Nottingham to Newark 50 Miles

Nottingham to Newark

I learned a number of things about cycling today on my round trip from Nottingham to Newark

1. Cycling up hills is not fun

2. Cycling into wind is not fun

3. Cycling up hills into wind causes me to cry uncontrollably like a big baby

At the end of my second week of training this cycle was a tremendous test of my fitness and resolve. A little over 25 miles each way; across rolling hills, windy country lanes and pothole-ridden tracks, this is probably the closest I’ve come to simulating the challenge of a cycling sportive.

I had to dig pretty deep for this one and it’s touch-and-go if I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. With that said I’m very proud of myself for pushing on and getting the job done.  Below you can find a map of my route and my splits for each leg of the cycle.

Nottingham to Newark

Map showing my route from Nottingham to Newark

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Nottingham to Newark

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Newark to Nottingham

My inability to smile in photos prevails, at least I have an excuse for these two.



What’s The Plan? – Part 1

As the countdown at the bottom of this blog shows I have a mere 3 months to finely tune my body and sharpen my racing skills. That’s easier said than done, especially when you don’t have a plan.


As any physiotherapy student worth their salt will tell you, to achieve your goals they must first be SMART.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time Oriented

So what is it that i need to achieve? Well on the 29th June I will be cycling continuously for 75 miles on a course known for its tough climbs and harsh downhill sections. What do the organizers have to say for themselves? “Notable climbs on offer are Bridle Lane with its distinct lack of contiguous tarmac, the never-ending Hindersitch lane, and the final cruelty of Rowsley Bar, which you won’t forget in a hurry!” Sounds like fun…

Based on current form, I recently cycled 35 miles in just shy of 2 hours, I could be in the saddle for as long as 4-5 hours, ouch! How on earth then do you even begin to train your body for such an ordeal? Lets take a look at setting some SMART goals and breaking this challenge down into manageable chunks.

End of week 4 – Cycle 50 miles continuously mostly flat terrain, improve core stability, and lower limb endurance. (50-60% maximum heart rate (MHR) or 2-3/10 rate of perceived exertion(RPE))

End of week 8 – Cycle 60 miles continuously shift in focus towards hill climbing, continue to develop core stability and lower limb endurance (60-75% MHR or 3-4/10 RPE)

End of week 12 – The time is upon us 75 miles do or die!

RPE Training Zones

As this is mostly an endurance based event, it stands to reason that i will be needing to train predominantly aerobically, this roughly equates as 50-80% of my MHR or 2-4/10 RPE. I will be applying this principle to whatever I do, be it weights at the gym or putting the hours in on the bike.

Having broken the task down into more manageable goals, I’m starting to feel better already… I will try to post a more in-depth look at my training regime in the coming week.


Beeston 75 mile Sportive June 2014


My name is Tom, I am 22 years old and currently study Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham.

I’ve always thought that to be a good physiotherapist you had to keep fit and live healthily. Basically if it’s your job to tell people to exercise, you better lead by example. Somewhere between my first White Horse pizza ( the best and only place to eat in Lenton past 3 am) and my hundredth i lost the way a little bit.

So now it is with great excitement and trepidation that i have decided to embark on training for the Beeston 75 mile medium sportive this June 2014. In this blog i hope to post about my training and mix in some questionable physio knowledge along the way.

Make no mistake, this is going to hurt.