Location: Hertford, UK
Distance: 50 Miles
This was a half century road route through the beautiful countryside and picturesque villages of Hertfordshire. With a good balance of open flats and gentle hills this was a perfect route for seeing how my cycle training had progressed. With 12 weeks before the Ironman, the thought of timed event was too good to turn down. This gave me the chance to test my fuelling and pace strategy in a controlled environment.
As an added bonus, the organisers had added a timed hill climb challenge right at the end of the ride. So, after slogging it out for 49 miles, I was told to slow down to a crawl and cross the timing mat to start the hill climb. This was brutal, not only was I not in the right gear, the hill was ludicrously steep. My legs were on fire as I stood up on the pedals and attempted to smile to the supporters as I crept up the hill. I am happy with my overall position, and my race plan worked a treat.
All said and done, this was a fantastic event, for a great cause. Luckily, my legs were in good form the following day, and no rear end pain. The comedy moment of the day was seeing hundreds of grown men in brightly coloured Lycra complaining about having a sore arse.