind, and if I looked back at the year before, the gulf in class would be even more HUGE, I am becoming an athlete, I enjoy the pain, suffering and the euphoria of crossing that finish line !!!!!
Heres to an even better 12 months, lets hope by the time I do this post again, those times will have tumbled even further !