Well yesterday was my 51 mile bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh!
I can report that I survived and have raised about £300 for Arthritis Care. The weather was absolutely beautiful, 9000 people took part in the ride and we couldn't have asked for better. The route was a steady uphill for the first 15-20 miles and then it had long fast downhills and only little uphills (which was good because by the end I could barely pedal on the flat, let alone uphill!!).
I was actually fine and full of energy until about 40 miles in. We had a long stop at 30 miles in to get food and refreshments. The last 7-8 miles were a real struggle but it felt absolutely amazing to finish.
The past week my hip and right foot had been a bit grumpy and achy, nothing major but I was worried a big cycle wouldn't do them much good. I'd also been at a friend's wedding in England on Friday/Saturday and flew back Saturday night so I didn't feel very rested. However, not a peep from the hip or foot yesterday or today. This disease is so weird and unpredictable, sometimes in a good way!
The only casualty was one swollen finger joint, I think from gripping the gears, but that's better today. So, overall... not too bad!!! I've got the day off work today and I'm just going to sit in bed. My muscles are pretty sore but I feel great!
Here's some pics.. I look like a total idiot in that helmet/leggings combo but whatever ;)
The start of the race:
Stopping for a break:
View in Linlithgow:
Looking horrible and sweaty, but got our medals!!