So we did it! Team Donna Ida cycled from London to Brighton yesterday in support of Jeans for Genes. We battled against the elements: either we were too hot or we had to endure heavy rain and strong winds – and we persevered.

There were 16 of us as we climbed the hills which we also descended at high speed at the other end.

We left Clapham Common around 9am yesterday morning and arrived in Brighton at 6’ish in the evening. I have so many memories which I have captured in my mind, such as seeing the lights of Brighton pier as we approached the seaside as well as the arduous concentration needed to climb Ditchling Beacon: a steep mile long hill that had me counting ‘one potato, two potato …’ to keep me focused on pushing up the hill. I did almost stop when I looked down at the view below and cycled into the kerb but I kept on going, much to the dismay of my limbs.

So far Donna Ida’s Summer of Sport has raised over £9,000 and there is still plenty of time to increase that figure as we countdown to Jeans For Geans Day on 5th October 2012. You might have seen a few celebrities sporting their t-shirts but if you’re not aware of what this charity is all about, click here to take a look at their website.

In the meantime if you’d like to sponsor Donna Ida’s Summer of Sport, here is the link – and of course, please feel free to share it around. Thanks so much in advance and I hope you’re all having a fab Bank Holiday! x

I have ten weeks to train for my London to Brighton charity cycle ride, which means it’s time to really get myself into gear.

Admittedly, the weather has only recently improved to make outdoor cycling a less arduous task. But I have decided to stop making excuses for myself because come rain or shine, I’ll be on that bicycle to Brighton on the 25th August anyway.

So, I’ve come up with a training schedule which I just wanted to share with anyone who is thinking of doing this ride. I’ve been scouring the net for training schedules and the most comprehensive one I have found is by the British Heart Foundation, which you can download here.

Inspired by the intermediate schedule and thankfully relieved to see that it is ten weeks long, I have come up with my own version which I can incorporate into my busy week. If I think about it realistically then gym sessions would be easier for me to keep up over the ten weeks, with a weekly outdoor cycle ride to train my stamina. So, this is what I’ve come up with:

Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Rest 45 min. Spin Class 5k Run 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
2 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
3 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
4 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
5 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
6 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
7 3.5 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
8 4 hour ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
9 3.5 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
10 3 hour ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class Rest EVENT!

I started this schedule yesterday and cannot wait to get back on the bike next weekend. It’s been over a year since I have taken my road bike off its wall mount so it’s about time!

*To find out more about my London to Brighton cycle ride, please click here and if you would like to sponsor me, please click through to Donna Ida’s Just Giving page, here. Thank you in advance!*