Thursday, 23 August 2012

London 2012 #ourgreatestteam & August training update

Wow! What a month! After all the anxiety as to how the hosting of the London 2012 Olympics might go, and all the nay sayers casting doom and gloom... What an event! THE greatest show on Earth!

We were very fortunate to get down for the weekend of 'Super Saturday', catching the rowing at Eaton Dorney on the Friday and seeing Katherine Granger and Anna Watkins win gold in the rowing which was magnificent... The noise and the atmosphere unforgettable!

We were also fortunate to catch the Ladies Triathlon on the Saturday morning... A stunning performance by the much maligned but outstanding performance of Lucy Hall who lead throughout the swm and bike acting as 'domestique' for Kathrine Jenkins who just missed out on a medal with a stunning fourth place position. Next up for us was Katherine Driscoll on the Gymnastics trampoline. Jaw dropping skills! and then after an evening watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah win Gold via the big screens in the awesome atmosphere of the BT London Live event at Hyde Park we finished up in London with the Ladies Marathon... What a weekend! Proud to be British!!!

The Olympic BBC TV coverage, events, Games Makers, organisation and general feel in London were amazing and we were so pleased to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience!!!

All this lead to a lull in the training during the early part of August but it picked up during a family break in Abersoch for a week to enable me to get plenty of miles in on the bike, now equipped with my new Planet X Carbon clincher wheels! :o)

My RNLI coast to coast cycle ride fundraising presently stands at £1,058 which is amazing given that corporate dress down days, raffles, cake bakes, etc. are still to come! Thanks all for all your support particularly Perfection Beauty Brands, Studio (EGL), Davies Sports (Findel Education), Kitbag and Involve (a Blue Ducks thing!) for each pledging a £100 to include their logo's on my sponsored cycle shirt... Very much appreciated all! 

August training update (prior to the Big Bike Ride) was as follows...

~ 09/08/12 - 1500m swim at Uswim Boundary Water Park in
   34mins 37secs
~ 12/08/12 - Pwlhelli, Cricieth and Abersock 37 mile bike ride loop
   averaging 16.8mph in 2hours 18mins
~ 13/08/12 - Pwllheli Triathlon Bike course, 13.5 miles in 45mins
   53secs averaging 17.6mph
~ 14/08/12 - Pwllheli Triathlon Bike course, 13.5 miles in 48mins 19secs averaging 16.3mph
~ 15/08/12 - Gale force winds blowing in Abersoch so 35mins weight training and 25mins 'spin class'
                    at the Warren Gym
~ 16/08/12 - Bike ride from Pwllheli to Abersoch (to pick the car up after a great night out with the
                    Fox's!) in 34mins averaging 14mph
                  - 35 mins weight training and 25mins 'spin class' at the Warren Gym
~ 17/08/12 - 35 mins weight training, 25 mins 'spin class' and a 1 mile treadmill run at the Warren Gym.
~ 20/08/12 - 22mile bike ride from Sandbach to the top of Mow Cop, returning in the dark in 1hour 47mins
~ 24/08/12 - 5mile cycle to Crewe train station to kick off our Way of the roses cycle ride!
The RNLI have also done a press release about my ride here which will hopefully promote a few more donations? ~             

Thanks again for the continued support all!

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