Just for fun!

As the enormity of attempting the Rapha Festive 500 here in Spain sinks in I look back at my holiday/training camp goals.

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1. Lose 2kg… 3 Jan weigh <73kg.
2. Race 28/12 & 30/12 of 7k/4.5k.
3. Rapha 500 – ride long.

On Christmas Day I enjoyed a 45 mile hilly ride with a Cat 1 climb over 3hrs around the Alpujarra and surrounding hills. The smoke from the chimneys of Orgiva hung in the air as I descended into the town. Since 1 Jul 2007 and the smoking ban smoke has become a strange smell in the UK with wood fires very uncommon now. But here a simpler, old fashioned way prevails and it hasn’t really changed since South from Granada detailed this world.

Although I ride with GPS and Phone in pocket this part of Spain and Andalucia is very traditional. You still have WiFi in every bar though so don’t panic too much!

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Driving over Lemons by Chris Stewart is a more modern portrait of the area but both show how different things are. One change though is the road network. Supported by EU grants and woefully underused it is a cyclists paradise. Cyclist magazine and Vamos Cycling tours based further east commented on this in an article last year.

Climbing the 8 mile long Cat 1 climb the road does get worse and the descent is almost pavé but my legs were screaming too much to notice!

Seeing P.M. for Puerto Montana was a relief!

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Yesterday’s 25mile ride wasn’t even fun. It’s meant to be so today I’m having a day off. I may run later though to shake the legs out before tomorrow’s race.

While I don’t expect a PB (although at 7.1k it will be as I’ve never run that distance) I’d like to run well so will prioritise this. Rapha 500 success will need 150k over 2-3 rides here 28PM, 29 and 30 before a 100 mile epic 31 PM on the flat at sea level at home into the night! It isn’t meant to be easy!

I have not been near scales but I guess I must be losing weight. I hope it makes a difference!

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