Me! That's who!
That first big climb is more or less right in front of our door step so I'll be doing that about twice a week. It's a fairly busy road but it's straight and well lit so it's fairly safe to hall myself up it. I ended up with a stitch and thought I was going to throw up (hence the four minute flat section after it, if you switch from distance to time), and there was one point near the end I coughed so hard I actually gagged but I've been feeling better in stages this week so we'll be getting out for a couple of hours every weekend from now until the Etape.
In further sportive news they've cancelled the Scottish Bike Show Sportive which is a bit of a poopoo as I really enjoyed it last year...'Due to methods outwith their control' apparently. I only noticed when I saw they'd refunded my money via an e-mail reciept and phoned them up in a panic. An e-mail had gone out with the official explination (not a proper explination, an official explination) but that ended up in my junk folder so I - and according to the forums a few others - missed that. One of the organisers phoned me up (which was rather good of him) and gave their explination. We're half tempted to go round anyway so we'll see.
Spoke to one of my mates last night and she was saying she's not done any training for it. She's a swimmer so she's fairly sure she's got the aerobic ability - it's just the sitting on the bike for that length of time's going to be a struggle for her, she thinks. I'll have to start calling people out for rides now. Deeside Diva's start this week so I'll need to start making my way for that - I want to get better riding in a group.