Day 1 – Lands End to Tredagillett (79.04 miles)
That was gruelling. It ranks in my top 3 hardest days on a bike:
- Ascent of Mont Ventoux -1900 metres of climb on gradients of 8-13% and the odd stretch over even that
- My first and probably now only “Century Ride” – an uphill 107 miles to Betwys Coed into a headwind, alone
- Today – 79 miles of long 8% hills on a nasty and busy main road
Having had a slow start to the day, after a full Cornish breakfast at Trevedra Farm, I only ended up crossing the start line at 11:30.
It took me around 5 hours on the bike, but 6 1/2 hours to arrive – thanks in part to one slow puncture then a full puncture after 44 miles. The joys of riding in the gutter on an A road, with all the road kill and metal shards from lorry tyres!
Couldn’t help but think about the two Scottish cyclists, as I passed the place where they were both killed by a Lorry, just 40 miles in to their LEJOG attempt. Sobering and sombre though. Having recently been hit by a car myself, the sound of every approaching Lorry made me wince, until they’d gone by.
I got a few things wrong today, despite the planning, so will be looking to improve on that at least tomorrow. It was very warm today and I didn’t hydrate well enough, and my food choice left a lot to be desired as well.
I just made up for that though, with a pie and a pint in the Eliot Arms, in Tredagillett, which seems a cracking old pub! No client hospitality tonight, and to be honest its “basic” to say the least, so I’ll say nothing!
Well, I’ve completed Day 1, which as a standalone ride is a pretty decent achievement, and I’m one day further into getting into the right mental approach.
I’ve no intentions of racing this and trying to finish first. Its just about finishing!
1st September 2013