My first Dream Challenge!

Women V Cancer London to Paris bike ride

This is my first Dream Challenge and I’m going for it big style! Bike ride from London to Paris over 3 days, raising funds for 3 very worthwhile cancer charities; ovarian cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer. I need to raise a minimum of £1650 ten weeks before our challenge begins, this is a challenge in itself. I’ve never raised this sort of sponsorship money before but I’m very determined to get there. Wish me luck!

19 Jul
Training update
Training

I loved this ride, the 1st of my longer distance treks. I now know I need to take on plenty of liquids and energy snacks every 20 or so miles. When I got home after this ride, I face planted the bedroom floor and slept for an hour!!! 59.8 miles and burned up 1746 calories

Training
19 Jul
Gear I've bought
Saddle sore???? What’s that?

Thought I’d try a new saddle and plumped for the Selle SMP which has some great reviews on YouTube A fab purchase; no more sore lady bits. The ergonomic shape really suits me as I ride forward on my drop handlebars. There is a long, wide gap down the middle leading to a drop front nose. No pressure, no sores

Saddle sore???? What’s that?
23 Jul
Training update
Holiday but still working out

We spent 2 weeks in a lovely hotel in the Dominican but did I laze around on the beach?? Yes I did but only after a good workout in the fantastic gym each day of my holiday I worked on mainly cardio and of course some cycling on the watt bikes I actually lost weight during my holiday which was an extra bonus!!!

09 Aug
Training update
Training

Easing myself back into the saddle and still jet lagged so not far today 29.86 miles / 16.58 mph and 899 calories

Training
12 Aug
Training update
Training

After my last 60 mile trek, I set out this time with my supplies of hydro fluid, protein bars and energy gel. What a difference. I felt great at the end of the ride even though I had quite an early start following a good night’s sleep Love this route

Training
16 Aug
Training update
Training with my cycling buddy

My friend Alex has just been getting herself a new road bike, and very nice it is too She was still a bit wobbly on it so we decided to go on a bike trail, The Water Rail Way. We set off from Lincoln and cycled to Woodall Spa, had a cup of coffee and headed back. This trail is actually 33 miles long cycling from Lincoln to Boston. We completed 40 miles and Alex did great. I ended the day with a puncture. Another note to self, carry a spare tube, tyre levers and pump!!!

Training with my cycling buddy
20 Aug
Training update
Training

Another 60 miles and I’m definitely feeling and seeing the benefits of all this extra exercise 1785 calories burned up I’m still working out in the gym 2/3 times a week for 1.5 hours per session Loving loving loving it, I feel so energetic

Training
21 Aug
Training update
A slow trek with husband

Oh dear, poor Dom He said I thought we were cycling together but I’m afraid as he’d persuaded me to just do a short ride, I felt I had to speed up a bit. I arrived home about 15 minutes before Dom and had to go out in the car looking for him. He said he’d hurt his back but I haven’t seen any sign of a sore back since then Another note to self, no cycling with husband

A slow trek with husband
23 Aug
Training update
Training

A very short bike ride this morning but better than nothing Didn’t sleep very well last night so felt a bit weary when I set off and things didn’t improve I’m glad I went out and feeling a bit more invigorated now Early night tonight!!

Training
05 Sep
My big goal
Women V Cancer London to Paris bike ride

I’m taking part as an individual, but my friend Alex is also taking part in the challenge and raising her own £1650. We will be training together and giving each other lots of motivation and back slaps.

Women V Cancer London to Paris bike ride