South Downs Way – A wake up call

This morning I headed off on the train to get to know the first part of the South Downs Way. I was full of optimism. That didn’t last! As the ride was going to be a lot shorter than the whole thing I thought I would ride is as fast as I could. I may have started well but faded really badly. I actually finished the ride is a far worse state the when I have ridden the whole thing. I even got my nutrition wrong! Over confident??

Wake up call!

I am hoping that I am still tired from my mountain walking and that my PT session on Wednesday evening was just too hard. If those excuses are wrong then I have a real problem looming on the 15th July.

As for my 30 minute buffer I’ll never get that as gaining that time was easy when riding in a group at an average of 17 kph. At a 19 kph average I am pretty close to maximum already so I only had about 10 minutes at QECP, 5 minutes at A285 and nothing spare at Amberley Mount. I even walked the main part of Amberley Mount. I have never done that before.

I don’t know what sort of visualising I can do to get over such poor form. Who believes in crossing fingers?

Here’s the ride.

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