Tuesday, March 30, 2010

LeJog 2010 - Post 2

Nick Latimer sends this update on his training for his LeJog:

"Since my last blog our sponsorship money has been rolling in and we’re now past the £1,000 mark for the Hameophilia Society! Thanks to all those that have contributed so far, it really is great for the motivation.

The training has also continued, and everything’s going well. I’ve been wearing my nice purple Haemophilia Society t-shirt with pride (Lizzy is very jealous of it, but I’ll allow her to wear it while in our ‘support car’ on the ride) and Simon and I have made a big dent in the energy related cycling supplements kindly donated to us by BST.

We’ve had two dedicated training weekends since my last blog, and many miles have been covered. Training weekend 1 was in Chester (Simon’s home) and we did 101 miles on the Saturday and about 60 on the Sunday, including a fair few Welsh hills. Unusually for us we were riding pretty sensibly and didn’t destroy each other too much. In fact we were pretty well matched, which bodes well for the ride itself. Training weekend 2 was in Sheffield and went marginally less well, mainly due to getting lost on the way to York, having to ride through the middle of Barnsley, Pontefract and Castleford as well as up the road used for the National Hill Climb Championships in 2009 (alright, I’ll admit it – I planned that part), Chris (another training companion) getting two punctures, all in constant and torrential rain! In the end I’ll admit that we got on a train back to Sheffield after 65 miles. However, this will not happen in June!

In between our training weekends Simon and I have both been getting the miles in on our own. The all important stats show that I’m now on 97 hours in the saddle in 2010, with Simon lagging slightly on 74. I’ve also done a spot of racing (see photo), which has been ‘interesting’. At the end of February I did the North Road Hardriders event, a 25 mile time trial taking in every hill possible on the outskirts of North London (which is a lot more hills than you might imagine). Unfortunately the weather was against us, with temperatures of about 2 degrees, strong winds and constant and torrential rain (again). I got round although it was a tad cold. One of the other guys competing was taken away in an ambulance with hypothermia. Skin suits, lots of rain and freezing temperatures aren’t a good mix!

I watched the Sport Relief ‘Million Pound Bike Ride’ last week, which was great for bringing home the reality of what riding from one end of Britain to the other will be like. The celebrity riders did a great job in what were sometimes awful conditions. They were only doing about 26 miles and 2 hours at a time though, and were still exhausted. For us it’s going to be 140 miles at a time, for 7 days. Thinking about that, and looking at the map of Great Britain that I’ve printed out and stuck together (it’s the length of my kitchen) makes me a bit concerned. I never realised Scotland was so long!

Please donate to keep us going:
http://www.justgiving.com/SimonandNick "

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Alex Dowsett: Interview on CyclingNews.com

Alex spoke to Procycling's Ellis Bacon about living with haemophilia, almost chastising Lance Armstrong and Pippo Pozzato being nice to him!