Another experience i will never forget is the last 3 days of training.It did include a race, but for me it was more a survival and a good training day followed by two day tour de France with the boys!
The ”race” which I participated in (cant exactly say i was able to race it) was very tough , my legs felt like cement bricks for almost all of it,apart from the downhills.I managed to finish and still pick up 2nd and a decent prize so no complaints there!
The best part of the trip though by far, was the ride home to Leysin from Alpe Dhuez with my two favorite boys Batman and Robin(James and Scottie)!
The three of us set off around lunchtime for our 180km day and managed to somehow suffer through untill 530pm for our lunch break!
We were all desperate to find the big golden arches but settled for a kebab and fries which was even tastier and bigger than a maccas meal..great decision!Batman mananged to devour two kebabs and it ”didnt touch the sides”!
So with about3 hours to go we texted our alliance Emma Smith to make sure she was meeting us with our bags and had booked a 5 star hotel for us to plonk into after 8 hours in the saddle.
We arrived in Annecy and it was 9pm at night, tired hungry and losing personality it was nice to see Em’s smiling face!
We loaded all the bikes and four of us, me and scottie in the front, Scottie doesnt take up too much room,except for his big gus haha!
Em got us back to our 5 star Formula 1 hotel, but not after afew wrong turns, broken head light and driving on the motor way at 30 km/hr we made it to the hotel!
It was 11pm by the time we showered and we prayed to find somewhere serving food still!Thankgod we found a tavern and devoured some more steaks fries and a Shandy each…heaven ..it was just what our weary bodies needed!
Day 3 of my 3 days of bike workout was alot easier,as we only had to cover 140km and then make it back up our 14km climb home to Leysin!
I was dreading the last climb but knew i really needed to get up it, it was the icing on the cake for 3 great bike days so I pushed on!
The boys just wouldnt leave me despite me wanting them to, as I knew how slow I would be!My quads were full of lactate my butt was cramping and my calves were so tight it felt like they would rip out of there skin! Scottie said ”we are a team,we are staying togther” and that we did.After 300km plus I didnt want to let them down and despite me screaming at them to leave me, we were crawling, Batman and Robin got me all the way home!
I will never forget this experience, the pain well thats already forgotten!The laughs and the amazing experience way out weighs the pain, good company and alot of fun is how I will remember this trip!
Thanks Jamesi and Scottie for putting up with me and for looking after your ‘Çatwoman’ , now its upto me to live upto that name.Off to buy a pair of black stockings now…haha