Ride100 Race Recap

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

I literally can’t get my legs to turn over faster than this.

我的Garmin是阅读11英里每小时和道路相貌平平。我不喜欢骑自行车,我认为我自己。我的朋友安娜在等待我的前方道路的一侧。

我挣扎,我告诉她。我们停下来,我吃,我抱怨,我慌了解我们在剩下多少骑(55英里去.....万博真人娱乐.我们甚至还没有一半)。我不知道我怎么会得到从这里回家,不需要我回来在自行车。

Luckily, there’s a pitstop up ahead where we can get off, sit down for a minute, and I can call Tom for a pep-talk.

Let’s rewind to the start of the day and the 4am alarm. Nick, (my friend Anna’s boyfriend) was up at 3.50am making us porridge with poached pears, toast and coffee before we set off on the 5 mile ride to the Olympic Park and RideLondon start line.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

安娜和我在不同的波浪,但安全性让我加入畜栏她这样我们就可以在一起。我听说有些人后来挣扎着适合他们的,因为这么大的动静的畜栏,我知道大集团向后移动,使他们能够一起骑车,我觉得这是问题。

Just after 6.10am we crossed the start line. Because I’d moved forward, everyone around me was pacey, like super fast cycling by me on all sides. But I just tried to stick with Anna and keep a good speed up. Unlike a marathon where you start slow and finish fast, we were trying to go out strong and get out of London in good time, knowing that behind us were thousands of riders ready to tackle the hills.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

Riding through the closed streets of London as the sun was rising over the Thames was beautiful. I wish I could have captured the quiet over the city, surrounded by cyclists, it was amazing.

On entering Richmond Park I heard a weird sound (almost like air escaping from a tire) and I panicked that I’d got a puncture 20 mile in. There were plenty of people already on the roadside fixing punctures.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

At mile 25 we stopped at the first pitstop for a mechanic to check my bike (turns out it was just a wire rubbing in the tyre!) filled up our water bottles, ate a banana and headed back out. I managed to fall over immediately upon stopping – still not used to cleats – but luckily no blood and nothing but a slightly bruised ego.

Which takes us to the low point at mile 45, standing on the side of the road, eating a Cliff bar and questioning all my life choices.

Thankfully after a short but much needed stop at mile 47, I was ready to tackle the hills.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

At the bottom of Leith Hill we came to a standstill. We started walking up the hill, with people complaining all around…until an ambulance went past and we were all hushed. Minutes later we were allowed to get back on our bikes and start to make our way up undeniably, the toughest climb of the day. Leith Hill is steep and has a couple of false peaks that had me gasping for water, and air. I was going so slowly that the bike Garmin autopaused, which was a little demoralizing!

Then came a long downhill which was almost as bad as the uphill! I was terrified, gripping the breaks like my life depended on it (at the time it really felt like it did). And there was debris all over the road, water bottles, Garmin’s, gels and banana skins that added to the fear of cycling downhill at speed.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

Next up was Box Hill, and this was the one I’d built up in my mind more than Leith Hill…and it really wasn’t too bad. Yes, it’s long but it’s a slow grind in a low gear, and you can just keep pushing. I was overtaken a LOT on the hills, but I didn’t get off on any of them (mostly because I thought I’d fall over if I tried to unclip my foot).

在Box Hill的顶部,我们再次停了水,使用厕所和吃一次。最糟糕的山丘已经结束,是时候将回到伦敦。值得庆幸的是,我在这里有第二个风,并为最后的30英里感觉好极了。

Anna and I rode side by side, chatting…at one point she told me that if I could still make jokes 80 miles in, then I was totally fine. And I did feel fine, yes my back was sore and my knee hurt a little but I was still pushing. I loved cycling through Kingston (so pretty), saw my friend Anna (who has just had twin babies) outside Kingston Hospital, Wimbledon (even Wimbledon Hill wasn’t so bad as I was mentally prepared for it) and back along the Embankment.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

A phrase that Anna and I say to each other during big events is ‘balls to the wall’, which is what she said to me at Vauxhall Bridge. So we gave it all we had for that final stretch, and I crossed the finish line with a half smile, half grimace and tears running down my face. There is something about that finish line that just brings ALL THE EMOTION.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

Finished and bumped into Ellie at the finish and posed for some pics before collecting our medals. I’ve been told that they lost a pallet of medals and therefore people finishing later didn’t get medals (but will be sent them in due course, which is really sad for those riders finishing without the bling. But I’m glad they’ll be sent them later!

