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Food is the key – and underwear

I’ve been gradually increasing distance, following a schedule I downloaded from the web. Mostly this consists of starting the week with a ride of about 15 miles,then a couple at around 20 to 25 then a biggy at the end of the week. I did my first 60 mile plus (62.5 according to my little trip computer which works by measuring the revolutions of the front wheel).

The first time I did 50 miles I was pretty exhausted. My personal physician, known to most of you as Annabelle, suggested I should eat more. This sounded like a good idea, and I’ve learnt that it makes a big difference. As well as a decent breakfast it seems that something pretty substantial is required after about 30 miles, ideally some combination of a pork pie, sausage roll, chips and similar, and a nice Danish custard to finish. I now know most of the cafés and tea rooms within a 50 mile radius of Plymouth, and in spite of this increased calorie intake I’m actually losing weight. Not a diet I’d like to maintain in the long term, however!

I don’t want to give you too much detail, but let’s just say I still haven’t found the ideal garment for long-term comfort on the saddle. There are all sorts of forums on the internet discussing this vexed question, and the arguments can get quite heated. The most contentious issue seems to be underwear or not with padded cycling shorts. You probably don’t want to know where I stand (or sit) on this, but I can report that I’m getting more and more comfortable as time goes by.

So 3 weeks from writing this I should be amongst 30 other riders approaching Paris. This week I build up to 25 miles then a day’s break and 65 miles, while in the next week I’m aiming for 2 consecutive days of 55 and 70 miles. If I can do that I reckon I can get to Paris, which is 3 days of 70, 60 and 65 miles.

Sponsorship has gone pretty well, and I’d like to thank all those who have contributed towards the Computer Aid International charity, who refurbish old computers and send them to worthwhile community projects, schools, etc in less advantaged countries. I’ve almost reached £1000 (target £1350), so it would be fantastic if those of you who intend to donate but haven’t yet done so would go to my page on the JustGiving website where, if you are a UK taxpayer Gift Aid will be added to your contribution. If you don’t like this way of donating you can always send me a cheque.

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  1. Diana McCann
    April 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Hello Stuart
    Your schedule sounds gruelling and just shows how motivated you are. The calorie laden diet sounds interesting. I like the sound of the Danish custard.
    Good luck from us both!

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