Training Challenges

With just 8 weeks to go before we start N2S4CRUK our training plan for the week was to cycle 140 miles over the 3 days we had available for cycling. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan! Having had a 10 day break from cycling, due to other commitments, before we began our training ride we felt positive.

However, on approaching Ruby it was clear that she had a puncture in her rear tyre. Having replaced the tyre and wheel there was a horrible grating noise which we couldn’t resolve. Off I scooted to Banjo Cycles in Newbury where a very helpful man adjusted a few screws and she was fine again. Unfortunately this took so much time out of the day that we only had time to fit in a 20 mile ride.

On Wednesday we managed 50 miles and called in at one of our favourite coffee shops – The Pantry at Yattendon. It’s amazing how long you can make a decaf skinny flat white and a delicious smoked salmon, avocado and tomato sandwich last when you don’t really want to get back on your bike!

On Thursday we’d planned a 55 mile ride. Off we set, but half a mile up the road Ruby rebelled and her chain snapped. This time Banjo had too many other services to deal with and couldn’t help, but their colleagues in the Specialised Concept Store next door came to the rescue, fitting a new chain on Ruby. They charged for the chain, but not for any labour as we were cycling for charity. Mark – thanks to both your teams for the support they provided this week! When I got back home we decided to abandon the idea of a training ride.

Not quite the cycling week we’d planned with only half the planned training miles completed.

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