Went out this morning with John Percy - my coach - and Adrian, my training partner for The Project.
The idea was to do 50 miles and take in a few climbs and descents in a little over 3 hours. We ended up doing about 10% more miles than that - in about 30% more time...
We met up at the Wee Waif on the A4 and then headed off on the backroads towards Maidenhead. Skirting around Maidenhead we headed for Marlow and then up into the Chilterns, eventually turning for home after passing through Stokenchurch and Christmas Common.
The ride out seemed to be mostly uphill and, although there was a downhill theme to the run home, it certainly didn't feel like we'd got back all the altitude we'd gained in the morning.
The Trek continues to impress. It climbs and descends as well as the fat bloke on its back will allow and, although the saddle's not one I'd choose, it wasn't that bad even over nearly 60 miles.
What impressed me even more was that - although I was suffering a bit for the last 10 miles (and on a few of the climbes earlier than that) I really didn't feel that bad afterwards. Which is just as well because next week has the potential to get really nasty.