140km comfortably across Flanders

Having been a bit lax about blogging on here what with the new job and the other cycling blog, I felt you were due an update. So here goes:

Weight: somewhere between 71 and 74 kg, depending on time of day, food consumption, water retention and the upward lift effect of the extractor fan in my bathroom. Additional allowance made for big pants, small pants or no pants.

Fitness: climbing round the Surrey Hills a fortnight ago I felt particularly strong and was belting up everything (or at least belting by my standards). Last weekend did the 140km Tour of Flanders and got round in about 6 hours with no adverse effects. Felt I could have gone on a good few km more but let my eating strategy go to pieces in the last 20km.

I think I need to start pushing out the distance a bit in training and adding laps of Richmond Park to the back of the usual ride on Sundays. I’m working this weekend so I’ll be doing a solo ride on Monday. If it’s good I’ll head out through Surrey along a familiar route, alternatively I’ll look to do a long session in Richmond Park.

It’s good to have made my first target ride and felt I had something left in the tank to push harder if I need to. Next target is the SWRC Sportif through the Surrey Hills which is about 90 miles. Then the Beaumes de Venise Ventoux Sportif a couple of weeks later.

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