I am happy to say that Waterside C went a little better than I had hoped and well we WON our class. We came in a fairly respectable 3hrs 37 mins, which saw us 30 mins up from our nearest competitor. Waterside C begins at Pewsey and finishes in Newbury, it is 23 miles in length and has 35 portages, including my nemesis Croften locks. It was a tough race but fun in a sadistic way. It was great to see so many crews out there and even though we overtook quite a few, it was great to see a whole range of abilities and ages racing. I also liked it as the sun came out for us :o)
For Liz and myself, it was being used a prep race ready for the 'real thing' four weeks later. We had some of our support crew people with us to help feed us and show us the way around the locks. We were fortunate to have 7 people of the 16 who will be with us for actual event. It was really nice to have company on the canal, not just all of the other competitors but also have friends that I have known for years cycling next to us, chatting away and encouraging us through the miles.
The actual event is 125 miles and 76 portages beginning in devizes and finishing at Westminster (next to the London eye).... this is the slightly nervous bit for me as it is non stop!!! Yep that means no sleeping, eating on the go and not stopping for anything, apart from running around the locks. It is going to be some journey.
The next couple of weeks are going to be tough, next week sees the last big week of mileage and then some tapering.... which for me is probably the hardest thing to do.... yep not doing too much and resting are not my best attributes. I have some ideas to keep me entertained and I think a few of my friends are banning me from doing too many miles in a boat or in the gym. I was threatened with my gym key being taken away :o)
However, before my last big week of mileage I was feeling particularly run down this week so I took a day and a bit out to, well to do something different! I went walking in the peak district and did a nice 7hrs of walking in snow with a friend and of course my trusted stead pops!