So yesterday, my dear wife left me in London to join the other 13 thousand or so people looking to complete the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Running something that wifey finds enjoyable, she entered along side my cousin – only my cousin didn’t get a place.
At around 09.40, I gave her kiss and wished her luck as she joined the huge queue to start her run. Initially we planned to see her at Miles 2, 5, 6, 7.5, 8, 9, 12 and the finish. They layout of the route meant that we got to see them 3 or 4 times at points without us having to move more than a few feet.
These last couple of days have been huge for me motivation wise. Losing weight can be a horrendous journey. You have good weeks and you have bad weeks. On the bad weeks, you have to remember why you’re doing this and look back at what keeps you going.
After feeling left wanting last week with my single pound lost, I wanted more this week. More importantly, I wanted that 2 and a half stone award. I started the week like nothing was going to stop me. I was not going to be disappointed again, not when I’m so close to that next award.
The week has been rather topsy turvy though. Albeit starting out well Through Thursday and Friday, the weekend came and left most of us in the family with a stomach bug. It was Tuesday again before we all started to feel normal again. But after a spout of illness like that, I usually turn to comfort food when I get my appetite back.
I have just finished Stage 3 of the Tour of London was another flatter route and one I am more familiar with after using this route a few times in previous rides. Again, joining the B Group for the shorter ride I completed the 4 laps of the Classique Reverse route. The lead into the lap is actually longer than a lap itself.
LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 7.4 km / 4.6 mi LAP DISTANCE: 5.4 km / 3.4 mi ELEVATION GAIN: 19 m / 62 ft LAPS: 4 TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 29.0 km / 18.2 mi
I completed the first stage of the Tour of London last night. Joining the B Group for the ride, the group taking the shorter of the two distances, but it’s still the longest I’ve ridden in a single ride. The route for the stage was the Great London Flat route.
LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 5.7 km / 3.5 mi LAP DISTANCE: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi ELEVATION GAIN: 45 m / 149 ft LAPS: 2 TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 28.9 km / 17.9 m