Met up with my old pal Rich W and we set off on the regular Gravesend & Higham training loop.
It was a good tempo ride, around 17mph (only dropped to 16.9mph once we got caught by the traffic lights at Welling Station on our trip to the pub for post-ride carb-loading of the Stella/San Miguel variety) and was thoroughly enjoyable.
However, the ride left me with one nagging doubt. My knee. It is still not right. Not by a long chalk. I didnt feel it for the first 15 miles or so but then it kicked in. A dull ache. I got through the ride but the pace dropped because of the knee. We would have been up around 18/19mph had I not had to back off the pace on the small number of climbs when the discomfort increased.
Having slept overnight and now on my second dose of Ibuprofen since the ride, I can still feel the knee. It feels stiff although it isnt. Very uncomfortable indeed.
I'm 12 days away from the RideLondon100 and I feel as though I've got no choice now but to withdraw. I'm absolutely gutted. I'm going to give it a few more days to settle down and see where I'm at then but I think my chances of attempting the RL100 are diminishing by the day now.