Tuesday, 22 November 2011

C2C and other information

Remember me?

I am still trying to get fit - I have been working lots of extra shifts, but luckily this involved staying in a hotel for 2 nights on 9th Nov and to my immense pride I was swimming in the hotel pool at 7am each morning before breakfast ready to face the day. I've also done a couple of zumba sessions and yoga too so all is not lost!!

Today I had another crunching session at the osteopath so no more excuses. This week its zumba x 2 and swimming x2 (yet another residential course for work).

The real triathlete of the family keeps checking on my progress so I have to keep doing things to impress him! He is not too impressed so far but at least I haven't given up!

He was 21 the other weekend and had decided to try to cycle the C2C in a day - hence the title. This was a really big ask as the autumnal lack of light makes the available cycling hours relatively short. He left Whitehaven at 6.50am and made great progress to Keswick via Whinlatter Pass and then on to Penrith. As driver of the support car (not so impressive as the skodas on the Tour de France trailers but we did try our best) - we rendezvoused at the top of Hartside Pass for sandwiches and a flask of tea - most civilised. Then he was off again - he got to Nenthead, then a wrong turn meant he doubled back on himself and ended up nearly back in Alston- more cycling to regain Nenthead and the reality of 3pm on an Autumn afternoon and fast approaching darkness kicked in and he made the incredibly sensible decision to abort. He is definitely going to do it in the summer with longer days but I am IMMENSELY proud of his 136Km ride on the actual day of his 21st birthday. WOW!!

We drove to a family get together past the hospital where he was born (sorry about this but I need a suitably gooey mummy moment - aaah) then lots of fun and a glass of champagne each before he crashed out for 11 hours - didn't even have the grace to be stiff the next day!

I think I have a lot to live up to! If I just get fit and finish the Derby Tri and raise some sponsor money too I'll be happy - I think I started too late to compete with the younger generation.

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