Chilterns cycle and Thames run


Challenge: 40k Chilterns cycle and 10k Thames run

Details: Hilly Chilterns cycle from Maidenhead, through Cookham, Marlow, Fingest, Turville, Freith and back to the same way.  Run 5km along the Thames Path from Maidenhead towards Bourne End before doubling back.

Where? Start point: Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Transport? 40 minute train from London Paddington to Maidenhead.

When? Anytime

Bring? Bike, helmet, bike lock so you can lock your bike up while you run, cash/card for food and transport.

Food & drink? You can pick up some food in Maidenhead, and there are lots of nice pubs on the cycle route.

Cost? £11 train + £6 for coffee and snack

eXerK 52in52 story: The cycle was amazing – passing by a windmill, three deer, sweeping valley views and pretty villages.  I was trying to add on a new leg but missed the turn so didn’t quite rack up the distance I hoped to but no problem.

Once again I struggled with running after being on the bike – am still getting used to multi-sport switchovers and my the front of my calves were in pain. I also got quite dehydrated and had an annoying headache by the evening. That was silly of me and something I can improve on easily by being smarter with taking on liquids. The run was blissfully flat following the Thames path. The water looked so tempting, I nearly turned this into a triathlon! A good learning curve and more impetus to keep going on my ankle and leg strengthening exercises.