我喜欢这个比赛有一个单一的低使用塑料政策,被给出了没有塑料瓶或水杯。我们都给予瓶在世博会上使用,并鼓励在援助站和终点线补充他们(和其它瓶)。该急救站是难以置信的储备充足,志愿者们我遇到任何比赛环境最友好的之一。就这样良好的组织,用大量的力学,医务人员和道路救援整个路线。

Post race -> we were so lucky to have Nick, and friends Simon and Alex meet us in the park after we finished with Champagne and picnic food to celebrate!

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾(This part of the blog is in partnership with Sudocrem)

Plus I took advantage of the free massages from Skoda, which was so welcome for my aching back and shoulders – they hurt more than my legs…I think due to a slightly poorly fitted bike and lack of time in the saddle. Heading home I took a much needed shower, drank a regenerative cup of tea (plus a Diet Coke on the way home!) and had a nap. I was pretty chafed, despite putting on plenty of Chamois cream so when I got home I literally slathered on theSudocrem(antiseptic healing cream, also known for nappy rash) post shower (TMI?!) but the reality of sitting on a saddle for close to 7 hours (plus the ride to and from the race). I had thenew my little Sudocremwith me in my kit bag (they kindly sent me a personalised one!) and would have put it on sooner if the lines for the porta-loos weren’t so long at the end.

乘坐100乘坐伦敦赛回顾

Riding back to Anna’s house was painful, and terrifying, it was my first time using clip ins on London’s busy roads and after the traffic-free 100 miles, even 5 miles stop/start on the way back was scary. But we did it. In one piece! I know I mentioned how nervous I was ahead of the ride about getting hurt, and for good reason. A good friend of mine had a big accident during the Ride100 a couple of years ago and it has made me so worried ever since. Especially when wearing cleats! I am so sad that anyone did get hurt during the ride and hope everyone makes a speedy recovery.

Things I learned during Ride 100->

  • 尝试在国内最早获得挥手就可以了,有遗憾的是它关闭部分,包括利斯山路线上的一些大事故,意味着有些车手举行了一个小时以上。他们还必须重新路由一些车友错过山上,使他们能够满足的截断。我觉得
  • 如果有疑问,羚羊了。我应该把更多。(OH和Sudocrem为后比赛恢复!)
  • You need to eat a lot of calories to ride 100 miles, more than I had thought. I ate two bananas, 2 gels, 2 bars and carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks during the ride.
  • I wish I’d practiced eating on the bike more to help keep fuelled, I was pretty good at drinking on the flats (not so good on the uphill/downhill where I was hanging on for dear life).
  • 你可能需要做更多的山上训练,时间在鞍比我管理。但它不是像跑哪里蹦了起来里程为困难或万博开户有风险。
  • 这是不是所有的花哨,昂贵的万博真人娱乐自行车 - 我的自行车是从迪卡侬£250几年前,我借鞋子从安娜(我的自行车踏板买)。我买新袜子 - 显然骑自行车的人不穿短袜,并且被赋予了从Lululemon的黑色球衣。
  • 有利思前山的一座小山上,这是非常残酷的 - 为纽兰兹角和温布尔登山准备 - 他们可能让你很吃惊!
  • Cleats are amazing, they definitely had me going faster than I usually do, but give yourself time to get used to them. I honestly was nervous I wouldn’t get my foot out in time every single time we stopped!
  • 我可能永远不会再次这样做,但我很高兴我完整模型ted it (but maybe it’ll be like marathon amnesia where I want to do it all over again when my body has recovered!)

You can enter the ballot forRideLondon 2020 here. If you aren’t quite up for 100 miles, there’s a 46 mile and 19 mile route too.

你有没有参加伦敦乘坐?曾经做过一个百夫长程吗?或者是你的水桶名单上?

1条评论

  1. 7th August 2019 / 1:31 pm

    这是惊人的,你做得这么好良好的时间来完成这场比赛!这篇文章启发了我拿起循环(即使我永远是在心脏亚军)。谢谢你的职位。