Last Sunday, Team Adrenalize - Julie Hunt, Ralph Hunt, Mickey Longstaff, Tom Watts and myself took part in a 50 mile bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, it was a brilliant event and here's my full review.....
So we arrived at the Forum bright and early at 8am ready to set off for our 50 miles at 8.30am, we even had a couple of people to wave us off - thanks Jan Roberts and Taylor Grant Fordham!! I was pretty nervous pre race, mainly due to the fact that I hadn't done a huge amount of training and also that I was ill in the week leading up to the race but no time for excuses now - we were at the start line and raring to go!!
The weather was chilly to start with but soon the sun shined for us and we made our way round the route which was absolutely bloody gorgeous!! We made our way from Norwich towards Reepham which was the first designated stop (for water fill ups and toilet break) and after 15 miles we were there.... Great to see Richard Childs of Richard Mobile cycles there and he kindly checked our tyre pressures too!
So water bottles filled and tyres pumped we were off again and we made our way to the next stop which was at Aylsham Bure railway at 35 miles.... Quick stop off en route to help a lady who had taken a tumble and hit her head on the road - she was very shaken and luckily Nurse Mickey was able to help her and advise her that she should call the emergency number and not continue with the ride - poor lady hope my jelly babies helped and that she was ok.
A couple of brutal hills were torture for my quads (they were on fire) but I was super determined to keep up with Mickey and Tom!!
More beautiful scenery later and we arrived at the Bure Valley Railway for water and wees!! Apart from being saddle sore I felt fab at this point and raring to tackle the last 15 miles to home....
But this all changed at about 42 miles - my quads completely seized up and just felt like they were gonna explode and my back was agony from leaning over the handlebars... Huge thank you to Tom for helping me so much and pushing me through the horrible mile or two and also thanks to Mickey for carrying my rucksack the last part of the race!!
So at 45 miles, all was well again and I felt like I could have gone on for miles... The feeling riding through Norwich to get to the finish at the Cathedral was just amazing!!
We crossed the finish line and got our medals and free half of Adnams which was the nicest thing I've ever tasted after 50 miles on a bike! The atmosphere at the finish was brilliant, stalls, music and lots of happy cyclists!!
Mickey's GPS tracker told us that we had completed the race in 3 hours and 37 minutes and burnt an incredible 1400 calories!! I was well happy with this time and could no way have achieved this without Mickey and Tom!!
Massive well done too, to Julie and Ralph who did amazingly well on much more difficult bikes but completed the 50 miles in really good times!
So all in all a fantastic race which was so well organised from start to finish.....
When's the next one?????